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What is the most important organization you’ve never heard of? Anne Nelson has an answer: the Council for National Policy. Nelson is Adjunct Associate...

What is the most important organization you’ve never heard of? Anne Nelson has an answer: the Council for National Policy. Nelson is Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and author of Shadow Network: Media, Money, and the Secret Hub of the Radical Right (Bloomsbury, 2019).

In Shadow Network, Nelson chronicles the history of the CNP and the coalition’s key figures and tactics. Over four decades, this elite organization has become a strategic nerve center for channeling money and mobilizing votes behind the scenes. Its secretive membership represents a high-powered roster of Republican strategists, Christian Conservative leaders, and billionaires, from Oliver North, Ed Meese, and Tim LaHaye in the Council’s early days to Kellyanne Conway, Steve Bannon, Tony Perkins, and the DeVos and Mercer families today.