America Engaged

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American Engaged is a Virginia-based 501(c)(4) nonprofit formed in 2016.[1]

America Engaged's president is Leonard Leo, a leader in the effort of right-wing groups and funders to advance a conservative judiciary at the federal and state level. Leo is the board chairman of CRC Advisors and the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies.

Ties to the Council for National Policy

America Engaged's Leonard Leo sits on the Board of Governors at the Council for National Policy (CNP). Leo spoke to CNP in February 2019 where he told members,

"We’re going to have to understand that judicial confirmations these days are more like political campaigns. We’re going to have to be smart as a movement. No one in this room has probably experienced the kind of transformation that I think we are beginning to see."[2]
Council for National Policy

The Council for National Policy (CNP) is a secretive, Christian Right organization of funders and activists founded in 1981 by activist Morton Blackwell, commentator Paul Weyrich, direct-mail pioneer Richard Viguerie, right-wing activist Phyllis Schlafly and Left Behind author Tim LaHaye. Anne Nelson's book about CNP, Shadow Network: Media, Money, and the Secret Hub of the Radical Right, describes how the organization connects "the manpower and media of the Christian right with the finances of Western plutocrats and the strategy of right-wing Republican political operatives.”

CNP membership as of September 2020 is available here.

Core Financials

2019[1]

  • Total Revenue: $1,790,500
  • Total Expenses: $2,469,749
  • Net Assets: $198,643

Grants Distributed

2018[3]

  • Total Revenue: $5,000,000
  • Total Expenses: $4,521,145
  • Net Assets: $877,892

Funding

Grants Distributed

2017[4]

  • Total Revenue: $2,300,000
  • Total Expenses: $1,901,123
  • Net Assets: $399,037

Funding

Grants Distributed

Personnel

Staff

Board of Directors

As of 2020:[1]

Contact

America Engaged
1101 Wilson Boulevard 6th Floor
Arlington, VA 22209

EIN: 81-2072162
Phone: (540) 341-8808

Articles and Resources

IRS Form 990 Filings

2019

2018

2017

Related SourceWatch

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 America Engaged, 2019 IRS Form 990, organizational tax filing, [date blurred], 2020.
  2. Robert O'Harrow and Shawn Boburg, A conservative activist’s behind-the-scenes campaign to remake the nation’s courts, Washington Post, May 21, 2019.
  3. America Engaged, 2018 IRS Form 990, organizational tax filing, October 24, 2019.
  4. America Engaged, 2017 IRS Form 990, organizational tax filing, December 31, 2018.