Think Freely Media

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Think Freely Media (TFM) is a 501(c)3 media organization for the right-wing. According to its website, "Think Freely Media competes in culture, with measurable success, using emotionally compelling stories that highlight and advance the causes of human achievement, freedom, and empowerment."[1] TFM was established in 2009 by John Tillman, Chairman of the Board at TFM and CEO of the Illinois Policy Institute. Think Freely Media is an associate member of the State Policy Network, a web of state pressure groups that denote themselves as "think tanks" and drive a right-wing agenda in statehouses nationwide.


News and Controversies

TFM Launches Think Freely Latino

In an attempt to reach the hispanic community in the U.S. with its right-wing ideology, Think Freely Media launched Think Freely Latino in February 2017. Think Freely Latino is described as "an outreach vertical specifically designed to engage U.S. Hispanic and Latino audiences in a meaningful, culturally relevant, and aspirational conversation about how to best empower individuals to thrive, succeed, and make a positive impact in their communities." [2] Sandra Pedroarias, former deputy director and acting director of the Office of International Women’s Issues, Democracy and Global Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and former senior advisor to the U.S. Treasurer at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, will lead the organization.

Think Freely Latino follows the lead of other right-wing groups targeting Latinos such as the Koch's Libre Initiative in trying to promote charter schools, privatized healthcare, and free market capitalism to hispanics.

Funding

Think Freely Media does not disclose its donors, but some of its funding sources are known through other tax filings. TFM's known funders include:

Core Financials

2014[3]:

  • Total Revenue: $1,125,056
  • Total Expenses: $1,037,676
  • Net Assets: $557,438

Grants Distributed

2013[4]:

  • Total Revenue: $765,308
  • Total Expenses: $253,641
  • Net Assets: $470,058

Grants Distributed

2012[5]:

  • Total Revenue: $685,038
  • Total Expenses: $726,747
  • Net Assets: -$41,609

Personnel

As of May 2017:[6]

Staff

  • Eric Tubbs, President
  • Gwen Beattie, VP of Operations
  • Elizabeth Tara Losinski, Director of Development
  • Renuka Carlitti, Development Associate
  • Lisa Shin Schreiner, Marketing Specialist
  • Sandra Mayoral Pedroarias, Director of Hispanic and Latino Outreach
  • Jes Greene, Writer and Producer
  • Mike Demkovich, Advisor

Board of Directors

  • John Tillman, Chairman
  • Eric Tubbs, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Kosta Skoulikaris, Boardmember

Contact Details

Think Freely Media
1101 K Street, NW
Suite 810
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-838-3175
Email: hello@thinkfreelymedia.org
Twitter: https://twitter.com/thinkfreemedia
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thinkfreelymedia

References

  1. Think Freely Media, About Us, Think Freely Media, 2017.
  2. Think Freely Media, Think Freely Media Announces Launch of Think Freely Latino, Think Freely Media, February 9, 2017.
  3. Think Freely Media, 2014 Form 990, organizational tax filing, November 16, 2015.
  4. Think Freely Media, 2013 Form 990, organizational tax filing, November 17, 2014.
  5. Think Freely Media, 2012 Form 990, organizational tax filing, November 13, 2013.
  6. Think Freely Media, About Us, Think Freely Media, 2017.