Organizations Right, Left and Other; Past and Present
American Conservative Union Foundation [ WIKI ]
Sponsor of CPAC.
American Enterprise Institute [ WIKI ]
AEI grew out of the American Enterprise Association
, which was founded in 1938 by a group of New York businessmen led by Lewis H. Brown
AEI’s original mission was to promote a "greater public knowledge and
understanding of the social and economic advantages accruing to the
American people through the maintenance of the system of free,
AEI’s founders included executives from Eli Lilly
, General Mills
, Chemical Bank
, and Paine Webber
. To this day, AEI’s board is composed of top leaders from major business and financial firms.
Some AEI scholars are considered to be some of the leading architects of the second 's public policy.
More than twenty AEI scholars and fellows served either in a Bush
administration policy post or on one of the government's many panels
and commissions. Among the prominent former government officials now
affiliated with AEI are former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton
, now an AEI senior fellow; former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities
Americans for Prosperity [ WIKI ]
Capital Research Center [SourceWatch ] [ WIKI ]
Cato Institute [ WIKI ]
Founded in 1977 by Edward H. Crane
, who remains president and CEO, and Charles Koch
, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the oil conglomerate Koch Industries
5th-ranked institution in the world for 2009 in a study of
leading think tanks by James G. McGann, Ph.D. of the University of
based on a criterion of excellence in "producing rigorous and relevant
research, publications and programs in one or more substantive areas of
Founded in San Francisco; Moved to Washington DC in 1981.
In the years immediately following the Republican Revolution
, the Cato Institute was often seen as a standard-bearer of the U.S. conservative political movement.
Cato President Ed Crane has a particular dislike for
neoconservatism. In a 2003 article with Cato Chairman Emeritus William A. Niskanen
he called neoconservatism a "particular threat to liberty perhaps
greater than the ideologically spent ideas of left-liberalism."
Committee for the Survival of a Free Congress [ WIKI ]
Committee to Maintain a Prudent Defense Policy (no wiki article)
(U. Chicago professor and mentor of the following) ..arranged for his students Wolfowitz, Wilson, and Richard Perle
to join the Committee to Maintain a Prudent Defense
Policy which was set up by Cold War
architects Paul Nitze
and Dean Acheson
. Ref: WIKI
Conservative Caucus [ WIKI ]
Conservative Political Action Conference or CPAC [WIKI ]
Founded in 1973 by the American Conservative Union and Young Americans for Freedom
as a small gathering of dedicated conservatives.
Over the years it has grown to thousands of annual attendees. Roughly
half of those in attendance in the past few years have been
Economic Freedom of the World
is an (annual survey) produced by the Fraser Institute
, a libertarian
think tank which attempts to measure the degree of economic freedom in the world's nations.
Canadian Conservative/Libertarian Think Tank
GAP (Government Accountability Project)
Government Accountability Project
United States' leading whistleblower
protection organization.
Through litigating of whistleblower cases, publicizing concerns and
developing legal reforms, GAP’s mission is to protect the public
interest by promoting government and corporate accountability. Founded
in 1977, GAP is a non-profit, non-partisan advocacy organization in Washington, D.C.
Institute for Humane Studies [ WIKI ]
Founded in 1961. Each
year, IHS awards over $600,000 in scholarships to students from
universities around the world.
Est. in Menlo Park, CA; in Fairfax, Virginia
since 1985 and associ. with George Mason University
In 2004, IHS launched aBetterEarth.org
a student-oriented website for "pragmatic
approaches to solving environmental problems." The site discusses
"alternative environmental approaches, including locally based
'eco-innovation,' outcome-based regulations, quasi-market pricing
strategies, corporate and individual stewardship, property rights
enforcement as a means of protecting the environment from polluters,
and the cultivation of environmental aesthetics." The site criticizes
traditional environmentalists for being anti-capitalist and for pushing
counterproductive government regulations.
In 2005 IHS added aWorldConnected.org
which promotes a cosmopolitan free-trade approach to globalization
issues and criticizes cultural and economic nationalism. IHS has also
produced a series of interactive games
(link is to "Tragedy of the Bunnies") to illustrate the functioning of spontaneous orders.
The chair of its board of directors is Charles G. Koch
National Conservative Political Action Committee [ WIKI ]
a New Right
political action committee in the United States that was a major contributor to the ascendancy of conservative
Republicans in the early 1980s, including the election of Ronald Reagan
as President, and that innovated the use of independent expenditures to
circumvent campaign finance restrictions.
Acronym NCPAC, pronounced "Nick-Pack"
In 1979 Time
magazine characterized NCPAC, the Conservative Caucus
and the Committee for the Survival of a Free Congress
(headed by Paul Weyrich
) as the three most important ultraconservative
organizations making up the New Right
NCPAC was founded in 1975 by conservative activists John Terry Dolan
, Charles Black
and Roger Stone
, with help from Richard Viguerie
and Thomas F. Ellis
The group got its start through solicitations. "The
shriller you are, the better it is to raise money," explained
co-founder Terry Dolan.
NCPAC became one of the first groups to circumvent the contribution limits of the Federal Election Campaign Act
(FECA) by exploiting the "independent expenditure" loophole permitted under a 1976 U.S. Supreme Court
ruling. Although federal law restricted political action committees'
expenditures to $10,000 per candidate, an organization could spend
unlimited amounts of money supporting or opposing a particular
candidate as long as their campaign activity was not coordinated with a
candidate. NCPAC pooled independent contributions in order to make
independent expenditures on campaign attack ads.
Not only did this circumvent campaign finance restrictions, but it
prevented candidates from being associated with advertising created on
their behalf. NCPAC Chairman Terry Dolan was quoted as saying, "A group
like ours could lie through its teeth, and the candidate it helps stays
National Republican Congressional Committee [ WIKI ]
NCPAC (See National Conservative Political Action Committee).
NRCC (See National Republican Congressional Committee)
POGO (Project on Government Oversight)
PNAC (Project for the New American Century)
Project for the New American Century [ WIKI ]
American think tank based in Washington, D.C. that lasted from early
1997 to 2006. It was co-founded as a non-profit educational
organization by neoconservatives William Kristol
and Robert Kagan
The PNAC's stated goal was "to promote American global
leadership. Supported "a Reaganite policy of military strength
and moral clarity."
High point and Dissolution
: In 2003, during the period leading up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq
, the PNAC had seven full-time staff members in addition to its board of directors.
By the end of 2006, PNAC was "reduced to a voice-mail box and a ghostly website", with "a single employee"
Subordinate to AEI
? [Look for statement by Gary Schmitt]
PNAC co-founder Robert Kagan
"...Even the Russians knew they could surrender after the Cold War
without being subjected to occupation." [Hal: (gasp): This and the rest
of the paragraph by Kagan seems quite out of touch with reality. Russia
didn't surrender, and the idea of our occupying them is absurdly
Project On Government Oversight [ WIKI ]
Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) [ WIKI ]