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    Top Republicans rub shoulders with extremists in secretive rightwing
    group, leak reveals

    Then president Donald Trump arrives to speak to the 2020 Council for
    National Policy meeting in Arlington, Virginia, in August last year. The
    group was founded in 1981 by activists influential in the Christian right.
    Then president Donald Trump arrives to speak to the 2020 Council for
    National Policy meeting in Arlington, Virginia, in August last year. The
    group was founded in 1981 by activists influential in the Christian right. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP

    Wealthy entrepreneurs and media moguls also named on membership list for influential Council for National Policy Jason Wilson

    A leaked document has revealed the membership list of the secretive
    Council for National Policy (CNP), showing how it provides opportunities
    for elite Republicans, wealthy entrepreneurs, media proprietors and
    pillars of the US conservative movement to rub shoulders with
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    The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which monitors rightwing hate
    groups, describes the CNP as “a shadowy and intensely secretive group
    [which] has operated behind the scenes” in its efforts to “build the conservative movement”.

    The leaked membership list dates from September last year, and reveals the 40-year-old CNP put influential Trump administration figures alongside
    leaders of organizations that have been categorized as hate groups. Advertisement

    The group was founded in 1981 by activists influential in the Christian
    right, including Tim LaHaye, Howard Phillips and Paul Weyrich, who had
    also been involved in founding and leading the Moral Majority. Initially
    they were seeking to maximize their influence on the new Reagan
    administration. In subsequent years, CNP meetings have played host to presidential aspirants like George W Bush in 1999 and Mitt Romney in 2007,
    and sitting presidents including Donald Trump in 2020.

    In videos obtained by the Washington Post in 2020, the CNP executive
    committee chairman, Bill Walton, told attendees of the upcoming election:
    “This is a spiritual battle we are in. This is good versus evil.”

    The CNP is so secretive, according to reports, that its members are
    instructed not to reveal their affiliation or even name the group.

    Heidi Beirich, of the Global Project Against Hate and Extremism, said in
    an email that “this new CNP list makes clear that the group still serves
    as a key venue where mainstream conservatives and extremists mix”, adding
    that CNP “clearly remains a critical nexus for mainstreaming extremism
    from the far right into conservative circles”.

    The document – which reveals email addresses and phone numbers for most
    members – shows that the CNP includes members of SPLC-listed hate groups.

    They include leaders of organizations listed as anti-Muslim hate groups, including:

    Frank Gaffney, founder and executive chairman of the Center for
    Security Policy (CSP)

    Brigitte Gabriel, founder and chairman of Act For America (AFA)


    They also include several founders or leaders of groups listed as
    anti-LGBTQ+ hate groups, such as:

    Michael P Farris, president and CEO of the Alliance Defending Freedom

    Brad Dacus, founder and president of the Pacific Justice Institute

    Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council

    Matthew Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel

    Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association

    Also, there are members of organizations listed as anti-immigrant hate
    groups, including James and Amapola Hansberger, co-founders of Legal
    Immigrants For America (Lifa).

    Additionally, the list includes members of groups that have been accused
    of extremist positions on abortion. They include Margaret H Hartshorn,
    chair of the board of Heartbeat International, which has reportedly spread misinformation worldwide to pregnant women.

    Several high-profile figures associated with the Trump administration, or conspiracy-minded characters in Trump’s orbit, are also on the list, such
    as Jerome R Corsi, who has written conspiracy-minded books about John
    Kerry, Barack Obama and the September 11 attacks. Corsi is listed as a
    member of CNP’s board of governors.

    Along with these representatives of extremist positions, the CNP rolls
    include members of ostensibly more mainstream conservative groups, and representatives of major American corporations. Still others come from the Republican party, a network of rightwing activist organizations, and the companies and foundations that back them.

    A newcomer to the group since a previous version of the member list was
    exposed is Charlie Kirk, founder and president of Turning Point USA
    (TPUSA), a conservative youth organization.

    Although TPUSA works hard to make inroads into mainstream culture with
    stunts and on-campus events, Kirk has recently staked out more hard-right positions, saying last week that Democratic immigration policies were
    aimed at “diminishing and decreasing white demographics in America”, a day after Tucker Carlson ventilated racist “great replacement” conspiracy
    theories on his Fox News program.

    The CNP is so secretive, reports say, that members are told not to
    reveal their affiliation or name the group


    Conservative movement heavyweights in the group include Lisa B Nelson,
    chief executive of the American Legislative Exchange Council; Eugene
    Mayer, president of the Federalist Society; Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform; Daniel Schneider, executive director of the
    American Conservative Union, which organizes the CPac conference; and L
    Brent Bozell III, the founder of the Media Research Center and a member of
    the Bozell and Buckley dynasties of conservative activists.

    Other members include pillars of the Republican political establishment, including former GOP congressional majority leader Tom DeLay; former
    Wisconsin governor Scott Walker; Reagan administration attorney general
    Edwin Meese III; and former RNC chair and Trump White House chief of staff Reince Priebus.

    Their number also includes sitting congressmen such as Barry Loudermilk
    and influential operatives like David Trulio, who was the senior adviser
    and chief of staff to the under-secretary of defense in the Trump administration.

    The member list also includes representatives of major US corporations,
    such as Marc Johansen, vice-president for the satellites and intelligence program for Boeing; Jeffrey Coors, of the Coors brewing family, who have extensively sponsored conservative groups; Lee Roy Mitchell, the founder
    and chairman of the board for movie chain owner Cinemark Holdings; Steve Forbes, the founder and chief executive of the Forbes business media
    empire; and Scott Brown, a senior vice-president at Morgan Stanley.

    Other members of the group represent organizations that operate under a
    veil of secrecy, with conservative “dark money” organizations well

    One member, Lawson Bader, is the president of Donor’s Trust and Donors
    Capital Fund, nonprofits that disguise the identities of their own donors,
    and whose largesse to rightwing causes has earned them the reputation as
    “the dark-money ATM of the conservative movement”.

    Another member, Richard Graber, is the president and chief executive of
    the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. The Bradley foundation has long bankrolled conservative movement causes, including Donors Trust, and has reportedly sponsored widespread efforts to discredit the election of Joe
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    Conservative media figures are also on the list: Neil Patel, co-founder
    and publisher of the Daily Caller; Larry Beasley, chief executive of the rightwing newspaper the Washington Times; and Floyd Brown, the founder of
    the Arizona-based Western Journal and founder of the Citizens United Pac.

    Pro-gun groups are also represented, with NRA chief executive Wayne
    LaPierre and Gun Owners of America founder Tim Macy each listed as

    The 220-page document – which includes a statement of principles and an indication of members’ policy interests alongside a complete member list –
    was leaked and provided to journalists via a transparency organization, Distributed Denial of Secrets.

    An earlier, redacted version of the list was published along with
    reporting by the Center for Media and Democracy in late 2020. DDOSecret’s publication restored personal information, which allowed further reporting
    and verification of the list’s contents.

    Emma Best from that group said in a messenger chat that CNP was “a
    secretive forum for ultra-wealthy and elite conservatives to strategize
    and form long-term plans that have national and international impact”. Therefore, she said, “any opportunity to shine a light on their members, activities and interests is clearly in the public interest”.

    The Guardian repeatedly requested comment from CNP staff, including
    executive director Bob McEwen, and other groups mentioned in this story
    but received no immediate response.

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