by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
The dark money nonprofit launched by Hillary Clinton following her defeat against Donald Trump relied heavily on just six donors and an $800,000 money transfer from her former presidential campaign committee during its first year, according to tax forms provided to the Washington Free Beacon.
Clinton’s nonprofit, the New York-based Onward Together, was incorporated on April 24, 2017, by Marc Elias, a prominent Democratic lawyer and partner at the Washington, D.C.-based Perkins Coie law firm, filings show. Elias served as Clinton’s top campaign lawyer.
Clinton launched Onward Together to allow her to be a part of the resistance against Trump and to encourage “people to organize, get involved, and run for office.” The group would additionally send money to already established liberal groups who could provide direct action against Trump and Republicans.
The Free Beacon first attempted to obtain Onward Together’s 2017 tax forms over a month ago but did not receive a response at the time. However, a search of state filings in North Carolina showed that the group had taken in just $3.1 million in contributions during its inaugural year.
The tax forms show that six donors and a money transfer from her former campaign committee accounted for $1.3 million of the $3.1 million of the funds the nonprofit hauled in throughout its first year, more than 40 percent of its total haul.
Onward Together, which is a 501(c)(4) “social welfare” group that is not required to disclose its donors, reports contributions from seven unnamed individuals in the amounts of $800,000, $500,000, $11,419, $7,266, $7,000, $5,710, and $5,190. The remaining $1.8 million came from individuals who provided $5,000 or less.