Thursday, February 20, 2014

Daschle to Chair CAP's Board of Directors

Center for American Progress (CAP), the liberal think tank with extremely close ties to the Obama Administration, announced today that former Sen. Tom Daschle has been named Chair of the Board of Directors at CAP.

Daschle has been a member of the CAP Board of Directors since 2008.  He is also a Distinguished Fellow at the think tank.

In 2007 Daschle, a former Senate Majority Leader, created his own think tank - the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) - along with former Senate Majority Leaders George Mitchell, Bob Dole, and Howard Baker.

That year, Daschle said that Democats are outnumbered by Republicans in terms of think tanks.

John Podesta was the former Chairman of the Board of Directors at CAP, but he left that position after being tapped by President Obama to be the White House Counselor.

Podesta founded CAP as a "think tank of steroids" to help progressive ideas regain power.  When Daschle came to CAP, he called it an "action tank."  Sarah Wartell, the co-founder and former Executive Vice President at CAP, who is now the President of the Urban Institute, had this description of CAP: "Not your grandmother's think tank."

CAP was recently ranked as the 30th best think tank in the US by the annual University of Pennsylvania think tank rankings.  CAP was also ranked as the 10th best think tank in the US.