About PLF

Established in 1973

Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) is a donor-supported national non-profit that fights for private property rights, individual liberty, free enterprise, limited government, and a balanced approach to environmental protection. The nation’s first and most effective pro-liberty public interest law organization, PLF has a track record of success that includes nine victories in our last ten appearances at the Supreme Court of the United States.

Our Mission

To be the nation’s leading legal watchdog organization that litigates for limited government, property rights, free enterprise, and a balanced approach to environmental regulations, in courts nationwide.

PLF's litigation focuses on three major projects: to defend the fundamental human right of private property; to promote sensible environmental policies that respect individual freedom and put people first; and to create a nation in which people are judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin. In addition, PLF's Economic Liberty and Free Enterprise Projects are devoted to protecting the right to earn a living, and protect businesses against unfair burdens.

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Funding For PLF

Pacific Legal Foundation is a tax exempt, nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation. Donations of cash, property, and securities are tax deductible; tax identification number 94-2197343. Last year, approximately 63 percent of PLF's contributions came from individuals. Another 22 percent was raised through foundations, and 15 percent coming from businesses and other organizations. Our donors make it possible to continue our fight in the courts, as our work never ends.

To preserve our independence, PLF accepts no government funding. A charitable gift to PLF is an investment in liberty for your family and friends in the years to come. We take our mission and our supporters seriously, and strive to put our donors' money to the most effective use in protecting Americans' constitutional rights.

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"Most people wouldn't stick it out, and since PLF is litigating for principle, we have to thank PLF for doing what they do."
Trevor Burrus, Research Fellow at CATO Institute

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PLF Client Highlight

"PLF allowed me to keep operating my business, even in the midst of a crisis. My business means the world to me and my family - PLF saved it for us. Thank you."
R.J. Bruner, Wildcat Moving Co.

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"A 20 year battle is over, thanks to Pacific Legal Foundation.  My father would be proud. Thank you PLF for your support."
Coy Jr. and Linda Koontz

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"For PLF, it's not a job - it's a passion. You can feel very good about how well your money is used in support of the programs they have."
Dr. Robert S. Pepper

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"Individuals for whom a major case is a one shot deal are far more aggrieved. Most individuals cannot afford to do anything with that grievance, and that's where organizations like PLF come in."

Professor Steven Eagle, George Mason School of Law

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