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Rev. Donald Wildmon   Tim Wildmon   Alvin Williams   Dr. John Wilke   James M. Wilson    Thomas S. Winter   Richard B. Wirthlin   George Witwer   Robert Wolgemuth   Robert Wood   Rev. Jim Woodall   Carter Wrenn   Carl Young   Charles B. Young   David Zanotti   Billy Zeoli


Rev. Donald Wildmon- CNP Board of Governors 1982, member 1984-85, 1988, 1996, 1998; United Methodist minister; president, American Family Association, Inc. (AFA) 1 a Christian organization promoting Christian ethics in society with special emphasis on the media; author, 22 books; listed in, "Men of Achievement," published by International Biographical Centre in Cambridge, England, among others; Founder in 1977 and executive director of the National Federation for Decency, NFD, which became American Family Association in 1988; was/is a member of Steering Committee of Coalition on Revival (COR) 2

Member of The Interfaith Council for Environmental Stewardship (ICES) or Signer of Cornwall Declaration  > See: ICES

Dennis Peacocke's Coalition on Revival (COR) was co-founded and headed by Jay Grimstead. Jay Grimstead's COR Manifesto is the document which outlines COR's goals and objectives. The 135 Christian activists who signed the document in 1986 committed themselves to working for the realization of COR's goals "until the day we die." Those on the COR steering committee include other CNP members as well as recognized shepherding movement leaders such as Bob Mumford and Ern Baxter, as well as Jack Van Impe. 

For Dennis Peacocke, Mumford, Doner See: Shepherding; Jay Grimstead

Executive Director of Christian Leaders for Responsible Television-- CLeaR-TV

President of the Coalition for Better Television which was founded as an alliance with Jerry Falwell and a member of the Advisory Board of CNP's Robert Grant's Christian Voice. 3  AFA is a long-time member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. AFA's divisions include, AFA Foundation 4, AFA Journal 5, American Family Radio 6, Center for Law & Policy 7, Local Affiliates 8, Office of Government Affairs.9  

"...Wildmon's/AFA's strategy is to transform society or to attempt to "Christianize" its institutions, thereby pressuring the ungodly to live like saints...Wildmon openly enlists and receives support from almost any organization or religion, just as long as the social gospel is furthered. For example, in 1993 he advertised that the AFA is endorsed by more than 200 top Christian leaders--his list includes 81 Roman Catholics, 11 Episcopalians, 19 Southern Baptists, 16 United Methodists, four Greek Orthodox, three American Baptists, and a hodge-podge of other representatives of professing Christian groups. Current endorsements include those by Catholic John Cardinal O'Conner, Catholic-sympathizer Chuck Colson, pop psychologist Dr. James Dobson, and D. James Kennedy...Wildmon held a position with Sun Myung Moon's now defunct Coalition for Religious Freedom (CRF). (Moon is the founder of the Unification Church, and the self-proclaimed Messiah to the world.)"

"Other so-called evangelicals that served with Wildmon at CRF as executive committee and/or advisory board members were [CNP's] Tim LaHaye  (CRF's paid chairman!), Paul Crouch (TBN Network's infamous founder), Hal Lindsey, [CNP's] Marlin Maddoux  (Point Of View nationwide radio talk show host), [CNP's] James Robison, Jimmy Swaggart, and [CNP's] D. James Kennedy  (author and pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida)--an agenda of social activism certainly makes for strange ecumenical bedfellows. (Reported in the November 1990, Omega-Letter .) ...."10   Footnotes 1-10

For more on Chuck Colson See: Evangelicals & Catholics Together

Tim Wildmon - CNP  1996, 1998; son of Don Wildmon; vice president, American Family Association, Inc (AFA) 11; served on Lee County, Mississippi, Republican Executive Committee; active in local political campaigns; graduate, Mississippi State University with degree in communications; represents AFA at speaking engagements and on radio programs  Footnotes 11

Alvin Williams -CNP 1998; co-founder with Alan Keyes and Executive director, Black America's Political Action Committee 12; listed as one of the "Top 50 Political Action Leaders", Campaigns and Elections Magazine, 1997; worked on the Alan Keyes for President campaign; former assistant to Lee Atwater, Republican National Committee; assisted Bush/Quail campaign; 1998, Williams also served as a Delegate for a U.S. Mission to South Africa sponsored by the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL). January 2000, Williams was selected as a Delegate by the International Republican Institute (IRI) to observe the Croatian Parliamentary Elections (1/3/00).

"BAMPAC is a non-partisan federal PAC whose primary mission is to mobilize support for African American candidates who have common sense approaches to important issues facing America."  Footnotes 12

Dr. John Wilke - CNP 1996, 1998; physician; President, Life Issues Institute, Inc. 13, educational organization of the pro-life movement; president, International Right to Life Federation; served for ten years as president of the National Right to Life Committee; His daily radio program is carried on almost 300 radio stations, his one-minute comments, Life Jewels, on over 750 stations in English and 300 more in Spanish;  author, We Can't We Love Them Both, book, video and slide set; Abortion Questions and Answers, Abortion and Slavery, History Repeats, also authored six other books in the field of human sexuality and abortion; lecturer; TV and radio personality; works published in 28 languages; has lectured in 64 countries.  Footnotes 13

James M. Wilson- CNP 1984-85; President, Lincoln Log Homes 14; President, Log Systems; Vice President, Yesteryear Log Homes; Board member Century Enterprises; 

CNP's Richard Shoff   is owner and  vice president, Lincoln Log Homes and  president, Yesteryear Log Homes, Inc.; president, Century Enterprises, Inc.; board member, Church League of America, Coalition for Freedom, Coalition for Religious Freedom; Shoff is/was a member of The Conservative Caucus; a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan. Shoff is financial supporter of CNP's Daniel Graham's High Frontier, a Star Wars group allied with Elizabeth Clare Prophet's Church Universal and Triumphant. Served on board of [CNP's] Jesse Helms' Coalition for Freedom which receives funding from the Pioneer Fund [See: Thomas F. Ellis] which funds racialist research.  Footnotes 14

Thomas S. Winter- CNP 1984-85, 1988; president and Editor-in-Chief, Human Events 15 ; President Fund for Objective News Reporting; treasurer, Conservative Victory Fund; First Vice Chairman, and current vice chairman of the American Conservative Union 16, CNP's David Keene, president.

Human Events, "founded in 1944 by anti-interventionist journalists, Felix Morley and Frank Hanighen, with William Henry Chamberlain on board as contributing editor. With an initial donation of $3,000 from Sun Oil Company Vice President Joseph N. occasional contributor among the otherwise conservative lineup was Socialist Party presidential candidate and anti-interventionist Norman Thomas. By the 1960's, Human Events would grow to become a major right-wing newspaper, a supporter of Cold War  foreign policy, and a leading backer of Barry Goldwater's presidential candidacy...." 17  Footnotes 15-17

Richard B. Wirthlin -CNP 1996, 1998; member/elder, THE CHURCH of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints; Chairman of the Board of Wirthlin Worldwide 18, a strategic opinion research firm he founded in 1969; known as President Reagan’s strategist and pollster; expertise includes marketing, political and public affairs research and strategy, specializing in communications strategy and assessment; doctorate at the University of California at Berkeley; taught economics and statistics at Berkeley, the University of California Medical School and Brigham Young University [Mormon], where he served as Department Chairman; speaker at the 1997 Mormon conference,

"...In closing, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to our prophet, President Gordon B. Hinckley, his counselors, the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles 19, my brethren in the Quorums of the Seventy, and the Presiding Bishopric..." [Four Absolute Truths] 20  "...Twelve men ordained to the Melchizedek Priesthood 21 office of apostle 22 constitute the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, the second-highest presiding quorum in the government of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The highest presiding quorum is the First Presidency 23, three high priests who have generally been apostles who hold all keys (authority) pertaining to the spiritual and temporal affairs of the Church. The Twelve serve under the direction of the First Presidency. Latter-day Saints sustain these fifteen men as prophets, seers, and revelators for the Church, who receive "a special spiritual Endowment in connection with their teaching of the people…. Others of the General Authorities  24 are not given this special spiritual Endowment and authority covering their teaching" (J. Reuben Clark, Jr., Church News [July 31, 1954]:9)." 25  Footnotes 18-25

George Witwer - CNP 1998; attends St. Joseph's Catholic Church; Republican nominee for lieutenant governor, Indiana, 1996; co-owner, Bluffton News-Banner; senior fellow, Indiana Policy Review; author, A Crime Wave of Our Own Making, Why We Must Replace the Welfare State With an Opportunity Society, and others; political commentary published in dozens of newspapers; public speaker; founder and chairman, Opportunity Project for Indiana; secretary, Wells County Republican Central Committee; board member, Wells County Junior Achievement, and Loving Option Adoption Agency; past member, Boy Scouts of America district committee; past president, Bluffton Revitalization; past chairman, Wells County Red Cross advisory board; member, Bluffton Rotary Club. 

Robert WolgemuthCNP 1984-85, 1988, 1996; Co-founded and was chairman Wolgemuth & Hyatt Publishers; former president Thomas Nelson Communications; former vice president of sales/marketing/publishing division, Word, Inc.

Co-founded and was chairman Wolgemuth & Hyatt Publishers in 1986, with now Senior Vice President and Publisher of Thomas Nelson Publishers, Michael S. Hyatt. The company was eventually sold to Word in 1992. Hyatt and Wolgemuth then formed a Christian literary agency which represented several of the most successful authors in the industry. In 1998, Hyatt sold his interest in the business to Wolgemuth and joined Thomas Nelson, Inc. 26    Footnotes 26

For more on Thomas Nelson Publishers ~ Rev. Ben HadenCharles Moore, Sam Moore, Ted Squires 

Robert Wood- CNP 1988, 1996, 1998; president, Robert Wood and Associates; organized South Coast Community Church to assist HELPS International in Guatemala. 27   Footnotes 27

Rev. Jim Woodall - CNP 1996, 1998; vice president of management, Beverly LaHaye's Concerned Women for America Inc  28  overseeing field development, legislation, broadcast and media, research, and publication; co­host, Beverly LaHaye Live; president, Freedom's Light Ministries

"To protect the free enterprise system, Beverly LaHaye has expanded the CWA agenda into Central America. In Costa Rica, CWA sponsors a refugee camp project called "Amor de la Libertad," started in 1986 by Rev. Jim Woodall. Woodall is the former Costa Rica director for Trans World Missions, active in the region since the early 1960's. Trans World Missions President John Olson claims that LaHaye drew Woodall away from him and usurped 400 acres of his land." 29  

Olson ran a radio anticommunist campaign in Nicaragua. He was an invited guest of Oliver North at a 1985 White House briefing on the contra war for the National Religious Broadcasters and remains a staunch advocate of direct military intervention against Nicaragua. 30  Footnotes 28-30

Member of National Religious Broadcasters Board of Directors, current or past> See: The 2005 National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) Convention With Focus On Mel Gibson's The Passion Recut and also see: The 2005 National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) Convention With Focus On Michael Rood

Carter WrennCNP 1984-85, 1988, 1996; treasurer, The National Conservative Club; former director, The National Congressional Club; former executive director, North Carolina Citizens for Reagan; Executive Director, Jesse Helms for Senate, 1978; Director, Coalition for Freedom

"In 1972, Carter Wrenn and Tom Ellis  founded the Congressional Club PAC (CCPAC), which was later renamed the Conservative Club PAC. The pair started the PAC to elect Jesse Helms and to "keep him [Helms] there." During the 1980s the Conservative Club blossomed into the biggest PAC in the United States, raising between $33 million and $50 million."31 

The Pioneer Fund served as a small part of "a multimillion dollar political empire of corporations, foundations, political action committees and ad hoc groups" active in 1980s (Washington Post, March 31, 1985, p. 1; A16) developed by Tom Ellis, Harry Weyher, Marion Parrott, R.E. Carter-Wrenn and Jesse Helms. The Fund has served as a nexus between academic theory and practical political ideology. It's leadership, especially, Harry Weyher, Thomas F. Ellis and Marion A. Parrott are part of an interlocking set of directorates and associates linking the Pioneer Fund to Jesse Helms' high-tech political machine. Ellis, for example, simultaneously served as Chairman of the National Congressional Club and the Coalition for Freedom, co-founder of Fairness in Media, a board member of the Educational Support Foundation and Director of the Pioneer Fund. Harry Weyher, president of the Pioneer Fund served as lead counsel for Fairness in Media.32  

Founder of Pioneer Fund 33, "Colonel Draper, ... believed geneticists could scientifically prove the inferiority of Negros.... Under his direction, the Pioneer Fund's original charter outlined a commitment to "improve the character of the American people" by encouraging the procreation of descendants of the original white colonial stock." Draper turned more and more to academic irredentists still dedicated to white supremacy and eugenics. ...

"The Pioneer Fund has changed little since its inception. An article in the New York Times on December 11, 1977 characterized it as having "supported highly controversial research by a dozen scientists who believe that blacks are genetically less intelligent than whites." In the 1960s Nobel Laureate William Shockley (1910-1989), a physicist at Stanford University best known for his "voluntary sterilization bonus plan" received an estimated $188,710 from the Pioneer Fund between 1971 and 1978. Arthur Jensen, an educational psychologist, garnered more than a million dollars in Pioneer grants over the past three decades. Three years after being recruited by Shockely, Jensen published his now famous attack on Head Start in the prestigious Harvard Education Review. Jensen claimed the problem with black children was that they had an average IQ of only 85 and that no amount of social engineering would improve their performance. Jensen urged "eugenic foresight" as the only solution. ... "34 

Roger Pearson, whose Institute for the Study of Man has been one of the top Pioneer beneficiaries over the past twenty years ($870,000 from 1981-1996) is the clearest example of the extremist ideology of the Fund's leadership...Taking account of all groups linked to Pearson, Pioneer support between 1975-1996 exceeds one million dollars - nearly ten percent of the total Pioneer grants for that period. 35 

"For an overview on 'race and intelligence,' Murray and Herrnstein recommend two books by three Pioneer Fund recipients: Audrey Shuey, Frank C. J. McGurk, and R. Travis Osborne. McGurk is the main authority they cite to 'prove' that IQ tests are not racially biased. He was one of the 'scientific' mainstays of the segregationist movement in the southern US. In 1959 McGurk and Shuey became leading members of the International Association for the Advancement of Ethnology and Eugenics, first publisher of Mankind Quarterly. 36 Other members included Senator Jesse Helms and the oil billionaire Hunt brothers. Arch-racists in the South introduced Shuey's book in court during the 1960s to argue for continuing school segregation and denying the vote to black people. University of Georgia professor Osborne also testified in court against school integration. Osborne was still, in 1992, trying to prove the long-discarded theory that brain size is somehow related to intelligence." 37  

"Much of The Bell Curve's racist drivel comes from Mankind Quarterly, whose principle is that the "Negroid" race is inferior to all others, and from professors funded by the pro-Nazi Pioneer Fund (PF). Behind this fascist gang stand important members of the US ruling class."

"Seventeen authors cited in The Bell Curve are Mankind Quarterly (MQ) contributors. Ten are former or present editors or members of its editorial advisory board. MQ's avowed purpose is to counter "Communist" and "egalitarian" influences in anthropology. From its start in 1960, its founders and funders believed that white people were genetically superior. Robert Gayre was the founder of MQ and its editor-in-chief until 1978. As a champion of South African apartheid and a member of the ultra-right Candour League of white-ruled Rhodesia, he testified in court in 1968 that black people as a group are "worthless." Other MQ contributors have included Henry Garrett of Columbia University, who wrote pamphlets for the pro-segregation White Citizens Councils; Corrado Gini, the leader of fascist Italy's eugenics movement; and Ottmar von Verschner, a leading Nazi race-scientist and academic mentor of the concentration camp butcher Joseph Mengele."

"The key figure in the PF network is Roger Pearson, who is close to Jesse Helms. Sam Crutchfield, a lawyer for Helms, has been the lawyer for Pearson's Institute for the Study of Man. The PF has given Pearson over $787,400, mostly for editing Mankind Quarterly and The Journal of Social, Political and Economic Studies. The last publishes articles by PF recipients, notably Arthur Jensen, Michael Levin, and Richard Lynn. Thomas Ellis, a PF director, is a long-time friend and campaign manager for Helms."  38 

"In 1958, Pearson, living in London, led the Northern League. This white-power organization included former Nazi SS officials. Willis Carto, founder of the anti-black and anti-semitic Liberty Lobby, arranged a 1959 U.S. speaking tour for him. Pearson soon moved to the U.S. to edit the neo-Nazi publication Western Destiny. In Eugenics and Race he asserted: "If a nation with a more advanced, more specialized, or in any way superior set of genes mingles with, instead of exterminating, an inferior tribe, then it commits racial suicide. "

"This track record won Pearson influence in Washington, DC. In 1975 he became editor of the journal of the American Security Council...Pearson also headed the U.S. chapter of the World Anti-Communist League (WACL). In 1977 he became the international chair of this nest of fascist vipers. He organized its 1978 convention, which featured two U.S. Senators as keynote speakers. Then he was exposed as having recruited open neo-Nazis to WACL, and was forced to resign. Four years later,[1982] President Reagan personally thanked Pearson for his "substantial contributions to promoting and upholding those ideals and principles that we value at home and abroad." 39 

"Pearson eventually replaced Gayre as editor of The Mankind Quarterly. Pearson, more than most, saw the potential in manipulating genetics for political goals when, in 1959, he wrote Eugenics and Race. He argued that the white race is endangered by inferior genetic stock, but with proper use of modern biological technology "a new super-generation" descended from "only the fittest" of the previous generation can be produced. Whoever adopted such a scientific breeding program "would dominate the rest of the world". Moving to the United States Pearson quickly became involved in far-right politics, first editing Western Destiny and later the short-lived The New Patriot, a magazine designed to conduct "a responsible but penetrating inquiry into every aspect of the Jewish Question". It included articles such as "Zionists and the Plot Against South Africa", "Early Jews and the Rise of Jewish Money Power", and "Swindlers of the Crematoria". Despite his fascist connections, Pearson became increasingly well connected with the Republican Party and the right-wing think-tank, The Heritage Foundation." 40

"Henry Garrett, Chair of Psychology at Columbia University from 1941 to 1955. A Virginia born segregationist, Garrett was a key witness defending segregation in the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education in 1954. During the 1950s and 1960s, Garrett helped to distribute grants for the Pioneer Fund and was one of the founders of the International Association for the Advancement of Eugenics and Ethnology (IAAEE) in 1959. The IAAEE brought together academic defenders of segregation in the USA and apartheid in South Africa. The Pioneer Fund supported the IAAEE and other institutions working to legitimise race-science, including the IAAEE's journal, The Mankind Quarterly." 41  

Roger Pearson is also a writer and organizer for the Nazi Northern League of northern Europe, who in 1977, joined the editorial board of Policy Review, the monthly Heritage publication. William Shockley, Arthur Jensen and Roger Pearson, who has written that "inferior races" should be "exterminated" were funded while Tom Ellis was director on the Pioneer board. At that same time, Ellis served on the CNP's thirteen-member executive committee with Holly Coors, Paul Weyrich, and Heritage Foundation president, Edwin Feulner until June 1989. Oliver North and Reed Larson also joined the executive committee. 

Recall that in order to be a CNP member, a biography/resume must be submitted by a CNP member and the executive must have a unanimous vote in order to be asked to be a member. CNP's Gary North writes of the formation years of the CNP including himself with Timothy LaHayeTerry J. Jeffers  and Terry Dolan, in the article Gary North on the CNP

The National Congressional Club was Jesse Helms' PAC based in Raleigh and directed by Helms' senior advisor, attorney Tom Ellis. National Congressional Club, raised $9.8 million in the 1982 election cycle. In the 1984 cycle, the club raised $5.7 million while Helms campaign committee raised $13.99 million, 42 The Club dissolved in the 1990's, with many staffers absorbed into other campaigns.

The Congressional Club began after the 1972 Senate campaign, when Ellis retained Richard Viguerie (CNP) to help pay off the Helms campaign debt. Ellis and Viguerie built the Congressional Club mailing list to more than 300,000 regular contributors -- a constituency for Helms and a major financial resource within the conservative movement... Besides Viguerie, Phillips, and Dolan connections, Helms is actively represented in Weyrich's coordinating groups. 43   Footnotes 31-43

Carl R. Young Jr.- CNP 1984-85, 1988, 1996, 1998; president Youngdale Investments; member, Rotary Club; member, Westminster Fellowship Church; former President and Board chairman, Giant Wholesale Corporation

Charles B. Young- CNP 1998;

David Zanotti - CNP 1998; In February 2008, in an email to this writer, David stated clearly that while in membership for a limit of two meetings in 1998, he withdrew any form of membership and/or support for the CNP after those initial two meetings. He has not been a member of or involved with the CNP then, for about ten years.

President, Roundtables of Ohio, a state­based organization dedicated to restoring "traditional principles" in American public policy; president, Ohio Freedom Forum, a nonprofit public interest organization; President/CEO , The American Policy Roundtable, which is "dedicated to restoring Judeo-Christian principles to American Public Policy". In 2004 the 25 yr old parent organization (The Ohio Roundtable) was renamed The American Policy Roundtable, now the umbrella organization over the Ohio Roundtable and Florida Policy Roundtable and other related ventures; The Roundtable has effectively halted Outcome Based Education (OBE), and many other state bills; host, The Public Square, a daily news/commentary radio program aired statewide; appointed to the Ohio Adoption Task Force in 1991 by Ohio Governor George Voinovich; coalition member, Ohioans for Terms Limits; attended Cuyahoga Community College, Mt. Vernon Bible College and Mt. Vernon Nazarene College; graduate work at Ashland University.

Billy Zeoli - CNP 1988; president, Gospel Films, Inc., with 100 titles shown in more than 100,000 churches each year in the U.S.; Gospel Films Inc., outreach also includes military bases and Navy ships worldwide and federal and state prisons. CNP's Peter C. Cook  was/is a board member of Gospel Films Inc.; [Late] Edgar Prince  former secretary of the board, Gospel Films, and Board Chairman was Richard DeVos 

Gospel Communications International (GCI)  44 is a non-profit Christian ministry founded in 1950 as Gospel Films, Inc., with the conviction that films offer an effective means of reaching people.

The Bible Gateway 45  "Gospel Films International (GCI) is host and founder of the Gospel Communications Network (, a strategic alliance of online ministries." "...Dedicated by the Gospel Films board to the memory of Ed Prince [CNP], our late Board member, Gospelcom is an unprecedented alliance of over 200 national and international Christian ministry organizations Network...." 46 

"...The idea was presented to Gospel Films President Billy Zeoli, who quickly caught the vision and had the team present the plan to the Gospel Films Board of Directors. The Board, under the chairmanship of Richard M. DeVos [CNP], also saw the great potential for ministry in this new medium. Leading the charge for GCI Board support of the plan was then board secretary Edgar D. Prince* [CNP], *Elsa Prince  [CNP] is on Dobson 's FOTF Advisory Board]  Footnotes 44-46



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