The Freedom Foundation is pushing a far right agenda that’s out-of-step with Northwest values. The Freedom Foundation is funded by out-of-state billionaires who want to keep wages low, eliminate paid sick leave, and slash crucial funding for quality education.
The Freedom Foundation also shares financial ties with extremist groups who target environmentalists, LGBT rights, and women’s health.
Get the facts below. Does this sound like The Freedom Foundation represents our values? It is time for an end to the extremist policies that the Freedom Foundation is pushing on our communities.
1. Freedom Foundation employees and staff members have received fellowship funding from the Alliance Defending Freedom, an organization the Southern Poverty Law Center called “virulently anti-gay.” That same organization’s co-founder has suggested that AIDS is one way God punishes the LGBT community. [Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk, accessed 6/3/2015]
2. The Freedom Foundation staff publicly opposed the Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage arguing that it is a “threat to personal freedom.”
3. The Washington based Murdock Charitable Trust, a major Freedom Foundation funder, has also donated to a Portland group that tries to turn gay people straight with gay conversion therapy. [IRS via The National Center for Charitable Statistics, accessed 9/9/2015; Portland Fellowship, accessed 9/9/2015]
4. The Freedom Foundation shares financial connections to groups and individuals that have a long history of anti-LGBT rhetoric and action. [IRS via The National Center for Charitable Statistics, accessed 9/9/2015; Portland Fellowship, accessed 9/9/2015; Christian Post, 7/11/12; Los Angeles Times, 2/22/2014; GLAAD, accessed 5/21/2015]
5. In 2014, former Washington State Supreme Court Justice James Johnson joined the Freedom Foundation as a senior fellow. As Justice, Johnson wrote extreme opinion in a case to uphold the state Defense of Marriage Act that Chief Justice Madsen called it “particularly inappropriate” and said that it “ignores the proper standards.”
1. The Freedom Foundation filed a lawsuit to block policies that would combat climate change and protect the environment.
2. The Freedom Foundation lists “property rights” as a major area of focus and has repeatedly sought to block conservation efforts under this guise.
3. The Freedom Foundation quotes in their blog “doom-and-gloom scenarios about climate change are based on a combination of political agendas and junk science.”
4. The Freedom Foundation has close ties to ALEC, which has supported countless assaults on environmental regulations, including opposition to mandated waste reduction and recycling, bills to expand the rights of polluters and make legal action against them more difficult, and to limit federal action on climate change.
5. Although Washingtonians have repeatedly expressed their support for environmentally positive light-rail projects, the Freedom Foundation has argued against investment in these environmental projects. In a blog post, the Freedom Foundation insisted that, “other legitimate road projects have been delayed, prevented, or ignored so that our Central Planners can worship at the altar of Light Rail.”
2. The Freedom Foundation has argued against paid sick days. [Cleveland Plain Dealer, 4/30/2015]
3. Freedom Foundation staff has argued against increasing education funding, claiming that it has nothing to do with student success. [Port Orchard Independent, Guest Column: Leonard, 8/27/2009]
4. The Freedom Foundation has sponsored at least five local initiatives that would undermine the rights of workers to organize for better pay, benefits and safer working conditions.
1. The Freedom Foundation’s staff consistently attacks Planned Parenthood, an organization that is dedicated to providing women’s health services, calling them a “radical social organization” and a “baby killing, body-part brokering, government money consuming machine.”
2. Freedom Foundation CEO Tom McCabe has criticized “women’s groups,” saying there’s a concerted effort by environmentalists, liberals and women’s groups to eradicate all manly jobs.
3. One of the Freedom Foundation’s largest donors is the Murdock Charitable Trust, which has also funded “crisis pregnancy centers” across the Pacific Northwest. These groups pose as health clinics and often advertise as if they provide abortion services, but, according to NARAL Pro-Choice America, are “almost entirely funded by national anti-choice umbrella organizations and that the mission of these organizations is to manipulate women into not choosing abortion by giving them false medical information.” [IRS via The National Center for Charitable Statistics, accessed 9/9/2015; Mic.com, 9/22/2014; Murdock Charitable Trust, accessed 10/6/2015]