Klayman "emerged in the 1990s after founding a Washington watchdog group called Judicial Watch, which he used to file a number of lawsuits against Bill and Hillary Clinton and Clinton's administration. But Klayman, a libertarian by nature, has built a reputation as a prolific litigant. Targets of his complaints have included Vice President Dick Cheney, former House Republican Leader Tom DeLay, Osama bin Laden and Fidel Castro."
In 2004, Klayman, who lives in Miami, Florida, made an unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate. In September 2007, He filed a lawsuit against Republican White House front group Freedom's Watch for trademark infringement.
In March 2002, the Washington Monthly reported that Klayman had "filed four lawsuits against the Bush administration, seeking information on contacts between the Bushies and Enron officials", as well as "a brief supporting the General Accounting Office's suit against Dick Cheney, issued press releases demanding Ari Fleischer's resignation for refusing to answer questions about Enron, and raised questions over allegations that Karl Rove urged Enron to hire former Christian Coalition head Ralph Reed as a consultant."
In April 2006, Klayman filed suit against his former employer, Judicial Watch, claiming that current Judicial Watch leader Tom Fitton "has misused the organization for his own ends, improperly dissipating and squandering donor monies and turning the group into a very bad joke."
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- Jim Kuhnhenn, "Conservative Sues Pro-Bush Group," Associated Press, September 18, 2007.
- "Who's who," Washington Monthly (TheFreeLibrary.com), March 1, 2002.
- "FOUNDER SUES JUDICIAL WATCH PRESIDENT TOM FITTON," SavingJudicialWatch.org, accessed February 1, 2009.
- "Aboput Us," Freedom Watch, accessed February 1, 2009.
- Freedom Watch, News Release: "'All The President's Men' Stole 'Freedom Watch' Trademark," PRNewswire-USNewswire, September 17, 2007.
- Jake Tapper, "Klayman -- Back in the Saddle," Political Punch Blog/ABC News, September 17, 2007.
- KingCranky, "OJ & Ari, Sittin' In A Tree, & Ari Gettin' Sued By Lar-ar-y," The Daily Kos, September 17, 2007.
- Paul Lewis, "Legal Battle Brewing Over Group's Name," Washington Post, September 18, 2007.
- Peter Baker, "A Battle Over Freedom," Washington Post, October 22, 2007.