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Capital Research Center
Capital Research Center
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The Capital Research Center offices located in Washington, D.C.
FounderWilla Johnson
TypeNonprofit organization
HeadquartersWashington, D.C., United States
ServicesStudy of charity, philanthropy, voluntarism
Official language
Revenue (2015)
Expenses (2015)$2,030,597[1]

Capital Research Center (CRC) is an American conservative and American libertarian non-profit organization and watchdog group located in Washington, D.C.[2][3] It was founded in 1984 by Willa Johnson "to study non-profit organizations, with a special focus on reviving the American traditions of charity, philanthropy, and voluntarism." According to the organization, the group supports "free markets, constitutional government, and individual liberty."[4] It discourages donations by corporations to non-profits supporting what it sees as anti-business or left-wing policies.[5] It monitors the giving of major left-wing donors in the U.S.[3]


CRC was founded in 1984 by Willa Johnson, former senior vice president of the Heritage Foundation, Deputy Director of the Office of Presidential Personnel in the first Reagan administration, and a legislative aide in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. CRC's current president is Scott Walter, a former Special Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy in the George W. Bush administration, and former vice president of the Philanthropy Roundtable.[6]

Journalist and author Marvin Olasky previously served as a senior fellow at CRC.[7]

In 2011, Politico reported that CRC had received millions of dollars from conservative philanthropists over the years, with a total budget in 2009 of $1.4 million.[8] Donors have included foundations run by the Koch family, the Scaifes, and the Bradleys. As of 2005, CRC had received $115,000 from ExxonMobil.[9]

David Clarke, the former sheriff of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, is the chair of CRC's American Law and Culture program.[10][11]

Publications and policy stances

CRC has been highly critical of animal rights activists and the environmental movement. In 2006, it published The Green Wave: Environmentalism and Its Consequences, a book by Bonner Cohen. In 2007, it published the third edition of The Great Philanthropists and the Problem of "Donor Intent" by Martin Morse Wooster, a senior fellow at the Center. In 2008, it published Guide to Nonprofit Advocacy, by James Dellinger. The CRC said Al Gore's campaign to control carbon emissions is motivated by the likelihood that he will make an "immense fortune" if laws are passed to control them;[12] argues that organized labor is bad for America;[13] and has criticized government efforts to weaken intellectual property protection of prescription medications.[14]

Movie production

CRC has a movie production arm called Dangerous Documentaries, which partially funded No Safe Spaces, a movie by Adam Carolla and radio host Dennis Prager about political correctness on college campuses.[15][16]


  1. ^ a b "Capital Research Center" (PDF). Foundation Center. 28 August 2016. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ Vogel, Kenneth; Debenedetti, Gabriel (January 18, 2017). "Dems jockey for big money control". Politico. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ a b Vogel, Kenneth; Vinik, Danny (November 1, 2016). "Podesta paid $7,000 a month by top donor". Politico. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ CRC's "About" Page
  5. ^ Barr, Stephen (July 2, 1997). "12 Foundations Push Conservative Agenda; $210 Million Given Over 3 Years". The Washington Post. p. A.21.
  6. ^ "CRC Staff Biographies". Capital Research Center.
  7. ^ Eig, Jonathan (3 July 1994). "Strains of compassion; Frustration over rising homelessness leads some cities to limit panhandling, reduce aid". The Dallas Morning News.
  8. ^ Vogel, Kenneth (3 April 2011). "Right seeks edge in 'oppo' wars". Politico. Archived from the original on 7 April 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  9. ^ "Put a Tiger In Your Think Tank". Mother Jones. May 2005.
  10. ^ Bice, Daniel (February 23, 2018). "Bice: Former Sheriff David Clarke files for divorce in Milwaukee County". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 2018.
  11. ^ "Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr". Premiere Speakers Bureau. Retrieved 2018.
  12. ^ Lucas, Fred (24 July 2008). "Al Gore's Carbon Empire: Cashing in on Climate Change" (PDF). Capital Research Center. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 February 2012.
  13. ^ Reitz, Michael (June 2008). "When Unions Negotiate With Governments - What Should the Public Know, When Should They Know It?" (PDF). Labor Watch. Capital Research Center. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-11-28.
  14. ^ Crow, Karl (January 2008). "The New War on Drugs - Activists and Politicians Attack Intellectual Property Rights" (PDF). Organization Trends. Capital Research Center. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-11-27.
  15. ^ Bond, Paul (May 24, 2017). "Adam Carolla Launches Crowdfunding Campaign for 'No Safe Spaces' Movie". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018.
  16. ^ Acevedo, Yoselin (May 25, 2017). "Adam Carolla Crowdfunding for Anti-Safe Spaces Documentary -- Watch". Indie Wire. Retrieved 2018.

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