New Citizenship Project

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New Citizenship Project (also New Citizenship Project, Inc.) is a non-profit organization funded by large right-wing foundations. Founded in 1994, NCP initiated the Project for the New American Century, one of the key behind-the-scenes architects of the Bush administration's foreign policy. According to his senate biography, John McCain served as a president of NCP, "an organization created to promote greater civic participation in our national life."[1]

NCP shares the same address and suite as PNAC. According to NCP's listing in The Right Guide, NCP and the Philanthropy Roundtable share the same phone number. The Philanthropy Roundtable's office is on the same floor of the same office building as PNAC and NCP.

In 1996, the Council on Crime in America, another NCP project, authored a report The State of Violent Crime in America which was published by the Heartland Institute. The Council., which appears to have only been briefly active in 1996, was chaired by former "Drug Czar" William Bennett and former Attorney General Griffin Bell. McCain also served on the Council.[2]

per [3]
Chairman: William Kristol
President: Gary J. Schmitt

The watchdog group "Media Transparency, the Money Behind the Media"[4], reports 47 grants totalling $2,722,900 given to the New Citizenship Project from 1994 through 2001.

Funding sources appear to be exclusively from three far right-wing neo-conservative think tank funders:

The John M. Olin Foundation, Inc. listed grants in 1997 show the subtitle for The New Citizenship Project as the "Project for the Next American Century." It clearly appears that the origninal 1994 PNAC concept has become the current Project for the New American Century.[12]

"...the New Citizenship Project, an affiliate of the Project for the Republican Future, a conservative G.O.P. think tank founded by William Kristol."[13]

From the 2000 edition of "The Right Guide (published by Economics America, Ann Arbor, MI):

New Citizenship Project
1150 17th St., NW Ste 510
Washington DC 20036
Phone: 202-822-8333
Fax: 202-822-8325

Contact person: John Walters, President
Officers or Principals: William Kristol, Chairman; Jay P. Lefkowitz, Director.
Mission or Interest: "To restore American self-government and civil society." Public policy organization focusing on the AmeriCorps program, drugs and crime, affirmative action, and other issues.
Accomplishments: In 1997 the Project spent $194,859 on its programs.
Total Revenue: 1997 $152,008
Total Expenses: $219,815 -- 89% Program Services, 9% Management and general, 3% Fundraising Net Assets: $72,276
Tax Statuts: 501(c)3
Financial Information: In 1997 grants received included $50,000 from the Sarah Scaife Foundation, $50,000 from the John M. Olin foundation, $37,000 from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, and $35,000 from the Scaife Family Foundation.
Background Information: Established in 1994.


New Citizenship Project, Inc.
1150 17th St., NW Ste 510
Washington, DC 20036