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Hypocrisy at Its Finest: The Left Poses as Democracy’s Watchdog

Hypocrisy at Its Finest: The Left Poses as Democracy’s Watchdog

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It doesn’t take a genius to see the growing trend of censorship of conservatives by the social media giants. The Media Research Center recently released ...
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AT&T’s Debt Woes, CNN Irresponsibility Anticipate Bezos-Owned Woke Mill

AT&T’s Debt Woes, CNN Irresponsibility Anticipate Bezos-Owned Woke Mill

AT&T carries massive debts and appears to be “financially unstable.” The company is considering selling CNN, the one-time news station that it acquired with Time Warner ...
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Prepare For The Man-Hate To Boil Back Over

Prepare For The Man-Hate To Boil Back Over

Minority groups supported right-of-center candidates in 2020 at much higher levels than in presidential cycles since 1960. In many areas, the majority of Hispanic votes ...
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Profits Imperiled by Youthful Politics

Profits Imperiled by Youthful Politics

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In his quest for a home in an area devoid of virtue-signaling signs, Free Enterprise Project Deputy Director Scott Shepard is also looking for someplace ...
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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, 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

AT&T’s Debt Woes, CNN Irresponsibility Anticipate Bezos-Owned Woke Mill

AT&T’s Debt Woes, CNN Irresponsibility Anticipate Bezos-Owned Woke Mill

AT&T carries massive debts and appears to be “financially unstable.” The company is considering selling CNN, the one-time news station that it acquired with Time Warner in 2018. But the network, which before Trump’s ascendancy had viewers the same way those ignored stacks of USA Today in hotel lobbies indicate readers, ...
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Prepare For The Man-Hate To Boil Back Over

Prepare For The Man-Hate To Boil Back Over

Minority groups supported right-of-center candidates in 2020 at much higher levels than in presidential cycles since 1960. In many areas, the majority of Hispanic votes were cast that way. Black votes for the right soared. Even including the weight of the fraudulent bails of votes very likely cast in the ...
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Biased “Expertise” Is Worse Than Worthless

Biased “Expertise” Is Worse Than Worthless

Few institutions, habits or presumptions have survived the rolling conflagration that has been 2020 without getting a little singed. But few have been razed as thoroughly – burned down to the subbasement timbers and then entombed in concrete from a great height – as claims about the wisdom and reliability ...
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Woke Companies, Stop Pandering To Millennials’ Socialism Phase

Woke Companies, Stop Pandering To Millennials’ Socialism Phase

The agitators who indignantly demand that corporations adopt their radical leftwing policy wishlists don’t care a hoot about corporate profits in the near term or into the “sustainable” future. If they did, they’d pause at evidence that they’re urging corporations to light a bonfire of their profits and send their ...
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When It Comes To Climate Science, Benedict Cumberbatch Is No Sherlock Holmes

When It Comes To Climate Science, Benedict Cumberbatch Is No Sherlock Holmes

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch is a preening twit. It’s a shame to have to say that. He’s been immensely watchable since his long-ago appearance in a not-very-good British one-off series called Fortysomething that he, and mostly Hugh Laurie, saved from being dire. Tremendous Sherlock, captivating Alan Turing. But when he spreads his wings and takes ...
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Published Commentaries by
Justin Danhof, Esq. & Scott Shepard

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Justin Danhof, Esq.

Scott Shepard

Scott Shepard

Free Enterprise Project November Newsletter

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Welcome to the FEP November Newsletter 
FEP is 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.

Tell Amazon to STOP Funding Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter (BLM) activists and supporters are rioting in our streets. They are attacking law enforcement officers, desecrating houses of worship, and destroying historical landmarks. And as they loot and burn businesses in your town, they do so while enjoying the support of one of America’s largest corporations – Amazon.

The behemoth online retailer that you probably use regularly has pledged financial support to the Marxist BLM organization. At the behest of the BLM mob, Amazon even canceled contracts that aided local police departments. Amazon is well known for its far-left positions: The company and its CEO – Jeff Bezos – already rely on the radical Southern Poverty Law Center to block Christians and conservatives from its charitable program, and it has worked to block President Trump’s executive orders to secure our borders.

But now, by backing an extremist group that supports reparations for black Americans and the defunding of police, Amazon has gone too far.

Sign Our Petition!

TAKE ACTION NOW

TAKE ACTION NOW

LABOR DEPARTMENT DEMANDS MICROSOFT EXPLAIN ITS RACIST HIRING PRACTICES

After Microsoft’s recent announcement that it will “double the number of Black and African American people” within its leadership ranks, the Department of Labor has notified the company that its pledge smacks of good old-fashioned racism. As a federal contractor, Microsoft cannot engage in racism of any kind. The Labor Department noted that the company’s announcement “appears to imply that employment action may be taken based on race.”

WHITE HOUSE V. WHITEHOUSE ON FEDERALIST SOCIETY

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is shocked, shocked that the Federalist Society supports original-meaning interpretations of our written Constitution, instead of whatever interpretation suits leftwing purposes on any given day.  And he’s scandalized that FedSoc members sometimes talk to judges and law-school administrations.  He somehow overlooks the massively greater incidence of such activity on the left.  His attacks on the FedSoc are transparent frauds, as FEP’s Scott Shepard discusses here.

DISNEY’S “PATHETIC” GROVELING TO CHINA

On Steve Malzberg’s “Eat the Press” program on the RT America network, Justin Danhof, Esq., criticized Disney for filming portions of its live-action “Mulan” movie in an area plagued by allegations of horrific human rights abuses against a religious minority perpetrated by the ruling Chinese Community Party.

PROMINENT DISNEY STAKEHOLDER CALLS COMPANY’S EMBRACE OF CHINA ‘WILDLY OFFENSIVE,’ DEMANDS ANSWERS Danhof was also interviewed about this issue in an article written by the Daily Caller News Foundation and republished in hundreds of sources. Danhof said that Disney’s embrace of China despite its reported oppression of the Uighur Muslims is akin to “normalizing genocide,” and promised that “Disney will be hearing from us in a formal way on this issue.”

ABANDONING BROKEN LOCALES HAS BECOME A FIDUCIARY OBLIGATION FOR FIRMS

Leftwing Governance has made many cities and states unlivable , with extended lockdowns, unchecked violence, and skyrocketing tax burdens.  Corporations face duties to shareholders and employees alike to abandon these social-justice sinkholes and relocate to safe, reasonable, and affordable locations.

Read the full Townhall Finance column by FEP’s Scott Shepard. 

NATIVE AMERICAN ACTIVIST: RENAMING TEAMS “LIKE ANOTHER INDIAN REMOVAL ACT”

The vast majority of Native Americans want to save the names — to keep their proud representation in American life, including as the Washington Redskins.  But Pepsi, FedEx and Nike ignored them, following mendacious woke academics to force “another Indian Removal Act” nationwide.  Shameful — and proof positive that corporations should stay out of social policy.

Read the full Townhall Finance column by FEP’s Scott Shepard. 

Sign the petition to tell Pepsi, Nike & FedEx to follow the wishes of the vast majority of Native Americans:  stop trying to erase the names.

SIGN THE PETITION

SIGN THE PETITION

WHITE SUPREMACY, THE RED SCARE, AND MORAL PANICS

Our country has been swept this year by the latest of its occasional moral panics — when the media and the more susceptible among us get swept away by angry fear about something not very real.  There is certainly some police misconduct, but there’s not much evidence of “systemic racism,” by the nation’s police or anyone else.  As this latest moral panic fades, how should we respond to it, its instigators, and their ulterior motives?

Read the full Townhall Finance column by FEP’s Scott Shepard. 

Many thanks to all of you who took up the challenge and submitted comments to the Department of Labor in favor of its proposed rule that will keep ERISA pension funds to asset accrual rather than social-justice posturing.  Your contributions made a big difference to the input received by the Department and will have a real effect on its final rule.  Thank you! 
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The National Center for Public Policy Research is a communications and research foundation supportive of a strong national defense and dedicated to providing free market solutions to today’s public policy problems. We believe that the principles of a free market, individual liberty and personal responsibility provide the greatest hope for meeting the challenges facing America in the 21st century.