The Council for National Policy #CNP
, "The Secret Society" https://web.archive.org/web/20121020192658/http://www.alternet.org/story/21372/secret_society
"the heart of a great conservative movement that helped to make America strong and prosperous in the 20th century – now helping to ensure she remains free and secure in the 21st century,"
Some CNP members - Mike Pence comes quickly to mind - in the context of bolstering their conservative credentials, have proudly revealed their CNP membership, even though CNP's policy is to keep membership a secret. Here is it's 2014 Membership, the latest https://www.splcenter.org/sites/default/files/cnp_redacted_final.pdf
's tentacles include well-connected activists who advocate for the imposition of fundamentalist Christian ideology in public life and have succeeded in forcing their agenda in republican administrations. A list of organizations working with CNP https://web.archive.org/web/20120204172127/http://www.seekgod.ca/cnporganizations.htm
Who is the Council for National Policy and What Are They Up To? https://web.archive.org/web/20081116054535/http://www.au.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=6949&news_iv_ctrl=0&abbr=cs_ #CNP
Members all share something in common: They are powerful figures, drawn from both the Religious Right and the anti-government, anti-tax wing of the ultra-conservative movement.
From the beginning, the #CNP
sought to merge two strains of far-right thought: the Religious Right with the low-tax, anti-government wing of the GOP. The theory was that the Religious Right would provide the grass roots activism and muscle. The other would put up the money
While many involved in the #CNP
have denied political activity in their respective organizations, the role of the CNP appears to be that of a policy and funding conduit for the Religious Right projects, both political and religious https://web.archive.org/web/20120204230101/http://www.seekgod.ca/cnp.htm
“Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another,” The question is: Whose soul? #CNP
prepared an #Education
Reform Plan based on four assumptions and one pledge: https://files.rightwingwatch.org/uploads/CNP-Education-agenda.pdf
member Betsy #DeVos
, CNP members "to recruit other movement conservatives, conservative and Christian media leaders, and pastors - engaging support from the #HeritageFoundation
- to join the campaign to dismantle Dept of #Education
", and this
The Council for National Policy Wants Betsy DeVos to Christianize Public Schools – CNP “Education Reform Report”. Report https://files.rightwingwatch.org/uploads/CNP-Education-agenda.pdf
proposes return of all educational oversight to the states - the #CNP
and the Christian Right equate #education
as social engineering
Paul Weyrich set up the Council for National Policy #CNP
to mimic The Council on Foreign Relations. CFR promoted Common Core federal standards for #education
. CNP called for a gradual, voluntary return at all levels to free-market private schools, church schools and home schools
rules state that “Council meetings are closed to the media and the general public,”...“Our membership list is strictly confidential and should not be shared outside the Council.” http://watch.pair.com/charter.html
Why did Mike #Pence
announce his membership? Courting 2024 supporters?
How the Big Brother controls “alternative” media http://web.archive.org/web/2011010101
are just a few of the more popular names — especially among followers of the “alternative” #media
— who are members of the ultra-secret Council for National Policy #CNP
is powerful in it's control over the so-called #conservative
movement in this country, which ties in closely with the “patriot” movement and alternative #media
, which many people rely on to deliver them what they believe is “the truth.” Anything else is #FakeNews
's strategy is to propagate the idea of transforming the United States back to it's 'godly' heritage...its actions appear to be pushing a raw #capitalist
and expansionist policy coupled with an aggressive #authoritarian
approach to governance https://web.archive.org/web/20070208080855/http://www.dkosopedia.com/wiki/Council_for_National_Policy
members include corporate executives, television evangelists, legislators, former military or government officers, think tanks dedicated to molding society and those who many view as "Christian" leadership. Who made some of the grants made to CNP? https://web.archive.org/web/20070125090347/http://www.mediatransparency.org/recipientgrants.php?recipientID=2119
Before it was unexpectedly shut down, I had started working on this associations chart on Muckety. You can see the core from which the rest of the associations (people and organizations) are related.
If you want to be in the know about the real scoop, that you don't read about in the newspapers, this is the organization to be part of. #FakeNews #CNP
— Pat Robertson, Christian Coalition http://www.publiceye.org/ifas/cnp/members.html
When the executive director of an organization with the stale-as-old-bread name of the Council for National Policy, boasts that "WE CONTROL EVERYTHING IN THE WORLD," he is only half-kidding. https://web.archive.org/web/20070409070015/http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/story?id=121170&page=1 #CNP
Paul Weyrich took responsibility for bringing together the best minds of conservatism, and his imprint on #CNP
's mission is unmistakable: It provided a forum for religiously engaged conservative Christians to influence the geography of American political power.
Inside Nikki Haley’s Shocking Speech to Secretive Far-Right Group https://therealnews.com/stories/inside-nikki-haleys-shocking-speech-to-secretive-far-right-group
Just days before she resigned as UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley delivered a private speech to the Council for National Policy #CNP
, a secretive group of influential right-wing figures
Council for National Policy #CNP
Foundations grants 1997-2011: $50,000, $25K each in 2010 and 2011 https://web.archive.org/web/2015090514
I have reviewed all of the Form 990 for these #KochBrothers
foundations at @KOCHdocs
) and there are no subsequent donations after 2011. Looks like they tried to buy influence, didn't get what they wanted, and cut bait.
Paul Weyrich tribute video #CNP
Tributes from conservative christian leaders for Paul Weyrich, often considered the Father of the Conservative Movement. Groups that Weyrich founded, including the
Donald Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway and campaign CEO Stephen Bannon were members of the Council for National Policy, "a shadowy and intensely secretive group" of powerful conservative thought leaders, politicians, and donors.
membership is notable for its mixture of Republican financiers, Tea Party operatives, and stalwarts of the religious right with many anti-LGBT, Islamophobic, and white supremacist extremists.
The Southern Poverty Law Center first revealed Kellyanne Conway and Steve Bannon's membership in the #CNP
in August 2016, when they were the manager and CEO respectively of Donald Trump's Presidential campaign. SPLC lists Conway as an executive committee member.
Secretary of Education Betsy #DeVos
and her brother, mercenary leader Erik Prince are both tied to the CNP through their parents Edgar Prince and Elsa Prince Broekhuizen, who have both served on the #CNP
executive committee in the past
The Princes fund the CNP through their family charity, the Edgar & Elsa Prince Foundation, where Betsy DeVos, Erik Prince, and Elsa Prince Broekhuizen are all directors.
Betsy and Dick DeVos have also funded the CNP through their charity the Dick & Betsy DeVos Foundation
and his family have donated to the Council for National Policy through their foundation, the Mercer Family Foundation. Robert Mercer also contributed $15.5 million to Make America Number 1, the pro-Trump super PAC chaired by Rebekah Mercer. #CNP
At least five members of Trump's transition team appear in the 2014 #CNP
membership director obtained by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Three members of Trump's transition team have ties to both the Council for National Policy and the right-wing think thank the #HeritageFoundation
, where Rebekah #Mercer
is a board member. #CNP
Since 2006, Robert #Mercer
has contributed large sums to Republican candidates, #PACs
. His foundation has also contributed millions to #RightWing #thinktanks
including the Heartland Institute, the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, and the #FederalistSociety
This visualization was created from the Council for National Policy’s ( #CNP
) membership directory. It illustrates the issues that concern individual members https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2016/05/17/council-national-policy-behind-curtain
Media & the CNP
What follows is a list of leading officials of right-wing or conservative #media
organizations who are also members of the Council for National Policy ( #CNP
Higher Education & the CNP
This list of 20 college and university officials at 16 schools who are also members of the Council for National Policy ( #CNP
) gives a sense of how far the group has reached into conservative academia, particularly religious institutions #HigherEd
This graphic (h/t @lovetogive2
) further shows the relationship between the tRump Campaign and the christian conservative Council for National Policy ( #CNP
When you look at the chart of Issues Important to CNP Members (earlier in this thread) you can see it's influence on him.
The concoction of federalism, economic growth, social traditionalism, religious activism and anti-secularism goes down well among members because it is spiced with disdain for a common enemy: the creeping influence of political and philosophical liberalism
It is significant that Nelson Bunker Hunt, the founder and main funder of the Wycliffe Bible Associates and Council for National Policy, is, like many founding #CNP
members, a Knight of the Order of Malta http://watch.pairsite.com/cnp.html
Ginni Thomas, conservative activist and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, issued a dark warning at a Council for National Policy #CNP
meeting--referencing the disarray and electoral losses suffered by conservatives in the Trump era https://theintercept.com/2019/06/04/ginni-thomas-trump-conservative-group/
Thomas' presentation to the #CNP
lists efforts to “Build Robust Infrastructure,” led by Bill Meierling, chief marketing officer of #ALEC
, and “Brand the Left: You’ve Been Lied To!” led by conservative publisher and direct-mail consultant Richard Viguerie.
Less than a week before her resignation, Nikki Haley made a speech before the Council for National Policy. Haley’s appearance before the #CNP
was structured like a campaign fund-raiser, opening with a prepared stump-style speech https://harpers.org/blog/2018/10/nikki-haley-at-the-council-for-national-policy/
member Schlafly has a simple message.
"I remind people we are a two party system. If you like a third party or some other way, you can move to Europe — You have got to pick one. The fight is in the Republican Party." https://www.cnn.com/2016/05/17/politics/conservatives-slow-walk-donald-trump-support/index.html
- Pay Attention
The Council for National Policy #CNP
is a rogues gallery of the political #rightwing
as shown in this chart
which shows some key CNP members and the movements with which they've been associated.
A ‘family values’ politician has been accused of sexual assault on a teen boy https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2017/11/family-values-politician-accused-sexual-assault-teen-boy/
18-yr-old boy was sexually assaulted by Ohio state representative Goodman when he was attending a conference organized by Tony Perkins of the Council for National Policy ( #CNP
Action has Standing Committees where members work to influence crucial public policy decisions. No writing model bills but they 'formulate strategies and execute plans to make a difference on the issues where we can have a real impact.' http://www.talk2action.org/story/2006/7/31/94353/6835
Also like #ALEC
meetings are held behind closed doors, away from any scrutiny. It meets 3 times a year. Members are strongly discouraged from speaking to the press about issues covered at the events or that they even attended a CNP meeting.
Old research into the Council for National Policy reviewed membership lists and created this listing of Selected member Biographies http://web.archive.org/web/2012020417
… Many Trumpists were not important enough 20 years ago, but the bios of other notable members are illuminating...
Ironic how after years of posturing how #democrats
were weak on #nationalsecurity
it's conservatives who got suckered by #Russia
noted how the #NRA
gave Russians access to the National Prayer Breakfast and the secretive right-wing Council for National Policy #CNP
The bond between America’s #Christo
-fascists and the government of #Russia
goes back a long way, long before anyone conceived of the possibility of a tRump administration https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/18/opinion/maria-butina-putin-infiltration.html
The door was opened by #CNP
founder Paul Weyrich
When DeVos was confirmed, the secretive right-wing Council for National Policy #CNP
had its own ambitious policy agenda for her: “a gradual, voluntary return at all levels to free-market #privateschools
as the normative American practice.”
I previously noted how the the links between the #KochBrothers
and the Council for National Policy ( #CNP
) show no real relationship, many members of the #KochNetwork
are CNP Members. Two very important members are Michael Grebe of the #BradleyFoundation
and Tim Phillips of #AFP
Linking the #KochBrothers
is Thomas A. Roe. Beginning in the 60s he helped spawn a nationwide group of state-based research institutes to promote conservative values among state policy-makers http://watch-unto-prayer.org/charter.html
. The group=State Policy Network http://stinktanks.org
Foundation has a history of key membership in the Council for National Policy ( #CNP
) including such as Reagan A.G. Ed Meese, and ex-congressman Jim DeMint.
Foundation-led conservative groups inc #ALEC
along with Religious-right members of #CNP
led supporters to rally behind #CharterSchools
. Behind the Conservative Curtain: Pseudo Grassroots Organizations Front for Corporate/Government Takeover http://watch-unto-prayer.org/charter.html
This site gives invaluable insight as to just what the @Heritage
-linked orgs were in each state and how they worked behind the scenes. Detailed profiles on #CharterSchools
are are given for each state. Heritage Foundation For School Choice http://web.archive.org/web/2002021121
Of historical interest in the #CNP
is this invitation it sent to #Reagan
's CIA Director William Casey, of note for his role in #IranContra
. CNP member Oliver North was convicted for his role, without disclosing anything to investigators...A role model for today's tRumpists?
A Handful of Conservative Billionaires, Christian Leaders, and Media Barons Are Holding Democracy in the U.S. Hostage https://washingtonspectator.org/nelson-shadow-network/
facing a future in which minorities, women, gays...were gaining in number, rights, political influence, the #CNP
changed the rules.
As local and regional #newspapers
went out of business during the early 2000s, media owned by #CNP
members rushed to fill the vacuum. Three key players dominate this landscape: Salem Media Group, Bott Radio Network, and the American Family Radio networks
strategists showed an astute grasp of electoral politics, finding hidden pockets of evangelical voters and identifying the issues that could drive them to the polls, spending years building #grassroots
party machines at the state level.
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