The Federalist Society is a legal group consisting of over 40,000 conservative lawyers, academics, and students, with chapters across the country and in almost every law school. According to the Los Angeles Times, the Federalist Society has played a “prominent role” in helping Republican presidents turn the federal judiciary into a “predominantly conservative force.” It serves as a network for members – whom it tries to keep anonymous – and disseminates conservative ideas through discussion and its public debates. Known for having members who believe the Constitution should be interpreted using “originalism,” the Federalist Society’s influence has extended to the Supreme Court: Chief Justice John Roberts is a former member, Justice Antonin Scalia is a former faculty adviser to the organization, and Justice Clarence Thomas has spoken at Federalist Society events.

Notable Facts:

  • President George W. Bush “repeatedly” appointed Federalist Society members to cabinet and senior staff positions in his administration; by 2005, 15 of the 41 appeals court judges confirmed under him were identified as members of the law group.
  • Federalist Society members have also played vital roles in some of the most important political battles of the last 20 years, including former Federalist Society chairman Kenneth W. Starr, who wrote the report that led to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, and member Theodore B. Olson, who helped secure President George W. Bush’s first term with his successful argument in Bush v. Gore. (Olson also led the successful challenge to California’s ban on same-sex marriage, but other lawyers associated with the Federalist Society took the opposite position; Starr defended California’s ban before the state Supreme Court in 2009.)
  • When Chief Justice John Roberts was a Supreme Court nominee, he denied being a member of the Federalist Society, but the Washington Post discovered that Roberts’ name was listed in the 1997-98 Federalist Society Lawyers’ Division Leadership Directory when he was a partner at the Hogan & Hartson law firm.
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Year
Assets
Revenue
Grants In
Grants Out
Total Expenses
Link
12014$12,660,929$17,823,780$16,642,346$416,138$13,935,875View 990
22013$9,071,532$13,721,279$12,758,642$417,912$13,356,819View 990
32012$8,749,884$13,619,720$12,954,105$533,294$13,128,249View 990
42011$7,912,615$9,645,367$8,849,120$562,857$11,432,328View 990
52010$9,778,963$9,465,480$8,773,357$453,779$9,827,044View 990
62009$9,764,864$9,899,921$9,373,787$439,353$9,779,417View 990
72008$9,693,499$12,700,553$11,780,472$392,175$10,603,212View 990
82007$7,850,948$7,826,281$6,981,614$483,006$8,527,882View 990
92006$8,426,441$8,794,888$8,069,229$352,201$6,476,206View 990
102005$6,008,805$6,765,653$6,266,687$288,783$5,556,506View 990
112004$4,502,146$5,450,536$5,058,472$342,922$4,450,193View 990
122003$33,610,069$4,110,843$3,657,192$275,223$3,647,093View 990
132002$2,744,264$3,581,144$3,251,411$0$3,068,704View 990

602 transactions on record as a recipient.

Ordered By: Year (Newer to Older)

#
Donor
Recipient
Amount
Year
Link
1Charles G. Koch Charitable FoundationFederalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies$265,0002014+
2Charles G. Koch Charitable FoundationFederalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies$6,3122014+
3Donors Capital FundFederalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies$1,336,5002014+
4DonorsTrustFederalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies$650,0002014+
5DonorsTrustFederalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies$50,0002014+
6DonorsTrustFederalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies$10,0002014+
7DonorsTrustFederalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies$650,0002014+
8DonorsTrustFederalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies$2,5002014+
9DonorsTrustFederalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies$25,0002014+
10DonorsTrustFederalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies$150,0002014+
11DonorsTrustFederalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies$50,0002014+
12DonorsTrustFederalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies$50,0002014+
13DonorsTrustFederalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies$650,0002014+
14DonorsTrustFederalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies$1,0002014+
15DonorsTrustFederalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies$1002014+
16DonorsTrustFederalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies$650,0002014+
17DonorsTrustFederalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies$25,0002014+
18DonorsTrustFederalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies$200,0002014+
19DonorsTrustFederalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies$5,0002014+
20DonorsTrustFederalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies$10,0002014+
21DonorsTrustFederalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies$10,0002014+
22DonorsTrustFederalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies$15,0002014+
23DonorsTrustFederalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies$125,0002014+
24National Christian Charitable FoundationFederalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies$231,0002014+
25DonorsTrustFederalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies$15,0002013+
26DonorsTrustFederalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies$250,0002013+
27DonorsTrustFederalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies$50,0002013+
28DonorsTrustFederalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies$500,0002013+
29DonorsTrustFederalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies$300,0002013+
30DonorsTrustFederalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies$50,0002013+
31DonorsTrustFederalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies$300,0002013+
32DonorsTrustFederalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies$300,0002013+
33DonorsTrustFederalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies$300,0002013+
34DonorsTrustFederalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies$25,0002013+
35DonorsTrustFederalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies$2,5002013+
36DonorsTrustFederalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies$350,0002013+
37DonorsTrustFederalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies$15,0002013+
38Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation / DeVos Urban Leadership InitiativeFederalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies$25,0002013+
39Pierre F. and Enid Goodrich FoundationFederalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies$30,0002013+
40John William Pope FoundationFederalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies$50,0002013+
41The Robertson-Finley FoundationFederalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies$4,0002013+
42Donors Capital FundFederalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies$135,0002013+
43Donors Capital FundFederalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies$1,312,2852013+
44Charles G. Koch Charitable FoundationFederalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies$265,0002013+
45The Lynde and Harry Bradley FoundationFederalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies$100,0002013+
46The Lynde and Harry Bradley FoundationFederalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies$100,0002013+
47The Lynde and Harry Bradley FoundationFederalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies$75,0002013+
48The Lynde and Harry Bradley FoundationFederalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies$50,0002013+
49The Lynde and Harry Bradley FoundationFederalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies$50,0002013+
50The Lynde and Harry Bradley FoundationFederalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies$50,0002013+
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.