…Sav­ing Ju­di­cial Watch!

Tom Fit­ton, Can’t Hold the Clin­tons Ac­count­able! Larry Klay­man Can!

The Washington Times Weekly - - Advertisement - And Jus­tice for All, Larry Klay­man Larry Klay­man

My fel­low con­cerned Amer­i­cans,

When I founded Ju­di­cial Watch in 1994, my vi­sion was for a watch­dog agency that would not hes­i­tate to iden­tify wrong­do­ing by the po­lit­i­cal and le­gal “es­tab­lish­ment,” and take force­ful and de­ci­sive ac­tion if the facts war­ranted.

While I was Chair­man and Gen­eral Coun­sel, the ac­tion taken by Ju­di­cial Watch against for­mer pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton was the ONLY le­gal find­ing that he had com­mit­ted a crime; when he vi­o­lated the pri­vacy of Kath­leen Wil­ley – a wo­man he ha­rassed in the Oval Of­fice! Yet the Se­nate al­lowed him to walk off scot free.

Ju­di­cial Watch needs to once again be­come the pow­er­ful and eth­i­cal watch­dog it once was! To that end, and only af­ter a sub­stan­tial soul search­ing and con­sid­er­a­tion, I have de­cided to take the nec­es­sary le­gal ac­tion to save Ju­di­cial Watch and re­move the forces that have hi­jacked the once noble or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Af­ter three years of dili­gent ef­fort, I re­gret that we have ex­hausted all av­enues of am­i­ca­ble res­o­lu­tion with its cur­rent head Tom Fit­ton. There­fore, af­ter a great deal of hes­i­ta­tion and thought, I have de­ter­mined the only re­spon­si­ble thing to do is file a law­suit against Fit­ton and Ju­di­cial Watch with one goal: re­turn Ju­di­cial Watch to its for­mer re­spectabil­ity by get­ting it out of the hands of Tom Fit­ton.

But suc­cess has a cost. To com­plete the lit­i­ga­tion, we es­ti­mate it will cost ap­prox­i­mately $1 mil­lion dol­lars. And time is cru­cial. We need to save Ju­di­cial Watch be­fore all of the as­sets are gone for­ever. Fur­ther­more, who knows what the next Congress will bring.

With cor­rup­tion en­gulf­ing Wash­ing­ton, we need Ju­di­cial Watch now more than ever. Please con­sider your gen­er­ous gift to help as­sure that the most im­por­tant pub­lic in­ter­est group ever con­ceived is re­stored to promi­nence as Amer­ica’s “True In­de­pen­dent Coun­sel.” Your chil­dren, your grand­chil­dren and your coun­try de­serve noth­ing less!

P.S. For more in­for­ma­tion or to read the com­plete com­plaint filed against Tom Fit­ton

and Ju­di­cial Watch, visit us at www.sav­ingju­di­cial­watch.com.

In 1994, Larry Klay­man cre­ated Ju­di­cial Watch to be the “Peo­ple’s In­de­pen­dent Coun­sel.” His goal was to cre­ate an or­ga­ni­za­tion that re­turned hon­esty and ethics to the gov­ern­ment and le­gal es­tab­lish­ments. Yet to­day, this once suc­cess­ful watch­dog has lost its teeth and those who are cor­rupt no longer fear it.

When At­tor­ney Larry Klay­man left his po­si­tion as chair­man and gen­eral coun­sel of Ju­di­cial Watch in 2003 to pur­sue a U.S. Se­nate seat from his na­tive Florida, he re­lin­quished con­trol of the suc­cess­ful and re­spected Ju­di­cial Watch to Tom Fit­ton. Hop­ing to lever­age his ex­pe­ri­ence as a for­mer U.S. Jus­tice Dept. at­tor­ney and from his private prac­tice, Klay­man planned to cre­ate a “Ju­di­cial Watch” inside the gov­ern­ment, tak­ing ad­van­tage of the power of the sub­poena and the clout that comes with a Se­nate seat to clean up the gov­ern­ment from within, much like a Tro­jan Horse.

Un­for­tu­nately in 2006, rather than hold­ing gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials ac­count­able for their ac­tiv­i­ties and act­ing as a true pub­lic in­ter­est “watch­dog,” Ju­di­cial Watch is mostly look­ing out for is its own in­ter­est. When Klay­man left, he was as­sured by his for­mer as­so­ciates that a new and com­pe­tent chair­man and gen­eral coun­sel would be brought on board. Un­for­tu­nately, Tom Fit­ton, who is not a lawyer, hi­jacked the or­ga­ni­za­tion and never re­placed Klay­man. With the planned re­turn of the Clin­tons to The White House, given Repub­li­can woes, it is more im­por­tant than ever that we have a pow­er­ful Ju­di­cial Watch run by a ma­ture adult, who is a sea­soned trial lawyer like Larry Klay­man. Fail­ing to make the promised ap­point­ment was but one of his many fail­ings as head of Ju­di­cial Watch.

Fear­ing the re­turn of Larry Klay­man, Fit­ton, un­der the aus­pices of Ju­di­cial Watch, pro­ceeded to sabotage both Larry Klay­man’s Sen­a­to­rial cam­paign and his per­sonal life. Di­rect mail was sent to donors a month af­ter Klay­man had left, in­cor­po­rat­ing his name and leav­ing the im­pres­sion he was still ac­tive as chair­man and gen­eral coun­sel, ef­fec­tively con­fus­ing con­trib­u­tors and ul­ti­mately dam­ag­ing the Sen­a­to­rial Cam­paign. Fur­ther dam­ag­ing to the cam­paign, call­ers to Ju­di­cial Watch ask­ing why Klay­man left the or­ga­ni­za­tion were fre­quently in­formed the rea­sons were con­fi­den­tial. By cre­at­ing the false im­pres­sion that Klay­man left for some rea­son other than to run for the Se­nate, Fit­ton ef­fec­tively placed him in a dis­tinctly dis­parag­ing light.

Later fundrais­ers be­moaned the need for large sums of money, lest Ju­di­cial Watch would need to lay off large num­bers of staff. Hardly in need of money, Ju­di­cial Watch cof­fers held over $16 mil­lion in as­sets, with more in the pipe­line when Klay­man left for his Se­nate run in 2003.

In a fail­ing of the kind of eth­i­cal lapses that Ju­di­cial Watch was set up to guard against, Robert G. Mills, head of high dol­lar fundrais­ing, was dis­cov­ered to have a shady fund rais­ing past. Rather than thor­oughly in­ves­ti­gate and act on the al­le­ga­tions, Fit­ton chose to look the other way and do noth­ing. Mills re­mains the head of high dol­lar fundrais­ing to this day.

Tom Fit­ton is run­ning Ju­di­cial Watch into the ground. Un­der his man­age­ment, Ju­di­cial Watch has lost nearly EV­ERY case it has been in­volved with since Klay­man’s de­par­ture. Fur­ther, they have lost key clien­tele, such as Hil­lary Clin­ton’s neme­sis Peter Paul, and al­lowed fi­nances and the or­ga­ni­za­tion to de­te­ri­o­rate, so much so that it has been es­ti­mated that in the three years since Larry Klay­man’s de­par­ture, the orig­i­nal $16 mil­lion has been cut ap­prox­i­mately in half! Please sup­port my mis­sion to re­store Ju­di­cial Watch to great­ness! We need your prayers and fi­nan­cial sup­port!

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