Tom Fitton at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference.
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Thomas J. Fitton is a conservative activist in the United States. He is the President of Judicial Watch, a conservative educational foundation. He has worked for America's Voice and National Empowerment Television, the International Policy Forum, the Leadership Institute, and Accuracy in Media. He has been a talk radio and television host.
Fitton has been President of Judicial Watch since August 1998. The group primarily seeks access to government records, filing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and other public records act lawsuits, engaging in other forms of civil litigation, and pursuing various other actions designed to generate public pressure on government agencies and public officials.
Fitton’s book, The Corruption Chronicles, was published in 2012. According to the jacket cover, the book "exposes devastating secrets the Obama administration has desperately fought - even in court - to keep hidden."
In 2006, Larry Klayman, Judicial Watch's former Chairman, attempted to reclaim control of Judicial Watch by suing Fitton, the organization, and the organization's other officers and directors. Most of Klayman's claims, including all of the claims against Fitton and Judicial Watch's other officers and directors, were dismissed in 2009.
In July 2013, Fitton gained widespread attention for Judicial Watch in conservative media after a jury found George Zimmerman not guilty in the death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, when Fitton appeared in numerous interviews to claim that the Obama administration's Department of Justice had sent representatives to Sanford in the wake of Martin’s death "to help organize and manage rallies and protests against George Zimmerman." PolitiFact rated Fitton's claim "mostly false."
In July 2013, Fitton was identified as a key member of Groundswell, a secretive coalition of right-wing activists and journalists attempting to make radical political change behind the scenes, whose members met in the offices of Judicial Watch.
Fitton has expressed scepticism of climate change. He has said "There has been scandal after scandal involving climate data and we are skeptical of government agencies that won’t tell people what they are up to... I’m sure scientists are concerned that funding for dubious research will be cut, but the truth will win out in the end." Judicial Watch, which has claimed that climate science is "fraud science", has filed lawsuits seeking to force the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to release the correspondence of climate scientists who published a 2015 study in the journal Science. The study had debunked one of the common claims made by those who reject the scientific consensus on climate change, namely that there existed global warming "hiatus" between 1998-2012. The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund (CSLDF), American Meteorological Society and Union of Concerned Scientists condemned Judicial Watch, saying that the disclosure of private communications between scientists "would harm (or halt altogether) government scientists' ability to collaborate with colleagues, damage the government's ability to recruit or retain top scientists, and deter critically important research into politically charged fields like climate change". The Judicial Watch lawsuit was inspired by Rep. Lamar Smith, who had accused the authors of the study of "alter[ing] data" to "get the politically correct results they want."
Judicial Watch has for a number of years advertised on Breitbart News, the alt-right website formerly run by Steve Bannon. Fitton said "Liberal activists want to destroy Breitbart, but we won’t be cowed".
Fitton has made claims about voter fraud, saying "We have all heard about voter fraud and the attempts by liberal media organs like the New York Times and Ivory Tower academics to dismiss it as a nonexistent problem. But is it real, widespread, and substantial to the point that it can decide elections."
In December 2017, Fitton said that "the FBI's been compromised”. He then asked whether the FBI should be shut down, asserting that it had "turned into a KGB-type operation by the Obama administration". Newsweek rated the claim "false", noting that "there is no comparison between the FBI and KGB."
- Fitton, Tom (2014). The Corruption Chronicles: Obama's Big Secrecy, Big Corruption, and Big Government. New York: Threshold Editions. ISBN 978-1-4767-6705-5.
- Fitton, Tom Clean House: Exposing Our Government's Secrets and Lies (New York: Threshold Editions, 2016). ISBN 978-1-5011-3704-4
- Lepro, Sara (15 May 2009). "First nine banks were forced to take bailouts". Boston.com. Associated Press; The Boston Globe. Archived from the original on 21 April 2016. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
...Judicial Watch, a nonpartisan educational foundation...
- Tom Fitton biography at Judicial Watch web site.
- Neil NcCabe Washington Examiner
- About Judicial Watch at its web site.
- Judicial Watch (August 2, 2012). "Tom Fitton's New Book THE CORRUPTION CHRONICLES: Obama's Big Secrecy, Big Corruption, and Big Government Debuts as No. 1 Best-Selling Nonfiction Hardcover Book in the US" (Press release). Washington, DC: Judicial Watch.
- Ross Hemminger (February 28, 2015). "Tom Fitton Presented with the Defender of the Constitution Award" (Press release). National Harbor, MD: American Conservative Union.
- Klayman v. Judicial Watch, Inc., 628 F. Supp.2d 112, 118 (D.D.C. 2009).
- Wemple, Erik (2013-07-25). "Breitbart News cited for 'colluding' with conservative coalition". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-12-26.
- Milman, Oliver (2017-02-22). "Climate scientists face harassment, threats and fears of 'McCarthyist attacks'". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-12-25.
- "Climate scientists battle attacks on their research from conservatives, brace for more under Trump". InsideClimate News. 2017-02-06. Retrieved 2017-12-25.
- Kurtz, Lauren (2016-07-07). "Climate scientists are under attack from frivolous lawsuits | Lauren Kurtz". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-12-25.
- Bhattarai, Abha (2017-06-08). "Breitbart lost 90 percent of its advertisers in two months: Who's still there?". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2017-12-25.
- "Soon-To-Be-Released Book by Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton Warns of Massive Voter Fraud Danger in Current Presidential Election". Retrieved 2017-12-25.
- Anapol, Avery (December 14, 2017). "Conservative watchdog head: Do we need to shut down the FBI?". The Hill.
- "We fact-checked a Fox News guest's claim that Obama turned the FBI into the KGB". Newsweek. 2017-12-14. Retrieved 2017-12-17.