Michael Anthony Peroutka (born 1952) is a Maryland lawyer, the founder of the Institute on the Constitution. He once held a position in the United States Department of Health and Human Services and was the Constitution Party candidate for president in 2004. He is co-host of The American View radio program.
Peroutka was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He is a graduate of Loyola College in Maryland and the University of Baltimore School of Law. He was the Chairman of the Constitution Party of Maryland and a member of the Executive Committee of the Constitution Party National Committee.
2004 presidential campaign
In the United States presidential election, 2004, he was the Constitution Party candidate. His campaign theme was "God, Family, Republic" and he emphasized the Bible, the traditional family, and the need for constitutionally limited government. His running mate was independent Baptist minister Chuck Baldwin. He gained support from many paleoconservatives, and was also endorsed by the America First Party and Alaskan Independence Party. Peroutka was also endorsed by the League of the South and supported by a group called "Southerners for Peroutka". Peroutka accepted the endorsement from the League at their 2004 national convention. Radio host Alex Jones stated he would be voting for Peroutka.
He appeared on the White Nationalist  radio show, The Political Cesspool to promote his campaign, describing it as a "Christian/Constitutionalist radio program" and "a great blessing to our cause".
Political commentator Pat Buchanan stated on the September 7, 2004 edition of Hardball with Chris Matthews, "There is a chance I would vote for Peroutka." The November 8, 2004 issue of The American Conservative contained endorsements by Taki Theodoracopulos and Howard Phillips (the latter having founded the party Peroutka represented). He was also endorsed by the late Samuel T. Francis. Peroutka received just over one-tenth of one percent of the national popular vote, finishing fifth nationally with just under 150,000 votes. This was a showing similar to previous Constitution Party candidacies of Howard Phillips - however, it was the only third party to increase its share of the vote in 2004.
Peroutka emphasizes the Bible and America's Christian heritage. He opposes abortion without exception. He opposes a Federal Marriage Amendment, believing the federal government should not be granted jurisdiction over marriage. He advocates for free market capitalism. He supports the right to keep and bear arms and strongly opposes the war in Iraq, calling it ungodly, immoral, and unconstitutional. He supports the right to homeschool and believes the federal government should not regulate or fund education.
In 2006, he voted in favor of disaffiliating the Independent American Party of Nevada from the Constitution Party. In 2012, the Montgomery Advertiser reported that he was the single-biggest donor to Roy Moore's 2012 campaign for the Alabama Supreme Court, having contributed $50,000 of the total $78,000 received by Moore until December 31, 2011.
On December 6, 2012, the Human Rights Campaign called Peroutka an “active white supremacist and secessionist sympathizer.” due to links to the League of the South Peroutka told The Baltimore Sun that he “continues to be a proud member of the League of the South,” since it “has a belief that the central government is too large, too spend-thrift and too out-of-control,” but he called HRC’s characterization of him as a white-supremacist sympathizer “absurd” and “not at all true.” Neither the Baltimore Sun nor the HRC cite clear and consistent evidence to the contrary. In an October 2004 Washington Journal interview with Robb Harleston, Mr. Peroutka unambiguously stated that, "there is one race and that's the human race".  More recently on his radio show, also published on his website theamericanview.com, dated September 9, 2013, he unequivocally states, "all elevation or denigration of individuals or groups based on skin color is immoral and shameful." 
Split from the National Constitution Party
In 2006, the Maryland Constitution Party disaffiliated from the national party along with other state parties following a schism at the national party's 2006 convention, in which it failed to disaffiliate the Nevada party despite its chairman and gubernatorial candidate's support for legal abortion in some cases. Peroutka stated "At this point I could not, in good faith, represent the Constitution Party nor endorse any of its candidates. Unless serious changes occur, I could not run for President in 2008." 
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