Sunday, July 6, 2014

The Heritage Foundation is Not on Your Side

Here is some important information about the Heritage Foundation I think you should know about. An informed voter is the corrupt politicians worst enemy. Read it and then decide for yourself.

The Heritage Foundation

The foundation took a leading role in the conservative movement during the presidency of Ronald Reagan, whose policies drew significantly from Heritage's policy study Mandate for Leadership.[3] Heritage has since continued to have a significant influence in U.S. public policy making, and is considered to be one of the most influential conservative research organizations in the United States.[4]

The health insurance mandate in the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is an idea hatched in 1989 by Stuart M. Butler at Heritage in a publication titled "Assuring Affordable Health Care for All Americans".[23] This was also the model for Mitt Romney's health care plan in Massachusetts.[24]

In 1973, businessman Joseph Coors contributed $250,000 to establish The Heritage Foundation and continued to fund it through the Adolph Coors Foundation.[54][55]

Heritage is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization as well as a BBB Wise Giving Alliance accredited charity funded by donations from private individuals, corporations and charitable foundations.[56] The foundation does not receive government funds.[57][58] As a 501(c)(3), Heritage is not required to disclose its donors and donations to the foundation are tax-deductible.[57] According to a MediaTransparency report in 2006, donors have included the John M. Olin Foundation, the Castle Rock Foundation, the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation and the Bradley Foundation.[59] As of 2010, Heritage reported 710,000 supporters.[60] For the fiscal year ending December 31, 2011 Heritage's total revenue was $72,170,983 and its expenses were $80,033,828.[61][62] Heritage Foundation is also a part of the Koch Foundation Associate Program.[63]

The following is information about organizations that fund the Heritage Foundation

John M. Olin Foundation was an American grant-making foundation established in 1953 by John M. Olin, president of the Olin Industries chemical and munitions manufacturing businesses.

The Castle Rock Foundation is an American conservative foundation started in 1993 with an endowment of $36.6M from the Adolph Coors Foundation.[1][2] It ranked as Colorado's 15th largest foundation by assets at the end of 2001.[3] The foundation gathered media attention during Pete Coors' unsuccessful 2004 Senate run, when opponents pointed at the dichotomy between the Coors Brewing Company's attempt to appeal to a broad audience, in particular with minorities and gay customers, while the Castle Rock Foundation was used by the Coors family to fund several conservative initiatives intent on curtailing the rights of these same customers.[4]

The Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation is an American conservative foundation and grant-making body formed in 1970. [1] It is based in Grand Rapids, MI.[2]
Richard DeVos is co-founder of Amway and served as the finance chair of the Republican National Committee.[1]
With his wife, Helen, DeVos is a winner of the William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership.

Since the 1980s and today the Bradley Foundation funds organizations which dismantle environmental regulations and funds educational programs directed to promote US military expenditures and actions. The Bradley for the "environment" foundation funds legal actions to block newly recognized endangered species from being registered.