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Danhof Bucks BlackRock’s Duplicity with Bannon

Danhof Bucks BlackRock’s Duplicity with Bannon

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In what is becoming a trend for tough questions posed by conservative shareholder activists during this largely virtual shareholder season, BlackRock passed yesterday on the question ...
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BlackRock Promotes Chinese Investments While Punishing American Companies

BlackRock Promotes Chinese Investments While Punishing American Companies

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Free Enterprise Project Calls BlackRock’s ESG Push Highly Hypocritical as the Asset Manager Pushes Risky Chinese Investments Already Under Fire From the U.S. Senate Washington, ...
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State Street CEO Suggests Company’s Leftist Commitments are a Promotional Ploy

State Street CEO Suggests Company’s Leftist Commitments are a Promotional Ploy

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Push for ESG Goals Forces Hard-Pressed Companies to Spend Money On Questionable Ideas in a Time of Global Economic Crisis “Drop the Whole ESG Scam and ...
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Ten Questions About China for BlackRock CEO Larry Fink

Ten Questions About China for BlackRock CEO Larry Fink

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With so many of this year’s corporate shareholder meetings being held virtually, CEOs are using this new separation between themselves and their investors to dodge ...
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About The Free Enterprise Project

FEP Director Justin Danhof speaks to a national gathering of conservative and religious leaders in August 2017

Launched in 2007, the National Center for Public Policy Research’s Free Enterprise Project focuses on shareholder activism and the confluence of big government and big business. The Free Enterprise Project (FEP) is the conservative movement’s only full-service shareholder activism and education program: It files shareholder resolutions, engages corporate CEOs and board members at shareholder meetings, petitions the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for interpretative guidance, and sponsors effective media campaigns to create the incentives for corporations to stay focused on their missions.

As the leading voice for conservative-minded investors, FEP annually files more than 90 percent of all right-of-center shareholder resolutions. Dozens of liberal organizations, however, annually file more than 95 percent of all policy-oriented shareholder resolutions and continue to exert undue influence over corporate America.

Topics Covered

Through the years, FEP has been a leading voice for the conservative investor on a divergent range of topics including: health care, immigration, gun rights, energy, taxes, subsidies, regulations, religious freedom, food policies, media bias, gun rights, federalism, corporate free speech, ideological diversity, voter integrity, freedom of conscience, property rights, workers’ rights and other important public policy issues.

The Free Enterprise Project is also the nation’s leading program for confronting liberal shareholder activism.

Free Enterprise Project Leadership

Justin Danhof, Esq

Justin Danhof

Justin Danhof

In 2012, Justin Danhof, Esq,. was appointed as the Director of the Free Enterprise Project. Since that time, he has filed dozens of shareholder resolutions and attended over 100 shareholder meetings carrying a sharp spear for liberty. As Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberley Strassel notes in her 2016 political bestseller, The Intimidation Game: How the Left is Silencing Free Speech, “If you’ve never been to a corporate shareholder meeting, you’ve likely never heard of Justin Danhof. If you ever have been to one, you’ll likely never forget him.” Strassel spent a full chapter in her book detailing Danhof’s shareholder activism and fight for liberty.

Mr. Danhof’s legal expertise has come in handy during the filing of shareholder resolutions.  Corporations often hire outside attorneys from the nation’s leading law firms and petition the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission seeking to vacate our proposals. Companies often accrue six-figure legal bills fighting FEP proposals. Danhof single-handedly takes on these white-shoe law firms and regularly defeats lawyers that singly-handedly earn 30-times more per year than FEP’s entire annual budget.

In some years, Danhof has had a 66 percent success rate – a ratio that is relatively unheard of in front of the corporate-friendly judges at the SEC.

Since 2012, Danhof has participated in over 100 shareholder meetings to advance free-market ideals in health care, energy, taxes, subsidies, regulations, religious freedom, food policies, media bias, gun rights, workers’ rights and other important public policy issues.

Danhof’s work has generated a tremendous amount of media coverage.

Scott Shepard

Scott Shepard

Scott Shepard

Scott Shepard is the program coordinator for the Free Enterprise Project.

Scott has taught at law schools including the Wake Forest School of Law in North Carolina and the Willamette University College of Law in Oregon. He is the author of the legal textbook Wills, Trusts and Estates in Context.

He previously served as a policy director with the Yankee Institute in Connecticut and the manager of the Water Law Project at the Pacific Legal Institute. He also has experience in government and private practice.

Scott earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia, a master’s degree from Vanderbilt University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Richmond.

FEP’s Top 10 Victories of 2019

FEP 2019 Impact Report

FEP's questioning of Boeing's and General Electric's support for the Clinton Foundation helped trigger an FBI investigation into the Foundation's activities.

FEP's Employee Conscience Protection Project strengthened protections for the political beliefs and activities of over five million workers at 13 major U.S. corporations.

Just days after FEP's questioning of Disney CEO Bob Iger over biased commentary at Disney-owned ESPN generated significant media, including coverage by The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Reuters, USA Today, and Fox Business, ESPN issued new guidelines for political commentary by its on-air talent.

After Danhof questioned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about the company's anti-conservative bias in its news feeds, the company changed its policy by removing humans in place of a more neutral algorithm.

Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes vowed to earn our trust after being chastised by FEP over CNN's proclivity for media bias and fake news. He promised to recommit to independence. Two weeks later, CNN fired three reporters involved in a false report about Anthony Scaramucci.

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CNBC's Jim Cramer, Investor's Business Daily, and Motley Fool all questioned the wisdom of continued investment in Apple after CEO Tim Cook announced at an annual meeting that he didn't care about ``bloody ROI (return on investment).`` His statement came in response to questioning by our FEP over the company's support for regulation.

FEP personnel have been repeatedly ushered into private meetings with CEOs of some of the largest corporations in the world, such as PepsiCo.

After FEP appealed directly to then-CEO Alan Mulally to withdraw Ford from the U.S. Climate Action Partnership, a group that lobbies for stringent greenhouse gas regulations, Ford dropped its membership.

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After FEP filed a shareholder proposal with General Electric over the company's foray into alternative energy programs, the company agreed to amend its corporate policies to only engage in green energy initiatives if the executives could identify a legitimate business purpose.

Under pressure from FEP, Google dropped its ``Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal`` campaign and also eliminated its ``green czar`` position.

Broad Media Appeal

Since 2012, the Free Enterprise Project has generated more than 10,000 media citations.  FEP work has been cited or published by outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco, Chronicle, Dallas Morning News, USA Today, Variety, the Associated Press, Bloomberg, Drudge Report, Business Insider, Investor’s Business Daily, Time, Fortune, the Rush Limbaugh Show, National Public Radio, SiriusXM, CBS News, the Fox News Channel, the Fox Business Channel, NewsMaxTV, One America News Network and hundreds more.

 

Media Quotes

Investor’s Business Daily (April 2017)

“The National Center for Public Policy Research’s Justin Danhof once noted: ‘Corporations that cave to the left only place a bigger target on their backs.’ … Danhof has it right.”

-John Merline of Investor’s Business Daily detailing FEP’s work

Los Angeles Times (2013)

“Robert Iger faced tough questioning about alleged liberal bias at Disney-owned ABC News and ESPN… Iger conceded… “making mistakes.”

– Daniel Miller on Justin Danhof’s questioning of Disney CEO Robert Iger

Motley Fool (2013)

“I… suggest that investors refrain from buying shares of Walgreens until… [he] can provide a solid answer.

– Motley Fool’s Gene Kropowski pressing Walgreens’ CEO Greg Wasson to answer Free Enterprise Project Director Justin Danhof’s question on whether low prices or sustain- ability are the higher priority

San Francisco Chronicle (2016)

“[UC Davis professor Leticia] Saucedo thinks the Free Enterprise Project’s campaign is a good idea…”

-A labor law professor endorses our “Freedom of Conscience” shareholder proposal

Greenbiz.com

[The Free Enterprise Project] is turning the shareholder resolution process into a tool for shaming companies for taking on climate change. It’s a turnabout of the tactic long used by environmental activists…think of it as Greenpeace standing on its head.”

Washington Times

“Led by the National Center for Public Policy Research, [conservatives] are starting to imitate the liberals’ tactics by sponsoring initiatives at corporate board meetings… to act as a counterweight… [and] push conservative causes such as lower taxes and smaller government.”

Published Commentaries

Warning From A Cancel Culture Cassandra

Warning From A Cancel Culture Cassandra

Modern traditional and social media, in all of their multiplying and increasingly malevolent forms, provide replete evidence of our collective failure in recent decades to raise children properly. The end of scoring and the efflorescence of “everybody’s awesome” trophies that praise mere participation in order to boost self-esteem have created ...
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Corporations Killing Their Customers – Literally

Corporations Killing Their Customers – Literally

Why do so many American companies support the extermination of millions of potential future customers? It’s a question that the media really needs to start asking corporate executives. After all, more than three dozen major American businesses fund Planned Parenthood – America’s leading abortion mill. Last year, more than 180 ...
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In Apple Case, Feds Green-Light Corporate Discrimination Against Conservatives

In Apple Case, Feds Green-Light Corporate Discrimination Against Conservatives

It’s time for Congress to take notice of the role the SEC plays in shaping corporate proxy ballots — and how that process is empowering corporate America’s march to the left.  It’s 2020, and the federal government just sanctioned corporate blacklisting of employees and potential hires based on political affiliation ...
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When The Bully Controls The Search Engine

When The Bully Controls The Search Engine

Following President Donald Trump’s election in 2016, employees and management at Google gathered together for a community discussion. What transpired was wailing, gnashing of teeth, and a collective disbelief that Trump had won. These Silicon Valley elites weren’t just upset that their preferred candidate Hillary Clinton had lost; they were ...
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Covington Settlement Warns Corporations That Bias Can Cost Big Bucks

Covington Settlement Warns Corporations That Bias Can Cost Big Bucks

CNN and AT&T have learned expensive lessons about bias that the rest of corporate America would be wise to heed. The dangers of closed viewpoints and political partisanship are becoming costly realities for American corporations. CNN and AT&T have learned expensive lessons that the rest of corporate America would be ...
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Published Commentaries by
Justin Danhof, Esq. & Scott Shepard

Justin Danhof

Justin Danhof, Esq.

Scott Shepard

Scott Shepard

Free Enterprise Project April Newsletter

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Justin Danhof offers an update on what’s happening at the Free Enterprise Project.

DISNEY SHAREHOLDERS CHEER CALLS FOR OBJECTIVE REPORTING AT ABC NEWS

“Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. Just like his predecessor Bob Iger, Disney’s new CEO Bob Chapek seems perfectly content with the wildly biased and slanted coverage at ABC News.”

– FEP Director Justin Danhof, who questioned Chapek in person at the Disney shareholder meeting about recent Project Veritas videos showing the extent of media bias collusion at ABC News

A new FEP analysis suggests a trend of increasing discrimination against right-of-center
shareholder initiatives at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC).

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AIDS DISCRIMINATION AGAINST
RIGHT-OF-CENTER AMERICANS

JOHN DEERE EMPLOYEES REMAIN AT RISK OF DISCRIMINATION

Shareholders Reject Proposal Seeking Ideological Balance On Board Of
Directors, Imperiling Workplace Openness And Equality

Justin Danhof: Corporations Killing Their Customers – Literally

Why do so many American companies support the extermination of millions of potential future customers?
It’s a question that the media really needs to start asking corporate executives.
Justin Danhof was featured on Breitbart concerning this issue.

Giving Google Credit but Not a Pass

“Despite many of these same companies being among those who have rightfully earned the criticism of the National Center’s Free Enterprise Project (FEP) in the past – and who will most likely earn it again in the future – we are happy to give them credit in this case for doing something right.” – David Almasi, Vice President, National Center for Public Policy Research

STARBUCKS REJECTS PROTECTING CONSERVATIVE EMPLOYEES

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