Before creating its super PAC arm in 2013, American Commitment (classified as a “social welfare” nonprofit) attempted to influence federal races and policy using ads, online petitions, and microsites. American Commitment is led by Phil Kerpen, a former vice president at Americans for Prosperity who also has worked at the Free Enterprise Fund, Club for Growth, and the Cato Institute. Although the group reported just $1.86 million in election spending in 2012, its overall expenditures totaled more than $11.5 million. Nearly all of American Commitment’s known funding comes from the Center to Protect Patient Rights (CPPR) and Freedom Partners, both of which are closely linked to the Koch brothers and their secretive donor network. American Commitment’s tax filings identify Sean Noble, the president of CPPR, as a director.

Notable Facts:

  • In the 2013 special Senate election in New Jersey, American Commitment unsuccessfully tried to defeat then-Mayor Cory Booker and elect Republican Steve Lonegan. The group attacked Booker using web and TV ads, as well as with the website “”
  • American Commitment’s TV ads against the Affordable Care Act were rated as “mostly false,” “false,” and “pants on fire” by PolitiFact.
  • In 2012, American Commitment ran $1 million worth of ads urging senators from both parties to overturn EPA rules regarding coal, and the group’s most successful petition so far has been to “Stop Obama’s War on Coal.”
View Financial Record
Grants In
Grants Out
Total Expenses
12014$566,031$2,291,510$2,291,510$242,500$2,002,081View 990
22013$276,602$1,024,347$1,023,339$135,000$917,906View 990
32012$176,661$11,722,834$11,722,579$0$11,554,018View 990
42011$1,345$216,500$216,500$110,250$215,155View 990

8 transactions on record as a donor.

Ordered By: Year (Newer to Older)

1American CommitmentFrontiers of Freedom Foundation$12,5002014+
2American CommitmentArizona Free Enterprise Club$230,0002014+
3American CommitmentFamily Research Council Action$28,0002013+
4American CommitmentAmerican Future Fund$65,0002013+
5American CommitmentCatholic Advocate$12,0002013+
6American CommitmentNew Jersey Family First$30,0002013+
7American CommitmentAll Votes Matter$40,0002011+
8American CommitmentAmericans for Responsible Leadership$70,2502011+
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