Leadership Institute

Leadership Institute

SOURCE:  Wikipedia, captured 2020-08-15

  • Abbreviation: LI
  • Formation: 1979
  • Founder: conservative activist Morton Blackwell
  • Type: 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
  • Mission: "To increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists and to identify, train, recruit and place conservatives in politics, government, and media."
  • Headquarters, location:Arlington, Virginia
  • Region served: United States
  • President: Morton Blackwell
  • Website: LeadershipInstitute.org
  • Prior to the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, Troy Lanigan served as National Education Director for the Virginia-based Leadership Institute.html, conducting training programs on university and college campuses across the United States.

  • The Leadership Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Arlington, Virginia that teaches "political technology."

    The Leadership Institute was founded in 1979 by conservative activist Morton Blackwell. Its mission is to "increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists" and to "identify, train, recruit and place conservatives in politics, government, and media."

    The Leadership Institute offers 44 types of training seminars at its Arlington headquarters, around the United States, and occasionally in foreign countries. In 2014, the Leadership Institute trained 18,182 students. Since its 1979 founding, the Leadership Institute has trained more than 161,271 students. Alumni include Grover Norquist, Ralph Reed, Jeff Gannon, Senator Mitch McConnell, Vice-President Mike Pence, James O'Keefe, new members of the 113th Congress, and elected officials in all 50 states.


    The Leadership Institute's mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists and leaders in the public policy process. To accomplish this, the Leadership Institute identifies, recruits, trains, and places conservatives in government, politics, and the media.

    Founded in 1979 by its president, Morton C. Blackwell, the Leadership Institute teaches conservatives the nuts and bolts of how to succeed in the public policy process. The Leadership Institute strives to produce a new generation of public policy leaders unwavering in their commitment to free enterprise, limited government, strong national defense, and traditional values. Leadership Institute graduates are equipped with practical skills and professional training to implement sound principles through effective public policy.

    Campus Reform

  • Main article: Campus Reform

    Campus Reform is Leadership Institute's news website focused on higher education. The online publication's news offerings often highlight incidents of what they consider to be liberal bias on American college campuses.

    Campus Reform

    SOURCE:  Wikipedia, captured 2020-08-15

  • Type: Online publication
  • Format: Online
  • Owner: Leadership Institute
  • Editor-in-chief: Cabot Phillips
  • Founded: 2009
  • Headquarters: Arlington, Virginia
  • Website: CampusReform.org
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    Campus Reform is an American conservative news website focused on higher education. It is operated by the Leadership Institute. It uses students as reporters.

    In September 2015, Campus Reform said its website had received 9.3 million page views in the past year.

    The news site is known for conservative journalism, where it reports what it considers incidents of liberal bias and restrictions on free speech on American college campuses.

    The online publication maintains running list of "victories" -- ranging from college policy changes to firings -- on a dry-erase board at the website's Arlington, Virginia, headquarters inside the Leadership Institute.

    When the site was profiled by The Chronicle of Higher Education in 2016, Sterling Beard was indicated as editor in chief. In February 2018, Lawrence B. Jones became editor-in-chief, and, as of January 2020, Cabot Phillips is editor-in-chief.


    In May 2012, Campus Reform called on conservative students to protest liberal speakers on campus such as Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

    In September 2015, Campus Reform was first to report that David W. Guth, a University of Kansas associate professor of journalism, had tweeted: "The blood is on the hands of the #NRA. Next time let it be YOUR sons and daughters," in reaction to the Washington Navy Yard shooting days before. The university was deluged by complaints, and the university put Guth on temporary leave with pay.

    In June 2017, a Campus Reform story headlined "Prof: 'white marble' in artwork contributes to white supremacy" reported on comments by University of Iowa classics professor Sarah Bond writing an article about white marble statues that read in part: "really sick of alt-right groups appropriating classical antiquities for nefarious reasons." Other conservative outlets such as Heat Street and National Review began citing that Campus Reform story, and Bond began receiving death threats within days.

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