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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Judicial Watch

Because no one is above the law

two stars

77.02

425 Third Street, SW Suite 800
Washington, DC 20024
tel: (888) 593-8442   Web Site
EIN: 52-1885088

CEO
Thomas Fitton
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 77.02 two stars
  Financial 80.52 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 74.00 two stars
This rating was published 04/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Judicial Watch, a conservative, non-partisan educational foundation, promotes transparency, accountability, and integrity in government, politics and the law. Through its educational endeavors, Judicial Watch advocates high standards of ethics and morality in our nation's public life and seeks to ensure that political and judicial officials do not abuse the powers entrusted to them by the American people. Judicial Watch fulfills its educational mission through litigation, investigations, and public outreach. Through its publication "The Verdict" and occasional special reports, Judicial Watch educates the public on abuses and misconduct by political and judicial officials and advocates for the need for an ethical, law abiding and moral civic culture.

Judicial Watch, a conservative, non-partisan educational foundation, promotes transparency, accountability, and integrity in government, politics and the law. Through its educational endeavors, Judicial Watch advocates high standards of ethics and morality in our nation's public life and seeks to ensure that political and judicial officials do not abuse the powers entrusted to them by the American people. Judicial Watch fulfills its educational mission through litigation, investigations, and public outreach. Through its publication "The Verdict" and occasional special reports, Judicial Watch educates the public on abuses and misconduct by political and judicial officials and advocates for the need for an ethical, law abiding and moral civic culture.

Financial

three stars

80.52

Accountability & Transparency

two stars

74.00

This rating was published 04/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
60.6%
  Administrative Expenses 10.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 29.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.17
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 4.10
  Program Expenses Growth 20.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Judicial Watch on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Judicial Watch on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Judicial Watch (DC) 77.02 two stars
Democracy North Carolina (NC) 92.02 four stars
Better Government Association (IL) 92.07 four stars
Project On Government Oversight (DC) 96.19 four stars
The Campaign Legal Center (DC) 91.09 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $84,388,217
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $84,388,217
   Program Service Revenue $63,160
Total Primary Revenue $84,451,377
   Other Revenue $6,749,192
TOTAL REVENUE $91,200,569
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $33,001,749
   Administrative Expenses $5,126,853
   Fundraising Expenses $11,016,195
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $49,144,797
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $42,055,772
   
Net Assets $166,392,924

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Public Education $28,138,631 85.3%
Litigation $3,341,630 10.1%
Investigations/ Research $1,521,488 4.6%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 04/01/2021 77.02 two stars
2018-12 10/01/2019 75.55 two stars
2017-12 12/21/2018 76.96 two stars
2016-12 03/01/2018 75.69 two stars
2015-12 03/01/2017 75.38 two stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 75.28 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 11/01/2015 77.09 two stars
2013-12 05/01/2015 77.04 two stars
2012-12 10/01/2013 77.57 two stars
2011-12 12/20/2012 77.45 two stars
2010-12 02/01/2012 77.23 two stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 75.74 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 10/01/2010 76.91 two stars
2008-12 05/01/2010 62.00 one star
2007-12 12/01/2008 53.76 zero star
2006-12 02/01/2008 55.43 one star
2005-12 02/01/2007 49.61 zero star
2004-12 03/01/2006 55.28 one star
2003-12 02/01/2005 48.59 zero star
2002-12 03/01/2004 48.50 zero star

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 52-1885088
Name in IRS Master File JUDICIAL WATCH INC
NTEE Code W00
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (123) Discussion groups, forums, panels lectures, etc.
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date August, 1995
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$382,215 0.77% Thomas J. Fitton President
Other Salaries of Note
$395,105 0.80% Paul J. Orfanedes Treasurer, Secretary

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Judicial Watch (DC) 77.02 two stars
Medicare Rights Center (NY) 90.16 four stars
The Campaign Legal Center (DC) 91.09 four stars
Public Citizen Foundation (DC) 92.39 four stars
Democracy North Carolina (NC) 92.02 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Judicial Watch
425 Third Street, SW
Suite 800
Washington, DC 20024
tel: (888) 593-8442
fax: (202) 646-5199
EIN: 52-1885088

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CEO

Thomas Fitton
President

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