For all the fuss the left makes about “getting money out of politics,” their actions tell a vastly different story. When conservative donors make or facilitate anonymous donations, liberals cry “dark money” and bemoan the supposed lack of accountability. If liberals truly wanted to get money out of politics, they would need to start with their own Tides organizations, which pioneered the very practice they claim to hate.
The liberal Tide Foundation and its offshoot Tides Center have together accepted $82.7 million in grants from the Federal Government, from 2002 to 2013. These grants support some of the 133 Tides Center projects. Tides Center projects include Ferguson supporters, population control proponents, and anti-Semites, but the tax data is unclear which specific projects the government is backing. Tides is also supported by liberal billionaire George Soros.
The Tides Foundation was founded in 1976 by Drummond Pike -- a close ally of liberal donor Soros. The Tides Foundation works as a gateway for liberal donors - accepting donations from individuals or organizations and then passing them on to liberal causes. Mother Jones -- which attacks conservative philanthropy -- says “the Tides Foundation … gives out tens of millions of dollars each year to thousands of left-leaning groups in the US and overseas.”
The Tides Center, founded in 1996, is an even more nebulous organization. Instead of channeling donations from donors to nonprofits, the Tides Center sponsors liberal and progressive startups as an offshoot of themselves.
The organization’s website states, “Fiscally sponsored projects of Tides are not separate and isolated entities; rather, they are an integral part of Tides. We receive charitable donations and grants on behalf of our fiscally sponsored projects.” In short, every single one of current 133 “sponsored” projects is a direct part of the Tides Center.
In July 2014, syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin wrote an expose of liberal dark money hypocrisy that included revealing information on Tides. “The Tides Center and its parent, the Tides Foundation, in turn have seeded some of the country’s most radical activist groups of the left, including the communist-friendly United for Peace and Justice, the jihadist-friendly National Lawyers Guild and the grievance-mongering Council on American-Islamic Relations.”
Current Tides projects are just as radical. The Catalyst Project, an “anti-racist” group helped support the Ferguson riots and also trained one of the leaders of Madison, Wisconsin’s white “racial justice” movement. The Center for Environment & Population focuses on the relationship between population size and the environment, and champions “reproductive rights” as a way to solve the perceived coming population crisis. The founder and director of CEP, Vicky Markham, openly speaks in favor of population control.
Perhaps most alarming is Tides’ anti-Semitic Arab Resource & Organization Center (AROC) -- an group seeking to “empower and organize our community towards justice and self-determination.” AROC’s Executive Director, Lara Kiswani, was behind the October 2014 “Block the Boat” movement, which kept Israeli cargo ships from docking in California. Kiswani is also a part of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, where she vehemently spews anti-Semitism. In November 2014 she stated, “Bringing down Israel really will benefit everyone in the world.”
Tides partners with many different organizations to gain support for these projects. The Ford Foundation gave over $51 million to the Tides organizations and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation gave over $36 million between 2002 and 2013. and between 2000 and 2013, Soros’ Open Society Foundations gave $47 million. As large as these sums of money are, none come anywhere near the amount that the US government gave to the Tides organizations.
From 2002 onward, the Tides Center has facilitated over $80 million in grants from the Federal Government to progressive causes. The Tides Foundation received an additional $2.5 million from the government between 2009 and 2012.
The government is supposed to report its grant activity through USASpending.gov. However, due to woefully incomplete information on the government website itself, as well as the way the Tides Center and the Tides Foundation are set up, it is virtually impossible to track which departments the government grants are coming from and where they are going.
Searchable USA Spending records only go back through 2008, and in that time frame it reports no grants to the Tides Foundation -- even though according to Tides Foundation 990s, they received a total of $2.5 million from the government.
Similarly, USA Spending reports only a total of $4.7 million to the Tides Center between 2008 and 2013, even though Tides Center 990s report that they received a total of $58.9 million from the government during that time frame.
The grants reported by the government came mainly from the Department of Defense, Department of Education, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Administration for Children and Families, and the EPA.
The Tides Center and Tides Foundation have been very close-lipped about the grants that they have received from the government. Other than a brief mention of the Tides Center grants team processing government grants, information on actual government grants can only be found on the 990s or on USASpending.com - neither of which state which liberal projects the government funds.