Equal Justice Coalition
The Equal Justice Coalition (EJC), is a right-wing 501(c)3 nonprofit based out of Long Beach, California and associate member of the State Policy Network (SPN). The organization shares its name with a few other nonprofit groups. According to its website, the Equal Justice Coalition supports repealing the 17th Amendment, which established the popular election of U.S. Senators.
This page is not related to the Washington-based Equal Justice Coalition, a nonpartisan grassroots organization working to ensure low-income people have access to legal aid.
Ties to SPN
Equal Justice Coalition is an associate member of SPN. EJC's President Jay Feinberg has delivered workshops with current SPN member the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs and former SPN member the Claremont Institute.
Ties to ALEC
ALEC Introduces Model Bill on Constitutional Amendment to Elect US Senators in State Legislatures
On July 21, 2017, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) introduced a model resolution entitled, "Draft Resolution Recommending Constitutional Amendment Restoring Election Of U.S. Senators To The Legislatures Of The Sovereign States" that included a copy of the same resolution posted on the EJC website. The resolution calls for an Amendment to the Constitution that repeals the 17th Amendment which requires U.S. Senators to be elected through a popular vote and states that "Senators shall be elected exclusively by the State legislature."
ALEC Hosts Workshop on Constitutional Amendment to Elect US Senators in State Legislatures
During its 2016 States and Nation Policy Meeting in Washington, D.C., ALEC hosted a workshop on repealing the 17th Amendment to the Constitution which requires that Senators be elected through a popular vote. The "workshop" included Jay Feinberg, President of EJC; John C. Eastman, Founding Director of the Claremont Institute's Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence; and Trent England of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs. The speakers argued for a 28th Amendment to the Constitution that would require U.S. Senators be elected by State legislatures.
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The Equal Justice Coalition describes the history of the organization on its site,
- "Equal Justice Coalition is a Washington non-profit corporation founded in 1984 by Jayne Anderson and other concerned citizens who support equal justice for all citizens before judicial and legislative entities. Her daughter, Victoria Howard Simmons, Vice President and Director, has expanded the scope of its activities to address the disenfranchisement of the States by the 17th Amendment."
However, IRS filings for the organization go back to 2015 and the address listed on its filings is for Long Beach, California, not Washington.
- Total Revenue: $49,000
- Total Expenses: $46,575
- Net Assets: $2,425
- Total Revenue: $0
- Total Expenses: $0
- Net Assets: $0
According to the organization's 2015 tax filing:
- Jay Feinberg, President and Treasurer
- Victoria Howard, VP and Secretary
Employer Identification Number (EIN): 81-0701129
Equal Justice Coalition
4380-B E. Pacific Coast Highway
Long Beach, California 90803
- State Policy Network, Directory, organizational website, accessed June 29, 2017.
- Equal Justice Coalition, About, organizational website, accessed June 29, 2016.
- ALEC, Draft Resolution Recommending Constitutional Amendment Restoring Election Of U.S. Senators To The Legislatures Of The Sovereign States, ALEC, July 21, 2017.
- Jay Feinberg, ALEC Workshop, YouTube, January 18, 2017.
- Equal Justice Coalition, About, Equal Justice Coalition, 2017.
- CitizenAudit, Equal Justice Coalition, CitizenAudit, 2017.
- Equal Justice Coalition, 2016 IRS 990EZ Form, Equal Justice Coalition, February 13, 2017.
- Equal Justice Coalition, 2015 IRS 990EZ Form, Equal Justice Coalition, May 1, 2016.
- Equal Justice Coalition, 2015 IRS Form 990, Internal Revenue Service, May 9, 2016.