The Constitution’s separation of powers, and the many checks and balances that our Founders had the foresight to build into the Constitution to ensure that each branch respects its own boundaries, are the foundation for our federal government. In addition, our federalist system ensures that the federal government is one of limited powers, and that the States and their political subdivisions are the repositories of all other powers not specifically denied to them.
Atlantic Legal Foundation is dedicated to identifying encroachments upon the separation of powers and federalism, and presenting its views on this critical subject in appropriate judicial forums. This includes vigilantly monitoring the “administrative state,” i.e., the multitude of federal departments and agencies that Congress has authorized to act, in effect, as a fourth branch of government. In addition, ALF is proactively attentive to what unfortunately has become a fifth branch of government—the lock-step alliance between overtly partisan “mainstream media” personalities (many of whom misrepresent themselves as journalists) and “Big Tech” oligarchs and their sycophants who use their near-monopolistic power to block or distort presentation of facts or opinions that differ from their own.