Center for American Progress

Center for American Progress is an American organization based in Washington. It is at the center of a political think tank (German "think tank" ), an organization that political relevant research less than engaged in theoretical and academic towards assessment and development of solutions to practical problems of contemporary political events and their results into the political decision-making process investigated, on the one hand through the media, on the other hand by delivery of concrete proposals to politicians in government and parliament.

Founding and goals

Although the center itself formally designated as nonpartisan, not one of the two major U.S. parties belong, it is ideologically close but the progressivism and therefore tend to be the Democratic Party. It was founded in 2003 by former high-ranking officials of the Clinton administration, which still make up a large part of the leadership team. The current chairman is the former Chief of Staff of the White House, John Podesta.

The center will serve as a counterweight to the established and economically conservative or libertarian -oriented institutions like the Heritage Foundation or the Cato Institute, the essential to the success of conservatism in the United States in general and the Republican Party in the in the opinion of the founder of the Center Special have contributed since the 1980s. At the same time it should stand out from institutions such as the Brookings Institution, which are likewise oriented liberal, but involved in favor of neutrality and objectivity less in the political business days.

Its objectives are according to his own description:

  • Developing a long -term vision of a progressive America
  • To provide a forum for the development of new progressive ideas and policy proposals for solutions
  • Effective and rapid responses to conservative solutions with well thought-out critique and clear alternatives, and
  • The spread progressive "Messages " in the American public

The Center for American Progress is criticized because it organized in the Business Alliance donors from the ranks of large companies not officially released what is problematic because today many think Thanks would effectively as unregistered lobbyists acting for the interests of their donors without a financial disclosure to subject. According to the magazine The Nation leaked and published list are among the members of the Business Alliance, for example, companies like Comcast, Walmart, General Motors, Pacific Gas and Electric, General Electric, Boeing and Lockheed. The donors also First Solar is a company financially much from a $ 25 billion program of the U.S. Department of Energy profiert for which the Center for American Progress began strongly.


Center for American Progress offers a wide range of studies. Important following areas:

  • Media Research
  • Political research
  • Social Research
  • Economic Research