Center for Individual Rights
The Center for Individual Rights claims it opposes discrimination but its agenda is to oppose affirmative action and other programs that attempt to restore racial/gender/sexual equality by favoring those who have been traditionally discriminated against.
They supported the Boy Scouts in their effort to exclude homosexuals.
The Center for Individual Rights is a conservative U.S. law firm, in contrast to liberal groups such as the ACLU and Public Citizen. The group started in April 1989. "The founders, Michael McDonald and Michael Greve, met through their work at the Washington Legal Foundation. McDonald, an attorney, specialized in First Amendment litigation and had launched WLF's Legal Studies Division in 1987; Greve, in turn, wrote on environmental issues and assisted with WLF's fundraising."
The Center is currently involved in a case before the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit challenging Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1964, which "prohibits certain southern jurisdictions from implementing changes in voting procedures unless they first obtain federal pre-clearance that the proposed changes do not have the purpose or effect of reducing the ability of citizens to vote on the basis of their race." In July 2010, the "North Carolina State Conference of Branches of the NAACP and several Kinston, NC residents moved to intervene as defendants in LaRoque v. Holder, CIR's case challenging Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. The proposed Defendant-Intervenors seek to defend the constitutionality of the preclearance provisions of Section 5, which the Justice Department used to prohibit Kinston from implementing a nonpartisan voting system favored by 63% of Kinston residents. The Proposed Defendant-intervenors argue that their interest in protecting minority voting rights will not be adequately protected by the Department of Justice and so seek to intervene as additional parties in the case."
The Center is also representing video provocateur James O'Keefe. In March of 2011, the Center " filed a motion in federal court to strike down a California anti-tape recording statute that CIR contends violates the First Amendment. In that statute, California has made it a criminal offense for a person not affiliated with law enforcement to record his own 'confidential' conversation with any other person, unless that person consents to being recorded." Juan Carlos Vera, a former ACORN employee is suing O’Keefe for civil damages with regard to the series of videos he filmed about ACORN in 2009.
The Center represented Anita MonCrief, former employee of ACORN's subsidiary Project Vote, in her countersuit against ACORN "for abuse of process" in ACORN's suit "for $5 million in damages" and "alleging she committed trademark infringement and other torts in connection with her blogging and emailing about the intertwined groups." MonCrief is now a regular contributor to conservative blogs such as "Big Government, Hot Air, NetRight Daily, RedState [and] NewsReal Blog." She is also "the National Spokesperson for American Majority and the Editor-in-Chief of a new website, Emerging Corruption."
A list of further cases can be found via the Center's CIR case finder.
The organization's income from contributions is over 1 million dollars a year.
- Koch Family Foundations gave $40,000
- Randolph Foundation
- F.M. Kirby Foundation $125,000
- The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation gave $1.52 million from 1989-2006
Their "helpful links" page links to libertarian and conservative groups such as the Federalist Society, The Institute for Justice, the Hudson Institute, the Koch-funded groups Heritage Foundation, Mackinac Center for Public Policy and Cato Institute, FreedomWorks and Commentary Magazine.
Board of Directors: 
- Jeremy A. Rabkin, (Chairman) professor of International Law at the George Mason Law School.
- Larry P. Arnn, President of Hillsdale College.
- Robert P. George
- James B. Mann
- Arthur Stephen Penn
- James Piereson, President of the William E. Simon Foundation
- Gerald Walpin
Center for Individual Rights
1233 20th Street, N.W., Suite 300
Washington, DC 20036
E-mail: cir AT cir-usa.org
Resources and articles
Related SourceWatch articles
- ↑ Center for Individual Rights The latest news from CIR, organization website listing recent court cases, accessed May 10, 2011
- ↑ Center for Individual Rights Ending racial double standards, organization website, March 23, 2010, accessed May 10, 2011
- ↑ Center for Individual Rights Dale v. Boy Scouts of America, organization website, December 4, 2007, accessed May 10, 2011
- ↑ History of CIR, Center for Individual Rights, accessed November 2010.
- ↑ Center for Individual Rights LaRoque et al. v. Holder et al., organization website, April 13, 2010, accessed May 10, 2011
- ↑ Center for Individual Rights NC NAACP seeks to intervene in voting rights case, organization website, July 7, 2010, accessed May 10, 2011
- ↑ Center for Individual Rights James O'Keefe challenges California anti-tape recording law, organization website, March 15, 2011, accessed May 10, 2011
- ↑ Center for Individual Rights Lawsuit against Anita MonCrief dismissed, organization website, April 6, 2010, accessed May 10, 2011
- ↑ Center for Individual Rights Case dismissed, organization website, April 6, 2010, accessed May 10, 2011
- ↑ Andrew Breitbart Anita MonCrief, BigGovernment.com profile, accessed May 10, 2011
- ↑ Anita Moncrief Editorial Board, Emerging Corruption website, accessed May 10, 2011
- ↑ F.M. Kirby Foundation, Foundation Center, accessed November 2010.
- ↑ Center for Individual Rights, Media Transparency, accessed November 2010.
- ↑ Links page, Center for Individual Rights, accessed May 10, 2011.
- ↑ Staff, Center for Individual Rights, accessed November 2010.
- ↑ Board of Directors, Center for Individual Rights, accessed November 2010.