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Pfizer a “Den of Discrimination”

Pfizer a “Den of Discrimination”

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With its embrace of “equity” on several fronts, Pfizer – the company behind one of the three COVID vaccines Americans are being forced to take ...
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Long-Term Portfolio Protection? Run For School Board

Long-Term Portfolio Protection? Run For School Board

As we have often considered here, it is the left’s long march through the institutions that is destroying the Republic. Toxic, explicitly Marxist enormities have been ...
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Pfizer’s “Systematic Racism” Problem

Pfizer’s “Systematic Racism” Problem

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Pfizer, the pharmaceutical company best known for one of the COVID-19 vaccines and the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra, is up-front about instituting racial quotas. And ...
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$3.5 Trillion? $5.5? $1.5? At Any Cost, Biden’s Stealth-Socialism Bill Must Fail

$3.5 Trillion? $5.5? $1.5? At Any Cost, Biden’s Stealth-Socialism Bill Must Fail

Now is the time, conservatives, to remember – and to remind others of, as relevant – Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky. Ms. Margolies-Mezvinsky (or, perhaps, 3M for ease) ...
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About The Free Enterprise Project

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

Scott Shepard

Scott Shepard

Scott Shepard

Scott Shepard is a fellow at the National Center as well as the director of the National Center’s Free Enterprise Project, the conservative movement’s only full-service shareholder activism and education program.

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.

 


Justin Danhof, Esq.

Justin Danhof

Justin Danhof

From 2012-2021, National Center Executive Vice President Justin Danhof, Esq,. served as the Director of the Free Enterprise Project. During that time, he filed dozens of shareholder resolutions and attended over 100 shareholder meetings carrying a sharp spear for liberty. As Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberley Strassel noted 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.

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

Long-Term Portfolio Protection? Run For School Board

Long-Term Portfolio Protection? Run For School Board

As we have often considered here, it is the left’s long march through the institutions that is destroying the Republic. Toxic, explicitly Marxist enormities have been worked into and preached from an ever-larger array of the institutions of our cultural life. Now that the marchers have threatened their way into – ...
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$3.5 Trillion? $5.5? $1.5? At Any Cost, Biden’s Stealth-Socialism Bill Must Fail

$3.5 Trillion? $5.5? $1.5? At Any Cost, Biden’s Stealth-Socialism Bill Must Fail

Now is the time, conservatives, to remember – and to remind others of, as relevant – Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky. Ms. Margolies-Mezvinsky (or, perhaps, 3M for ease) was a freshman congresswoman from the collar counties around Philadelphia when in 1992 she won a seat that had been held by blue-stocking Republicans since ...
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New Rubio Bill First Volley In War Against Lawless Corporate Execs

New Rubio Bill First Volley In War Against Lawless Corporate Execs

Legislation introduced by Senator Marco Rubio last week marks the first shot by conservatives in the incipient legislative war against woke corporate executives bent on using other people’s investments to instantiate themselves as unelected, unappointed policy czars. The legislation, the Mind Your Own Business Act, would – in conjunction with ...
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Pfizer “Wins” Discrimination Trifecta

Pfizer “Wins” Discrimination Trifecta

Pfizer – the drug company that produces one of the three COVID vaccines that the Biden Administration has now declared mandatory for millions – turns out to be a den of discrimination deserving loud condemnation, not government-mandated access to Americans’ bodily integrity. As Tyler O’Neil (late of sister-site PJ Media, ...
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Facebook May Be Doomed

Facebook May Be Doomed

Facebook is in a world of hurt. It may not survive. (Fingers crossed!) Last week I pointed out that the Wall Street Journal’s revelation of a secret whitelist of favored Facebook users underscored the pressing need for Facebook to hire a raft of center/right employees, not just as a matter ...
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Published Commentaries by
Justin Danhof, Esq. & Scott Shepard

Justin Danhof

Justin Danhof, Esq.

Scott Shepard

Scott Shepard

Free Enterprise Project October 2021 Newsletter

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MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS ACT WOULD SUBDUE CORPORATE “POLICY CZARS”

Thank you, Sen. Marco Rubio, for introducing the Mind Your Own Business Act, which would empower shareholders to restrain woke CEOs. READ MORE

CONSERVATIVES DEMAND FAUCI’S FIRING

Noting that “public health is not an invitation to dictatorship,” prominent conservatives — including the National Center’s Justin Danhof — are calling on  Biden to fire Fauci. READ MORE

BIG TECH UNDER BIDEN’S THUMB

“The Biden Administration has blithely admitted over the past few weeks that it works with Facebook, Twitter, and the other monopolist censors to identify what it deems ‘wrongthought,’ so that such thought can be excised,” writes Free Enterprise Project (FEP) Director Scott Shepard.

FEP Director Scott Shepard was at a cola company’s shareholder meeting when a CEO made a statement about “the robust new flavor profile of the beverage experience.” READ MORE

WOKE WHITE CEOS GAIN FROM THE “NEW RACISM”

“If the white billionaire CEOs who have signed on to the woke agenda have their ways while keeping their positions and their fortunes, they will of logical necessity consign millions of poor whites to punishing poverty and an abjectly powerless future,” writes FEP Director Scott Shepard. READ MORE

WHY DO BUSINESS LEADERS TALK LIKE THAT?

FEP Director Scott Shepard was at a beverage company’s shareholder meeting when a CEO made a statement about “the robust new flavor profile of the beverage experience.”

Scott says if he had been the CEO reading off that script, “I would have fired absolutely everyone in the communications department – everyone – and told the shareholders, ‘We changed this drink. It tastes better.’” READ MORE

WORKFORCE CALLED RACIST WHILE CEOS GET RICHER

“Critical Race Theory trainings, such as the ones American Express subjected its employees to, are blatantly racist. Full stop,” Justin Danhof, Esq., told the Fox Business Network. READ MORE

BANKS’ CREDIBILITY OVERDRAWN AS POLITICAL SCANDALS RAGE

After the National Center for Public Policy Research’s FEP helped spread the word about and mounted a petition campaign against a critical race theory training programs being pushed at Bank of America, the woke financial institution tried to push back.

The response was laughable. And it has all the appearances of being an outright lie. And it’s not the only financial giant that is eating crow right now. READ MORE

PETITIONS

PUT A STOP TO NIKE & UNDER ARMOUR’S SUPPORT OF THE ILL-NAMED EQUALITY ACT

Discrimination is supposedly vile within company walls. Why would corporations support a law that would cancel certain federal religious liberty protections and would also be highly detrimental to women and girls in multiple settings such as sports and shelters?

SIGN THE PETITION

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STOP BANK OF AMERICA’S DIVISIVE “WOKE AT WORK” AGENDA

It is time to put an end to Bank of America’s radical and divisive “racial justice” initiatives. Will you stand with us today to put pressure on Bank of America to stay true to its name and stop this un-American racially divisive reeducation program?

SIGN THE PETITION

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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.