Rule of Law Trust

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Rule of Law Trust (RLT) is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit founded in 2018. As of 2020, it had no website and its only listed employee was Leonard Leo, the co-chairman of the Federalist Society.[1][2]

News and Controversies

In 2018, Rule of Law Trust's top expenditures were consulting fees to individuals and organizations connected to the Federalist Society and CRC Advisors, a firm founded by Leonard Leo in January 2020.[1][3]

RLT paid $1.5 million to former Federalist Society vice president Jonathan Bunch, who is now the president of CRC Advisors. It also paid $300,004 to YAS, LLC, a firm registered to former Federalist Society director of operations Maria Marshall, who is now the vice president of CRC Advisors.[1]

Core Financials


  • Total Revenue: $80,451,470
  • Total Expenses: $2,736,293
  • Net Assents: $78,210,863


As of 2018:[4]

Board of Trustees


Rule of Law Trust
8300 Boone Avenue
Vienna VA, 22182

EIN: 83-1047727
Phone: (541) 341-8808

Articles and Resources

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IRS Form 990 Filings



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Robert Maguire, "$80 million dark money group tied to Trump Supreme Court advisor, Leonard Leo", Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, October 23, 2020, accessed December 22, 2020.
  2. Michael Biesecker and Brian Slodysko, "Barrett ads tied to interest groups funded by unnamed donors", AP News, October 26, 2020, accessed December 22, 2020.
  3. Jonathan Swan, Alayna Treene, "Leonard Leo to shape new conservative network", Axios, January 7, 2020, accessed December 22, 2020.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Rule of Law Trust, 2018 Form 990, organizational tax filing, November 13, 2019.