A non-profit organization created in 2017 to create digital tools to help defeat President Donald Trump and his allies (also Bernie Sanders in favor of establishment democrats), and funded by the “liberal dark money group” New Venture Fund. It is “part of a larger group called Arabella Advisors, which provides philanthropic guidance and manages four nonprofits” which also includes the Sixteen Thirty Fund, Windward Fund, and Hopewell Fund. Acronym owns the technology firm Shadow, Inc., which was responsible for developing the infamous app used in the chaotic Iowa caucuses. The firm’s founder and CEO, Tara McGowan, “worked for Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign and previously served as the digital director for NextGen America, a progressive organization founded by presidential candidate Tom Steyer,” as RealClearPolitics noted.
Democrat-aligned Super PAC Pacronym spent $5 million on negative ads targeting President Trump’s response to the coronavirus in 2020 prior to the 2020 Election. Federal Election Commission records show that leftist Hollywood movie director and accused pedophile Stephen Spielberg donated $500,000 in December 2019 to PACRONYM, the political fundraising arm of the organization ACRONYM, and his wife Kate Capshaw donated another $500,000 to the group in December.
The Tech firm is more than just a wonkish outfit churning out code for political clients. By many accounts, the secretive organization served as a power nexus that connected party elites including Barack Obama, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Hillary Clinton. As noted by author Matt Stoller, ACRONYM’s mission extends far beyond the world of technology. The organization essentially functions as a vehicle for large Democratic donors to mobilize their resources against President Trump. The non-profit also served as a glorified digital ad buying service for progressive and liberal candidates.
The group spent more than $10 million for an online voter registration program designed to win battleground states like Arizona and Florida in the 2020 election.
Among its key players is David Plouffe, a board member who served as campaign manager for Barack Obama. Plouffe currently serves as the head of policy and advocacy for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the charitable outfit of Mark Zuckerberg.
“Plouffe unlocks the trust of the entire Democratic operative class, meaning that Acronym’s technology is being used not just by the Iowa Democrats, but by Nevada Democrats, and a host of campaigns, unions, and nonprofits,” Stoller wrote.
ACRONYM has ties to other Democratic establishment figures. CEO Tara McGowan is married to Michael Halle, a senior strategist for Pete Buttigieg’s failed campaign for president in 2020, according to the Intercept. Buttigieg declared victory in the caucuses before official results had been released.
The Intercept reported that Acronym and Shadow share office space in Denver, Colorado which contradicted McGowan’s attempt to distance itself from Shadow. McGowan tweeted dismissively of Sen. Sanders, writing in 2017 that “Bernie is not the answer.” The Intercept reported earlier this week that high-ranking ACRONYM personnel regularly expressed hostility about Sanders’s followers.