Action Network – Bias and Credibility

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These media sources are moderate to strongly biased toward liberal causes through story selection and/or political affiliation.  They may utilize strong loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports, and omit information reporting that may damage liberal causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy. See all Left Bias sources.

  • Overall, we rate Action Network Left Biased based on advocacy for issues preferred by the progressive left. We also rate them as Mostly Factual in reporting due to a lack of transparency with funding.

Detailed Report

Bias Rating: LEFT
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
Country: USA
MBFC’s Country Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Organization/Foundation
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic



Action Network is a non-profit advocacy group founded in 2012 by Brian Young, who is also the company’s Executive Director. It provides tools for teams advocating for progressive change. Its tools have been used by numerous organizations and Democratic candidates worldwide, including the anti-Trump movement and the Women’s March. The organization identifies itself as a non-profit tech company “utilizing a unique cooperative model to produce technology for the progressive movement.” Action Network is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

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Funded by / Ownership

Action Network, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization, is the sole shareholder of Action Squared Inc., the maker of the Action Network and Action Builder toolsets. The company’s revenue is primarily generated from donations. The “Get Started” page on Action Network provides information about the different plans they offer for organizations to use their platform. They offer three main plans: Movement, Network, and Enterprise, with varying features and pricing based on usage, catering to small to large organizations advocating for progressive causes. However, specific financial details and donor lists are not publicly disclosed.

Analysis / Bias

Action Network is a platform that supports progressive causes and movements. It provides tools and resources that have been used by various organizations, including the Women’s March, Black Lives Matter, Common Cause, United We Dream, AFL-CIO, and the Poor People’s Campaign. The network’s digital platform helps these organizations mobilize and organize their supporters, meeting a need for the progressive movement. Additionally, Action Network claims that its tools helped the Democratic National Committee (DNC) raise millions of dollars for candidates and organizations. 

The organization’s primary focus is on progressive issues, indicating a left-leaning bias. However, the exact degree of bias may vary depending on the specific campaigns and initiatives supported through the platform. For example, the petition hosted on Action Network, sponsored by Citizen Action of New York, calls for new leadership at the Democratic National Committee (DNC). It advocates for Rep. Keith Ellison, co-chair of the Progressive Caucus in Congress, to lead the DNC, arguing that the Democratic party should represent working families over corporations and big donors. The petition implies dissatisfaction with the current DNC leadership under Jaime Harrison without directly criticizing him. The petition described Rep. Keith Ellison as “one of just a few Congress members to back Bernie Sanders in the primary.”

Another blog post titled “Action Network & Action Builder partner with Trader Joe’s United to build a national movement”  discusses their partnership with Trader Joe’s United, a union aiming to create a national movement of unionized stores. The language used is positive, emphasizing the success and impact of the unionization efforts. However, the article lacks opposing viewpoints, which could indicate a bias toward the unionization movement, which reflects the organization’s perspective and advocacy for progressive causes.

Failed Fact Checks

  • None in the Last 5 years

Overall, we rate Action Network Left Biased based on advocacy for issues preferred by the progressive left. We also rate them as Mostly Factual in reporting due to a lack of transparency with funding. (M. Huitsing 08/01/2023)


Last Updated on August 15, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check

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