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Last updated: July 28, 2016

1. Acceptance of Terms., including all site-related content and services (collectively, the “Website”) is provided by Center for American Progress Action Fund (“CAPAF,” “we,” “us”). Your use of the Website is subject to your compliance with the terms and conditions set forth in this Terms of Use agreement (“Terms of Use”), which supplement any additional guidelines or other terms posted by CAPAF in relation to specific Website-related services or content.

We reserve the right to update or modify the Terms of Use without advance notice by posting a revised Terms of Use to this website. Visitors to the Website (“you,” or “Websitegers”) can determine whether the Terms of Use has been modified since your last visit by checking the “Last updated” legend at the top of the Agreement. By using the Website, you agree to be bound by the version of the Terms of Use then in effect. CAPAF advises you to print and retain a copy of this Terms of Use in hard copy as a record.

CAPAF may deny service to you at any time and in its sole discretion, including, in the event you do not adhere to the Terms of Use, including the Website Community Rules set forth below.

2. Purpose of the Website; About CAPAF.

CAPAF is a nonpartisan, tax-exempt organization, which is the sister advocacy organization of the Center for American Progress Action Fund. CAPAF strives to transform progressive ideas into policy through rapid response communications, legislative action, grassroots organizing, advocacy and partnerships with other progressive leaders throughout the country and the world. Please note that CAPAF is a non-partisan organization. With the Website, CAPAF seeks to provide a forum to advance progressive ideas and policies — not to advance the interests of any particular candidate for office or party.

3. Submissions.

a. Submissions to Most Website Areas: We welcome you to post progressive ideas and views to the Website through our comments section or other feature that we may provide, subject to your agreement to comply with these Terms of Use and acknowledgement of our Privacy Policy. In addition, if you login via a third-party service, you are also subject to their terms of use or terms of service and Privacy Policy, an example of which can be found here:

Please be aware that in order to operate the Website or redistribute materials you post to the Website or otherwise submit to us, we require certain rights in those materials. So, by posting to the Website or otherwise transmitting comments, pieces, ideas or other information in any form including visual or audio data (collectively, “Submissions”) to us, you grant to us and our designees a worldwide, non-exclusive, sublicenseable, assignable, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right (including any moral rights) and license to use, reproduce, distribute, create derivative works based on, perform and display such Submissions (in whole or in part) in any media now known or hereafter developed, for any purpose whatsoever, without compensation to you or any other provider of the Submissions. You also permit any Websiteger to access, display, view, store and reproduce such Submissions for personal use.

You acknowledge that to the extent that you include personally identifiable information in Submissions, we may republish such information as part of the content. If we republish your content, we may provide authorship credit by listing your name as well.

Although CAPAF has no obligation to monitor the Submissions, you acknowledge and agree that we may do one or all of the following: (a) monitor the Submissions; (b) alter, edit, or remove any Submission in whole or in part; or (c) disclose any Submissions. This section will survive any termination or expiration of these Terms of Use.

b. Submissions Through the Website Fellows Program: If you choose to submit your post through the Website Fellow Program, you are agreeing to the additional terms and conditions set forth in the Website Fellows Program guidelines section of the Website (which are hereby incorporated into this Terms of Use) and in this Section.

  • You represent and warrant that your Submissions are original works that have not been and will not be published elsewhere for at least four (4) hours from the time you submit each such Submission. If we accept your work for publication, it must be exclusive to ThinkProgress at the time of publication.
  • If we wish to publish your post through the Website Fellows Program, we will contact you as soon as possible. We may suggest revisions or edits for you to make prior to publication. We may also have questions for you to answer prior to posting. You agree to cooperate in good faith with the Website to make such revisions and respond to any questions.
  • If we select your post for publication and you have complied with the terms and conditions of this Terms of Use, we will send you a $50 check. Please allow six (6) weeks for processing and delivery. In order to receive compensation for your post, you must participate and have been selected for publication through the Website Fellows Program. (Submissions emailed directly to us will be ineligible for compensation.)
  • A Website Fellowship will be offered to a limited number of individuals who we believe exhibit a demonstrated record of submitting quality posts on a frequent basis. The quality and frequency of postings will be assessed by the ThinkProgress team and are subject to the team’s full discretion.
  • Candidates for the Website Fellowship will be required to enter into an additional agreement in order to be awarded the Website Fellowship.
  • CAPAF has no obligation to return any content to you.

4. Website Community Rules.

We have adopted the “Website Community Rules” set forth below to create a forum where information and progressive views can be shared in a productive way. While using the Website, you agree to adhere to the Website Community Rules below.

You agree to:

  • Respect other Websitegers — please do not threaten, insult, abuse, intimidate or harass other Website users.
  • Use the Website for your personal use only. Posting entries solely to promote your own projects are not allowed.

You agree not to:

  • Post any messages or provide links to any messages that endorse or oppose a particular political party or candidate for office.
  • Post any private information, or otherwise harvest, collect or disclose information, about another Websiteger without his or her express consent.
  • Post any content to the Website that is unlawful, racist, hateful, libelous, defamatory, obscene, or that intentionally discriminates against or harasses particular individuals or groups.
  • Post any death threats.
  • Post any content to the Website that infringes any third-party’s intellectual property or other rights.
  • Use the Website for any unlawful purpose, or transmit or otherwise make available in connection with the Website any material that would give rise to criminal or civil liability.
  • Use the Website for advertisements, chain letters, “spamming,” survey solicitations, junk mail or solicitations.
  • Impersonate any person or entity, including any CAPAF employees, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with any person or entity.
  • Imply that CAPAF endorses any of your statements or positions.
  • Transmit any harmful, invasive or disruptive code or other materials (such as viruses, worms or web bugs) through or to the Website, or otherwise “hack” or deface any portion of the Website.
  • Frame or mirror any part of the Website without our prior written authorization.
  • You acknowledge that CAPAF has the right, but not the obligation, to modify or remove, any Submissions that violate the Website Community Rules or that otherwise violate the Terms of Use.

5. CAPAF’s Proprietary Rights and Re-Use Policy.

You acknowledge and agree that the information and materials presented on or through the Website will remain the property of CAPAF and its licensors or providers, and are protected by copyright, trademark, patent, and/or other proprietary rights and related laws, rules and regulations. The materials produced by CAPAF (including photographs, graphics, video and audio content) are protected by copyright as a collective work or compilation under the copyright laws of the United States and other countries. All individual articles, content and other elements comprising this compilation and produced by CAPAF are also copyrighted works. You agree to abide by all additional copyright notices or restrictions contained in any materials produced by CAPAF.

The trademarks, service marks, logos and trade names displayed on the Website (collectively the “Marks”) are the registered and unregistered trademarks of CAPAF, CAPAF’s licensors and suppliers, and others. All Marks on the Website not owned by CAPAF are the property of their respective owners. The Marks owned by CAPAF, whether registered or unregistered, may not be used in connection with any product or service that is not CAPAF’s.

Please review our Re-Use Policy, which is incorporated into this Terms of Use by this reference, to determine how you may use certain materials posted on the Website.

6. Your Additional Representations and Warranties.

You represent and warrant to CAPAF that (a) you have full power and authority to enter into this Terms of Use; (b) your Submissions are original to you or you have obtained all permissions, releases, rights or licenses required to grant the rights and assignments granted herein without obtaining any further releases or consents; (c) your Submissions do not violate, infringe or misappropriate any third party’s copyright, trademark, right of privacy or publicity, or other personal or proprietary right, and do not contain any matter that is defamatory; and (d) you are eighteen years of age or older. If you are under 18 years of age, your parent or legal guardian must submit your Submissions on your behalf.

7. Information Available on or Through the Website.

Some information made available on or through the Website is provided by third parties (such as news services) or other Websitegers (such information, “Third-Party Content”). The inclusion or appearance of Third-Party Content on the Website does not indicate any approval or endorsement by CAPAF of such Third-Party Content, or of any opinion, advice, or other information made or displayed on the Website by any user or other third party. CAPAF is not responsible for, and hereby disclaims any and all liability that may arise from Third-Party Content.

8. Links.

The Website provides links to other websites and resources. Because CAPAF has no control over such sites and resources, you acknowledge and agree that CAPAF does not endorse and is not responsible or liable for any content, advertising, products, or other materials on or available from such sites or resources, or for the availability of such external sites or resources. CAPAF is providing these links to you only as a convenience. CAPAF shall have the right, but not the obligation, at any time and in its sole discretion, to block links from or to the Website through technological or other means, without prior notice.

9. Claims of Copyright Infringement.

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (the “DMCA”) provides recourse for copyright owners who believe that material appearing on the Internet infringes their rights under U.S. copyright law. If you believe in good faith that materials hosted by CAPAF infringe your copyright, you (or your agent) may send us a notice requesting that the material be removed, or access to it blocked. Notices and counter-notices must meet the then-current statutory requirements imposed by the DMCA; see for details. Notices and counter-notices with respect to the Website should be sent to:

By Mail:Alex DeMotsGeneral CounselCenter for American Progress Action Fund1333 H Street, NWWashington DC 20005By email:

10. Privacy Policy.

All information provided by you or collected by us during visits to the Website is governed by our Privacy Policy, which is hereby incorporated into the Terms of Use by this reference. Please review it carefully by clicking here.

Please be aware that if you decide to disclose personally identifiable information on the Website, this information may become public. CAPAF does not control the acts of other visitors to the Website, so please be cautious when deciding to reveal personal information on the Website. If you believe a Websiteger is improperly collecting or using information about you or other users, please contact us at

11. Access By Minors.

The Website is intended for visitors aged 18 and up. Pursuant to 47 U.S.C. Section 230(d), as amended, we hereby notify you that parental control protections (such as computer hardware, software or filtering services) are commercially available that may assist you in limiting access to material that is harmful to minors.

12. Jurisdictional Issues.

The Website is controlled and operated by CAPAF from its principal office in the District of Columbia, U.S.A., and is not intended to subject CAPAF to the laws or jurisdiction of any other state, country or territory. Those who choose to access the Website do so on their own initiative and at their own risk, and are solely responsible for complying with all local laws, rules, and regulations.

13. Termination.

You agree that CAPAF, in its sole discretion, may terminate your use of the Website or any part thereof, at any time and for any reason, including if CAPAF believes that you have violated or acted inconsistently with the spirit of the Terms of Use. Further, you agree that CAPAF shall not be liable to you or any third party for any termination of your access to the Website.

14. Disclaimers.


The Website may include inadvertent inaccuracies or errors, or information or materials that violate the Terms of Use (including the Rules of Conduct above). Additionally, the possibility exists that a third party could make unauthorized alterations to the Website. Although we attempt to ensure the integrity of the Website, we make no guarantees as to its completeness or correctness. In the event that a situation arises in which the Website’s completeness or correctness is in question, please contact us with, if possible, a description of the material to be checked and the location (URL) where such material can be found on the Website, as well as information sufficient to enable us to contact you.

15. Limitation of Liability.


16. Indemnification.

You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless CAPAF and our directors, officers, employees and consultants, from and against any and all claims, damages, losses, costs (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) and other expenses that arise out of or from (a) your activities in connection with the Website; and (b) any violation of these Terms of Use by you, including breach of any representations or warranties made by you in this Terms of Use.

17. Miscellaneous.

These Terms of Use is governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the District of Columbia, United States of America, without regard to its conflict of law principles. You agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of any court located in the jurisdiction of the District of Columbia, United States of America, and waive any jurisdictional, venue or inconvenient forum objections to such courts, in any matter arising out of or related to the Website or these Terms of Use. If any provision of these Terms of Use is found to be unlawful, void or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision will be deemed severable from these Terms of Use and will not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions. CAPAF may assign its rights and obligations under these Terms of Use. These, together with all policies referred to herein, is the entire agreement between us relating to the subject matter herein and supersedes any and all prior or contemporaneous written or oral agreements between us with respect to such subject matter.

18. Questions.

If you have any questions or feedback about these Terms of Use or the Website, feel free to contact us at or write to:Center for American Progress Action Fund1333 H Street, NWWashington DC 20005

State Notices

The Center for American Progress (“CAP”) is a District of Columbia not-for-profit corporation and is operated as a public charity. It has received official IRS recognition of its tax-exempt status under sections 501(c)(3) and 501(a)(9)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code. Our federal ID number is 30–0126510. Donations to CAP are tax-deductible and may be disclosed to the IRS. The Center for American Progress Action Fund (“CAP Action”) is a nonpartisan, 501(c)(4) District of Columbia not-for-profit corporation dedicated to achieving progress through action. Donations to CAP Action are not tax-deductible and may also be disclosed to the IRS.

As required by law, our IRS financial disclosures are always provided to anyone requesting a copy. A copy of CAP ‘s and CAP Action’s latest financial report may be obtained by writing to Center for American Progress or Center for American Progress Action Fund, 1333 H St., NW, 10th Fl., Washington, D.C. 20005 or by calling 202–682–1867.

Additionally, certain States require us to advise you that a copy of our financial report is available from them.

If you are a resident of the following states, you may obtain information directly by contacting: Colorado: Colorado residents may obtain copies of registration and financial documents from the office of the Secretary of State, (303) 894–2680, http:/ / FLORIDA: A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION OF CAP OR CAP ACTION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICE BY CALLING 1–800–435–7352, TOLL-FREE WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. CAP’s registration number in Florida is CH 20092 and CAP Action’s is CH 20155. Maryland: Copies of documents and information submitted by CAP or CAP Action are available for the cost of copies and postage from the Secretary of State, Statehouse, Annapolis, MD 21401, 1–410–974–5534. Michigan: CAP MISC 35294. Mississippi: The official registration and financial information of CAP and CAP Action may be obtained from the Mississippi Secretary of State’s office by calling 1–888–236–6167. Registration by the Secretary of State does not imply endorsement by the Secretary of State. New Jersey: INFORMATION FILED WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL CONCERNING THIS CHARITABLE SOLICITATION AND THE PERCENTAGE OF CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED BY THE CHARITY DURING THE LAST REPORTING PERIOD THAT WERE DEDICATED TO THE CHARITABLE PURPOSE MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY BY CALLING (973) 504–6215 AND IS AVAILABLE ON THE INTERNET AT REGISTRATION WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT. New York: New York residents may obtain a copy of CAP ‘s and CAP Action’s annual report by writing to the Office of the Attorney General, Department of Law, Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271. North Carolina: FINANCIAL INFORMATION ABOUT CAP AND CAP ACTION AND COPIES OF THEIR LICENSES ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE STATE SOLICITATION LICENSING BRANCH AT (888) 830–4989. THIS LICENSE IS NOT AN ENDORSEMENT BY THE STATE. Pennsylvania: The official registration and financial information of CAP and CAP Action may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free, within Pennsylvania, 1–800–732–0999. Registration does not imply endorsement. Virginia: A financial statement for the most recent fiscal year is available upon request from the State Division of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs, P.O. Box 1163, Richmond, VA 23209; 1–804–786–1343. Washington: You may obtain additional financial disclosure information by contacting the Office of the Secretary of State, State of Washington, Olympia, WA 98504–0422; 1–800–332–4483 or 1–800–332-GIVE. West Virginia: West Virginia residents may obtain a summary of the registration and financial documents from the Secretary of State, State Capital, Charleston, WV 25305. Registration does not imply endorsement.


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A. License

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Excerpts up to the length of two paragraphs may be taken without express consent, but must contain a link back to the material from ThinkProgress. Specifically, any article or materials that you reprint or otherwise reproduce must be displayed with its by-line, if applicable, under one of the following headings:

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C. Limit on Use

Except as expressly permitted above, you may not copy, reproduce, distribute, publish, enter into a database, display, perform, modify, create derivative works, transmit, or in any way exploit any material produced by or for the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

2. Editorial Changes Not Permitted

You may not make any editorial changes to articles or materials without first receiving express permission from the Center for American Progress Action Fund. This provision does not restrict excerpting portions of content in a manner that does not alter the editorial intent.

3. Revocation in Place of Breach

If any of the terms of this agreement are breached, the Center for American Progress Action Fund reserves the right to withdraw your license to republish our material. In this situation, you must take immediate steps to remove our material from all current and past communications.