Who Funds Conservative Campus Group Turning Point USA? Donors Revealed - 2017-11-28
Conservative campus group Turning Point USA is opposed to "safe spaces" — except when it comes to the generosity of its donors. Charlie Kirk, the group's 24-year-old founder, has claimed his organization has campus chapters at 1,000 colleges and universities and raised more than $5 million in 2016. Earlier this year, leaked records revealed TPUSA efforts to secretly funnel thousands of dollars into multiple college student government elections to elect conservatives.
The sources of much of that money have been a mystery, and how much some known sources give is still unknown. "To answer your question, no I will not disclose private giving amounts," Kirk told International Business Times in an email. "Some people like the amount of their charitable giving to remain anonymous so we wish to honor that request."
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, TPUSA is not required to disclose its donors. But based on public tax records and some reporting by other outlets, IBT has identified the sources of over $900,000 in funding for TPUSA. Republican mega-donor families, GOP politicians and other wealthy individuals have provided large amounts of money so the organization can spread free-market principles — from which the donors benefit — among young people, the majority of whom, overall, lean liberal.