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Big Donors Back New Group to Fight ‘Deep State’ at Supreme Court

The New Civil Liberties Alliance (NCLA) identifies as nonpartisan. But it’s backed by groups tied to powerful sources of conservative funding. (Click image for article.)

A little-known legal group that’s quickly emerged as a top US Supreme Court litigator is helping steer a broad high court challenge to government agency power.

The New Civil Liberties Alliance identifies as nonpartisan. But it’s backed by groups tied to powerful sources of conservative funding, including billionaire Charles Koch and entities linked to legal activist Leonard Leo, who’s had direct influence over the court’s conservative makeup.

Columbia law professor Philip Hamburger founded the group in 2017 to fill a gap in the legal ecosystem: the protection of individual rights from entrenched government regulation. Its agenda of weakening the so-called administrative state is a long-sought conservative goal.

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