60 Plus Association - Describes itself as "a non-partisan seniors advocacy group with a free enterprise, less government, less taxes approach to seniors issues" and lists ending the federal estate tax and saving Social Security for the young as its top priorities. See Sourcewatch.
Accuracy in Academia - Shining a light on all those "leftist thugs" populating academies of learning in the U.S.
Acton Institute - Promotes laissez-faire economics and public policy within a Christian framework.
Adam Smith Institute - Think tank working to promote libertarian and free market ideas through research, publishing, media commentary, and educational programs. Well-known for its work on tax, privatization, and public service reform in the UK.
Alliance Defending Freedom - Building a 'legal ministry,' relying on 21st century attorneys and an eight-figure annual budget to reshape American law and society, becoming the go-to group for the Christian right's cause. Its founding board and original funders of the group included several of the nation's most prominent conservative Christians: James Dobson of Focus on the Family, Larry Burkett of Crown Financial Ministries, Bill Bright of the Campus Crusade for Christ, D. James Kennedy of the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, and radio host Marlin Maddoux. Alan Sears, ADF's president then and now, was a Reagan appointee and served as executive director of the Attorney General's Commission on Pornography under Ed Meese.
Alliance Defense Fund - Christian legal firm established by more than 30 Christian ministries to defend 'family values' and religious freedom and to work against the ACLU. Leadership includes Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family, Dr. Bill Bright of Campus Crusade for Christ, and Dr. D. James Kennedy of Coral Ridge Ministries.
Amcha - Zionist organization whose mission is to initimidate, spy upon, and harass students and faculty who deviate from its Israeli line. Amcha was founded by Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, a Hebrew lecturer at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Rossman-Benjamin is a notorious anti-Palestinian and anti-Muslim activist with a history of litigious threats against students and faculty.
America's Society - Pursues its free trade agenda advocacy for the Americas role through direct U.S. lobbying efforts, Congressional testimony, coalition leadership and participation, and the preparation and dissemination of reports, studies and position papers, often collaborating with other industry groups or influential individuals.
Strong ties to the Koch brothers.
American City County Exchange (ACCE) - An offshoot of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Corporate America's direct conduit into the policy making process of city councils and municipalities. ACCE's funding appears to come almost entirely from its corporate members. Local elected officials are asked to pay just $100 for a two year membership, where corporate members pay between $10,000 and $25,000.
American Commitment - A conservative, right-wing dark money group founded by right-wing operative Sean Noble and led by Phil Kerpen, former vice president of Americans for Prosperity. Runs a slew of other websites that push for conservative policy making.
American Conservative Union (ACU) - One of the oldest conservative lobbying organization in the U.S. Since 1971, ACU has published an annual rating of Congress. Each member of the House and Senate is rated on a scale of 0 to 100, based on actual votes cast on a wide range of issues. The ratings are designed to show how members vote on all the major issues to gauge their adherence to conservative principles. Since 1974, the ACU has hosted the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. Thousands of conservative activists and leaders from around the nation meet for three days to discuss current issues and policies, and set the agenda for the future.
American Family Association (AFA) - Organization founded by Don Wildmon. AFA supporters receive a monthly letter about a specific issue with a recommended action such as sending a postcard or making a phone call.
American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) - Powerful pro-Israel advocate and lobbying organization. Influences elections and legislation not by funding campaigns directly, but by directing its satellite PACs, some with innocuous sounding names, to do so.
American Legion - The American Legion was chartered by the U.S. Congress as a patriotic, mutual-help, wartime veterans organization of the United States armed forces who served during a wartime period as defined by Congress. While its primary political activity is lobbying on the behalf of the interests of veterans, service members including support for veterans benefits such as pensions and the Veterans Affairs hospital system, it has also been involved in more general political issues, generally taking a conservative position. Most criticism of the Legion is based on its political activities. The American Legion is probably the largest single financial supporter of the Citizens Flag Alliance and its goal of changing the constitution to outlaw flag desecration. The Burson-Marsteller firm has in the past managed this issue. Also see Wikipedia.
American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) - Agenda includes rolling back civil rights, challenging government restrictions on corporate pollution, and limiting government regulations of commerce, privatizing public services, and representing the interests of the corporations that make up its supporters. Founder: Paul Weyrich, Henry Hyde, Lou Barnett, and others. Also see:
American Life League (ALL) - Exists to serve God by helping to build a society that respects and protects innocent human life from fertilization to natural death - without compromise, without exception, without apology. Judie Brown, president and co-founder.
American Renewal Foundation - Supports legal protections for life in all stages from conception to natural death (fighting to repeal Roe v. Wade), preference in public policies for heterosexual marriage and the traditional family (and against legal protections for gays and lesbians), a renewal of ethical monotheism and traditional Judeo-Christian standards of morality-the 'Laws of Nature and Nature's God', 'strict constructionist' judicial appointments.
American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) - A coalition of medical professional associations and various industry groups - such as from the chemical, tobacco and drug industries - promoting changes to U.S legislation to limit corporate and professional liability for damage caused by their products and services. ATRA was founded in 1986 by the American Council of Engineering Companies. Shortly thereafter, the American Medical Association joined them.
Americans for Tax Reform - Opposes 'Value Added Tax' and all tax increases as a matter of principle. Heavily funded by a number of corporate backers, with the tobacco, gambling and alcohol industries figuring prominently.
Arnold Foundation - A front for the war on public employees. "The Arnold Foundation is clearly in the forefront of nationwide efforts to scale back pensions for state and municipal workers." - AlterNet
Atlas Network - Helping develop and strengthen a network of market-oriented think tanks that spans the globe to achieve a "free" based upon private property rights, limited government under the rule of law and the market order. Founded in 1981 by the late Sir Antony Fisher
Becket Fund for Religious Liberty - Bills itself as the intellectual leader of the right-wing 'religious liberty' campaign. It has advanced the specious claim that marriage equality laws will force Roman Catholic churches to perform marriages for gay and lesbian couples. Becket is also at the forefront of the spate of adoption cases in Massachusetts and Illinois, where Catholic Charities pulled out of adoption networks rather than place children with gay or lesbian couples. The Becket Fund names the Affordable Care Act as one of the top religious freedom issues facing the United States, and has filed seven suits against it.
Bradley Foundation - Established by Lynde and Harry Bradley. Committed to "preserving and defending the tradition of free representative government and private enterprise."
In addition to providing funding for a host of right-wing organizations, Bradley contributes to conservative and often highly controversial scholarship, publications and "academic" research aimed at legitimizing far-right policy positions. See Right Wing Watch. Gives out The Bradley Prizes to the like-minded.
CADCA - Dedicated to protecting society from 'dangerous' drugs, but making a big exception for prescription-drug abuse.
California Policy Center - Seeks to "diminish the power of moneyed interests, especially public sector unions, which use their political power in California to implement policies counterproductive to prosperity."
Californians Against Higher Costs - A political front group created to defeat California's 2014 rate review initiative that would empower regulators and consumer advocates to challenge health insurance premium rate hikes. The organization has received 99% of its funds from health insurance companies (like UnitedHealth, Anthem Blue Cross, HealthNet and Kaiser Health Plans) and health insurance political action committees.
Campaign for Working Families - Political action committee (PAC) dedicated to electing pro-family, pro-life and pro-free enterprise candidates to federal and state offices.
Campus Watch - Monitors professors who criticize Israel. The brainchild of Daniel Pipes and Martin Kramer.
Capitol Ministries - An organization that hosts regular Bible studies for, and ministers to, Members of Congress.
Cascadia - Promotes a White ethnic consciousness in the Pacific Northwest.
Catholic Medical Association (CMA) - Ultra conservative U.S. national organization headquartered in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. Opposes abortion and mifepristone (also known as RU-486). Opposes modern methods of contraception, contraceptives for unmarried people, and premarital sex. For married couples, CMA promotes natural family planning as the only acceptable means of contraception. CMA promotes the medically unsupported view that homosexuality is a preventable disorder-same-sex attraction (SSA)-that can be prevented and treated. CMA opposes research on stem cells derived from embryos. CMA opposes in vitro fertilization.
Cato Institute - Promotes public policy based on limited government, individual liberty, "free markets" and peace. Founded by Edward H. Crane.
Center for Security Policy (CSP) - A think tank led by notorious anti-Muslim conspiracist Frank Gaffney. Source of news, analysis and information on key defense and security issues, a revolving door network of hawkish defense pundits, conservative policy-makers, and defense industry representatives.
Center for the Study of Taxation - "Despite its name, there is nothing scholarly about the center. It publishes brochures opposing the estate tax, relying on anecdotes and witty quotes, not scholarship, to make its points. It is a pure marketing organization, no different from the big ad agencies except that tits sells ideology instead of detergent." - from Perfectly Legal by David Cay Johnston [p. 80] (2003).
Centre for Policy Studies - Centre-right British policy think tank promoting privatisation, low-tax government, and rolling back the state.
Centre for the New Europe - Based in Brussels. Its hosts events for policymakers, parliamentarians and journalists, and publishes reports and books on a range of libertarian topics. It is very strongly pro-free-market, with a particular focus on the privatisation of healthcare.
Chalcedon - Promoting Christian reconstruction in all areas of life. Rousas John Rushdoony, founder.
Citizens United - Right wing smear machine led by Floyd Brown and David Bossie, the pair that "invented" Willie Horton and brought you Whitewater.
Civitas Institute - A conservative state think tank based in North Carolina and launched in 2005 to "facilitate the implementation of conservative policy solutions.Civitas is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit that gets most of its funding from North Carolina businessman Art Pope (John William Pope's son). Civitas Action is its 501(c)(4) sister organization, in which Pope is also a founding member. Also see SourceWatch.
Claremont Institute - Collaborates with other right wing groups to limit government by gutting social programs and environmental regulation.
Club for Growth - Founded by Steve Moore, National Review president Dusty Rhodes, Cato Institute president Ed Crane, Richard Gilder, economist, CNBCKudlow & Kramer co-host Larry Kudlow, and other conservatives who promote tax cuts and drastically reducing the size of the federal government. CFG's president and founder Steve Moore has called for closing several government departments, including Education, Commerce, Labor and Agriculture. Also see SourceWatch.
Colson Center, The - Working for nation-shaping reformation; building a movement of Christians committed to living and defending Christian woldview. Founded by notorious Charles Colson, former special counsel and "hachet man" for President Richard Nixon, who plead guilty to obstruction of justice for attempting to defame Pentagon Papers defendant Daniel Ellsberg. Colson became a Christian in 1973. The following year he served seven months in the federal Maxwell Prison in Alabama as the first member of the Nixon administration to be incarcerated for Watergate-related charges. See Wikipedia.
Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) - A powerful Boston-based lobby group that tries to curb criticism of Israel in U.S. media. See SourceWatch: CAMERA is widely regarded as a pro-Israeli lobby group. As as put by Robert I. Friedman says: CAMERA, the A.D.L., AIPAC and the rest of the lobby don't want fairness, but bias in their favor. And they are prepared to use McCarthyite tactics, as well as the power and money of pro-Israel PACs, to get whatever Israel wants."
Committee on the Present Danger - Advocates "policies intended to win the war on global terrorism - terrorism carried out by radical Islamists opposed to freedom and democracy."
Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) - Postures as an advocate of "sound science" in the development of public policy. In fact, it is an ideologically-driven, well-funded front for corporations opposed to safety and environmental regulations that affect the way they do business.
Concerned Women for America (CWA) - The mission of CWA is to protect and promote Biblical values among all citizens - first through prayer, then education, and finally by influencing our society - thereby reversing the decline in moral values in our nation.
Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC) - An American political organization supporting a variety of conservative and paleoconservative causes in addition to white nationalism and white separatism. The CCC is the modern reincarnation of the old White Citizens Councils, which were formed in the 1950s and 1960s to battle school desegregation in the South.
ConWebWatch - The focus of ConWebWatch is the ConWeb -- Internet-based conservative "news" organizations NewsMax, WorldNetDaily and CNSNews.com. Addtionally, ConWeb looks at conservative media "watchdogsMedia Research Center and Accuracy in Media.
Cornwall Alliance - U.S. evangelicals who believe environmentalism is a 'native evil.'
Council for National Policy (CNP) - A 'highly secretive, theocratic organization. What they want is basically religious rule.' CNP's membership is comprised of leaders in the family values, national defense and decency movements woven by members of the Dead Billionaires Club like the Adolph Coors Foundation, the Koch brothers, Richard DeVos, Richard Scaife and other billionaires and foundations. See Sourcewatch.
CRC Public Relations - A Virginia firm that also lists among its conservative clients the Republican National Committee, National Republican Congressional Committee and National Republican Senatorial Committee. Its client list also includes the Federalist Society, Christian Coalition, National Taxpayers Union, Media Research Center, and Regnery Publishing.
Cuban American National Foundation (CANF) - Dedicated to regime change in Cuba. The CANF has been tied to terrorist drug traffickers responsible for acts on a scale that would have sent the U.S. military into full scale action had they been done to Americans. Yet they continue to receive support from the Republicans and some Democrats such as Senator Lieberman. CANF is the heart of the Cuban-American community's anti-Castro efforts and a valuable source for key names of influential and wealthy Cuban-Americans.
Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) - A lineage-based membership organization of women dedicated to promoting historic preservation, education, and patriotism. DAR's motto is "God, Home, and Country." Some state chapters of DAR date from as early as October 11, 1890, and the National Society of DAR was incorporated by Congressional charter in 1896. Over the years, DAR's list of objectionable items have included: work tunes and folk songs; mental health programs; all international activities; the Peace Corps; methodism; Supreme Court; fluoridation; and (big shock here), public education. DAR has even attacked UNICEF Christmas cards, which it claimed were "part of a broader communist plan to destroy religious beliefs and customs and to transfer Christianity in a 'One World Peace Festival.'" Some members held segregationist views when segregation was still public policy in much of the United States and this continued to as recently as March 1984 with the intial denial of membership to Lena Lorraine Santos Ferguson in a Washington, D.C. chapter of the DAR because she was black. Legal action and media coverage in the Washington Post led to a change in DAR bylaws to bar discrimination "on the basis of race or creed". As a result of the Washington Post story, not only was Ferguson, a retired school secretary, admitted to the DAR, she became chairman and founder of the D.C. DAR Scholarship Committee. She died in March 2004 at the age of 75. Also see Wikipedia.
David Horowitz Freedom Center - A project of ex-Marxist turned right-wing activist David Horowitz and Peter Collier. The Center consists of three "departments":
Employment Policies Institute - One of several front groups created by Berman and Company, a Washington, D.C. public affairs firm owned by Richard Berman, who lobbies for the restaurant, hotel, alcoholic beverage and tobacco industries.
European Policy Centre - One of the leading "think tanks" in Brussels, deftly pushing an agenda favored by big corporations.
Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies - An influential group of conservatives and libertarians ideologically aligned against the domination of law schools and the legal profession by orthodox liberal ideology. Federalist Society luminaries include Robert H. Bork, Edwin Meese, William Bradford Reynolds, Lois Haight Herrington, and Donald Paul Hodel.
Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) - "Concerned citizens who share a common belief that the unforeseen mass immigration that has occurred over the last 30 years should be curtailed." Xenophobic. Branded a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. It was formed in 1979 by population control advocate and nativist John Tanton, who believes that immigration is a significant part of the U.S. population "problem," and is part of the anti-immigrant John Tanton Network.
Financial Services Roundtable - A U.S. trade association that lobbies on behalf of 100 of the top banks, credit card companies, insurance and securities services firms operating in the United States.
Focal Point - Publishers of Real History by David Irving.
Focus on the Family - Spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ rather than the humanistic notions of today's theorists. Dr. James Dobson, Ph.D., founder and president.
Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) - The brainchild of Weekly Standard editor William Kristol, neo-conservative foreign policy guru Robert Kagan, and former Bush administration official Dan Senor. Calls for "continued engagement - diplomatic, economic, and military - in the world and rejection of policies that would lead us down the path to isolationism." ... "This reminds me of the Project for the New American Century," said Steven Clemons, director of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation.Like PNAC, it will become a watering hole for those who want to see an ever-larger U.S. military machine and who divide the world between those who side with right and might and those who are evil or who would appease evil."
Forest Resources Association - Promote the interests of wood fiber suppliers regarding the use of forest resources to meet wood fiber needs through private enterprise.
Foundation for the Defense of Democracies - Conducts research and education on the war on terrorism. Founding members and advisors include Steve Forbes, Jack Kemp, Jeane Kirkpatrick, Frank Lautenberg, Newt Gingrich and former CIA director James Woolsey.
Fraser Institute - A Canadian think tank. It has been described as politically conservative and right-wing libertarian and espouses free market principles. Its stated mandate is "to measure, study, and communicate the impact of competitive markets and government intervention on the welfare of individuals." Also see Wikipedia article.
Free Congress Foundation (FCF) - Free Congress Foundation is politically conservative, but it is more than that: it is also culturally conservative. Most think tanks talk about tax rates or the environment or welfare policy and occasionally we do also. But our main focus is on the Culture War. Will America return to the culture that made it great, our traditional, Judeo-Christian, Western culture? Or will we continue the long slide into the cultural and moral decay of political correctness? If we do, America, once the greatest nation on earth, will become no less than a third world country." - Paul Weyrich, president of FCF.
Freedom Foundation - Think tank. Right wing budget, taxes, education, labor, elections, property rights, and citizenship "research."
Freedom House - Recieves about 80% of its funding from U.S. government and furthers its right wing interests. Foreign policy instrument. Clandestine and open interventionist activity in Cuba, Sudan, China, Russia, and other countries. Interlocking relationships with AIM, World League for Freedom and Democracy, Resistance International, and U.S. government bodies such as Radio Free Europe and the CIA.
FreedomWorks - A merger of the conservative think-tanks Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE) and Empower America. Initially conducted massive get out the vote and political education campaigns on behalf of President George W. Bush. Later, "Contract with America" redux.
Fueling U.S. Forward - An organization financially backed by Koch Industries to promote the "positives" of fossil fuels.
Global Warming.org (Cooler Heads Coalition) - As campaigning Republicans face attacks from environmentalists on climate change, industry friendly Consumer Alert has relaunched the Cooler Heads Coalition and its website globalwarming.org. The group says it advances "sound science and dispel the myths of global warming by exposing flawed economic, scientific, and risk analysis." Members of the Coalition come from a wide range of industry front groups and right-wing think tanks, including the group's original founder the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the Heritage Foundation, The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition, Pacific Research Institute, and Americans for Tax Reform.
Golden Dawn - Political organization and political party in Greece. Scholars and media describe it as neo-Nazi and fascist. Members have expressed admiration of the former dictator Ioannis Metaxas, who ruled Greece during World War II. They have also made use of Nazi symbolism, and praised figures of Nazi Germany. The party's leader has openly identified it as nationalist and racist.
Goldwater Institute - Think tank advancing public policies with emphasis on lower taxes, limited government spending, school choice, and a reduction in government management of the economy. Also see Wikipedia article.
Grass Roots North Carolina - Main focus is "the right to keep and bear arms.GRNC was central to drafting and passing North Carolina's concealed handgun law and since that time has continued to push for improvements to gun laws. Most recently, GRNC successfully promoted the "Castle Doctrine" as part of HB 650, along with more than 20 pro-gun amendments to North Carolina law. HB 650 became law in North Carolina on December 1, 2011.
Hasbara Fellowships - Educates and trains university students to be good pro-Israel right wing activists "battling overwhelming anti-Israel propaganda on their campuses in the wake of the second Palestinian intifada."
Henry Jackson Society - An "abrasively right-wing forum with an anti-Muslim tinge, churning out polemical and superficial pieces by aspiring journalists and pundits that pander to a narrow readership of extreme Europhobic British Tories, hardline US Republicans and Israeli Likudniks," according to fonding member, founding member, Marko Attila Hoare.
Hoover Institution - A Republican public policy research center "devoted to advanced study of politics, economics, and political economy - both domestic and foreign - as well as international affairs." It has also been called the West's citadel of anticommunism.
Hudson Institute - Think tank with financial support from many of the foundations and corporations that have bankrolled the conservative movement. While many conservative think tanks eschew government funding, Hudson happily takes government contracts. Also see Right Web and SourceWatch.
Human Life International (HLI) - "As an international education apostolate Human Life International works to convert minds, hearts and souls. HLI exists to to restore respect for the sanctity of life from the moment of conception through natural death and to restore the preeminence of the traditional family as paramount in God's plan. It works to save babies from abortion, to tell women the truth about contraception, to teach chastity to teens, and to fight the insidious onslaught of the population control movement that promotes euthanasia initiatives and worldwide 'family planning.'"
Human Events - National conservative weekly: news, views and books.
Incite Agency - Working to build support for lawsuits against teacher tenure, seniority, and other job protections won by teachers unions. Founded by Robert Gibbs and Ben Labolt.
Identity Evropa - White supremacist group in the United States, established in March 2016. Relatively small in size, the group is seen as one of several groups contributing to a rising spike of white nationalism in the U.S. since 2015. The group particularly targets college campuses, by distributing white nationalist slogans on fliers, posters, and stickers.
Institute for Legal Reform - Sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Focuses primarily on right wing tort reform. Its goals are to take power away from civil jurors with "tort reform" laws -- laws that immunize corporations from lawsuits and block injured consumers' access to the courts -- and target judges whose decisions they do not like.
Institute for Justice - Libertarian public interest law firm supporting causes such as 'school choice' and vouchers and government subsidized faith-based social service programs while opposing affirmative action policies (refers to them as 'racial preferences' and 'reverse discrimination').
Inter-American Dialogue - Policy analysis, exchange, and communication on issues in Western Hemisphere affairs. "Offers soothing centrism about political developments across the region, valuable to an array of international corporations who fund this think tank." - Peter Hart, FAIR
Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) - Nurturing future leaders the 'American principles' of limited government, individual liberty, personal responsibility, free enterprise, and Judeo-Christian moral standards.
International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) - Supports citizens' right to participate in free and fair elections as long as they do not deviate from U.S. foreign policy interests. The bulk of IFES funding comes from National Endowment for Democracy (NED). NED is a quasi-governmental organization conceived by the Reagan administration and funded by Congress to "promote democracy" overseas. NED's funding comes from the U.S. government, primarily from the U.S. Information Agency and the U.S. Agency for International Development (AID). IFES is a part of the NED network of private organizations that allows the U.S. government to continue to meddle in political arenas in other countries.
Jamestown Foundation - U.S. group founded in 1984 to analyze Soviet-era threats and provide a conduit for Soviet defectors. Currently shifting its ideological and strategic assets to the war on terrorism. Ardent ideological stumpers for extending Bush's vision of extending U.S.-prompted regime change around the world.
Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA) - Pro-Israel public policy think tank devoted to promoting a positive image of Israel, advocating Israels right to exist and fighting anti-semitism. Opposes a unilateral Palestinian drive toward statehood.
John Birch Society - Founded by Robert Welch. Staunchly anti-communist. Believes "the traditional moral values of Judeo-Christian heritage form the cornerstone of Western Civilization."
John Hagee Ministries - In his book Jerusalem Countdown: A Warning to the World, Hagee interprets the Bible to predict Russia and the Islamic states will invade Israel and be destroyed by God. This will cause the anti-Christ, the head of the European Union, to create a confrontation over Israel between China and the West. A final battle between East and West at Armageddon will then precipitate the Second Coming of Christ. In a discussion concerning Muhammad, he claims Muhammad was a man of war and this influence on Islam is the cause of the troubles of Jerusalem. Theologically, Hagee believes in the "baptism of the Holy Spirit", the "absolute authority of the scripture", miraculous healing, anointing with oil, baptism by immersion, the importance of evangelism, and the "worship of the Lord through singing, clapping, and the lifting of hands." See Wikipedia.
Judicial Crisis Network - An advocacy organization that advances a right-wing legal agenda and uses undisclosed dark money "issue ads" to influence state and federal judicial appointments and elections. Also see its sister organization, the Judicial Education Project.
Judicial Watch - Conservative watchdog group that files Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits to investigate alleged misconduct by government officials. A tiny sample of the right wing conspiracy theory topics driven by this group over the past three decades include: Benghazi, Filegate, Hillary’s email, IRS investigations, ISIS on the Mexican border, Obama czars, Obama’s trips, Ron Brown, Swift Boat Veterans, Travelgate, Vince Foster, White House visitor logs, Whitewater -- and anything having to do with Huma Abedin, the Clinton Foundation, Sidney Blumenthal or anyone else closely related to the Clintons.
JunkScience - The best known example of a right wing effort in the U.S. to discredit widely accepted science, technology and medical information. Site is run by Steven Milloy, a lawyer, whose close financial and organizational ties to tobacco and oil companies have been the subject of criticism from a number of sources,as Milloy has consistently criticized the science linking secondhand smoke to health risks and human activity to global warming.
Knights Party (Knights of the KKK) - The name of several past and present secret domestic militant organizations in the United States, originating in the southern states and eventually having national scope, that are best known for advocating white supremacy and acting as terrorists while hidden behind conical hats, masks and white robes. Also see Wikipedia.
Lawfare Project - Israeli human rights-bashing and international law attack dog, specializing in disinformation, propaganda, and disruption. Specializes in smear campaigns.
Leadership Institute - Recruits, trains and finds jobs for right-wing activists in the public policy field. President: Morton C. Blackwell.
League of the South - A White Southern nationalist organization, headquartered in Killen, Alabama. The group defines the Southern United States as the states that made up the former Confederacy. It claims to be also a religious and social movement, advocating a return to a more traditionally conservative, 'Christian-oriented' Southern culture.
Legal Forum for the Land of Israel - Committed to protecting 'human rights' in Israel, but not those of Palestinians. Provides protection and 'legal' cover assistance for settlers.
Mackinac Center for Public Policy (MCPP) - 'Free market' research organization lobbying state policy in Michigan (e.g., in such areas as education reform, privitization, government waste, welfare reform, taxation, state infastructure, and collective bargaining). Strong supporter of tax-supported private school vouchers, charter schools, and tax credits for parents who send their children to private schools.
Manhattan Institute - Conservative think tank researching public policy issues: taxes, welfare, crime, the legal system, urban life, race, education, and more, providing a home to market conservatives, social conservatives, old-style-aristocratic conservatives, and libertarians. Also see listing of so-called "scholars" or Manhattan Institute Fellows and The Wriston Lectures.
McWhorter, John H. - Specializes in language change and language contact. Outside his chosen field of linguistics, he has carved a niche for himself as an African American social conservative commentator serving as a critic on what he calls a "self-sabotaging" black culture.
Middle East Forum - Right wing think tank seekng to shape the intellectual climate in which U.S. foreign policy is made.
Milkin Institute - Think tank that uses "capital-market principles and financial innovations to address social and exonomic challenges." Founded in the early 90s by Michael Milken and his brother, Lowell Milken.
Moledet - An ideological political party in Israel embracing population transfer to achieve peace between Israel and Palestine. Moledet opposes the establishment of a Palestinian state west to the Jordan River, in addition to the Jordanian Palestinian state.
Mountain States Legal Foundation (MSLF) - Public interest legal center dedicated to individual liberty, the right to own and use property, limited and ethical government, and the free enterprise system.
Nation of Islam - Spiritual leader Minister Louis Farrakhan advocates the high standards of a righteous way of life.
National Association of Scholars (NAS) - Organized around various education and academic life issues such as: opposing affirmative action programs in hiring and student recruitment; fighting against curriculum perceived as dogmatically hostile to Western civilization; treatment of colleagues supected of holding 'politically incorrect' views', tendency of administrators to placate activists; low standards in higher education; and the like.
National Black Republican Association (NBRA) - Resource for the black community on Republican ideals. Promotes "the traditional values of the black community which are the core values of the Republican Party: strong families, faith in God, personal responsibility, quality education, and equal opportunities for all."
National Center for Constitutional Studies (NCCS) - A fringe Mormon group focused on teaching a fundamentalist interpretation of the founding documents. Basically: God wrote the United States Constituion, God rules the United States, and Anglo-Saxons are the chosen people .
National Center for Neighborhood Enterprises (NCNE) - Founded in 1981 by Robert L. Woodson, Sr. Provides community and faith-based organizations with training and technical assistance, links them to sources of support, and evaluates their experience for public policy.
National Democratic Institute (NDI) - NDI is one of the main components of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED); that is, NED chanels its funds through four organizations, and NDI is one of them. The NED is US-government funded, but NDI doesn't have to disclose its funding/activities to the US government. See Sourcewatch. Its The ideological and governmental character is epitomised by the nature of its leadership. Madeleine Albright, secretary of state during the Clinton presidency, is chair of the NDI board.
National Endowment for Democracy (NED) - Supporting right wing causes. Makes hundreds of grants each year to support "prodemocracy groups" in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.
National Institute for Public Policy - Neoconservative "public education" organization focusing on foreign policy and international issues. Output from this group is generally supportive of a U.S. Missile Defense System and its further development of nuclear weaponry.
National Legal and Policy Center - Monitors and reports on the ethics of elected officials, government agencies, and labor unions in the United States. Among the NLPC's more high-profile targets have been hip hop mogul Sean Combs, Reverend Jesse Jackson, and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. The project has targeted many individuals and organizations and accused them of corruption, often filing complaints against them. It is highly critical of billionaire George Soros, and has criticized his donating money to the Lynne Stewart Legal Committee, the American Civil Liberties Union, and "groups that promote illegal immigration".
National Policy Institute - A white nationalist think tank based in Whitefish, Montana, established with a staff of four in September 2005 by William Regnery and Samuel T. Francis, in conjunction with Louis R. Andrews.
National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) - Trade association for the firearms industry. NSSF has a membership of more than 12,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen's organizations and publishers.
National Union - The objective of The National Union is to become a ruling party in association with other parties that seek the realization of Zionist goals.
National Vanguard - American white nationalist organization based in Charlottesville, Virginia.
NGO Monitor - An extreme right-wing group with close ties to the Israeli government, military, West Bank settlers, and to notoriously Islamophobic individuals and organizations in the United States. Attacks the transparency of human rights organizations while ignoring murky funding and support for extremist settler organizations.
Oath Keepers - A hub in the sprawling anti-Obama movement that includes Tea Partiers, Birthers, and 912ers. There are scores of patriot groups, but what makes Oath Keepers unique is that its core membership consists of men and women in uniform, including soldiers, police, and veterans. At regular ceremonies in every state, members reaffirm their official oaths of service, pledging to protect the Constitution-but then they go a step further, vowing to disobey "unconstitutional" orders from what they view as an increasingly tyrannical government. See Justin Sharrock's Oath Keepers and the Age of Treason in Mother Jones.
One Israel Fund - Israeli settlements in the West Bank are illegal—but donations to U.S. nonprofits that support them are tax-deductible. Between 2001 and 2014 (the years for which records are available), the One Israel Fund raised at least $26 million from donors across the United States, making it one of the wealthiest pro-settlement nonprofits in the country. Most of the money goes to initiatives that fortify the settlements: hospitals, religious schools, playgrounds and senior centers. But not all of the One Israel Fund's spending fits the typical definition of "humanitarian." According to its tax records, the organization has given at least $960,000 to security personnel in Israel and the occupied West Bank. The money has gone toward armored vests, security vehicles, guard trainings and surveillance equipment. See Alex Kane's Meet the U.S. Nonprofit That Funds the Israeli Guards Who Terrorize Palestinians.
One Million Dads - Right wing campaign to clean up TV. They can tell you what's OK to watch.
One Million Moms - Right wing campaign to clean up TV. They can tell you what's OK to watch.
Parent Revolution - At the forefront of the parent-trigger campaign in California and the nation. Its heavy reliance on Walton money, critics say, raises questions about the independence of Parent Revolution and the intentions of the Walton Family Foundation.
Patriot Post, The - Advocates: "Essential liberty, the restoration of constitutional limits on government and the judiciary, and the promotion of free enterprise, national defense and traditional American values."
Partnership for the West - The Partnership's membership includes more than 100 companies, associations, coalitions and individuals who collectively employ or represent the following sectors: farm/ranching, coal, timber/wood products, small businesses, utilities, hard rock mining, oil & gas, construction, manufacturing, property rights advocates, education proponents, recreational access advocates, and others.
Pioneer Fund - Advancing the "scientific study" of heredity and human differences.
Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research - For limited and accountable government and the expanded application of free-market principles to public policy. A proponent of school vouchers and deregulation of workman's compensation insurance.
Policy Exchange - According to The Daily Telegraph, Policy Exchange is both "the largest, but also the most influential think tank on the right ". Seeks localist, volunteer and free market solutions to public policy problems, with research programmes covering health, education, environment, crime and justice, welfare, housing, family policy and security. See Wikipedia article.
Political Research Associates - Information clearinghouse providing archival information on the right wing, including links among right-wing groups, financing behind right-wing activities, and analysis of right-wing movements.
Professor Watchlist - U.S. right-wing group keeping list of professors it insists are advancing "leftist propaganda in the classroom." Many of the professors on the list are people of color, latinos, Black people as well as Muslims. The list is using "news stories" as evidence of the professors' leftist and radical agendas. However, many of those news stories are from right-wing outlets including the self-declared forum for alt-right and Nazis in the United States, Breitbart, whose founder Steven Bannon is the chief advisor for President Donald Trump.
Project for a New American Century (PNAC) - Directors include William Kristol, Robert Kagan, Bruce Jackson. Its president is Gary Schmitt. Supplies propaganda advocating U.S. global domination sustained by "military strength and moral clarity."
Promise Keepers - Christ-centered ministry under the direction of president/founder Bill McCartney, executive vice presidents Thomas Fortson and Raleigh Washington and senior vice president Randy Phillips.
Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) - A think tank based in Bozeman, Montana that specialises in free market environmentalism. This use of 'environmentalism' in connection with the language of free market economics is now commonplace with a host of similar groups, as if it were a valid form of environmentalism rather than a tactic in the overall strategy for taking control of the public's land. See SourceWatch.
Public Eye, The - An independent research center that monitors and analyzes organizations, leaders, ideas, and activities of the U.S. political right. Also provides links to websites spreading right wing agendas, including conservative, reactionary, libertarian, theocratic, repressive populist, conspiracist, white racial, nationalist, and far right groups and their allies.
R Street Institute - Policy research and outreach to promote free markets and limited, effective government.
Regent Law School - Founded by televangelist Pat Robertson to provide "Christian leadership to change the world.Regent had no better friend than the Bush administration. The Coors Foundation is a donor to the university.
RightMarch - He's there to defend Christmas from "attack "; when Terry Schiavo's parents needed some fundraising firepower, they called on him; he defends an embattled Rep. Tom DeLay and beleaguered John Bolton, and promotes an outfit called the European Conservative Union. Meet William Greene, the head of RightMarch.com, whose slogan is "Patriotism in Action," flooding conservative Internet neighborhoods with Christian Response e-Alerts on all things right wing.
Russell Kirk Center - Information about Christian conservative Russell Kirk's life and writings and about the various projects administered at the Center.The Center's efforts are directed at students, business and religious leaders, policy makers, and the general public. It identifies, educates, and mentors thoughtful men and women, and develops and promotes the writing of both established and emerging thinkers."
Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSSP) - An independent non-governmental organization. Its President is Alexander Nikolaevich Shokhin. The Union has a membership base of over 120 regional alliances and industry associations representing key industries of the economy, including the fuel and energy industry, the machine-building industry, the investment-banking sector as well as the military industrial complex, the building industry, the chemical industry, and light and food industries. Unofficially known as "the union of oligarchs."
Rutherford Institute - Promotes Christian Right agenda in the courts. John W. Whitehead, president and founder, gained international renown as a result of his role as co-counsel in Paula Jones' sexual harassment lawsuit against President Clinton.
Seniors Coalition - Wants to cripple Medicare and Social Security Trust Fund. Anti-immigrant. Shill for the PhRMA on drug-related issues.
Social Contract Press - Advocating discussion of population size and rate of growth, protection of the environment and precious resources, limits on immigration, and preservation and promotion of a shared American language and culture.
SRA International - Information services company that, among other things, provides data and text mining services for "Homeland Security and Intelligence." SRA has provided intelligence reports on peaceful political demonstrations. According to the SRA website: "We have served clients within the Departments of the Army, Navy, and Air Force; the Joint Chiefs of Staff; the Office of the Secretary of Defense; the Department of the Treasury; and the Federal Emergency Management Agency for over 20 years. We currently serve over 250 government clients on over 750 active engagements."
State Policy Network (SPN) - A national network of state-based right-wing organizations in all 50 states as well as prominent nationwide right-wing organizations dedicated to improving market-oriented, state-based think tanks. Also see SourceWatch page.
Students For Liberty - An arm of Charles Koch's numerous recruiting, training and networking operations to develop professionals who operate under his "culture" of Market Based Management and ideology unrestrained corporate power.
Summit Communications - A New-York based public relations firms that produces "special country, regional, and sectoral promotional reports" that are inserted into the New York Times as advertising supplements.
Tea Party Patriots | Tea Party Patriots (TTP.org) - Political movement generally recognized as extreme right-wing conservative and libertarian, sponsoring protests and supporting political candidates since 2009. Endorses drastic reductions government spending - but onluy on programs they do not like, opposes increases to taxation of wealthy or closing loopholes favoring the rich, advocates deep reduction of the national debt and federal budget deficit - except for military and vested financial interests of elite backers, and adheres to an originalist interpretation of the United States Constitution when it can be conveniently spun, otherwise ignores Constitution as irrelevant.
Thomas B. Fordham Institute - A conservative policy group in Washington that advocates for school choice, producing "propaganda, often under the guise of scholarship, to back up the fads of those attacking public education, teacher unions, and traditional democratic American approaches to universal schooling." See Substance News.
Traditionalist Youth Network - TYN is a white nationalist group based in the United States. Established in 2013 by Matthew Heimbach, the group promotes white separatism and a white supremacist view of Christianity. In 2015, TYN established an offshoot political party, the Traditionalist Worker Party, to run in elections for local office.
Trinity Broadcast Network (TBN) - Founded by Paul and Jan Crouch. TBN is the world's largest Christian television network. Viewers choose TBN for its values: "Faith in God. Love of family. Patriotic pride."
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Truman National Security Project - Provides the skills, knowledge, and network to create leaders across the U.S. who advance "progressive" (sic) national security policy through advocacy initiatives, media appearances, and public service in elected and appointed office. Kelley Vlahos comments on the TNSP's principals: "One need to go no further to understand the dynamic at work here than the advisory board, on which sits former Clinton Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who once infamously said while advocating the bombing of Bosnia, "What's the point of having this superb military that you're always talking about if we can't use it?" See SourceWatch entry.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce - A powerful business lobbying group in the United States that "has become a fully functional part of the partisan Republican machine" since CEO and president Thomas J. Donohue took office in 1997.
U.S. Committee for a Free Lebanon (USCFL) - Right wing lobbying organization in the U.S. seeking de-stabilization of Syria in order carry out its policy recommendations for Lebanon and the Middle East. Pro-Israel, anti-Palestine.
U.S.-Cuba Democracy PAC - Rabid non-reflexive anti-Castro political action committee. Targets members of Congress to create support for the embargo.
U.S. English Foundation - Disseminates information on English teaching methods, sponsors educational programs, develops English instructional materials, represents the interests of Official English advocates before state and federal courts.
Ultimate Pro-Life Resource List - 'Pro-life' resource directory for opposition to abortion, human cloning, adult stem cell research, euthanasia, and the like.
United States Business and Industry Councel (USBIC) - An NGO which lobbies on behalf of family owned and closely held US manufacturing companies. USBIC favors lower taxes, finding government levies on families, estates, and capital gains particularly burdensome. It opposes most regulations. It believes trade deficits undermine the country's industrial base while transnational organizations like the UN, WTO, ICC and agreements like the Kyoto Global Warming Treaty threaten U.S. soverignty. Founded in 1933.
United States Institute of Peace (USIP) - Federal institution created and funded by Congress to "strengthen the nation's capacity to promote the peaceful resolution of international conflict." But its chairman, Stephen Hadley, is a relentless hawk whose advocacy for greater military intervention often dovetails closely with the interests of Raytheon, a major defense contractor that pays him handsomely as a member of its board of directors. Hadley, the former national security adviser to President George W. Bush, was an advocate for the 2003 invasion of Iraq and in more recently appeared in the media to call for massive airstrikes in Syria. In 2015, he has called for escalating the conflict in Ukraine. Perhaps Hadley will get the Nobel Peace Prize.
Vanguard America - Far right white nationalist organization founded in 2014 and lead by United States Military veteran Dillon Irizarry. Believes that America should be exclusively for White Americans.
Walton Family Foundation - Established as the culmination of the philanthropic interests of the family of Sam M. and Helen R. Walton. Focuses on privitization of education, charter schools, voucher systems.
Washington Institute for Near East Policy - Pro-Israel think tank devoted to maintaining and strengthening the US-Israel alliance through advocacy in the media and lobbying the executive branch. WINEP's founding director was Martin Indyk, previously research director of AIPAC.
Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) - Founded in 1897 to support the re-establishment of a Jewish State in the ancient Land of Israel. Instrumental in mobilizing the support of the U.S. government, Congress, and the American public for the creation of Israel in 1948. Pro-Israel lobbyists and zealots.
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