Council for National Policy

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The Council for National Policy (CNP) is a right-wing 501(c)(3) nonprofit group that has been described as "a little-known club of a few hundred of the most powerful conservatives in the country"[1] and "a hyper-secretive Christian Right powerhouse that helps set the movement’s agenda".[2] Anne Nelson's book about CNP, Shadow Network: Media, Money, and the Secret Hub of the Radical Right, describes how the organization connects "the manpower and media of the Christian right with the finances of Western plutocrats and the strategy of right-wing Republican political operatives.”[3]

"The CNP describes itself as a counterweight against liberal domination of the American agenda," reported ABC News.[4]

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 who have invested heavily in developing a complex web of far-Right groups, think-tanks and politicians over the last forty years to return the United States to its pre Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 19th century capitalist roots.[5]

Barry W. Lynn, the executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, told the New York Times about the CNP meeting ahead of the 2004 Republican National Convention, "The real crux of this is that these are the genuine leaders of the Republican Party, but they certainly aren't going to be visible on television next week."[6]

"Utah Democratic Party Chairman Wayne Holland said that the Council for National Policy meeting gives [the public] 'a rare opportunity to see - or more accurately not see - what Republicans are all about. And that is how policy is influenced in this country by what amounts to a secret society of far-right-wing conservatives and religious extremists.'" [7]

Mission

CNP describes itself as, "A united conservative movement to assure policy leadership and governance that restores religious and economic freedom, a strong national defense, and Judeo-Christian values under the Constitution." [8]

News and Controversies

Vice President Mike Pence Thanks CNP for "Consistently Amplifying the Agenda of President Trump

Mike Pence wrote a letter to CNP's President Bill Walton on March 30, 2020 thanking him for supporting Trump and his administration. The letter wrote, "In these difficult days for our Nation and our world, faced with the unprecedented challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, I just wanted to thank you and the Council for National Policy for your support and for consistently amplifying the agenda of President Trump and out Administration."[9]


Blumenthal's Grayzone Exposed CNP's 2018 Membership List

In August 2020, Max Blumenthal published Council for National Policy's full 2018 member list in The Grayzone, commenting "The CNP’s personnel comprise a blend of conservative movement leaders, industry moneymen, foreign policy hardliners, and culture war activists enforcing right-wing unity at the base of a Republican Party that has cohered around the doctrine of ultra-nationalist Trumpism."[2]


Trump's Connections to CNP

President Trump Delivers Remarks at the 2020 Council for National Policy Meeting , The White House

President Donald Trump spoke for about one hour at CNP's 2020 annual meeting.[10] CNP's 2014 membership directory listed Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway, both of whom served as Trump's counselors, as members of the organization.[11]

Mike Pence Membership and Evangelical Turnout Strategy Using Scare Tactics

Center for National Policy's campaigns use scare tactics on issues like abortion and LGBTQ rights to politically engage conservative Christians. A 2019 piece by Shadow Network author Anne Nelson described Vice President Mike Pence's membership in CNP as well as the group's strategy to identify and turnout "some 17 million politically unengaged evangelicals, many concentrated in swing states" by telling them falsehoods such as "Democrats will 'execute babies on the day of their birth'" and that "schoolchildren face a mortal danger of sexual assault by transgender people using public restrooms."[12]

CNP Secret Meeting to Discuss Strategy After Kavanaugh's Supreme Court Confirmation

CNP members met for a three-day retreat during Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation process. As described by The Intercept, "The agenda for the event featured a veritable who’s who of Christian conservatives, including Ginni Thomas, the spouse of Justice Clarence Thomas; U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley; former Sen. Jim DeMint, the former president of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank; pollster Frank Luntz; and Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio..." Other attendees included T. Cullen Davis, Herman Cain, Bob McEwen, representatives from Family Research Council, and presenters from Faith and Freedom Coalition.[13]

SPLC Exposed CNP's 2014 Member List and Group's Mix of Mainstream and Extremist Conservatives

In 2016, Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) obtained a copy of CNP's 2014 membership directory.[14] SPLC described the group's membership, saying: "The 2014 CNP members are paragons of the conservative establishment. There are business titans, Christian college presidents, owners and editors of right-wing media outlets, GOP mega-donors, government staffers and leading members of conservative think tanks. There are officials of organizations like the National Rifle Association and the Federalist Society. There are politicians and political appointees, anti-abortion activists and also some who are less known publicly as conservatives, like Linda L. Bean, who owns L.L. Bean Inc., an outdoorsy clothing company.

But what is most remarkable about the directory is that it reveals how the CNP has become a key meeting place where ostensibly mainstream conservatives interact with individuals who are, by any reasonable definition, genuinely extremist."[14]

Rigid Secrecy Rules Regarding Guests and Communication with the Media

CNP maintains strict secrecy rules for its members, who "are told not to discuss the group, reveal the topics discussed in the closed-door meetings, or even say whether or not they are members of the organization."[15] A 2014 memorandum listed CNP's full set of rules:[14]

  • Special guests may attend only with advance unanimous approval of the Executive Committee.
  • The solicitation of funds on a one-to-one basis is prohibited at meetings.
  • Council meetings are closed to the media and the general public. The media should not know when or where we meet or who takes part in our programs, before or after a meeting.
  • Speakers' remarks at Council meetings are off the record and not for circulation later, except with special permission.
  • Members and guests are requested to keep in their personal possession their registration packets and other materials distributed at the meeting.
  • Our membership list is strictly confidential and should not be shared outside the Council.
  • Fundraising from the list is also prohibited.

History and Founding

As reported by ABC News, "CNP was conceived in 1981 by at least five fathers, including the Rev. Tim LaHaye, an evangelical preacher who was then the head of the Moral Majority. (LaHaye is the co-author of the popular Left Behind series that predicts and subsequently depicts the Apocalypse). Nelson Baker Hunt, billionaire son of billionaire oilman H.L. Hunt (connected to both the John Birch Society and to Ronald Reagan's political network), businessman and one-time murder suspect T. Cullen Davis, and wealthy John Bircher William Cies provided the seed money."[16] The report also notes how "Christian activist Paul Weyrich took responsibility for bringing together the best minds of conservatism, and his imprint on the group's mission is unmistakable: It provided a forum for religiously engaged conservative Christians to influence the geography of American political power."[16]

A 2020 New Republic book review of Anne Nelson's Shadow Network: Media, Money, and the Secret Hub of the Radical Right retells the story of CNP's founding: "In 1981, Weyrich, Viguerie, LaHaye, Republican functionary Morton Blackwell, anti-feminist lawyer Phyllis Schlafly, oil scion Nelson Bunker Hunt, beer magnate Joseph Coors, and some 50 other conservatives began meeting every Wednesday morning in Viguerie’s handsome Virginia home. It was there that they founded the Council for National Policy. The CNP was deliberately modeled after the Council on Foreign Relations, a prestigious nonprofit think tank with thousands of prominent members and deep connections to America’s foreign policy elite. Similarly, the CNP focused early on international affairs, presenting Oliver North with a special award “for national defense” and inviting far-right Salvadoran death squad leader Roberto D’Aubuisson to give a talk. It also sought tax-exempt status, citing the group’s similarity to the CFR. And though membership in the CNP was likewise highly exclusive and by invitation only, Nelson wryly notes that its 1982 executive committee included Richard Shoff, 'former state secretary of the Indiana Ku Klux Klan.'"[3]

CNP Action, Inc.

According to CNP's website, "CNP Action, Inc. is the 501(c)(4) sister organization of the Council for National Policy. Founded in 1987, CNP Action, Inc. serves as an advocate for conservative principles such as limited government, free economic enterprise, traditional values and a strong national defense. It promotes issues or specific pieces of legislation through regular Action Sessions and publications."[17] Beginning in April 2020, this organization began involved with strategies to reopen U.S. states despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.[18][19]

CNP Action Organized "Pro-Trump" Doctors To Legitimate Reopening Efforts

Associated Press reported on a May 2020 conference call between CNP Action and a senior staffer for Trump's reelection campaign, originally obtained by Center for Media and Democracy. In the leaked meeting, these operatives discussed "recruiting 'extremely pro-Trump' doctors to go on television to prescribe reviving the U.S. economy as quickly as possible" despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.[18] When asked about these efforts by AP, Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh asserted he took no issue with contradicting the government's infectious disease experts. Murtaugh explained, "Our job at the campaign is to reflect President Trump’s point of view... We are his campaign. There is no difference between us and him."[18]

CNP Action Helped Coordinate COVID-19 Lockdown Protests

In April 2020, CNP Action "hosted weekly conference calls to coordinate coronavirus response tactics", working together with organizations including FreedomWorks, Open the States, ReOpen PA, The Save Our Country Task Force, and Tea Party Patriots.[19] The stated goal of Tea Party Patriots was to "share the stories of people who have been affected by the lockdowns, to show that we must be concerned with both sides of this crisis."[19]

CNP also shared information through email about attending in-person events, including an Eagle Forum-organized car protest at the Alabama Capitol Building and a lockdown protest at the Pennsylvania state capitol.[19]

Ties to the Bradley Foundation

Through 2018 Council for National Policy received $485,000 from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. As of September 2020, Bradley president and CEO Richard Graber was a CNP Board of Governors member.[8][20]

Bradley Files

In 2017, the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), publishers of SourceWatch, launched a series of articles on the Milwaukee-based Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, exposing the inner-workings of one of America's largest right-wing foundations. 56,000 previously undisclosed documents laid bare the Bradley Foundation's highly politicized agenda. CMD detailed Bradley's efforts to map and measure right wing infrastructure nationwide, including by dismantling and defunding unions to impact state elections; bankrolling discredited spin doctor Richard Berman and his many front groups; and more.

Find the series here at ExposedbyCMD.org.

Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council

As of 2020, Lisa Nelson, the CEO of ALEC, was a CNP member.[8]

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Membership

As of September 2020:[8]

Gold Circle Members

As of September 2020:

Former Gold Circle Members

Board of Governors Members

As of September 2020:

  • J. Christian Adams, president Public Interest Legal Foundation
  • John F. Ankerberg
  • Erik D. Axene
  • William G. Batchelder, III
  • Morton C. Blackwell
  • Mark Bloom
  • Martha Boneta
  • Richard P. Bott
  • David Bozell
  • John C. Bradburne
  • J. Craig Brown
  • Colin Burkhalter
  • IIeana Cataldo
  • Mark Christian
  • James N. Clymer
  • Chad Connelly
  • Charles J. Cooper
  • H. Scott Cooper
  • Jerome R. Corsi
  • Justin Danhof, Esq.
  • Tom D. DeLay
  • Timothy E. Donner
  • Vivian Noble DuBose
  • Karen S. England
  • Stuart W. Epperson
  • Michael P. Farris
  • Kathleen B. Flynn
  • Steve Forbes
  • Stephen Freifeld
  • Sandra S. Froman
  • Debora A. Georgatos
  • Joshua P. Glacken
  • Gina Gleason
  • Richard Graber, president, and CEO, Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation
  • Rebecca Hegelin
  • Margaret H. Hartshom
  • Richard D. Hayes
  • Robert Hilarides
  • Donald P. Hodel
  • David A. Hodson
  • Eaton Hopkins
  • Kielle C. Horton
  • Jeffrey G. Hunt
  • Judy Ikard
  • E.W. Jackson
  • Kay Cole James
  • Joe Knott
  • Arlene Krings
  • Leonard A. Leo, chairman, CRC Advisors
  • Randy Long
  • Robert H. Maclellan
  • Haley E. Martin
  • Gary A. Marx
  • Bradley J. Mattes
  • Daniel McCarthy
  • Brandon McCrary
  • David McIntosh
  • Cleta Mitchell
  • Stephen Moore
  • Malcolm S. Morris
  • Jay Mount
  • David Nammo
  • Mario Navarro da Costa
  • C. Preston Noell
  • Randall S. Page
  • Linda Paine
  • William W. Pascoe
  • Mitzi Perdue
  • Bradford L. Phillips
  • Aaron S. Poynton
  • Pastor Ralph A. Rebandt II
  • Ralph E. Reed, Jr., former executive director, Christian Coalition
  • Timothy J. Riddle
  • David A. Ridenour
  • Lori Roman
  • R. Phillip Samecki
  • Rick W. Scarborough
  • Ronald L. Seeley
  • Carrie Campbell Severino, president of the Judicial Crisis Network
  • John Shu
  • Mathew Staver, board chairman and founder, Liberty Counsel
  • Donald W. Sweeting
  • E.C. Sykes
  • Michael W. Thompson, Jr.
  • Brandon R. Vallorani
  • Rod Vandenbos
  • Scott Walker, former Governor of Wisconsin
  • Caroline Wetherington
  • Stephen T. Whelan
  • Christopher S. Wilson
  • Donald L. Woodsmall
  • Frank Wright
  • Steven Yager

Former Governors

Members

As of September 2020:

  • J. Christian Adams, president and general counsel, Public Interest Legal Foundation
  • Nick Adams, Foundation for Liberty and American Greatness
  • Steven Aden, chief legal officer and general counsel, American United for Life
  • Shawn Akers, online provost, Liberty University
  • Mark Alexander, publisher, PatriotPost.US
  • Anthony W. Allen, president, Hannibal-LaGrange University
  • Arthur D. Ally, founder and president, Timothy Plan
  • Robert Alt, president and CEO, Buckeye Institute
  • Tony Amaradio, MBA
  • Bailey A. Amaral, Director of Operations, The Windrose Project
  • Peter M. Amundson, president, Minuteman Transport
  • Erin Anderson
  • Troy Andrews, CEO, Paradigm Midstream
  • Adam Andrzejewski, CEO and founder, openthebooks.com
  • John F. Ankerberg, founder and president, The John Ankerberg Show
  • Michelle Ankerberg, vice president, The John Ankerberg Show
  • Gary M. Annunziata, Desert Gastroenterology Consultants
  • Philip F. Anschutz, chairman and CEO, the Anschutz Corporation
  • Larry P. Arnn, president, Hillsdale College
  • Debbie Ausburn
  • Erik D. Axene
  • Charles Bacarisse, vice president of major gifts, Houston Baptist University
  • Christopher Bachelder,
  • Lawson Bader, president, DonorsTrust and Donors Capital Fund
  • Michael Baller
  • Ellen L. Barrosse
  • William G. Batchelder, III, Distinguished Fellow, Buckeye Institute
  • Gary L. Gauer, president, American Values
  • Lee A. Beaman, chairman and CEO, Beaman Automotive Group
  • Linda L. Bean, owner and CEO, Linda Bean's Perfect Maine
  • Larry T. Beasley, CEO, The Washington Times
  • Tyler Becker
  • John C. Bedrosian
  • Dale E. Bellis, founder and president emeritus, Liberty HealthShare
  • Kim C. Bengard, co-founder, It Takes a Family Foundation
  • Pastor Steve E. Berger
  • Craig Bergman
  • Wendell Bird, senior partner, Bird, Loechl, McCants & Holliday
  • Ken Blackwell, policy board and advisors, American Constitutional Rights Union
  • Morton Blackwell, founder and president, Leadership Institute
  • Paul Blair, senior pastor, Fairview Baptist Church
  • Mark Bloom,
  • Peter Bohlinger
  • Wayne Bond, partner, Taylor English Duma LLP
  • Martha Boneta, executive vice president, Vote America First
  • James Bopp, Jr., attorney, The Bopp Law Firm
  • Michael Boren
  • Leigh Bortins
  • Richard P. Bott, II, chairman and CEO, Bott Radio Network
  • Richard P. Bott, Sr., founder, Bott Radio Network
  • Rachel A. Bovard, senior director of policy, Conservative Partnership Institute
  • William G. Boykin, executive vice president, Family Research Council
  • David Bozell
  • L. Brent Bozell, III, founder and president, Media Research Center
  • John C. Bradburne
  • Adam Brandon, president, FreedomWorks
  • Louis W. Bremer, managing director, Cerberus Capital Management
  • Elsa Prince Broekhuizen, chairman, EDP Management Company
  • Floyd G. Brown
  • J. Craig Brown II, president and CEO, Christian Healthcare Ministries
  • Spencer N. Brown, Sr.
  • Olivia Brown
  • Patrick Brown
  • Scott D. Brown, senior vice president, Morgan Stanley
  • Benjamin W. Bull
  • Bob Burckle
  • Steve Buri, president, Discovery Institute
  • Colin Burkhalter, partner, HSP Direct
  • Texas State Rep. Brisco Cain (R-128)
  • Ken W. Campbell
  • Don Campion, founder and president, Banyan Air Service
  • Lea Carawan, steering team, Project Blitz; executive director, Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation
  • Benjamin R. Case, CEO and senior counsel, Focused on Fundraising
  • IIeana Cataldo
  • Jeremy Cerone
  • Alejandro A. Chafuen, managing director, Acton Institute
  • Matthew Chancey
  • Joel Chernoff, general secretary and CEO, Messianic Jewish Alliance of America
  • Victoria D. Chism
  • Mark Christian, founder and president, Truth and Freedom Foundation
  • Dolly Clement, executive director, Robert W. Plaster Foundation
  • James N. Clymer, managing partner, Clymer Musser & Sarno
  • LaRue Coleman, CEO, JOBS/AMST
  • Chad Connelly, founder and president, Faith Wins
  • Charles J. Cooper, founding member and chairman, Cooper & Kirk
  • H. Scott Cooper
  • Jeffrey H. Coors
  • Charlie Copeland, president and CEO, Intercollegiate Studies Institute
  • Anne S. Cori, chairman, Eagle Forum
  • Ed Corrigan
  • Jerome R. Corsi, founder and CEO, CorsiNation.com
  • Alexander Cortes
  • Clara Crane
  • William Creedon
  • Ken Cripp
  • Andrew J. Cuff
  • Jim Czirr
  • Brad Dacus, founder and president, Pacific Justice Institute
  • Craig R. Dance
  • Justin Danhof, general council, National Center for Public Policy Research
  • Chris Daniel, partner, Triton Consulting
  • Marjorie Dannenfelser, president, Susan B. Anthony List
  • Peggy Dau
  • Cullen Davis
  • J.P. De Gance, founder and president, Communio
  • Tom D. DeLay
  • Jim DeMint, chairman, Conservative Partnership Institute; former president, Heritage Foundation
  • Diana D. Denman, president, The Reagan Legacy Forum
  • Andrew Dexter, executive vice president, Todd Dexter & Associates
  • Todd Dexter, president and CEO, Todd Dexter & Associates
  • James C. Dobson, founder and president, Dr. James Dobson Family Institute
  • Timothy E. Donner
  • Vivian Noble DuBose, president and CEO, Noble Properties
  • Becky Norton Dunlop, Ronald Reagan distinguished fellow, Heritage Foundation
  • David A. Durell
  • Alan P. Dye, partner, Webster, Chamberlain & Bean
  • Tim G. Echols, Public Service Commissioner, State of Georgia
  • Dr. Kirk Elliott, CEO, Elliott Global
  • Karen S. England, executive director, Capitol Resource Institute and Nevada Family Alliance
  • Trent England, executive director, Save Our States
  • Andy English
  • Paavo Ensio
  • Stu Epperson, Jr.
  • Stuart W. Epperson, chairman of the board, Salem Media Group
  • Michael P. Farris, president and CEO, Alliance Defending Freedom
  • William J. Federer, president, Amerisearch
  • Seymour H. Fein, managing partner, CNF Pharma
  • Edwin J. Feulner, founder, The Heritage Foundation
  • Jay Fields, general partner, Rosewood Capital Management
  • Thomas J. Fitton, president, Judicial Watch
  • Mark Fitzgibbons, president of corporate affairs, American Target Advertising
  • Kathleen B. Flynn, CEO, Bell Enterprises
  • Steve Forbes, chairman and editor-in-chief, Forbes Media
  • Catherine Glenn Foster, president and CEO, Americans United for Life
  • Kevin Freeman
  • Stephen Freifeld, otolaryngologist and surgeon, Overlook Hospital
  • Foster Friess, president, Friess Family Foundation
  • Sandra S. Froman
  • Brigitte Gabriel, founder and chairman, ACT for America
  • Frank J. Gaffney, Jr., founder and executive chairman, Center for Security Policy
  • Grace Garrett
  • Martin W. Garrick, owner, Admiral Property Company
  • Debora A. Georgatos
  • Jon K. Gibson, president, Jon Gibson Company
  • Joshua P. Glacken
  • Gina Gleason, executive director, Real Impact
  • Kent J. Glesener, president, Paradigm Construction and Engineering
  • Thomas Glessner, founder, president, and general counsel, National Institute of Family and Life Advocates
  • Rob Gluskin, managing partner, Gluskin Investment Partners
  • Tom Goeglein, vice president, Focus on the Family
  • Richard Graber, president and CEO, Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation
  • John Graves, CEO, Vision America
  • Karladine Graves
  • Joseph R. Gregory, owner, Gregory Management Company
  • Ellen Grigsby, director of institutional partnerships, Open Doors USA
  • David M. Haas
  • Rebecca Hagelin
  • Millie B. Hallow, managing director, National Rifle Association
  • Colin A. Hanna, president, Let Freedom Ring
  • James Hansberger, co-founder, Legal Immigrants for America
  • Nancy H. Hansen, founder, chairwoman, and CEO, Capstone Legacy Foundation
  • Ken Harrison, CEO, WaterStone
  • Margaret H. Hartshorn, chairman of the board, Heartbeat International
  • Seamus Hasson, founder and president emeritus, Becket Fund
  • Preston Hawkins, president, Herbert Hawkins Company
  • Kristan J. Hawkins, president, Students for Life of America
  • Richard D. Hayes, partner, Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant
  • Richard Headrick, CEO, The Headrick Companies
  • Allen Hébert
  • Charles W. Herbster, owner, Herbster Angus Farms
  • U.S. Rep. Jody Hice (GA-10)
  • Heather Higgins, president, Randolph Foundation; CEO, Independent Women's Voice
  • Robert Hilarides
  • Florida State Rep. Walter B. Hill (R-01)
  • George Hiller, president and CEO, George M. Hiller Companies
  • Roland S. Hinz, president and publisher, Hi-Torque Publishing Company
  • Donald P. Hodel
  • David A. Hodson
  • Jake M. Hoffman, president and CEO, Rally Forge
  • Valerie Foster Hoffman
  • Eaton Hopkins, founder and president, Liberty Surgical
  • Kielle C. Horton, president, The Lindsey Foundation
  • Timothy Jay Houseal, attorney and partner, Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor
  • Ralph T. Hudgens
  • Donna Rice Hughes, CEO and president, Enough is Enough
  • J.C. Huizenga, chairman, Huizenga Group
  • Jeffrey G. Hunt, director, Centennial Institute
  • Kyle Huwa
  • Judy Ikard
  • Bishop E.W. Jackson, founder, STAND Foundation
  • Bishop Harry Jackson, Jr.
  • Jack C. Jackson
  • Kay Coles James, president, The Heritage Foundation
  • Douglas Jeffrey, vice president for external affairs, Hillsdale College
  • Terence P. Jeffrey, editor-in-chief, CNSNews.com
  • Marc C. Johansen, vice president, The Boeing Company
  • Darrel W. Johnson, president and founder, Attic Corporation
  • Jerry A. Johnson,
  • Jason S. Jones
  • Adam Josefczyk, co-founder and president, Forge Leadership Network
  • Gabriel S. Joseph III
  • Father Eamon Kelly, vice charge, Pontifical Institute Notre Dame
  • Russell Kilpatrick
  • Alveda C. King
  • Wade Kirby
  • Charlie Kirk, founder and president, Turning Point USA
  • Joe T. Knott, III, managing partner, Knott & Boyle
  • William R. Koenig
  • Travis Korson
  • Texas State Rep. Matthew H. Krause (R-93)
  • Jayne Kresac, vice president, Injured Workers Pharmacy
  • Arlene Krings
  • Kelly Kullberg
  • Michelle Kullerg
  • Beverly LaHaye
  • Joy Lamb
  • Todd Landrum
  • Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president and CEO, National Rifle Association
  • Daniel J. LaValley
  • Pastor Bill Ledbetter, Fairview Baptist Church
  • Richard G. Lee, president, There's Hope America
  • Willes K. Lee, president, National Federation of Republican Assemblies; second vice president National Rifle Association
  • Tim J. LeFever
  • Jaci Leitgeb
  • John Lenczowski, founder and president, Institute of World Politics
  • Leonard Leo, chairman, CRC Advisors
  • Charlie Lewis, founder and CEO, The Kingdom Group
  • J. Keet Lewis, III, co-founder and managing partner, Lewis Group International
  • Phillip L. Liberatore, founder and president, IRS Problem Solvers
  • Joan Holt Lindsey, founder and president, Lindsey Communications
  • Earl Little, board member, Blue Learning Partners
  • Marc T. Little
  • Rei Llazani
  • Nick H. Logan, founder and CEO, Cornerstone Payment Systems
  • Christopher Long
  • Randy M. Long, founder, Long Business Advisors
  • U.S. Rep. Barry D. Loudermilk (R-GA)
  • Matthew Mackowiak, founder and president, Potomac Strategy Group
  • Robert H. Maclellan, president, R.L. and K.H. Maclellan Foundation
  • Tim Macy, co-founder and chairman of the board, Gun Owners of America
  • Nadine Maenza, founding executive director, Patriot Voices
  • Wm. Scott Magill, board chairman, Veterans in Defense of Liberty Action Committee
  • Richard Manning
  • Archer K. Martin
  • Ed Martin, Phyllis Schlafly Center
  • Haley E. Martin, The Martin Foundation
  • James L. Martin, founder and chairman, 60 Plus Association
  • Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder and CEO, Tea Party Patriots
  • Rod D. Martin, founder and CEO, The Martin Organization
  • Gary Marx, president, Madison Strategies
  • Bradley J. Mattes, president, Life Issues Institute
  • Colby M. May, senior counsel & director, American Center for Law & Justice
  • Daniel McCarthy, co-founder and CEO, Makeup Eraser
  • Richard T. McCormack
  • Brandon McCrary
  • Tony McDonald, general counsel, Empower Texans
  • David McIntosh, president, Club for Growth
  • Carolyn Meadows, president, National Rifle Association
  • Mark Meckler, president Convention of States Foundation and Convention of States Action
  • Edwin Meese III
  • Barry J. Meguiar, president, Meguiar's
  • Ann Martin Meyer
  • Eugene B. Meyer, president, The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies
  • Mayes Middleton, president, Middleton Oil Company
  • James C. Miller III, senior advisor, King & Spalding
  • William P. Mills, III
  • James V. Mischel, Jr., president and CEO, Electric Mirror
  • Cleta Mitchell, partner, Foley & Lardner
  • Lee Roy Mitchell
  • Joseph Mohler
  • E. Ray Moore, founder and president Exodus Mandate Project
  • Stephen Moore
  • Janet Morana, executive director, Priests for Life
  • William D. Morgan, president, John Bouchard & Sons
  • Malcolm S. Morris
  • Jay Mount, president, MDS Communications
  • Stephen D. Moxley, senior vice president, Fifth Third Bank
  • Len Munsil, president, Arizona Christian University
  • Samuel J. Muscarella
  • Jeff Myers, president, Summit Ministries
  • David Nammo, executive director and CEO, Christian Legal Society
  • Penny Y. Nance, president and CEO, Concerned Women for America
  • Mario Navarro da Costa, director, Washington Bureau of Tradition, Family, Property
  • Lisa Nelson, CEO, American Legislative Exchange Council
  • Stephen C. Nelson
  • Troy Newman, president, Operation Rescue
  • C. Preston Noell, III, president, Tradition, Family, and Property
  • Richard F. Norman, founder, Richard Norman Company
  • Grover Norquist, president, Americans for Tax Reform
  • R. Marc Nuttle, chairman and CEO, Nuttle Holdings
  • James J. O'Hickey
  • Daniel Oliver, chairman, Education & Research Institute
  • Sara Olson, chief advancement officer, Concerned Women for America
  • Brendan O'Morchoe
  • Reverend William Owens, founder and president, Coalition of African American Pastors
  • Randall S. Page, chief of staff, Bob Jones University
  • Linda Paine, president and co-founder, Election Integrity Project California
  • John J. Park
  • Star Parker, founder and president, Center for Urban Renewal and Education
  • William W. Pascoe, partner, Antietam Communications
  • Neil S. Patel, co-founder and publisher, The Daily Caller
  • Kathleen Patten, president and CEO, American Target Advertising
  • Paige Patterson
  • Frank Pavone, national director, Priests for Life
  • Jamie R. Pennington
  • Mitzi Perdue
  • Tony Perkins, president, Family Research Council
  • Pete N. Peterson, dean and senior fellow, Pepperdine University School of Public Policy
  • Augusta Petrone
  • Bradford L. Phillips, founder and president, Persecution Project Foundation
  • Roxanne R. Phillips
  • Tom Phillips, vice president, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
  • Herman Pirchner, Jr., founding president, American Foreign Policy Council
  • David F. Pittman Jr.
  • Jim Powers
  • Aaron S. Poynton, founder and CEO, Omnipoynt Solutions
  • Reince Priebus, president and chief strategist, Michael Best & Friedrich
  • Andrew C. Pulido, president, Humco
  • Penny Pullen, president, Life Advocacy Resource Project
  • Ann L. Quest
  • Gerald Radtke, president, Hilda E. Bretzlaff Foundation
  • Arkansas State Sen. Jason Rapert (R-35)
  • Pastor Ralph A. Rebandt II, senior pastor, Oakland Hills Community Church
  • Ralph Reed, Jr., chairman and CEO, Century Strategies
  • Dran Reese, founder and president, The Salt & Light Council
  • John E. Reese, III, founder, Dental Access Carolina
  • Jeff D. Reeter, managing partner, Northwestern Mutual-Houston
  • Heather Rice-Minus
  • Timothy J. Riddle, managing partner and CEO, Chartwell Investment Partners
  • David A. Ridenour, president, The National Center for Public Policy Research
  • Khadine Ritter
  • Ronald E. Robinson, president, Young America's Foundation
  • Lori Roman, president, American Civil Rights Union
  • Lila Rose
  • Richard K. Rounsavelle
  • R. Philip Sarnecki, managing partner, Northwestern Mutual
  • Charles R. Saulsbury
  • Rick Scarborough, president, Recover America Now
  • Daniel Schneider, executive director, American Conservative Union
  • William G. Schneider, owner and president, Mister Ice of Indianapolis
  • Clifton P. Schroeder, attorney
  • Nancy Schulze
  • John H. Scribante
  • Richard G. Scurry
  • Alan E. Sears, founder, Alliance Defending Freedom; executive director, Kingdom Alliance Builders
  • Ronald L. Seeley
  • Vincente L. Segu, CEO, Incluyendo Mexico Foundation
  • [[Carrie Campbell Severino, president, Judicial Crisis Network
  • Kelly J. Shackelford, president and CEO, First Liberty Institute
  • Saurabh Sharma
  • Tracie Sharp, president, State Policy Network
  • John Shu
  • Stephen Siao, chief of staff, U.S. Congressman Mark Green (TN-07)
  • Neil Siefring
  • Terry A. Siemens
  • John K. Singlaub,
  • Father Robert Sirico, co-founder and president, Acton Institute
  • Mark Skousen, editor, Forecasts & Strategies
  • John J. Slavic, founder and president, Slavic401Kk
  • Bradley A. Smith, professor of law, Capital University Law School
  • Gerard Smith, president, Global Risk Management Solutions
  • Mark A. Smith, president, Columbia International University
  • Robert T. Smith, CEO, Earthwise Ventures
  • Christine Soule
  • David Spady, president, River Public Affairs Group
  • Grant Everett Starrett
  • Mathew D. Staver, founder and chairman, Liberty Counsel
  • John Stemberger, president and general counsel, Florida Family Policy Council
  • Steve Stockman
  • Donald Stoner
  • Glenn P. Story
  • Roy Stringfellow, founder, Advanced Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Mark S. Stuhlreyer
  • Carol Swain
  • Donald W. Sweeting, president, Colorado Christian University
  • E.C. Sykes
  • Randy J. Tate, founder and sole principal, Tate Strategies
  • Marcia G. Taylor, chairman and CEO, Bennett International Group
  • Timothy Teepell, partner, OnMessage
  • Paul S. Teller, deputy assistant to the President and Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Vice President
  • Joshua C. Thifault, strategy director, Turning Point USA
  • Jo Thoburn, president and CEO, Fairfax Christian School
  • Vrginia "Ginni" Thomas, president, Liberty Consulting; wife of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas
  • Michael W. Thompson, Jr., senior vice president, CRC Advisors
  • Ray F. Thompson
  • Pastor Timothy Throckmorton, midwest director of ministries, Family Research Council
  • Mihai D. Toma
  • David V. Trulio, senior advisor and chief of staff, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy at the Office of the Secretary of Defense
  • Jane Tucker-Radley
  • Lewis K. Uhler, founder and president, National Tax Limitation Committee
  • Allen D. Unruh
  • George Uribe
  • Brandon R. Vallorani, founder and CEO, Vallorani Estates
  • Rod Vandenbos, founder and CEO, fuzzbox premium cocktails
  • Ashley E. Vaughan
  • Mike Vaught, vice president of athletics, Grand Canyon University
  • Stephen J. Verleye
  • Richard Viguerie, chairman, American Target Advertising
  • Kristen Waggoner, general counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom
  • Bridgett G. Wagner, vice president of policy promotion, The Heritage Foundation
  • Scott Walker, president-elect, Young America's Foundation
  • Jamie Waller, founder, CadaNino, Guatemala
  • Scott Walter, president, Capital Research Center
  • William L. Walton
  • Clarence Mason Weaver
  • Jeff Webb
  • Caroline Wetherington, founder and president, Women for Trump Florida
  • Joyce Weyrich
  • Brandon H. Wheeler
  • Stephen T. Whelan, partner, Blank Rome
  • Gevie S. White
  • JC White
  • Somers White, president, Marketing, Persuasion, Public Speaking & CEO Coaching
  • Joseph M. Wiegand, vice provost, Liberty University
  • Tim Wildmon, president, American Family Association
  • Christopher S. Wilson, CEO, WPA Intelligence
  • Jerry C. Wilson
  • Michael P. Wolfe
  • Donald L. Woodsmall
  • Frank Wright, president and CEO, D. James Kennedy Ministries
  • Richard H. Wright
  • Debbie Wuthnow, president, iVoterGuide
  • Steven Yager, vice president, InterNet Services Corporation
  • Brent Yates, president, Mid-Ohio Pipeline
  • Charmaine Yoest, vice president, The Heritage Foundation

Edward Rutledge Fellowship Members

As of October 2018:[20]

William F Buckley Jr. Council Members

As of October 2018:[20]

  • Olivia Brown
  • Patrick Brown
  • Jeremy Cerone
  • Alex Cortes
  • Adam Josefczyk
  • Michelle Kullberg
  • Brendan O’Morchoe

Notable Members Known from Other Sources

Former Members

  • Paul Weber, president and CEO, Family Policy Alliance
  • Mark Weimer
  • Jon Utley
  • Warren Smith
  • Patti Stockman
  • Derek McCoy (CURE)
  • Paul Liberman
  • Willes Lee, board member, American Conservative Union and National Rifle Association
  • Bradley R. Bright, president and CEO, Bright Media Foundation
  • Al Angell
  • Joe Baker
  • Jack Abramhoff
  • Howard Ahmanson, Jr.
  • Thomas R. Anderson
  • Dr. John F. Ankerberg
  • Hon. Richard K. Armey
  • Thomas K. Armstrong
  • Sen. William L. Armstrong
  • John M. Ashbrook
  • Edward G. Atsinger III
  • Carole Baker
  • Theodore Baehr
  • William B. Ball
  • David Balsiger
  • Hon. Gary Bauer
  • John Beckett
  • Ray Berryman
  • Morton Blackwell
  • Thomas A. Bolan
  • Pat Boone
  • Richard Bott
  • Dr. James Bowers
  • Lynn Francis Bouchey
  • Dave Breese
  • Dr. William Rohl Bright
  • Floyd Brown
  • Sam Brunelli
  • Larry Burkett
  • John Commuta
  • Robert Cone
  • Peter Cook
  • Holland (Holly) Coors
  • Jeffrey Coors
  • Joseph Coors
  • Mary C. Crowley
  • Beverly Danielson
  • Sen. William Dannemeyer
  • Karen Davis
  • Cullen Davis
  • Arnaud deBorchgrave
  • Tom DeLay
  • Richard DeVos
  • Dick Dingham
  • Dr. James Dobson, founder, Focus on the Family
  • John T. (Terry) Dolan
  • Arthur M. Dula
  • Ann Drexel
  • Pierre du Pont
  • John East
  • Thomas F. Ellis
  • Stuart Epperson
  • Lauch Faircloth
  • Rev. Dr. Jerry Falwell (deceased)
  • Joseph F. Farah
  • Dr. Edwin J. Feulner, Jr
  • Father Charles Fiore
  • Foster Friess
  • Willard Garvey
  • Peter B. Gemma
  • George F. Gilder
  • Dr. Duane Gish
  • Ronald P. Godwin
  • Alan Gottlieb
  • Robbie Gowdey
  • J. Peter Grace
  • Lt. General Daniel O. Graham
  • Robert Grant
  • Anthony Harrigan
  • Preston Hawkins
  • Lt. Gov. Gary Herbert
  • Jesse Helms
  • Thomas Hess
  • Rev. E.V. Hill
  • Jimmy Hill
  • Joe Hilyard
  • Roland Hinz
  • Hon. Donald P. Hodel, former president, Christian Coalition
  • Rev. Melvin Hodges
  • Robert Holding
  • George Holland
  • John Holt
  • Donald R. Howard, Ph.D.
  • Dr. John A. Howard
  • Max Hugel
  • Herbert William Hunt
  • Mary Reilly Hunt
  • Nelson Bunker Hunt
  • Reed Irvine
  • Hon. Ernest J. Istook, Jr.
  • Lorena Jaeb
  • Kay Cole James
  • Gary Jarmin
  • Charles W. Jarvis
  • Louis (Woody) Jenkins
  • Terry J. Jeffers
  • Dr. Mildred Faye Jefferson
  • Bob Jones III
  • James F. Justiss
  • Rep. Jack Kemp (R-NY)
  • Dr. D. James Kennedy
  • Alan Keyes
  • Dora Kingsley
  • Brig. General Albion W. Knight
  • Dr. Robert H. Krieble
  • Beverly LaHaye
  • Tim LaHaye
  • Reed Larson
  • Dr. Ernest Lefever
  • John Lenczowski
  • Earl Little
  • John Lofton
  • Trent Lott
  • Ed Lozick
  • Marlin Maddoux
  • Marion Magruder
  • Peter Marshall, Jr.
  • Connaught Marshner
  • James Mather
  • Pat Matrisciana
  • Donald S. McAlvany
  • Ed McAteer
  • Norm McClelland
  • James McClure
  • Jim McCotter
  • Larry P. McDonald
  • Edwin Meese III
  • Major F. Andy Messing, Jr.
  • Chuck Missler
  • Barbara Monteith
  • Dr. Stanley Monteith
  • Rev. Sun Myung Moon
  • Dr. Raymond Moore
  • Sam Moore
  • Dr. Henry Morris
  • Don Nickles
  • David A. Noebel
  • Grover Norquist, president, Americans for Tax Reform
  • Dr. Gary North
  • Lt. Col. Oliver North
  • Sarah Palin, former governor of Alaska, 2008 Vice Presidential candidate
  • Dr. Paige Patterson
  • Robert J. Perry
  • Howard Phillips
  • William M. Polk
  • Lawrence D. Pratt
  • Judge Paul Pressler
  • Jim Price
  • Ed Prince
  • Dr. Charles E. Rice
  • H.L. "Bill" Richardson
  • Rich Riddle 
  • Pat Robertson, founder, Christian Coalition
  • James Robinson
  • Kathleen Teague Rothschild
  • Howard J. Ruff
  • Rev. Rousas J. Rushdoony, founder of Chalcedon Foundation (deceased)
  • William Rusher
  • Phyllis Schlafly, founder, Eagle Forum (deceased)
  • Lynda Scribante
  • Ron Seeley
  • Jay Sekulow
  • Hans Sennholz
  • Beurt SerVaas
  • Frank Shakespeare
  • Lou Sheldon
  • Richard Shoff
  • John K. Singlaub
  • Dr. W. Cleon Skousen
  • Mark Skousen
  • Baker Armstrong Smith
  • Dr. Lowell Smith
  • Jim R. Smith
  • Gerry Snyder
  • LaNeil Spivy
  • Scott Stanley, Jr. 
  • Hon. Steve Stockman
  • Robert Waring Stoddard
  • John A. Stormer
  • Gordon Sumner
  • Gaylord K. Swim
  • John H. Sununu
  • Dr. Lewis Tambs
  • Hon. Helen Marie Taylor
  • John Taylor, board chairman and president, Virginia Institute for Public Policy
  • Stacy Taylor
  • Dr. Edward Teller
  • Tommy Thompson
  • Herbert Titus
  • Sherman E. Unkefer
  • Mike Valerio
  • Guy Vander Jagt
  • Richard Viguerie
  • Christine de Vollmer

Known CNP Guest Speakers

Meetings

CNP meets three times a year. Notes from meetings that have been covered:

2007 Meeting

CNP's September 2007 meeting featured then-Vice President Dick Cheney and presidential candidate Mitt Romney as guest speakers. Conservative megadonor Foster Friess attended. Doug Holmes of Parental Choices in Education and Lyall Swim of Sutherland Institute spoke on Utah's school voucher referendum.[15]

Funding

Council for National Policy is not required to disclose its donors, but some of its funding sources are known through the IRS filings of other organizations. CNP's known funders include:

  • American Endowment Foundation: $30,000 (2016-2017)
  • American Values: $12,500 (2012)
  • Bessemer Giving Fund: $15,000 (2017)
  • Castle Rock Foundation (now Adolph Coors Foundation): $45,000 (1995-2000)
  • Claude R. Lambe Foundation $75,000 (2011-2012)
  • Cornerstone Foundation: $10,000 for American Association of Christian School’s CNP Membership fees (2010, 2012-2014)
  • Delmarva Education Association: $16,500 (2011)
  • Edgar and Elsa Prince Foundation: $160,000 (2015-2019)
  • Empower, Inc.: $5,000 (2011)
  • Family Research Council: $5,000 (2013)
  • Floyd Foundation: $15,000 (2013, 2016-2018)
  • George E. Coleman Jr. Foundation: 10,500 (2017-2018)
  • George Edward Durell Foundation: $30,000 (2017-2018)
  • Guilford Foundation: $5,000 (2015)
  • Heritage Foundation: $22,500 (2016)
  • Holman Foundation: $50,000 (2014-2018)
  • In His Steps Foundation: $45,000 (2015-2017)
  • It Takes a Family Foundation: $30,000 (2015, 2017)
  • John William Pope Foundation: $522,500 (1994-2000)
  • Judicial Watch: $95,000 (2013-2017)
  • League of American Voters: $30,000 (2011)
  • Let Freedom Ring: $42,700 (2012, 2014-2015)
  • Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation: $485,000 (2009-2013, 2016-2018)
  • Margaret C. B. and S. Spencer N. Brown Foundation: $27,350 (2015-2018)
  • Marguerite A. Scribante Foundation: $45,000 (2012-2014)
  • Masters Table: $50,000 (2011, 2013)
  • Mercer Family Foundation: $75,000 (2013-2014)
  • National Philanthropic Trust: $15,000 (2018)
  • National Christian Charitable Foundation: $146,360 (2012-2017)
  • Sarah Scaife Foundation: $27,000 (2018)
  • Schwab Charitable Fund: $10,000 (2016-2017)
  • Western Center for Journalism: $16,000 (2018)

Joseph Coors has contributed start-up funding for several conservative organizations, including CNP, since 1973.[26]

Core Financials

2018[27]

  • Total Revenue: $3,240,418
  • Total Expenses: $1,976,693
  • Net Assets: $1,448,144

2017[28]

  • Total Revenue: $2,783,371
  • Total Expenses: $2,680,790
  • Net Assets: $1,461,089

2016[29]

  • Total Revenue: $2,736,708
  • Total Expenses: $2,541,363
  • Net Assets: $1,247,145

2015[30]

  • Total Revenue: $2,480,947
  • Total Expenses: $2,405,931
  • Net Assets: $1,155,495

2014[31]

  • Total Revenue: $2,256,793
  • Total Expenses: $1,971,123
  • Net Assets: $972,343

Personnel

As of September 2020:[8]

Staff

  • Geneva Cole, director of membership
  • Sherri D. Francescon, Managing Director at CNP Action
  • Amy D. Greene, director of programs
  • Mary Margaret Hathway, director of conferences
  • Diana L. Honsey, director of constituent services
  • Randy J. Keefe, special assistant to the executive director
  • Bob McEwen, executive director
  • Thomas Olson, staff assistant
  • Jennifer Rutledge, director of finance and administration

CNP Executive Committee

  • William Walton, President
  • Kelly J. Shackelford, Esq., Vice President
  • Jenny Beth Martin, Secretary
  • Morton C. Blackwell, Treasurer
  • Arthur Ally
  • J. Kenneth Blackwell
  • L. Brent Bozell III
  • Jim Demint
  • Michael P. Farris
  • Thomas Fitton
  • Millie Hallow
  • Jerry A. Johnson
  • Tim Lefever
  • Joan Holt Lindsey
  • Barry Meguiar
  • William Mills
  • Penny Y. Nance
  • Roxanne Phillips
  • John Scribante, executive committee finance chairman
  • Richard Viguerie, senior executive committee member

Former Members

  • J. Keet Lewis III
  • Anthony Perkins, president
  • Rebecca Hagelin, secretary
  • Sandra Froman, treasurer
  • Bob McEwen, executive director
  • Jennifer Rutledge, director of finance and administration
  • Amy Greene, director of programs

CNP Action Board of Directors

  • Kelly J. Shackelford, chairman
  • Michael W. Thompson, Jr., secretary and treasurer
  • Bob McEwen, President
  • Rachel A. Bovard
  • Adam Brandon
  • Gary A. Marx
  • Virginia Thomas
  • William L. Walton

Contact Information

Employee Identification Number (EIN): 72-0921017

The Council for National Policy
444 N Capitol Street NW Suite 830
Washington, DC 20001

Website: CNFP.org
Journal website: Policy Counsel
Phone: (202) 207-0165

Articles and Resources

IRS Form 990s

2018

2017

2016

2015

Related SourceWatch

External Articles

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