The American Future Fund is one of the “social welfare” groups that exploit weak campaign finance laws to bring anonymous money into play in federal elections. Exempt from fully disclosing its donors, much of American Future Fund’s known funding comes from the Center to Protect Patient Rights, a Koch-linked dark money conduit that paid a record fine for violating California campaign finance laws in funding 2012 state ballot initiatives. In 2012, American Future Fund spent around $25 million on television ads, much of which targeted President Obama or supported Mitt Romney in the presidential race.

Notable Facts:

  • AFF Founder Nick Ryan is a former adviser to Rick Santorum and founded the pro-Santorum super PAC Red, White and Blue Fund during the 2012 cycle.
  • In 2012, American Future Fund donated over $4 million each to 60 Plus Association and the California Future Fund for Free Markets, plus $1.2 million to the RSLC.
  • In 2012, funding from the Center to Protect Patient Rights and Freedom Partners together made up over 92 percent of American Future Fund’s budget.


A March 2016 OpenSecrets article reported that American Future Fund was exiled from the Koch network following the California campaign finance violations.

View Financial Record
Grants In
Grants Out
Total Expenses
12012$2,672,720$67,947,016$67,941,999$12,536,000$66,882,501View 990
22011$1,658,456$2,608,338$2,588,927$1,015,700$3,657,462View 990
32010$2,687,576$23,304,826$23,266,075$152,500$21,352,090View 990
42009$734,840$1,489,719$1,467,348$0$1,913,598View 990
52008$1,158,659$7,490,608$7,480,516$0$6,331,949View 990

16 transactions on record as a donor.

Ordered By: Year (Newer to Older)

Showing record as donor
1American Future FundHispanic Leadership Fund$20,0002012+
2American Future FundRepublican State Leadership Committee$1,185,0002012+
3American Future FundEnding Spending$525,0002012+
4American Future FundCitizen Awareness Project$1,500,0002012+
5American Future FundCalifornia Future Fund for Free Markets$4,080,0002012+
6American Future FundAdams County Reform Project$70,0002012+
7American Future FundCompetitive Enterprise Institute$150,0002012+
8American Future FundThe Progress Project 262404352$455,0002012+
9American Future Fund60 Plus Association$4,550,0002012+
10American Future FundThe MITA Group$97,5002011+
11American Future$270,0002011+
12American Future FundInvest In North Dakota$300,0002011+
13American Future FundDigital Society$102,5002011+
14American Future FundAll Votes Matter$40,0002011+
15American Future FundIowa Progress Project$203,7002011+
16American Future FundIowa Progress Project$150,0002010+
Contributions from private foundations and other nonprofit entities are based on a review of publicly available Forms 990 filed with the Internal Revenue Service. For more information about our methodology, visit our about page.