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Little-Known Force on the Left Tiptoes into 2016 Races

  • Atlantic Philanthropies put $50 million into fund last year
  • Group says it’s become harder to avoid partisan politics
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton smiles after the final presidential debate in Las Vegas on Oct. 19, 2016.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton smiles after the final presidential debate in Las Vegas on Oct. 19, 2016.

There’s a new, deep-pocketed liberal donor in town.

It’s called the Civic Participation Action Fund, and it’s run by a man named Stephen McConnell in Washington. Formed last year with $50 million, it’s donated to at least three different Democrat-aligned super political action committees this year, including $1.5 million to mobilize immigrant voters for Hillary Clinton.