Foundation for Rational Economics and Education

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The Foundation for Rational Economics and Education (FREE) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit, non-partisan educational foundation founded in 1976 by Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.), the Distinguished Counselor to the Ludwig von Mises Institute. FREE is "dedicated to public education on the principles of free-market economics, sound money and limited government," its website states.[1]

National Endowment for Liberty

The National Endowment for Liberty (NEFL), established in 1989, is a separate project of FREE "to develop programs that take advantage of the enormous potential of electronic media to pursue the mission of FREE. We believe that through mass communication we can attract public interest and significantly strengthen awareness of the moral, cultural and institutional foundations of the American political system," FREE's website states.[1]


In 2000, 2001, and 2005, the Endowment received grant funding from the Rodney Fund.[2]

9/11 Public Discourse Project

Media Transparency reports that in 2004 the 9/11 Public Discourse Project, with FREE as the contact, received a $25,000 grant from the Smith Richardson Foundation for Christopher A. Kojm, former Deputy Executive Director of the 9/11 Commission,[3] to "lead an effort to educate the American public on the findings of the 9/11 Commission. He will organize a series of nationwide briefings by the members of the commission at which they will discuss the implications of their findings for U.S. national security."[4]

No connection between Ron Paul's FREE and Christopher Kojm or the 9/11 Public Discourse Foundation has been located.

Freedom Reports

Freedom Reports are produced monthly by FREE and links are provided on the website.

Contact information

P.O. Box 1776
Lake Jackson, Texas 77566
Phone: 979 265-3034
Fax: 979 265-7378


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