Brennan Center for Justice

Defend Democracy. Reform Justice. Protect the Constitution. The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law works to build an America that is democratic.

 

Description

New York, NY – EIN 133839293 brennancenter.org

The Brennan Center for Justice is a nonpartisan law and policy institute.

We strive to uphold the values of democracy. We stand for equal justice and the rule of law. We work to craft and advance reforms that will make American democracy work, for all.

Inspired by Justice William J. Brennan Jr.’s devotion to core democratic freedoms, the Brennan Center for Justice works to strengthen democracy, end mass incarceration, and protect liberty and security.

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Brennan Center for Justice

Brennan Center for Justice
Established1995
PresidentMichael Waldman
ChairmanPatricia Bauman and Robert A. Atkins
Budget$21,201,609 (2017)[1]
Location
WebsiteBrennanCenter.org

The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School is a bipartisan[2] law and public policy institute seen as liberal[3][4][2] or progressive in its policy positions and views.[5] The organization is named after Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan.

The Brennan Center advocates for a number of progressive public policy positions, including raising the minimum wage, opposing voter ID laws, and calling for public funding of elections.[6][7] The organization opposed the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United v. FEC, which held that the First Amendment prohibits the government from restricting independent political expenditures by nonprofits.[8][9]

The Center's stated mission is to "work to hold our political institutions and laws accountable to the twin American ideals of democracy and equal justice for all."[10] The organization's president is Michael Waldman, former director of speechwriting for President Bill Clinton.

History and mission

The Brennan Center for Justice was founded in 1999 by the family and former law clerks of Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, whom the Washington Post called "the progressive voice of the modern court."[11] Justice Brennan's idea of a living constitution figures largely into the center's work.[12] The Brennan Center started with an initial grant by the Carnegie Corporation of New York of $25,000 in 1996. The Carnegie Corporation in years since has donated over $3,650,000.[13] During the selection process of what school to center operations from, the Brennan Center selected New York University Law School out of a choice of three schools, with the other two being Harvard University and Georgetown University.[13]

The Brennan Center is involved in issues such as opposing voter ID laws that it believes unduly restrict voter registration, and other barriers to registration and voting; and advocating for redistricting reform and campaign finance reform.[14][15] The organization is part think tank, part public interest law firm, and part advocacy group.

Activities

The Brennan Center's work is divided into three programs—Democracy, Justice, and Liberty & National Security.[16] Past programs focused on criminal justice, poverty, and economic justice.[17] The organization has focus on issues both at the national level in the United States, but also at the state and local levels of government.[13]

The Brennan Center opposes mass incarceration and produces research on causes of violent crime in the United States.[18][19][20] The Brennan Center has represented several detainees at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, and also U.S. citizens or legal residents held as unlawful enemy combatants.[21] Attorneys from the Center challenged a U.S. President's authority to declare a prisoner to be an unlawful enemy combatant in the fight against terrorism. The Center has also challenged the U.S. Congress’s power to deny habeas corpus to such prisoners.

The Brennan Center assisted in drafting and enacting the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 ("BCRA"). The law banned soft money contributions to political campaigns. The Center helped Senator Dick Durbin write the Fair Elections Now Act.[22]

The Brennan Center advocated for the passage in 2010 of New York's law ending prison-based gerrymandering, and was part of a coalition of organizations that sought to defend that law from a court challenge.[23] The Brennan Center advocates for the restoration of felon voting rights.[24]

The Brennan Center represented plaintiffs Margarita López Torres, other unsuccessful judicial candidates, and Common Cause, in a court case that challenged the way New York state trial judge candidates gain access to the ballot. They prevailed in the U.S. District Court and in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit. In 2007, attorneys from the Brennan Center argued N.Y. State Bd. of Elections v. Lopez Torres before the United States Supreme Court, but in 2008 the court ruled for the state.[25]

In 2015, the Brennan Center submitted an amicus curiae brief with the Supreme Court of Wisconsin, urging the state not to overturn its so-called John Doe law, which allows the state to conduct criminal investigations in secret.[26][27][28]

The Center has been tracking states' legislation on voter ID laws and other barriers to voter registration and voting, to determine whether there is undue burden carried by certain communities. Numerous lawsuits have been brought against states in such cases. By August 1, 2016, rulings in five cases: Ohio, Texas, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and North Dakota, overturned certain voter ID and other provisions, requiring states to make alternatives acceptable for the November 2016 election cycle.[29][30][31] The Brennan Center research has also indicated that instances of voter fraud by citizens and non-citizens is very rare.[32]

See also

References

  1. ^ "IRS Form 990 2017" (PDF). Internal Revenue Service. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b Katz, Lee Michael (Summer 2008). "The Brennan Center for Justice: A Bipartisan Champion of Democracy Comes of Age" (PDF). Carnegie Results. pp. 1–16. Archived (PDF) from the original on June 1, 2018. Retrieved May 10, 2019.
  3. ^ https://nationalcenter.org/ncppr/2012/07/26/report-exposes-brennan-center-for-justices-biased-reporting-and-liberal-funding/
  4. ^ Montopoli, Brian (October 3, 2011). "2012 election: Disenfranchised voters, hacked machines?". CBS News. Archived from the original on August 25, 2016. Retrieved May 10, 2019.
  5. ^ "Brennan Center for Justice". CREDO Donations. Archived from the original on March 29, 2019. Retrieved May 10, 2019.
  6. ^ Lingeman, Richard (2008). The Nation Guide to the Nation. Vintage Books. p. 243. ISBN 9780307387288.
  7. ^ Filipovic, Jill (April 5, 2014). "Time for public financing of elections". Al Jazeera America. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  8. ^ Barrett, Paul (January 14, 2015). "Five Ways the Supreme Court Transformed Campaign Finance". Bloomberg.com. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  9. ^ Rose Quandt, Katie (January 21, 2015). "How Is 'Citizens United' Ruining Democracy and How Can We Stop It?". Moyers & Company. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  10. ^ "Our Mission". Brennan Center for Justice. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  11. ^ "Justice Brennan, Voice of Court's Social Revolution, Dies". Washington Post. July 25, 1997. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  12. ^ "Brennan Center Follows Own Path," Courtside Legal Times, March 25, 1996
  13. ^ a b c "The Brennan Center for Justice: A Bipartisan Champion of Democracy Comes of Age" (PDF). Summer 2008. Retrieved 2017-08-05.
  14. ^ Von Spakovsky, Hans (October 13, 2011). "New Myths on Voter ID". National Review. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  15. ^ Cohn, Nate (November 26, 2014). "Studies Back Up That Few Elections Are Swung by Voter ID Laws". New York Times. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  16. ^ "Programs". Brennan Center for Justice. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  17. ^ Schell, Scott (August 27, 2003). "The Brennan Center for Justice: Carrying on the Fight." Archived 2011-09-26 at the Wayback Machine NYC Pro Bono Center News. Retrieved 2011-05-17.
  18. ^ Davis, Kristina (February 14, 2015). "Study: Incarceration not behind crime drop". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  19. ^ Sneed, Tierney (February 12, 2015). "Mass Incarceration Didn't Lower Crime, But Can Congress Be Convinced?". US News & World Report. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  20. ^ "Crime and despair in Baltimore". The Economist. Retrieved 2017-08-01.
  21. ^ Nazaryan, Alexander (January 23, 2015). "To Live and Die in Gitmo". Newsweek. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  22. ^ "Durbin, Larson Introduce Fair Elections Now Act, Durbin Announces Hearing on Campaign Finance Reform" (April 6, 2011). Press Release, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin.
  23. ^ Lucas, David (May 19, 2011). "Civil Rights Organizations File Motion to Defend Law Ending Prison-Based Gerrymandering", WAMC Northeast Public Radio.
  24. ^ Brodey, Sam (April 14, 2015). "40,000 Maryland Ex-Cons May Soon Get Their Voting Rights Back". Mother Jones. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  25. ^ Scalia, Antonin & al. (January 16, 2008). "New York State Board of Elections, petitioners, v, Margarita Lopez Torres et al" (PDF). Supreme Court of the United States. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-11-21. Retrieved 2009-08-09.
  26. ^ Hoy, Seth (March 3, 2015). "BRIEF: Ethicists Urge Wisconsin Justices to Consider Recusal in Gov. Scott Walker Campaign Finance Case". Brennan Center for Justice. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  27. ^ Stein, Jason (March 20, 2015). "Prosecutor alerts justices to secrecy violation in John Doe". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  28. ^ Gass, Henry (July 16, 2015). "Boost for Scott Walker as campaign finance probe ends". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  29. ^ Rober Barnes (August 1, 2016). "Federal judge blocks N. Dakota's voter-ID law, calling it unfair to Native Americans". Washington Post. Retrieved 2016-08-02.
  30. ^ Ariane de Vogue, "Voting challenges head toward the Supreme Court: 4 cases to watch", CNN, 19 July 2016; accessed 30 July 2016
  31. ^ "Voter ID Laws Take a Beating in U.S. Courts", New York Times, 30 July 2016, p. 1
  32. ^ "The voter-fraud commission relies on some really dodgy studies". The Economist. Retrieved 2017-08-01.

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WILLIAM J BRENNAN JR CENTER FOR JUSTICE INC

BRENNAN CENTER FOR JUSTICE

NEW YORK, NY 10271-0002 | Tax-exempt since Sept. 1995
  • EIN: 13-3839293
  • Classification (NTEE)
    Higher Education Institutions (Educational Institutions and Related Activities)
  • Nonprofit Tax Code Designation: 501(c)(3)
    Defined as: Organizations for any of the following purposes: religious, educational, charitable, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering national or international amateur sports competition (as long as it doesn’t provide athletic facilities or equipment), or the prevention of cruelty to children or animals.
  • Donations to this organization are tax deductible.
Fiscal year ending

June 2019

Fiscal year ending June

2019

PDF

990
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Fiscal year ending

June 2018

Fiscal year ending June

2018

PDF

990

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Total Revenue

$23,747,781

Total Functional Expenses $17,732,433
Net income $6,015,348
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $23,517,398 99.0%
Program services $0
Investment income $84,072 0.4%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising -$122,679
Sales of assets $268,296 1.1%
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $694 0.0%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $1,941,376 10.9%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $8,429,417 47.5%
Other
Total Assets $32,322,637
Total Liabilities $5,148,591
Net Assets $27,174,046
Fiscal year ending

June 2017

Fiscal year ending June

2017

PDF

990

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990

Total Revenue

$24,092,782

Total Functional Expenses $14,930,529
Net income $9,162,253
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $24,064,835 99.9%
Program services $0
Investment income $28,995 0.1%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising -$122,271
Sales of assets -$145,312
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $266,535 1.1%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $2,012,152 13.5%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $6,992,112 46.8%
Other
Total Assets $24,970,740
Total Liabilities $3,769,131
Net Assets $21,201,609
Fiscal year ending

June 2016

Fiscal year ending June

2016

PDF

990

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Raw XML

990

Total Revenue

$14,249,671

Total Functional Expenses $13,540,703
Net income $708,968
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $14,401,649 Over 100%
Program services $0
Investment income $2,765 0.0%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising -$216,745
Sales of assets $61,722 0.4%
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $280 0.0%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $1,821,347 13.5%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $6,585,983 48.6%
Other
Total Assets $12,470,883
Total Liabilities $858,634
Net Assets $11,612,249
Fiscal year ending

June 2015

Fiscal year ending June

2015

PDF

990

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990 (filed on Feb. 25, 2016)

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Total Revenue

$15,248,740

Total Functional Expenses $12,425,534
Net income $2,823,206
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $15,317,113 Over 100%
Program services $0
Investment income $0
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising -$199,630
Sales of assets $127,199 0.8%
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $4,058 0.0%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $1,560,407 12.6%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $6,006,838 48.3%
Other
Total Assets $11,671,487
Total Liabilities $587,754
Net Assets $11,083,733
Fiscal year ending

June 2014

Fiscal year ending June

2014

PDF

990

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990 (filed on Dec. 29, 2014)

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990

Total Revenue

$8,861,684

Total Functional Expenses $10,983,824
Net income -$2,122,140
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $8,769,280 99.0%
Program services $0
Investment income $0
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising -$118,874
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $211,278 2.4%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $1,473,985 13.4%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $5,562,500 50.6%
Other
Total Assets $8,970,817
Total Liabilities $588,850
Net Assets $8,381,967
Fiscal year ending

June 2013

Fiscal year ending June

2013

PDF

990

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990

Total Revenue

$9,471,825

Total Functional Expenses $10,383,675
Net income -$911,850
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $9,507,981 Over 100%
Program services $0
Investment income $21,392 0.2%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising -$79,124
Sales of assets $16,085 0.2%
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $5,491 0.1%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $604,827 5.8%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $5,394,361 52.0%
Other
Total Assets $10,881,300
Total Liabilities $477,314
Net Assets $10,403,986
Fiscal year ending

June 2012

Fiscal year ending June

2012

PDF

990

Total Revenue

$10,182,541

Total Functional Expenses $7,639,970
Net income $2,542,571
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $10,241,670 Over 100%
Program services $0
Investment income $9,076 0.1%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising -$91,498
Sales of assets $9,032 0.1%
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $14,261 0.1%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $533,077 7.0%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $4,140,767 54.2%
Other
Total Assets $11,449,991
Total Liabilities $442,951
Net Assets $11,007,040
Fiscal year ending

June 2011

Fiscal year ending June

2011

PDF

990

Total Revenue

$6,800,007

Total Functional Expenses $6,603,880
Net income $196,127
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $6,744,828 99.2%
Program services $0
Investment income $34,282 0.5%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising -$72,578
Sales of assets $84,637 1.2%
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $8,838 0.1%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $542,113 8.2%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $3,307,487 50.1%
Other
Total Assets $8,939,169
Total Liabilities $319,288
Net Assets $8,619,881
Fiscal year ending

June 2010

Fiscal year ending June

2010

PDF

990

Form 990 documents available

Extracted filing data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.

Fiscal year ending

June 2008

Fiscal year ending June

2008

PDF

990

Form 990 documents available

Extracted filing data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.

Fiscal year ending

June 2007

Fiscal year ending June

2007

PDF

990

Form 990 documents available

Extracted filing data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.

Fiscal year ending

Aug. 2006

Fiscal year ending Aug.

2006

PDF

990

Form 990 documents available

Extracted filing data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.

Fiscal year ending

Aug. 2005

Fiscal year ending Aug.

2005

PDF

990

Form 990 documents available

Extracted filing data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.

Fiscal year ending

Aug. 2003

Fiscal year ending Aug.

2003

PDF

990

Form 990 documents available

Extracted filing data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.

Fiscal year ending

Aug. 2002

Fiscal year ending Aug.

2002

PDF

990
990

Form 990 documents available

Extracted filing data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.

Fiscal year ending

Aug. 2001

Fiscal year ending Aug.

2001

PDF

990

Form 990 documents available

Extracted filing data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.


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