Capital Research Center - Government Grants Support Policy Groups in Ashcroft Debate

January 12, 2001

Dozens of representatives of leading nonprofit organizations met in Washington this week to voice their concerns about former Senator John Ashcroft's nomination for Attorney General. According to information obtained by Capital Research Center, eighteen of the organizations represented at a January 9 [2001] meeting received almost $150 million combined in government funding between 1996 and 1999 (see attachment).

"In the interest of public disclosure, it is important to determine where nonprofit organizations receive their funding," said Capital Research Center President Terrence Scanlon.

"These organizations have received a large number of grants from government sources," Scanlon noted.

Planned Parenthood, the NAACP, the Sierra Club, and the National Education Association were among the organizations receiving government money in 1999.

Planned Parenthood received $27,263,393 for their US activities in 1999, according to the Census Bureau’s Federal Assistance Award Data System (FAADS). The National Education Association received $1,687,975.

"It is important for the public to know how major players in the public policy arena are funded," Scanlon said. "Many of the most prominent groups involve in the debate over Ashcroft’s nomination to one of the most important posts in the federal government are recipients of millions of dollars in taxpayer money," Scanlon concluded. Capital Research Center was established in 1984 to study critical issues in philanthropy, with a special focus on non-profit "public interest" and advocacy groups, the funding sources that sustain them, their agendas, and their impact public policy and society.

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