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The National Center for Public Policy Research is a communications and research foundation supportive of a strong national defense and dedicated to providing free market solutions to today's public policy problems. We believe that the principles of a free market, individual liberty and personal responsibility provide the greatest hope for meeting the challenges facing America in the 21st century.
In 1982, we started The National Center to provide the conservative movement with a versatile and energetic organization capable of responding quickly and decisively to fast-breaking issues. Today, we continue to fill this critical niche through a top-flight research and communications operation driven by results and the bottom line.
In the 1980s, The National Center helped change public opinion through vocal national campaigns aimed at supporting Reagan administration initiatives concerning the USSR, arms control, Central America and human rights. With the Cold War won, The National Center now trains its sights on other issues, including:
Environmental Policy: Firm in the belief that private owners are the best stewards of the environment, The National Center's Center for Environmental and Regulatory Affairs advocates private, free market solutions to today's environmental challenges. The Task Force highlights the perverse nature of many government-first environmental policies through the collection and promotion of regulatory horror stories, which attach human faces to very real problems caused by regulation.
In 2005, for example, The National Center was one of the few groups addressing the loss of property rights stemming from the application of the 1973 Endangered Species Act and perverse incentives within the original ESA that harm the species the ESA is supposed to protect. But when the U.S. House of Representatives began to overhaul the ESA in 2005, the proposed new ESA would have lacked sufficient property rights protections and would, through new "invasive species" regulations, have massively expanded the power of the government to regulate private land use and human activity.
Incredibly, the proposed legislation would have permitted the federal government to take up to 49.9% of a person's property in the name of wildlife protection without paying anything for it. In response, The National Center:
* Developed and led a grassroots coalition of dozens of groups to educate the public and Members of Congress on these issues;
* Wrote two coalition letters, the first signed by seventy policy organizations and the second by ninety (including the American Conservative Union, the National Taxpayers Union, Eagle Forum and other well-known conservative groups), to House Resources Committee Chairman Richard Pombo expressing these concerns, and publicizing these letters to the grassroots, to other Members of Congress and to the news media;
* Published a detailed, 3,500-word analysis of the bill, which identified seven specific problems with it;
* Personally briefed House Resources Committee staff, Members of Congress, the House Majority Whip (twice), environmental staff for the then-House Majority Leader and the Chairman of the corresponding Senate committee on the problem areas; and
* Participated in scores of news media interviews about the issues involved.
Result: when the reform bill was finally introduced it was a very different proposal. Five of the seven specific problems we had identified - the five most significant - were addressed. Other dangerous new regulations simply vanished from the bill. The provision to compensate landowners was altered in favor of full compensation. The revised measure was approved by the full House of Representatives.
Regulatory Policy: The National Center promotes regulatory reform. We educate Americans about sound science, Congress's constitutional authority to legislate, and in the importance of considering the financial impact on families, individuals and disadvantaged Americans when drafting regulations. In 2007, the National Center published the fourth edition of our book, Shattered Dreams: 100 Stories of Government Abuse, available here.
Ongoing projects in the arena have been magnified with the appointment of Deroy Murdock, a Scripps Howard syndicated columnist, as a National Center Distinguished Fellow. Since his appointment, Mr. Murdock, a recognized expert in entitlement reform policies, has written over a dozen new editions of The National Center's "Talking Points on Social Security" publication, which is distributed by mail to several thousand journalists and talk show hosts and to Members of Congress and other policymakers, and also is available in electronic format.
In 2006 and 2007, these programs continued their expansion with a commitment to a through examination of the true record of patient service in nations with government-run health care systems. The National Center also is scrutinizing, with a critical eye, various plans for expanding the public role in health care delivery here in the United States.
National Defense: Believing that peace is best achieved when democratic nations are well-defended, the National Center supports a strong U.S. military and policies that support U.S. service personnel. We also advocate foreign and defense policies that serve America's national interests. One example of such work includes three critical analyses of the proposed Law of the Sea Treaty, one each by Vice President David Ridenour, Senior Fellow Bonner Cohen and Policy Analyst Ryan Balis.
National Sovereignty: Believing that Americans should be governed by Americans, not by persons overseas, The National Center opposes policies that expand the authority of the United Nations at the expense of the U.S. Congress and executive branch. In 2005, the National Center initiated a series of research reports under the direction of policy analyst Ryan Balis, a graduate of the London School of Economics, to examine recent U.N. scandals, the funding structure of the U.N. and institutional obstacles to U.N. reform.
New Leadership for Black America: Elevating the profiles of conservative and moderate voices in the African-American community through an aggressive earned media campaign is the task of The National Center's Project 21. Participants are regularly featured in national and regional media, advancing the causes of economic and social conservatism while supporting new leaders within the black community.
In 2007, Project 21 members were interviewed, cited or published by the news media over 1,227 times.
Emerging Issues: Responding quickly to issues that suddenly appear on the policy stage is a hallmark of our work.
The National Center is a proven success in today's competitive media environment, earning over 4,373 media interviews, citations and published op-eds in 2007, 5,328 in 2006, 8,046 in 2005, 3,408 in 2004, 3,230 in 2003, 2,796 in 2002, 2,462 in 2001, 1,898 in 2000, 2,135 in 1999 and 1,968 in 1998.
Among those covering The National Center are the AP, UPI and Reuters, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, Newsweek and U.S. News and World Report, ABC's World News Tonight, NBC News, CBS News, ABC Radio News, Good Morning America, 20/20, C-Span, PBS, NPR, Fox, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC and others. Talk radio coverage has been particularly newsworthy, with coverage by industry leaders Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Roger Hedgecock, Glenn Beck and many others.
The National Center is also outstanding in its ability to connect people with policymakers, gathering and delivering an average of 47,000 petitions per month from grassroots America to policymakers on issues of public concern.
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The American people make The National Center for Public Policy Research's work possible through their generous gifts and support. It receives over 350,000 individual contributions a year from over 96,000 active recent contributors.
The National Center is audited every year by an independent firm of certified public accountants. The National Center has never requested nor received funding from the federal government nor any state nor foreign government.
A link to a pdf copy of The National Center for Public Policy Research's most recent Form 990 tax return is available at the top of this page and our most recent independent audit is also available there.
The National Center for Public Policy Research was incorporated in Delaware in 1981 and opened its doors on February 2, 1982. It is a 501(c)(3) organization under the Internal Revenue Code. Its tax ID number is 52-1226614. Donations to The National Center and its projects are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated.