Richard A. Hellman, Founder & President – MERCL is an experienced Washington lawyer who graduated from Canisius College, Buffalo, New York, and Georgetown Law School, Washington, D.C. He is a distinguished veteran of the Vietnam War, having received the Bronze Star as a captain in Army counterintelligence. He also served his country as a member of the U. S. Government’s first Management Intern Program for the Federal Aviation Agency, where he was a senior Management Analyst. As the first Legislative Counsel of the Environmental Protection Agency, he created the Legislative Counsel’s Office under William D. Ruckelshaus, EPA’s first administrator. Appointed Minority Counsel of the Senate Public Works and Environment Committee by Sen. Howard H. Baker of Tennessee, he wrote much of America’s environmental legislation. While he was serving in that position, the State of Israel invited him to come to Jerusalem to write environmental laws for Israel and as models for the surrounding countries. Upon completion of this project, he was named by Israel to be the Chief Environmental Advisor on the District Planning and Building Commission for the rebuilding and restoration of Jerusalem. After seven years in Israel, Richard Hellman returned to Washington, D.C. to establish first, the Middle East Research Center, Limited (MERCL), and then, in 1989, the Christians’ Israel Public Action Campaign (CIPAC), the only Christian lobby registered with the U. S. Congress on behalf of biblical Israel.
Middle East Research Ltd. is a 501(c) (3) organization under the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to MERCL are tax-deductible.