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A Legacy as America’s Most Powerful Ally for Justice

Let Freedom Ring

On March 5, 1973 government regulators found a foe; mainstream Americans found a friend; freedom in America found new meaning. On that day, Pacific Legal Foundation was established turning the voices that wouldn’t be heard into the voices that couldn’t be silenced.”

Pacific Legal Foundation was founded in Sacramento as America’s first freedom-based public interest legal organization. Drawing inspiration from then-Governor Ronald Reagan, several members of his senior staff left public service to establish PLF.

After Governor Ronald Reagan overhauled California's lax welfare system to make it more efficient and effective, he observed that there were a lot of so-called "special interest" foundations - usually funded by tax dollars - ready to step forward to sue on behalf of individuals who demanded government entitlements.

Reagan and his close advisor, Ed Meese, asked themselves: why isn't there anyone who represents the public interest of taxpayers and other Americans in efficient, limited constitutional government? Shortly after came their answer - the founding of Pacific Legal Foundation by members of Ronald Reagan's senior staff.

Pacific Legal Foundation litigates nationwide to secure all Americans' inalienable rights to live responsibly and productively in their pursuit of happiness. PLF combines strategic and principled litigation, communications and research to achieve landmark court victories enforcing the Constitution's guarantee of individual liberty.

Pacific Legal Foundation is privileged to have some of the best and brightest constitutional lawyers on our staff. They have brought scores of precedent-setting cases to court, including nine consecutive case victories in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Today, PLF stands as the nation’s sentry for freedom — strong, resolute and committed to the principles established by our nation's Founding Fathers and embraced by Ronald Reagan — that Americans are granted sacred, inalienable rights of life, liberty and private property, and that they must never be surrendered or compromised to arbitrary government actions.

The real power behind PLF is you!

There are literally thousands of reasons for PLF’s years of success — the number of freedom-loving Americans who generously give to PLF so that we can protect our Constitution, and litigate for limited government, property rights, free enterprise, and a balanced approach to environmental regulations.

As we celebrate PLF's long-running  and successful history, we honor and celebrate citizens like you for whom the gift of freedom is the most precious gift of all.

Thank you,
Steven Anderson
President & CEO

 

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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 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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