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.”

47 transactions on record as a recipient.

Ordered By: Year (Newer to Older)

#
Donor
Recipient
Amount
Year
Link
1DonorsTrustJudicial Watch$1,0002014+
2DonorsTrustJudicial Watch$25,0002014+
3DonorsTrustJudicial Watch$5,0002014+
4DonorsTrustJudicial Watch$5,0002014+
5DonorsTrustJudicial Watch$1,0002014+
6National Christian Charitable FoundationJudicial Watch$15,1002014+
7DonorsTrustJudicial Watch$25,0002013+
8Tepper Family FoundationJudicial Watch$1,5002013+
9The Rodney FundJudicial Watch$2,0002013+
10DonorsTrustJudicial Watch$1,0002012+
11DonorsTrustJudicial Watch$5,0002012+
12Sarah Scaife FoundationJudicial Watch$125,0002012+
13Armstrong FoundationJudicial Watch$5,0002012+
14National Christian Charitable FoundationJudicial Watch$6,0002012+
15Robert S. and Star Pepper FoundationJudicial Watch$10,0002012+
16Deramus FoundationJudicial Watch$10,0002011+
17Tepper Family FoundationJudicial Watch$1,2002011+
18DonorsTrustJudicial Watch$2,5002011+
19DonorsTrustJudicial Watch$5,0002011+
20Allegheny FoundationJudicial Watch$67,0002010+
21Deramus FoundationJudicial Watch$1,0002010+
22DonorsTrustJudicial Watch$2,0002010+
23Tepper Family FoundationJudicial Watch$1,2002010+
24Tepper Family FoundationJudicial Watch$1,2002009+
25DonorsTrustJudicial Watch$1002009+
26DonorsTrustJudicial Watch$1,0002009+
27DonorsTrustJudicial Watch$2,0002009+
28DonorsTrustJudicial Watch$5,0002009+
29The Carthage FoundationJudicial Watch$200,0002008+
30Tepper Family FoundationJudicial Watch$1,0002008+
31DonorsTrustJudicial Watch$3002008+
32DonorsTrustJudicial Watch$1,0002008+
33DonorsTrustJudicial Watch$10,0002007+
34Same Line FoundationJudicial Watch$2502007+
35The Carthage FoundationJudicial Watch$200,0002006+
36The Whitcomb Charitable FoundationJudicial Watch$4,0002006+
37The Whitcomb Charitable FoundationJudicial Watch$3,0002005+
38The Whitcomb Charitable FoundationJudicial Watch$3,0002004+
39Robert S. and Star Pepper FoundationJudicial Watch$5,0002004+
40Donors Capital FundJudicial Watch$25,0002002+
41The Whitcomb Charitable FoundationJudicial Watch$2,0002002+
42Bill and Berniece Grewcock FoundationJudicial Watch$2,0002001+
43It Takes A Family FoundationJudicial Watch$252001+
44Bill and Berniece Grewcock FoundationJudicial Watch$2,0002000+
45Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation / DeVos Urban Leadership InitiativeJudicial Watch$2,5002000+
46Bill and Berniece Grewcock FoundationJudicial Watch$2,0001999+
47The Roe FoundationJudicial Watch$1,0001999+
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.