American Bridge 21st Century

SOURCE:  Wikipedia, captured 2020-07-16

  • Formation: November 2010
  • Founder: David Brock
  • Founded at: Washington, D.C.
  • Type: dark money Super PAC
  • Affiliated disinformation (fake news) site: American Ledger  [created in 2018]
  • Methods: Opposition research [intelligence to discredit opposition]
  • Affiliations: Media Matters for America
  • Website:

    American Bridge 21st Century or AB PAC is a liberal American Super PAC that supports Democratic candidates and opposes Republican candidates.

    American Bridge 21st Century was founded by David Brock in 2010 and is associated with Media Matters for America. It is an opposition research hub for the Democratic Party. The group physically tracks and monitors Republican candidates and officials and uses social media to deploy its findings.


    American Bridge PAC employs over 50 "trackers" to follow and record Republican candidates across the country. These trackers are equipped with high-tech recording gear and are assigned Republican targets to follow and record. According to the New York Times, the organization "aims to record every handshake, every utterance by Republican candidates...looking for gotcha moments that could derail political ambitions or provide fodder for television advertisements by liberal groups." USA Today described the group's goal as "uncovering an unguarded moment, a controversial position, a gaffe or flip-flop, anything that can be used to torpedo a political foe's campaign." The organization compiles opposition research dossiers on the Republican candidates they are targeting. The group's opposition dossier on Mitt Romney was 2,500 pages long. American Bridge PAC attempts to tie Republican candidates to the Koch brothers.

    In 2018, American Bridge spent $20.9 million, mostly on employee salaries including the opposition researchers.

    The PAC discovered that the Trump Institute's book was plagiarized, with at least 20 pages coming from a 1995 Success Magazine article.


    American Bridge PAC is largely funded by Democratic donors and labor unions. Billionaire hedge fund manager George Soros was the group's largest donor for the 2012 and 2014 cycles, contributing $1 million in 2012 and over $1 million in 2014. In 2012, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees donated $575,000. American Bridge was one of several progressive political groups to coordinate fundraising efforts for the 2012 elections.

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