Judicial Watch

Judicial Watch is a right-wing organization that describes itself as an “ethical and legal watchdog” over government, legal, and judicial systems. Founded in 1994, the organization is probably most known for filing a number of lawsuits against President Bill Clinton during the 1990s at the behest of its principal funder Richard Mellon Scaiffe’s campaign attacking Clinton. The organization claims to be non-partisan, but has been funded by a variety of right-wing foundations including more than $8 million from the Scaiffe family foundations and John M. Olin Foundation. The organization’s current president, Tom Fitton, has also worked with the religious right Accuracy in Media and Leadership Institute organizations. In 2005, the organization was heavily involved in the religious right’s battle over the comatose Terri Schiavo. In the fall of 2006, the group filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles Police Department asserting that the police department has a responsibility to enforce federal immigration law and to prevent immigrants from congregating on street corners and looking for work. The group also recently smeared a judge who ruled that President George W. Bush’s warrant-less wiretapping program is illegal.