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American New Right

New Right Terry Dolan (CNP), Paul Weyrich (CNP), Richard Viguerie (CNP) and Howard Phillips (CNP) were the main architects and commanding generals of the New Right. Dolan, Weyrich and Viguerie are Catholic; Phillips is a Jewish convert to Christianity.

Conservative movement Republicans, such as Howard Phillips, the director of the Conservative Caucus, Paul Weyrich of the Heritage Foundation, and Richard A. Viguerie, the direct-mail specialist, who found their loyalty tested and finally shattered during the Nixon and Ford years, decided to put conservatism before party.

  1. Kingston Group meetings Meetings at which conservative strategy was plotted by Paul Weyrich, Terry Dolan and Richard Viguerie. Named after the Washington hotel banquet room in which they were held. Ceased to function in the late 1980s.
    1. New Right New coalition created from the Kingston Group meetings which included the identification of fundamentalist pastors as a strategic element:
  2. Stanton Group caucus Group chaired by Paul Weyrich where military and foreign-policy issues were discussed and at which the future Defense Secretary and later vice president, Dick Cheney attended.

Hard right Curious farrago of anti-Semitic Armageddon-seeking southern Protestants; neo-conservative supporters of Israel’s rightwing Likud Party, and the military-industrial-petroleum complex.

Amigos Nickname for Newt Gingrich, Trent Lott, Vin Weber, Jack Kemp and Senator Connie Mack (R. Florida), 1996.

Black Helicopter Gang Small group of Republican right-wing deficit hawks in the House of Representatives who posed a continual threat to the effectiveness of Speaker Newt Gingrich, 1997. Name alludes to the Black Helicopters of the militant right.

Right-wing phalax Gatherings, public and private, to create consensus on message, support for issue campaigns, and coordinated attack and defense strategies in the ongoing political debate. There was little of this by their liberal opponents and what little there was tended to be issue-specific, rather than strategic and multi-issue in nature.

  1. Wednesday Morning Group Grover Norquist's meetings, the apex of coordinating the right-wing agenda which gathers elite conservative activists from 70 or so groups with grass-roots operations, from the National Rifle Association to the Christian Coalition, the Free Congress Foundation, the Eagle Forum, Tom DeLay's office, the Republican National Committee, plus conservative congressional aides and writers who served as movement propagandists and representatives of the right-wing media, including (when they are in DC) people like John Fund and David Horowitz.
  2. Third Generation Weekly Wednesday night gatherings of under-30 conservatives at the Heritage Foundation.
  3. Federalist Society lunches Monthly Chinatown lunches of the Federalist Society.


Saturday Evening Club R. Emmett Tyrrell’s monthly meeting of leading conservative writers and pundits at a French restaurant.

GOPAC PAC established by Governor P. Dupont of Delaware in 1979, taken over by Newt Gingrich in 1986 who transformed it with a $2 million annual budget, a major donor being Peter W. Smith, but failed to register it as a PAC until 1991. Gingrich stepped down as chairman in the midst of several controversies, May 1995.

  1. GOPAC case Federal Election Commission sued GOPAC for failing to disclose finances and observe federal limits on size and source of campaign funds.

Club for Growth Well-financed PAC whose aim is to reduce capital gains tax and whose members individually funnel vast amounts of money towards right-wing political causes and charities, funded by Richard Gilder, treasurer Lisa Britton Nelson, executive director GOPAC. Among the club's founders and one of the members of its policy council is Lawrence Kudlow, former Reagan official and contributing editor of National Review, who was one of the conservative writers secretly paid by Enron. Among the other officials in the Club are the “supply side” propagandists Arthur Laffer and George Gilder, as well as failed right-wing presidential aspirant Pete du Pont and veteran organizer of right-wing front groups, Brent Bozelle III. Contributors include Bob J. Perry.

  1. Agenda for Prosperity” Day before George W. Bush's inauguration, the club hosted a triumphant meeting at the Dirksen Senate Office Building, offering a program to the incoming Administration. Among the featured speakers were Larry Kudlow and Kenneth Lay who was featured as “a big Bush insider.” Lay had led the group in Bush determination to cut the capital gains tax.
    1. Daschle ads Classic negative television smear run by The Club for Growth in Daschle's home state of South Dakota, charges that Daschle is a dangerous partisan, and promotes the GOP “economic stimulus” package, January 2002.

Progress and Freedom Foundation Newt Gingrich’s nonprofit foundation set up by GOPAC director Jeffrey Eisenach, 1992 which sponsored Renewing American Civilization in late-1993.

  1. Renewing American Civilization Newt Gingrich’s college course.

American Campaign Academy GOP-funded school for political operatives run by Joseph Gaylord, one of Gingrich’s top advisors and a key figure in setting up Renewing American Civilization.

Woman’s Coalition Right-wing female group led by Susan Carpenter McMillan who managed Paula Jones and campaigned for the first castration law in California, 1990s.

Conservative Caucus

The Conservative Caucus (TCC) Nationwide grass-roots public policy advocacy group in opposition to the Panama Canal treaty and Carter-Brezhnev SALT II treaty in the 1970s, in support of SDI and major tax reductions during the 1980s. Funded by Coors.

  1. Defunding the Left Conservative Caucus slogan for its efforts to terminate Federal subsidies to ideological activist groups.

F. Andy Messing, Jr. Major F. Andy Messing, Jr. USAR (Ret.). Former chairman of The Conservative Caucus; Board of USWCF; Director of the National Defense Council Foundation. Collaborated with Linda Guell of CAUSA (a political arm of the Unification Church) and its head, Bo Hi Pak. to provide funds for Oliver North's operation in Latin America.

Howard Phillips Founded The Conservative Caucus (TCC) at the direction of Jesse Helms on whose staff he worked. TCC has an interlocking directorate (Phillips served on advisory board) with the United States Council for World Freedom (USCWF) of the World Anti-Communist League (WACL), a multinational network of Nazi war criminals, Latin American death squad leaders and North American neo-fascists. Phillips also proposed the name for Buckley's Young Americans for Freedom and served on its board of directors.During the Nixon administration, Phillips headed two Federal agencies, ending his Executive Branch career as Director of the US Office of Economic Opportunity in the Executive Office of the President, a position from which he resigned when President Nixon reneged on his commitment to veto further funding for Great Society programs. Phillips became chairman of The Conservative Caucus, 1974. Head of the US Taxpayers Party (USTP), appointed many YAF members while acting director of the Office of Economic Opportunity under Richard Nixon. CNP Executive Committee 1984-85, 1988.

Richard Shoff Conservative Caucus board member and funder, a former Grand Kilgrapp of the Indiana Ku Klux Klan.

National Center for Privatization

National Center for Privatization (NCP) Purpose to educate Americans about the concept of privatization. Ostensibly, the objective was to eliminate government waste, reduce taxes, and government control of the US citizenry. “Therefore, the foremost objective of the National Center for privatization is to encourage by all practical and legal means, the transfer of activities and responsibilities now being funded with coerced tax dollars, to the private profit and voluntary sector of the economy.” Founded by Willard Garvey and other Wichita, Kansas businessmen in 1983. Its 1986 Board of Directors included Robert D. Love, a founding member of National Council of The John Birch Society who was a Thirty-second Degree KCCH Mason, a member of the Median Shrine. Officially, the NCP relocated to McLean, VA in 1991 and was incorporated in the District of Columbia. It has since become the Council for Government Reform of Arlington, VA. NCP recruited people from right-wing think tanks from among the many such non-profit organizations represented in the Council for National Policy: The Reason Foundation (Robert W. Poole), Citizens for a Sound Economy, the National Center for Policy Analysis (Pierre duPont), Advocates for Self-Government, Competitive Enterprise Institute (Jack Kemp, Distinguished Fellow), and the Cato Institute.

  1. Privatization Center Established to provide how-to-guides, case studies, and reports that are designed by the Reason Foundation, headed by Robert W. Poole, a member of the CNP until 1998, 1992.
  2. Center for Government Reform Companion organization functions as a non-profit.
  3. Reason Foundation Headed by Robert W. Poole.
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