The Funders of the Right
February 26, 2009
A Special Issue of Right Web News featuring profiles on some of the key foundations and financial backers, past and present, of the U.S. Right.
A major backer of neoconservatism, in 2007 the Bradley Foundation gave $1 million to conservative publisher Encounter Books; nearly $1 million to the Hudson Institute; and $30 million to other projects.
Castle Rock Foundation
A major financier of right-wing causes, the Coors family’s Castle Rock Foundation provided seed money for both the Heritage Foundation and the Free Congress Foundation.
One of the oldest conservative foundations, the Earhart Foundation has funded the work of several key rightists scholars and think tanks, including the American Enterprise Institute and the Hudson Institute, as well as several Nobel-winning economists.
When it shuttered in 2005, the Olin Foundation—one of the principal financiers of the rise of the News Right—claimed job well done.
Smith Richardson Foundation
The Smith Richardson Foundation, a backer of militarist defense policies since the 1980s, has supported both neoconservative and centrist policy organizations.
From Cold War anticommunism to the “war on terror,” the Scaife Foundations have been a major patron of U.S. militarism for decades.
Beset by a string of marital and legal problems, the iconic financier of the U.S. Right has been forced to cut back his charitable giving in recent years.
A high-powered Republican Party donor and a real estate magnate, Sembler has funded groups like Freedoms Watch and sits on the board of trustees of the American Enterprise Institute.
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