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National Legal Center for the Public Interest

National Legal Center for the Public Interest 1600 K Street NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20006

The National Legal Center for the Public Interest (NLCPI) was founded in 1975 as a How shareholder resolutions influence corporate behavior501(c)3 non-profit based in Washington, DC. NLCPI was established after a study commissioned by the Pacific Legal Foundation concluded that the most effective way to broaden the business public interest legal foundation model was "an umbrella model creating a separate national coordinating entity for new PLFs n other regions." They subsequently went on to found the New England Legal Foundation, Great Plains Legal Foundation (now Landmark Legal Foundation), and Mountain States Legal Foundation. Their activities are intended to foster knowledge about the rights of individuals, free enterprise, private ownership of property, limited government, "balanced" use of private and public resources and a fair and balanced judiciary.

NLCPI does not litigate. Their articles of incorporation state that they are to have no members and all business is to be conducted by the board of directors. After an initial flurry of activity where they founded several other business foundations, they "withdrew to a more passive role of coordination and support through publicity, conferences, newsletters, and general fundraising." They sponsor educational publications, radio programs, and forums, as well as a legal intern program. The types of publications they compose include white papers, legal monographs, as well as a judicial and legislative watch report. They also publish a Public Interest Law Review. Their radio work is limited to short public service announcements about the history and traditions of the Supreme Court, as well as information on several key cases. Their legal interns perform research and assist in drafting legal briefs. NLCPI also holds an annual press briefing the day before the beginning of the Supreme Court session where they discuss the issues behind the cases the court is going to hear.

The Board of Directors of NLCPI has many members representing former governmental officials, as well as corporate general counsels, and corporate executives. From Fred Fielding, former Reagan White House Counsel, to the general counsels of Fed Ex (Kenneth Masterson) and Raytheon (Jay Stevens). Furthermore, several of their directors are involved in conservative think tanks such as Dean Kelckner (Truth About Trade), or academia (Walter Williams, George Mason University).

Funding: Initial funding for NLCPI came from J. Simon Fluor and interests controlled by Richard Mellon Scaife. In 2002, NLCPI had $905,852 in revenues. Major funding has come from the Carthage Foundation, the Sarah Scaife foundation, the John M. Olin Foundation, and the Lynde and Harry Bradley foundation. In more recent years, it has received grants from the Alcoa Foundation ($10,000/yr between 1999-2001) and ExxonMobil ($155,000 since 1998).

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