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Council for National Policy

Council for National Policy
Abbreviation CNP
Motto Strengthening the Conservative Movement
Formation 1981
Type Public policy think tank

The Council for National Policy (CNP), is an umbrella organization and networking group for [2] It was founded in 1981 by Tim LaHaye as a forum for conservative Christians seeking to strengthen the political right in the United States.[3]

The CNP describes itself as "an educational foundation organized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. We do not lobby Congress, support candidates, or issue public policy statements on controversial issues. Our over 600 members include many of our nation's leaders from the fields of government, business, the media, religion, and the professions. Our members are united in their belief in a free enterprise system, a strong national defense, and support for traditional western values. They meet to share the best information available on national and world problems, know one another on a personal basis, and collaborate in achieving their shared goals."


  • Meetings and membership 1
  • Conferences and political plans 2
  • Leadership 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Meetings and membership

Marc J. Ambinder of ABC News said about the Council: "The group wants to be the conservative version of the Council on Foreign Relations." The CNP was founded in 1981. Among its founding members were: Tim LaHaye, then the head of the Moral Majority, Nelson Bunker Hunt, T. Cullen Davis, William Cies, and Paul Weyrich.[4]

Members of the CNP have included: General John Singlaub, shipping magnate J. Peter Grace, Edwin J. Feulner Jr of the Heritage Foundation, Rev. Pat Robertson of the Christian Broadcasting Network, Jerry Falwell, U.S. Senator Trent Lott, Southern Baptist Convention activists and retired Texas Court of Appeals Judge Paul Pressler, and the Reverend Paige Patterson ,[5] Senator Don Nickles, former United States Attorneys General Ed Meese and John Ashcroft, gun-rights activist Larry Pratt, Col. Oliver North, and philanthropist Elsa Prince, mother of Erik Prince, the founder of the Blackwater private security firm.

Membership is by invitation only. The membership list, previously made public, is now "strictly confidential." Guests may attend "only with the unanimous approval of the executive committee." Members are instructed not to refer to the organization by name, to protect against leaks.[1] New York Times political writer David D. Kirkpatrick suggested that the secrecy since its founding was intended to insulate the Council from the "liberal bias of the news media".[3]

CNP's meetings are closed to the general public, reportedly to allow for a free-flowing exchange of ideas. The group meets three times per year.[6] This policy is said to be similar to the long-held policy of the Council on Foreign Relations, to which the CNP has at times been compared. CNP's 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status was revoked by the IRS in 1992 on grounds that it was not an organization run for the public benefit. The group successfully challenged this ruling in federal court. A quarterly journal aimed at educating the public, promised in the wake of this incident, has not substantially materialized. The group has launched a website that contains selected speeches from past gatherings.

While those involved are almost entirely from the United States, their organizations and influence cover the globe, both religiously and politically. Members include corporate executives,[7] legislators[7] former high ranking government officers,[7] leaders of 'think tanks'[7] dedicated to molding society and those whom many view as "Christian leadership".[7]

Conferences and political plans

Leading members of the CNP voted in a meeting at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, on September 29, 2007, to consider launching a third party candidate if the 2008 Republican nominee is a pro-choice candidate. (This was an implicit reference to Rudy Giuliani, whose liberal opinions on several social issues, such as abortion, gay rights and gun ownership have disturbed the Christian right.) The CNP's statement read, "If the Republican Party nominates a pro-abortion candidate, we will consider running a third-party candidate." Attending the meeting were notable social conservatives, including James Dobson, Richard Viguerie, Tony Perkins and Morton Blackwell.[8][9]

CNP members have been given billions of dollars by Sun Myung Moon, the founder of the Unification Church and the conservative Washington Times newspaper, and are aligned with various other groups supported by him such as CAUSA International.[10] In 1964 Moon founded the Korean Culture and Freedom Foundation, a public diplomacy agency which promoted the interests of South Korea and sponsored Radio Free Asia. Former U.S. Presidents Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Richard Nixon were honorary presidents or directors at various times.[11] The president of Taiwan Ma Ying-jeou spoke at a Unification Church sponsored "Global Peace Festival" which was held in Taipei October 31, 2009.[12]

CNP also has membership links to the Eugene V. Rostow, then serving as Director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency under President Ronald Reagan, was a speaker at a CFW event on Poland.[17]

In 1999, a speech given to the CNP by Republican candidate United States Presidency in 2000. The content of the speech has never been released by the CNP or by Bush.[18]

As of February 2007, the organization was planning involvement in the 2008 presidential election campaign, and actively looking for a candidate to represent their views. U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney[19] and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney[20] spoke at a four day conference they held in Salt Lake City, Utah during the last week of September 2007. The Council for National Policy scheduled a conference in late October 2007. Most Republican presidential candidates pledged to appear, with the exception of Rudy Giuliani.[8]


CNP was founded in 1981 by fundamental Baptist pastor Tim LaHaye, author of The Battle for the Mind (1980) and the Left Behind series of books. Other early participants included Cleon Skousen, a prominent Mormon theologian and founder of the Freemen Institute; Paul Weyrich; Phyllis Schlafly; Robert Grant; Howard Phillips, a former Republican affiliated with the Constitution Party; Richard Viguerie, the direct-mail specialist; and Morton Blackwell, a Louisiana and Virginia activist who is considered a specialist on the rules of the Republican Party.[21][22][23]

The council employs about eight people. Its first executive director was

  • Council for National Policy Web Site

External links

  1. ^ a b David D. Kirkpatrick, "The 2004 Campaign: The Conservatives: Club of the Most Powerful Gathers in Strictest Privacy", New York Times, August 28, 2004
  2. ^ Max Blumenthal, Secretive Right-Wing Group Vetted Palin 09/01/2008
  3. ^ a b David D. Kirkpatrick, "Christian Right Labors to Find '08 Candidate", New York Times, February 24, 2007
  4. ^ Inside the Council for National Policy ABC News May 8, 2008
  5. ^ The War for Thee University, page 191. Texas Monthly Magazine. Nov 1991. Retrieved February 16, 2011. 
  6. ^ Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy, "Still Looking for Mr. Right." "Time" October 4, 2007,9171,1668472,00.html
  7. ^ a b c d e Adam Clymer, "Conservatives Gather in Umbrella Council for a National Policy", New York Times, May 20, 1981
  8. ^ a b "Christian Conservatives Vow To Back Third Party Candidate If Giuliani Wins GOP Nomination," Bismarck, SD CBS affiliate,
  9. ^ Michael Scherer, "Religious Right May Blackball Giuliani,"
  10. ^ "Welcome - Political Research Associates - Right Web". Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  11. ^ "Korean denies influence peddling". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved 21 March 2012. 
  12. ^ Pres - cross-strait peace is conducive to regional stability, Radio Taiwan International, 2009-11-1
  13. ^ "Committee for the Free World - Political Research Associates - Right Web". Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  14. ^ Heritage Foundation Board members
  15. ^ National Endowment for the Humanities, Midge Decter
  16. ^ AN OLD WIFE'S TALE: My Seven Decades in Love and War, Publishers Weekly, 07/30/2001
  17. ^ Judith Miller, Arms control chief asserts Reagan is uncertain how to use power, The New York Times, January 23, 1982
  18. ^ ABC
  19. ^ Gonzalez, Nathan C. (2007-09-28). "VP Cheney makes quick trip to Utah to address secretive conservative policy group".  
  20. ^ Gibbs, Nancy (2007-10-05). "Still Looking For Mr. Right".  
  21. ^ Americans United: Behind Closed Doors
  22. ^ Council for National Policy
  23. ^ a b Behind closed doors: who is the council for national policy and what are they up to? And why don't they want you to know? - Free Online Library
  24. ^ Council for National Policy (CNP) - I - J - K - Member Biographies
  25. ^ Council for National Policy Executives & Members
  26. ^ "George W. Strake, Jr.". Retrieved October 13, 2009. 



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