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North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law

Posted February 26, 2013
Updated March 8, 2013

As they describe themselves: The North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law (NCICL) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, non-partisan organization devoted to educating the public, bar, and policymakers about constitutional issues, particularly economic and related issues, both national and in North Carolina and, when appropriate, litigating such constitutional issues. It is located in Raleigh, NC. More here.

On the web: www.ncicl.org

Affiliates and brands: The Institute mainly issues reporters and pursues legal cases under its own name. 

Network*: Pope

Funding: The institute reported raising $702,618 in 2010, according to its IRS form 990. In 2011, the following year, the John William Pope Foundation reported giving the institute $710,000.

IRS 990: NCICL 2010 IRS 990.

State Information: More information from the Sec. of State's office.

Lobbyist: Two members of the NCICL staff are registered as lobbyists for the 2013 session. 

Media Profile: The institute gets the most attention when it helps bring lawsuits based on the North Carolina Constitution. Although it is certainly in the family of groups generally considered conservative, the group has worked with Democratic office holders, including State Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson. Other cases have pushed against what the institute describes as an over-reach of government, such as the prosecution of a Durham man for selling hot dogs. The NCICL may be best known for its opposition to state economic development incentives policies.  

* Many of the public policy think tanks and advocacy groups active in North Carolina fall into one of two camps: A liberal circuit with ties to the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation and a conservative circuit with ties to the John William Pope Foundation. For more, click here.


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