America's Future Foundation
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America’s Future Foundation is a non-profit network founded in 1995 for "young conservatives and libertarians" in Washington, DC. America's Future Foundation is an "associate" member of the State Policy Network, a web of right-wing “think tanks” in every state across the country.
The group was started by Mary and Chris Siddall, Samuel Casey Carter, Adam Kaufman and Robert and Lisa Caldwell. According to its website, "the mission of America’s Future Foundation is to identify and develop the next generation of conservative and libertarian leaders. We work to build a nationwide network of young professionals who are committed to the principles of limited government, free markets, and personal responsibility."
Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council
Stacie Rumenap, who is on the Board of Directors of AFF, represents Stop Child Predators, a non-profit organization of which she is Executive Director, as the co-chair of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) Public Safety and Elections Task Force, as of 2011. She is also on the Private Sector Executive Committee of that task force. She has been a member of ALEC since 2004, according to ALEC's webpage.
ALEC is a corporate bill mill. It is not just a lobby or a front group; it is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, corporations hand state legislators their wishlists to benefit their bottom line. Corporations fund almost all of ALEC's operations. They pay for a seat on ALEC task forces where corporate lobbyists and special interest reps vote with elected officials to approve “model” bills. Learn more at the Center for Media and Democracy's ALECexposed.org, and check out breaking news on our PRWatch.org site.
Both ALEC and the AFF are also members of the State Policy Network, which is a consortium of right-wing think-tanks and policy advocacy groups funded by the likes of the John M. Olin Foundation, the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, the Castle Rock Foundation and the Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation (a Koch Family Foundation).
Ties to the Kochs
AFF receives interns through the "Koch Summer Fellow Program," particularly from the Institute for Humane Studies, a subsection of the Koch-funded Mercatus Center located at George Mason University. Interns receive a stipend as a Koch Summer Fellow. AFF is among the scores of think-tanks and policy advocacy groups listed on the Institute for Humane Studies-approved internships webpage.
AFF published the quarterly Doublethink, as well as the magazine Brainwash.
Funding is unknown, but the AFF Website asks for donations from supporters who attend meetings, conferences and social events.
There is also mention of a "Founder's Club" specifically for fundraising.
AFF uses social events as a way to network young professionals who are either libertarian or conservative.
You can see Roundtable talks from AFF meetings HERE.
- Roger Custer - Executive Director: Was previously at Young America's Foundation
- Cindy Cerquitella - Director of Programs: She is also the Coalition Relations Associate at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation.
- Sarah Friederich - Event Coordinator: She works full-time as a research coordinator at the Institute for Humane Studies.
- Eric Heidenreich - Director of IT: Research Manager at the Institute for Humane Studies. He was previously an intern in the Koch Associate Program.
Board of Directors
- Kmele Foster - Chairman: Vice President and Co-Founder of TelcoIQ, a telecommunications consultancy in Maryland ($40 million in sales revenue in 2008).
- Gary D. Leff: Leff is the CFO at the Mercatus Center and Institute for Humane Studies. He was previously the Director of Development for both as well. He was also a Charles G. Koch SUmmer Fellow at the Tax Foundation.
- John S. Barry: Vice Chairman: Handles the global public policy initiatives at Visa Inc.'s Global Government Affairs Department. Barry was previously the Director of Research and Chief Economist at the Tax Foundation and an economic policy analyst at the Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation.
- Stacie Rumenap: Treasurer: Executive Director of Stop Child Predators and a Co-Chair of the Public Safety and Elections Task Force of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
- Tim Carney - Secretary: Senior reporter for the Evans-Novak Political Report, a columnist for the Washington Examiner and the author of The Big Ripoff: How Big Business and Big Government Steal Your Money (2006).
- Melissa Anderson: Anderson is the Associate Director of former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum's Program to Protect America's Freedom at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Previously, he was a communications advisor for the Senate Republican Conference. She was also a reporter for THe Hill newspaper and an editorial assistant for the National Review.
- Raul Damas: He is the Senior Manager of Public Affairs at Pfizer Inc.. PReviously, Damas was the Associate Director of the White House Office of Poilitical Affairs.
- Kathryn Kelly: Director of state outreach for the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Previously, she was at the Engalitcheff Institute for Comparative Political and Economic Systems at the Fund for American Studies.
- Sean Rushton: Communications Director for the U.S. Small Business Adminstration. Previously, she was executive director of the COmmittee for Justice. He was also press secretaries for Congressman Bill Archer (R-TX) and Congressman Ed Royce (R-CA).
- Jeff Berkowitz: Research Director for the Republican National Committee. Previously was the Deputy Communications Director and Research Director for the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and as Associate Director for Research in the White House Office of Scheduling. Berkowitz was also the Senior Defense and Foreign Policy Analyst for the Republican National Committee and Bush-Cheney 2004.
- Jonathan H. Adler, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
- Samuel Casey Carter
- Christina Culver, Dutko Worldwide
- Michael Gleba, The Sarah Scaife Foundation
- Carl Helstrom, The JM Foundation
- Scott Hodge, The Tax Foundation
- Michael Lynch, MetLife Financial Services
- Roger Ream, The Fund for American Studies
- Christopher S. Siddall, Satori Consulting
- Mary Siddall, Founder, America’s Future Foundation
- Matthew Spalding, The Heritage Foundation
- Clint Bolick, Alliance for School Choice
- Leonard Liggio, Atlas Economic Research Foundation
- T. Kenneth Cribb, Intercollegiate Studies Institute
- Edwin Meese III, Ronald Reagan Fellow, Heritage Foundation
- Edwin J. Feulner, Jr., Heritage Foundation
- Gene Meyer, Federalist Society
- Barbara Ledeen, Founder, Independent Women’s Forum
- Randal C. Teague, Fund for American Studies
- Grover Norquist, Americans for Tax Reform
- Ron Robinson, Young America’s Foundation
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Email: info (AT) americasfuture.org
Articles and resources
Related SourceWatch articles
- About AFF, "America's Future Foundation Website", accessed July 2011
- State Policy Network, Directory, State Policy Network, 2016.
- AFF's Mission, "America's Future Foundation Website"
- American Legislative Exchange Council Public Safety and Elections Task Force, organization website, accessed May 28, 2011
- American Legislative Exchange Council Private Sector Executive Committee, organization website, accessed June 2, 2011
- American Legislative Exchange Council, Private Sector Executive Committee, organizational website, accessed June 30, 2011
- State Policy Network, Member Directory, organizational website, accessed July 10, 2011
- Media Matters Action Network, State Policy Network: Funders, online conservative transparency database, accessed July 10, 2011
- , "Koch Summer Fellow Program - Host Search." Institute for Humane Studies. TheIHS.org. Accessed June 30, 2011.
- , "Stacie Rumenap: Director of Corporate Relations." Mercatus Center. Mercatus.org. Accessed June 30, 2011.
- Media Matters Action Network, Who's Funding the Conservative Movement? Koch Foundations], online conservative transparency database, accessed July 10, 2011
- America's Future Foundation, [Events, organizational website, accessed June 2011
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