Heritage Action For America

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on April 9, 2010

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For political junkies, an interesting message that was sent by New Ledger friend Rob Bluey:

I have some exciting news to share and wanted you to be one of the first to know.

Heritage’s board of trustees today approved the creation of a 501c4 grassroots advocacy group to actively encourage lawmakers to embrace our free-market, limited government policy prescriptions for America. The new group is called Heritage Action for America and will be able to exert influence on elected officials in new and creative ways. Heritage recently surpassed 630,000 members.

Heritage Action will be led by Mike Needham, a former chief of staff to Heritage President Ed Feulner and a policy adviser on Rudy Giuliani’s 2008 presidential campaign. Needham will be the CEO and Tim Chapman will be Heritage Action’s COO. Chapman is Feulner’s current chief of staff and a former adviser to Sen. Jim DeMint.

The new organization will be based in D.C. and plans to have a staff of 10 by the end of the year.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Obviously, the Center for American Progress has fashioned itself into a serious and formidable policy advocacy group; it will be interesting to see if Heritage Action for America can match what CAP is doing. I wish them well, and have every confidence in their success.

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