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About The Rutherford Institute

Our job is to make the government play by the rules of the Constitution.

There are 319 million of us in this country. Imagine what we could accomplish if we actually worked together, presented a united front, and spoke with one voice.

Tyranny wouldn't stand a chance.

Here at The Rutherford Institute, we believe that the best defense against tyranny is an educated citizenry that knows their rights and is prepared to stand up for them. That's why we continue to sound the alarm over threats to our freedoms and help Americans push back against the government’s heavy-handed tyranny on almost every front

Your tax-deductible donation makes it possible for The Rutherford Institute to

  • sound the alarm over government abuses
  • push back against the government's power grabs
  • defend Americans whose rights have been violated
  • hold the government accountable to abiding by the rule of law, the U.S. Constitution
  • and educate Americans about what they can do to rein in their runaway government, reclaim their freedoms, and restore justice in America.

The Rutherford Institute—nonpartisan, apolitical and committed to the principles enshrined in the Constitution and Bill of Rights—is working tirelessly to reshape the government from the bottom up into one that respects freedom, recognizes our worth as human beings, resists corruption, and abides by the rule of law.

Won’t you join the fight to make America free again?


Founded in 1982 by constitutional attorney and author John W. Whitehead, The Rutherford Institute has become one of the nation's leading advocates of civil liberties and human rights, litigating in the courts and educating the public on a wide spectrum of issues affecting individual freedom in the United States and around the world.

The Institute’s mission is twofold: to provide legal services in the defense of civil liberties and to educate the public on important issues affecting their constitutional freedoms. The Institute provides its legal services at no charge to those whose constitutional and human rights have been threatened or violated.

The Rutherford Institute is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, gifts to which are deductible as charitable contributions for Federal income tax purposes.

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"The Rutherford Institute is one of the nation's premier civil liberties organizations."—Nat Hentoff, nationally syndicated columnist

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