The Center for Security Policy (CSP) is a 501(c)(3) organization that describes its mission as “to identify challenges and opportunities likely to affect American security, broadly defined, and act promptly and creatively to ensure that they are the subject of focused national examination and effective action.” The Southern Poverty Law Center has said that it plans to add CSP to its list of hate groups in 2016.

CSP is headed by founder Frank Gaffney, who serves as a columnist for far-right sites and, as well as a contributor for  Gaffney served in the Reagan Administration as an Assistant Secretary for Defense. The Southern Poverty Law Center has described Gaffney as “one of America’s most notorious Islamophobes” who is “gripped by paranoid fantasies about Muslims destroying the West from within.” CNN has referred to Gaffney as an “anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist.” In one CNN appearance, Gaffney argued that “the goal of most ‘Muslim-American organizations’ and mosques ‘is to destroy western civilization from within.’”

SPLC argues that CSP serves mostly to “reinforce Gaffney’s delusions” by “issuing alarming ‘investigative’ reports.” Those reports, featured on CSP’s website, serve as an illustrating window into the group’s raison d’etre of promoting Gaffney’s Islamophobia. They include: Star Spangled Shariah, The Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s Jihad on Free Speech, Refugee Resettlement and the Hijra to America, and Civilization Jihad. The website also advertises Gaffney’s “course in 10 parts,” The Muslim Brotherhood in America. Gaffney has obsessively advanced a conspiracy theory that Huma Abedin, a Hillary Clinton aide, is associated with the Muslim Brotherhood. SPLC called the claim “groundless” and Sen. John McCain and House Speaker John Boehner, both Republicans, condemned it.

CSP is the party behind a bogus poll cited by GOP frontrunner Donald Trump in his December 2015 proposal to ban all Muslim immigration into the United States and prevent Muslim-Americans overseas from returning. The poll, which suggested that large swaths of the Muslim population sympathize with violence against American civilians, was identified as “very shoddy” by the Washington Post for several reasons, including: 1. It was an opt-in online survey of 600 people, 2. The questions were asked in an agree/disagree format, which historically favors “agree” answers, 3. A large portion of the survey’s target population speaks English as a second language, suggesting that “a nuanced survey question may be more difficult to navigate.” The American Association for Public Opinion Research has stated that opt-in surveys “cannot be considered representative of the intended population.”

CSP’s funding comes from the usual suspects of major conservative donors; its top donors are the Sarah Scaife Foundation, the Koch Brothers’-connected Donors Capital Fund, and the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. In addition, the group has received funding from major defense contractors.

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Grants In
Grants Out
Total Expenses
12014$345,075$2,081,532$2,042,164$0$3,503,655View 990
22013$1,759,855$3,580,232$3,554,696$0$3,290,230View 990
32012$1,435,649$3,289,105$3,246,356$0$4,177,663View 990
42011$2,319,327$4,519,568$4,478,902$0$3,595,436View 990
52010$1,487,701$4,123,423$4,084,750$0$3,621,097View 990
62009$868,805$3,813,741$3,823,107$0$3,880,310View 990
72008$931,303$3,924,679$3,977,951$0$3,955,428View 990
82007$908,735$3,562,782$3,746,352$0$2,826,234View 990
92006$248,763$1,953,485$2,305,158$0$2,019,561View 990
102005$234,220$1,539,727$1,736,441$0$1,746,982View 990
112004$453,938$2,023,500$2,203,507$0$1,904,600View 990
122003$419,536$1,680,210$1,762,467$0$1,620,760View 990
132002$362,001$1,687,947$1,724,760$0$1,580,916View 990
142001$302,285$1,382,961$1,156,940$0$1,358,034View 990

179 transactions on record as a recipient.

Ordered By: Year (Newer to Older)

1Donors Capital FundCenter for Security Policy$150,0002014+
2DonorsTrustCenter for Security Policy$75,0002014+
3DonorsTrustCenter for Security Policy$1,0002014+
4DonorsTrustCenter for Security Policy$50,0002014+
5The Boeing CompanyCenter for Security Policy$25,0002013+
6CACI InternationalCenter for Security Policy$20,0002013+
7General Dynamics CorporationCenter for Security Policy$15,0002013+
8Lockheed MartinCenter for Security Policy$15,0002013+
9Northrop Grumman CorporationCenter for Security Policy$5,0002013+
10RaytheonCenter for Security Policy$20,0002013+
11Steuben FoodsCenter for Security Policy$5,0002013+
12General ElectricCenter for Security Policy$5,0002013+
13Donors Capital FundCenter for Security Policy$250,0002013+
14Donors Capital FundCenter for Security Policy$200,0002013+
15The Lynde and Harry Bradley FoundationCenter for Security Policy$50,0002013+
16F.M. Kirby FoundationCenter for Security Policy$15,0002012+
17Sarah Scaife FoundationCenter for Security Policy$175,0002012+
18William H. Donner FoundationCenter for Security Policy$25,0002012+
19Joyce and Donald Rumsfeld FoundationCenter for Security Policy$2,0002012+
20Abstraction FundCenter for Security Policy$5,0002012+
21Abstraction FundCenter for Security Policy$5,0002012+
22Middle East ForumCenter for Security Policy$200,0002012+
23Diana Davis Spencer FoundationCenter for Security Policy$15,0002012+
24The Lynde and Harry Bradley FoundationCenter for Security Policy$60,0002012+
25Claws FoundationCenter for Security Policy$25,0002012+
26Diana Davis Spencer FoundationCenter for Security Policy$15,0002011+
27Joyce and Donald Rumsfeld FoundationCenter for Security Policy$1,0002011+
28Donors Capital FundCenter for Security Policy$500,0002011+
29Donors Capital FundCenter for Security Policy$300,0002011+
30Donors Capital FundCenter for Security Policy$25,0002011+
31Sarah Scaife FoundationCenter for Security Policy$175,0002011+
32William H. Donner FoundationCenter for Security Policy$25,0002011+
33The Lynde and Harry Bradley FoundationCenter for Security Policy$70,0002011+
34Claws FoundationCenter for Security Policy$10,0002011+
35Donors Capital FundCenter for Security Policy$455,0002010+
36Diana Davis Spencer FoundationCenter for Security Policy$15,0002010+
37DonorsTrustCenter for Security Policy$2,5002010+
38DonorsTrustCenter for Security Policy$2002010+
39Fairbrook FoundationCenter for Security Policy$100,0002010+
40Joyce and Donald Rumsfeld FoundationCenter for Security Policy$5,0002010+
41Sarah Scaife FoundationCenter for Security Policy$175,0002010+
42William H. Donner FoundationCenter for Security Policy$25,0002010+
43William H. Donner FoundationCenter for Security Policy$24,0002010+
44William H. Donner FoundationCenter for Security Policy$5,7502010+
45William H. Donner FoundationCenter for Security Policy$10,0002010+
46Abstraction FundCenter for Security Policy$5002010+
47Abstraction FundCenter for Security Policy$1,0002010+
48The Lynde and Harry Bradley FoundationCenter for Security Policy$75,0002010+
49Diana Davis Spencer FoundationCenter for Security Policy$10,0002009+
50Fairbrook FoundationCenter for Security Policy$6,7002009+
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.