Judicial Watch is a conservative nonprofit with a stated mission of promoting “transparency, accountability and integrity in government, politics and the law” using public records and FOIA requests. Judicial Watch was founded in 1994 by Reagan administration federal prosecutor Larry Klayman, who used the group as a “smear sausage” factory by filing lawsuits against members of the Clinton administration. Klayman’s lawsuits, advancing what Kevin Drum of Mother Jones called “Clinton derangement syndrome,” were dismissed and debunked by Independent Counsels and federal judges. Klayman left Judicial Watch in 2003 to launch an unsuccessful Senate campaign, and later sued the organization for defamation.

Judicial Watch employs researchers and FOIA lawyers with funds from conservative organizations such as the Scaife Foundation, one of their largest donors. Between 2009 and 2014, Judicial Watch received almost $100,000 from the Koch-backed organization Donors Trust. Judicial Watch claimed in 2012 that it had filed at least 900 open records requests and over 90 lawsuits against the Obama administration highlighting criticisms that PolitiFact has consistently found to be false. Judicial Watch has received over $20 million in yearly revenue to pursue its agenda of achieving what it calls the “conservative goals of accountability and openness in government.”

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Grants In
Grants Out
Total Expenses
12014$38,432,915$30,811,460$29,086,393$37,925$21,638,212View 990
22013$29,494,983$20,622,935$19,046,384$76,000$17,657,173View 990
32012$25,044,926$20,210,502$18,336,739$74,500$15,902,133View 990
42011$20,318,600$16,598,272$15,355,156$21,500$13,527,052View 990
52010$18,219,800$14,317,309$13,226,653$0$11,297,130View 990
62009$13,000,659$11,347,345$10,978,152$0$9,460,211View 990
72008$9,899,322$8,863,274$8,976,943$0$9,458,313View 990
82007$12,802,698$8,818,495$6,851,573$0$8,990,306View 990
92006$12,597,820$9,960,880$9,359,850$0$8,998,185View 990
102005$11,213,754$8,356,581$7,795,683$0$10,032,815View 990
112004$13,292,002$9,093,413$8,377,138$0$11,856,033View 990
122003$16,530,661$10,148,746$9,487,909$0$11,847,367View 990
132002$19,467,370$13,688,219$12,549,518$0$14,267,562View 990

12 transactions on record as a donor.

Ordered By: Year (Newer to Older)

Showing record as donor
1Judicial WatchNational Bloggers Club$7,5002014+
2Judicial WatchCoalitions for America$7,0002014+
3Judicial WatchCouncil for National Policy$15,0002014+
4Judicial WatchAmerican Conservative Union$5,0002014+
5Judicial WatchAmerican Conservative Union$51,0002013+
6Judicial WatchCouncil for National Policy$15,0002013+
7Judicial WatchCoalitions for America$5,0002013+
8Judicial WatchCouncil for National Policy$15,0002012+
9Judicial WatchCoalitions for America$7,5002012+
10Judicial WatchAmerican Conservative Union$52,0002012+
11Judicial WatchCouncil for National Policy$15,0002011+
12Judicial WatchCoalitions for America$6,5002011+
Contributions from private foundations and other nonprofit entities are based on a review of publicly available Forms 990 filed with the Internal Revenue Service. For more information about our methodology, visit our about page.