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American Bridge 21st Century
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Year created:2010
Affiliated with:American Bridge 21st Century Foundation
Website:Official website
Super PACs

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American Bridge 21st Century is a Super PAC focused on comparing Republicans' campaign promises to their performance in office. The organization does this primarily through videos and news releases.[1] One strategist has called American Bridge "a clearinghouse for opposition research."[2] It has been described by Politico as a Democratic-leaning research shop.[3]

American Bridge works closely with House Majority PAC and other Democratic Super PACs; Communications Director Chris Harris said, "Our research helps to inform their polling; their polling helps us decide where we want to do our media hits."[2] Their research includes finding old video footage of Republican candidates, scrutinizing speeches, capturing new footage on the campaign trail,[2] and delving into public records.[4]

American Bridge was started by David Brock, founder of watchdog organization Media Matters. The two organizations share a fundraising firm and many donors.[2]

2016 elections

Correct the Record, an offshoot of American Bridge, took aim at Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's potential 2016 presidential aspirations. It said in a statement, "As the deadline draws near, Governor and Republican Presidential hopeful Scott Walker’s pledge of 250,000 new Wisconsin jobs created by 2015 appears to be a greater and greater failure of his already controversial tenure in the State’s top job. As Walker attacks other Presidential hopefuls, will he take responsibility for his own failures?”[3]

The release went on: "The most recent state jobs report, issued Thursday, reveals that Walker is roughly one-third of the way to fulfilling his primary campaign pledge of 250,000 jobs being created in Wisconsin during his four-year term that ends in 2015. Estimates suggest that 97,000 jobs have been added since he took office, leaving over 150,000 jobs to be created in the 14 remaining months in his term. To do this, Wisconsin would have to average around 11,000 new jobs a month, every month, if the Republican Governor is to keep his word."[3]

2014 elections

American Bridge 21st Century did not spent any money targeting federal candidates for the 2014 election cycle.[5] They did, however, contribute $35,000 to the Senate Majority PAC.[6]

Targeted candidates

According to its website, American Bridge is "monitoring" the following candidates in 2014:[7]

Steve King prank

In July 2013, American Bridge played a prank on Republican Steve King after learning that he embedded one of their YouTube videos of his immigration remarks into a fundraising email. The group added text to their video, including the line, "Don’t listen to Steve King’s excuses. Comparing immigrants to dogs is just plain offensive," and a link to a video compilation of his previous immigration remarks.[8]

Spokesman Chris Harris stated the following about the video, "Ever since American Bridge filmed Steve King comparing immigrants to dogs more than a year ago, he has made a series of excuses and cop outs to avoid being held accountable for his record. We will continue our work to show voters in Iowa and across the country that Steve King is the face of today’s Republican Party and a major roadblock to comprehensive immigration reform."[8]

2012 elections

According to the website OpenSecrets.org, American Bridge 21st Century spent $332,994 on the 2012 elections. Those funds were used to oppose four candidates, all of whom did not win election in 2012.[9]

The success rate of American Bridge 21st Century's 2012 spending.

Targeted candidates

According to its website, American Bridge "monitored" the following candidates in 2012:[10]

Name State Office
Mitt Romney President
Rob Portman Vice President
Tim Pawlenty Vice President
Paul Ryan Vice President
Marco Rubio Vice President
Scott Brown Massachusetts Senator
Connie Mack Florida Senator
George LeMieux Florida Senator
Allen West Florida Representative
Josh Mandel Ohio Senator
George Allen Virginia Senator
Denny Rehberg Montana Senator
Tommy Thompson Wisconsin Senator
Dean Heller Nevada Senator
John Brunner Missouri Senator
Todd Akin Missouri Senator
Sarah Steelman Missouri Senator
Richard Mourdock Indiana Senator


American Bridge 21st Century spent a grand total of $332,994 in the 2012 election cycle. All of the money was used against Republican candidates. [11]

Largest American Bridge 21st Century expenditures in 2012[11]
Candidate Party State Office Total For Against Desired Result
Mitt Romney Republican Party N/A President $201,344 $0 $201,344
Todd Akin Republican Party MO Senate $91,650 $0 $91,650
Richard Mourdock Republican Party IN Senate $35,000 $0 $35,000
Joe Walsh Republican Party IL House $5,000 $0 $5,000


January 2012 video about Rob Cornilles

June 2012 video about Denny Rehberg

June 2012 video about Josh Mandel



The top five donors to the American Bridge 21st Century PAC during the 2012 election cycle were[12]:

Top 5 Donors to American Bridge 21st Century, 2012[12]
Occupation/Employer Total From Individuals From Organizations
Soros Fund Management $1,000,000 $1,000,000 $0
American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees $575,000 $0 $575,000
Escription Inc $400,000 $400,000 $0
Solil Management $350,000 $350,000 $0
Grant & Eisenhofer $325,000 $325,000 $0


The top five industries donating to the American Bridge 21st Century PAC during the 2012 election cycle were[13]:

Top 5 Donors to American Bridge 21st Century, 2012[13]
Industry Total From Individuals From Organizations
Retired $2,167,750 $2,167,750 $0
Securities & Investment $1,137,500 $1,137,500 $0
Misc Finance $1,060,750 $1,060,750 $0
Business Services $905,500 $905,500 $0
Real Estate $861,800 $861,800 $0

Recent news

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