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

47 transactions on record as a recipient.

Ordered By: Donor Name (A-Z)

Showing record as recipient
1Allegheny FoundationJudicial Watch$67,0002010+
2Armstrong FoundationJudicial Watch$5,0002012+
3Bill and Berniece Grewcock FoundationJudicial Watch$2,0002001+
4Bill and Berniece Grewcock FoundationJudicial Watch$2,0002000+
5Bill and Berniece Grewcock FoundationJudicial Watch$2,0001999+
6Deramus FoundationJudicial Watch$10,0002011+
7Deramus FoundationJudicial Watch$1,0002010+
8Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation / DeVos Urban Leadership InitiativeJudicial Watch$2,5002000+
9Donors Capital FundJudicial Watch$25,0002002+
10DonorsTrustJudicial Watch$2,0002010+
11DonorsTrustJudicial Watch$25,0002013+
12DonorsTrustJudicial Watch$1,0002012+
13DonorsTrustJudicial Watch$5,0002012+
14DonorsTrustJudicial Watch$3002008+
15DonorsTrustJudicial Watch$1,0002008+
16DonorsTrustJudicial Watch$10,0002007+
17DonorsTrustJudicial Watch$2,5002011+
18DonorsTrustJudicial Watch$5,0002011+
19DonorsTrustJudicial Watch$1002009+
20DonorsTrustJudicial Watch$1,0002009+
21DonorsTrustJudicial Watch$2,0002009+
22DonorsTrustJudicial Watch$5,0002009+
23DonorsTrustJudicial Watch$1,0002014+
24DonorsTrustJudicial Watch$25,0002014+
25DonorsTrustJudicial Watch$5,0002014+
26DonorsTrustJudicial Watch$5,0002014+
27DonorsTrustJudicial Watch$1,0002014+
28It Takes A Family FoundationJudicial Watch$252001+
29National Christian Charitable FoundationJudicial Watch$6,0002012+
30National Christian Charitable FoundationJudicial Watch$15,1002014+
31Robert S. and Star Pepper FoundationJudicial Watch$5,0002004+
32Robert S. and Star Pepper FoundationJudicial Watch$10,0002012+
33Same Line FoundationJudicial Watch$2502007+
34Sarah Scaife FoundationJudicial Watch$125,0002012+
35Tepper Family FoundationJudicial Watch$1,0002008+
36Tepper Family FoundationJudicial Watch$1,2002009+
37Tepper Family FoundationJudicial Watch$1,2002010+
38Tepper Family FoundationJudicial Watch$1,2002011+
39Tepper Family FoundationJudicial Watch$1,5002013+
40The Carthage FoundationJudicial Watch$200,0002008+
41The Carthage FoundationJudicial Watch$200,0002006+
42The Rodney FundJudicial Watch$2,0002013+
43The Roe FoundationJudicial Watch$1,0001999+
44The Whitcomb Charitable FoundationJudicial Watch$4,0002006+
45The Whitcomb Charitable FoundationJudicial Watch$3,0002005+
46The Whitcomb Charitable FoundationJudicial Watch$3,0002004+
47The Whitcomb Charitable FoundationJudicial Watch$2,0002002+
The transactions in Conservative Transparency are based on information reported by the donors and exclude 'dark money' raised by the recipients from unknown donors that are not in the database. For more information about our methodology, visit our about page.