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Why A Conservative Legal Organization Is Desperately Trying To Kill The Indian Child Welfare Act | ThinkProgress

6.6.16

Why A Conservative Legal Organization Is Desperately Trying To Kill The Indian Child Welfare Act | ThinkProgress: The nonprofit — officially the Barry Goldwater Institute for Public Policy Research — was created in 1988 in honor of libertarian/conservative Sen. Barry Goldwater (R), whose son serves on its board. The organization, which is located in Goldwater’s home state of Arizona, describes itself as a “national leader for constitutionally limited government.” It has an annual budget of about $5 million and donors including foundations connected to hedge fund millionaire Robert Mercer, petrochemical billionaire Charles Koch, and the late Walmart founder Sam Walton.

The tax-exempt conservative legal organization is best known for its work against government regulations on businesses and for private property. It successfully sued to overturn Arizona’s clean elections law, pushed to ban public sector unions, worked to kill renewable energy standards, and sought to overturn a 142-year-old precedent to stop state governments from prohibiting unsafe “fish pedicures.”


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