Lyndon H. LaRouche Jr. has periodically denied that he has a leadership role in any of the groups identified with him, or that he controls them. LaRouche repeated this assertion on the witness stand in a recent libel trial in U.S. District Court in Alexandria and in a subsequent interview.

LaRouche testified that there is "no such thing as a LaRouche organization," but that some people around the world gather into a loose-knit association because they agree on certain principles. In the interview he said he has "associates" but no "followers."

However, former associates of LaRouche strongly disagree, saying that LaRouche is the undisputed leader of a tightly knit group and that he has some sway over members' lives. Numerous published and broadcast reports have described the group as a cult.

"It controlled every aspect of your life," said one ex-member. The transcript of her interview with NBC is on file in the court in Alexandria. "One of the ways the LaRouche organization controls people is by cutting off all aspects of your former life."

Despite LaRouche's courtroom denials, some of his and his associates' statements strongly suggest he has ties with the group.

In a deposition before the trial, LaRouche said it is fair to refer to "the LaRouche organization."

LaRouche's security chief, Jeffrey Steinberg, said in a deposition that LaRouche is chairman of the executive committee of the National Caucus of Labor Committees (NCLC). The NCLC is the core group in LaRouche's orbit. LaRouche said in his deposition that he founded the NCLC and is "the old man" of the organization.

The Campaigner, a LaRouche-affiliated magazine, lists LaRouche as chairman of the International Caucus of Labor Committees, a worldwide sister group of the NCLC.

LaRouche said in his deposition that he is connected to other entities identified with him, as a director of the Fusion Energy Foundation and "ceo" (chief executive officer) of Executive Intelligence Review magazine.

LaRouche is also chairman of the Advisory Committee of the National Democratic Policy Committee, the organization that sponsors candidates who call themselves "LaRouche Democrats."

LaRouche-tied publications described him for years as chairman of the U.S. Labor Party, the organization's main affiliate in the 1970s.

Many of the organizations associated with him have published periodicals or books that contain LaRouche's picture, quote from him extensively or reprint his writings. Most of these groups share offices in various cities.