60 Plus Association

60 Plus Association


The 60 Plus Association was founded in 1992 as a “non-partisan seniors advocacy group with a free enterprise, less government, less taxes approach to seniors issues.”  The 60 Plus Association describes itself as the conservative alternative to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).” [1]

60 Plus has sought to privatize social security, end the federal estate tax, and strengthen gun rights. They oppose aspects of health care reform, federal energy standards, and tax increases.

The president of 60 Plus, Jim Martin, did advocacy work for the Public Service Research Council also known as Americans Against Union Control of Government, and was also involved with the National Conservative Political Action Committee. [2]

60 Plus has actively opposed government health care; in 2009 they spent $2 million into ads airing in eight states that declared seniors would lose access to doctors, treatments, and life-saving drugs if the Democratic health care plan is adopted. [3]

PRWatch reports that the 60 Plus Association regularly advocates positions on issues that benefit big corporations and stakes out positions that explicitly favor the pharmaceutical industry. [4]

According to the Conservative Transparency Project, “Despite its claims of nonpartisanship, the Koch-funded group – founded in 1992 by long-time conservative operative Jim Martin – is almost exclusively engaged in partisan politics, spending tens of millions of dollars on electioneering, particularly in crucial swing states. It has even backed decidedly anti-senior legislation that benefits its corporate backers or advances the Republican agenda.” [5]

Between 2010 and 2012, the 60 Plus Association received more than $42 million from organizations, many of which are affiliated with the Koch brothers.

Stance on Climate Change


“The bottom line is this: Global warming, by its very nature, requires global action. Action in one country, focused squarely on one energy source, is not the answer. Sound policy shouldn’t rest on the hope that other nations might follow our climate lead. Unless major emitting countries agree to sacrifice economic growth or energy security to reduce emissions, why should Americans?” [6]


“The global warming threat is the latest science fiction adventure. Senior citizens especially need to be diligent and concerned with the current efforts of politicians and bureaucrats seeking greater regulatory power by scare tactics over so-called global warming. The alarmists are using faulty science to reach untenable conclusions. If we allow the government to enact restrictive measures, whether by law or by a treaty agreed to by the U.S., we will face an energy crisis which will make the energy/oil crisis of the 1970s look like a minor league event.” [7]


“Although global warming alarmists believe carbon dioxide and other man-made greenhouse gases contribute to global warming, they’ve never documented that case with hard science. In fact, CO2 is a vital component in the air we breathe and a life-necessity for every plant and animal on Planet Earth.” [8]


As a 501(c)(4) nonprofit, the 60 Plus Association is not required to disclose its donors, however based on available information compiled by the Conservative Transparency Project, they received over $42 million from organizations as of 2012: [5]

During the past several election cycles, 60 Plus has received an astonishing $42 million from various groups used by the Koch Brothers to elect Republican candidates to federal office. That figure includes $16,659,723 from the Center to Protect Patient Rights (now called American Encore), $15,660,000 from Freedom Partners, $4,550,000 from American Future Fund, and $4,061,000 from TC4 Trust. Free Enterprise America, a less well-known Koch group, has contributed $840,000.

Summary below, based on Conservative Transparency's database of funders based on publicly-available 990 tax returns: [5]

View attached .xls spreadsheet for additional information on funding by year.

Center to Protect Patient Rights $16,659,723
Freedom Partners $15,660,000
American Future Fund $4,550,000
TC4 Trust $4,061,000
Free Enterprise America $840,000
American Petroleum Institute $253,000
Alliance for America's Future $50,000
Crossroads GPS $50,000
Founding Fund $25,000
The Vernon K. Krieble Foundation $2,000
Grand Total $42,150,723

According to the Washington Post, in 2002, 60 Plus received an unrestricted educational grant from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, also known as PhRMA. [9]

Republican strategist and consultant Carl Forti said “I don't believe PhRMA has ever given 60 Plus money,” and that the organization “is funded by individual private donors/members; they are not funded by corporations or interest groups.” [10]

According to StealthPACs, known funders of the 60 Plus Association included: [11]

990 Forms


Key People

According to the 60 Plus Association's most recent 990 tax returns (2012-2013):

  • Amy Noone Frederick — President (Compensated $173,875 in fiscal year 2012)
  • James L. Martin — Chairman (Compensated $222,432 in fiscal year 2012)
  • L. Prather McKinnon — Director
  • Randy Randol — Director
  • Gary Hoitsma — Director
  • Bill Card — Director
  • Jim Minaret — Director

Also listed on 60 Plus Association's website (as of October, 2015):  [1]

  • Pat Boone — National Spokesman


60 Plus Association and Lobbying

SourceWatch reports that as of July 7, 2014, the political action committee associated with 60 Plus had donated $8,500 to congressional campaigns for the 2014 midterms, entirely to Republican candidates or organizations. [12]
It had also spent $247,723 on independent expenditures, most of it against Republican candidates.
During the 2012 election cycle, it made $26,000 in campaign contributions, all to Republicans and spent $4,615,892 on outside spending, with about 70% going toward Republicans and the remainder attacking Democrats.
They spent $4.4 million in the 2012 election cycle. More than half of that, $2.7 million, went to support Mitt Romney.

According to OpenSecrets.org's Centre for Responsive Politics, the 60 Plus Association spent a total of over $21 million on lobbying between 1998 and 2015, with the majority of spending between 1009 and 2002: [13]

Year Lobbying Expenditures
2015 $113,118
2014 $293,681
2013 $126,800
2012 $142,500
2011 $88,637
2010 $108,000
2009 $254,000
2008 $400,000
2007 $200,000
2006 $200,000
2005 $175,381
2004 $130,338
2003 $320,000
2002 $11,440,000
2001 $1,107,000
2000 $1,297,500
1999 $2,300,000
1998 $3,000,000
Grand Total $21,696,955

Their in-house lobbyists have included Amy Noone Frederick, James L. Martin, President, Hugh C. Newton, and Roger H. Zion. They also retain two lobbying firms: Beau Boulter LLC and Greener and Hook, LLC

September 14, 2015

The 60 Plus Association was one of a group of organizations who undersigned an open letter to the Governor Rick Snyder, “deeply concerned” about his decision to implement President Obama's Clean Power Plan. [14]

According to the letter (PDF),”[W]e believe the best approach is for states to reject state plans until the courts decide whether Obama even has the authority to impose his national energy takeover.” [15]
Organizations who signed the letter included:
September 1, 2015
The 60 Plus Association, along with the Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the National Black Chamber of Commerce put forward a ballot championed by Consumers for Smart Solar, a group supported by Florida's electric utilities, to oppose another ballot that would open up Florida's solar m market to more consumer choices. [16]

July 27, 2015

Matthew Kendrick, representing the 60 Plus Association, was a signatory to a letter to Congress to Support the PTC Elimination Act (PDF) which would reduce subsidies to wind energy production.  [17]
The Huffington Post reports that the letter uses misinformation to claim that wind energy is bad for the economy and is more expensive than traditional fossil fuel energy production, and that 14 of the signatories have ties to fossil fuel funders, and 18 have ties to the Koch Brothers. [18]

April 9, 2015

The 60 Plus Association issued a press release titled “Obama Climate Change Report Causes Seniors, Poorer Americans to Sweat Over Their Health” that describes Coal as “the answer to greater life-expectancy, not a threat to it. [19]
“The evidence is overwhelming and conclusive that coal is the last best hope for the poor and destitute in the world and in our nation. Seniors, the working poor, and average Americans  struggling every day to get by are the targeted victims of Obama’s plan, they will suffer the most.  He can distort the facts all he wants, but the inconvenient truth remains: coal saves lives!” The 60 Plus Association's President, Jim Martin, says in the release.
This isn't the first time that the 60 Plus Association has criticized the Clean Power Plan, and the EPA in general. In 2014, they claimed that the Clean Power Plan would harm seniors, often calling it the “Cruel Power Plan.” [20][21], [22]

May 21 - 23, 2012

60 Plus was a Co-sponsor of the Heartland Institute's Seventh International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC7). [23]

November 4, 2011

Chairman James L. Martin came out ahead of demonstrators at the White House protesting the Keystone XL pipeline.

“60 Plus urges the Obama administration not to appease the environmental activists scheduled to descend on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue this Sunday and avoid delaying further the approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline. We simply cannot afford to leave our future energy and economic prosperity in the balance any longer,” said Martin. [24]

November, 2009

The 60 Plus Association spent over $2 million on an advertisement that described proposed cuts to Medicare being “to pay for a plan that could lead to a government takeover of health care.” [3]

The television ad asserted that seniors would lose access to doctors, drugs, and treatment if the Democratic health care plan was adopted. The Ad aired in eight states including Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Louisiana, Maine, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. [3]

March 8 - 10, 2009

The 60 Plus Association was a sponsor of the Heartland Institute's Second International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC2) in New York. [25]
DeSmogBlog investigated sponsors of the conference and found they had collectively received over $47 million in funding from energy companies and right-wing foundations, with 78% of that total coming from Scaife Family foundations. [26]

May 19, 2005

The 60 Plus Association submitted testimony to the House Energy and Mineral Subcommittee to discuss “Energy Supply, Energy Costs and the American Consumer.” [27]

According to 60 Plus, “those who would impede the important work of this Committee and this Nation […] go under the names of groups like the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Friends of The Earth with the help of organizations like MoveOn.org. These feel-good activists, both nationally and internationally, have done a simply marvelous job at swaying public opinion and building walls and roadblocks that stymie the vitality of the energy industry. And by and large, they’ve done it all with smoke and mirrors! Under the guise of something called 'global warming' […] 

This sort of anti-supply bias has to stop for the good of seniors and consumers of all ages. This wonderful country of ours has abundant energy wherewithal, much of it renewable, some of it biodegradable.”

February 26, 2003

Roger Zion, Honorary Chairman of the 60 Plus Association testified to the U.S. Senate Energy And Natural Resources Committee.

According to Zion, “The US must increase its domestic production of natural gas” and “Congress should also enact legislation to streamline natural gas pipeline construction to enable gas to enter the mid-continent and Northeastern markets, enhance gas supply and distribution capabilities, and relieve system constraints.” [28]


According to an article in the AARP Bulletin, Members of Bonner & Associates, a Washington-based lobbying firm, paid callers who identified themselves as representatives of 60 Plus to urge residents to ask their governors to veto legislation that would defeat prescription drug legislation at the state level.

Bonner & Associates admitted that they had been paid by Pfizer Inc. to make the calls. [29]

Related Organizations


  1. About 60 Plus,” 60 Plus Association. Archived October 13, 2015. WebCite URLhttp://www.webcitation.org/6cHLOfqlA

  2. “'The Rachel Maddow Show' for Monday, August 10, 2009,” (Transcript), MSNBC TV. Archived October 13, 2015. WebCite URLhttp://www.webcitation.org/6cHLhT17P

  3. Big Pharma Front Group 60 Plus Scaring Seniors with $2M Ad Buy,” ShadowProof, November 1, 2009. Archived October 13, 2015. WebCite URLhttp://www.webcitation.org/6cHM3BcbF

  4. Anne Landman. “The 60 Plus Association: A Corporate Assault in 'Good-for-Seniors' Clothing,” PRWatch, September 15, 2010. Archived November 6, 2011.

  5. 60 Plus Association,” Conservative Transparency. Accessed October 14, 2015.

  6. Jim Martin. “Affordable energy is key,” Daily Press, September 24, 2015. Republished by the 60 Plus Association. Archived October 14, 2015. WebCite URLhttp://www.webcitation.org/6cHSQ7n34

  7. “Statement on Global Warming” (PDF), The 60 Plus Association. Retrieved from Greenpeace Research Documents. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmogBlog.

  8. Roger Zion. “Ultra Liberal Scientists on the Environment,” 60 Plus Association, September 9, 2004. Archived February 5, 2010.

  9. “High Drug Prices Return as Issue That Stirs Voters,” Washington Post, October 15, 2002. WebCite URLhttp://www.webcitation.org/6cHUh2mA6

  10. Jonathan Tilove. “National health care debate complicates Louisiana politics,” The Times-Picayune, November 16, 2009. Accessed at nola.com. WebCite URLhttp://www.webcitation.org/6cHUoM6G2

  11. Known Funders of: 60 Plus Association,” Public Citizen. Accessed October 14, 2015. WebCite URLhttp://www.webcitation.org/6cHUuaVWK

  12. 60 Plus Association,” SourceWatch. Accessed October 14, 2015.

  13. 60 Plus Assn,” OpenSecrets.org Centre for Responsive Politics. Accessed October 14, 2015.

  14. John Siciliano. “Republican governor faces pressure not to submit to Obama's climate plan,” Washington Examiner, September 15,2015. Archived October 15, 2015. WebCite URLhttp://www.webcitation.org/6cHhXyH4I

  15. “Dear Governor Snyder” (PDF), American Energy Alliance, September 14, 2015. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmogBlog.

  16. Julia Pyper. “Florida Courts Now Set to Weigh Two Competing Solar Ballots,” Green Tech Media, September 15, 2015. Archived October 15, 2015. WebCite URLhttp://www.webcitation.org/6cI1vL5t2

  17. “Coalition to Congress: Support PTC Elimination Act” (PDF), American Energy Alliance, July 27, 2015. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmogBlog

  18. Gabe Elsner. “American Energy Alliance Leads Front Group Attack on Wind PTC,” Huffington Post, September 3, 2015. Archived October 15, 2015. WebCite URLhttp://www.webcitation.org/6cI3MCkFy

  19. Obama Climate Change Report Causes Seniors, Poorer Americans to Sweat Over Their Health,” 60 Plus Association, April 9, 2015. Archived October WebCite URLhttp://www.webcitation.org/6cHOIIuZu

  20. Justin Ward. “Study: EPA regulations are harmful to seniors,” WDBJ7, October 2, 2014. Archived October 14, 2015. WebCite URLhttp://www.webcitation.org/6cI2Knh3H

  21. 60 Plus Tells EPA to Abandon CPP, AKA 'Cruel Power Plan' for America’s Elderly,” 60 Plus Association, December 3, 2014. Archived October 15, 2015. WebCite URLhttp://www.webcitation.org/6cI2YCefe

  22. Obama, EPA Still Wrong on Energy, Still Hurting America’s Elderly,” 60 Plus Association, January 21, 2015. WebCite URLhttp://www.webcitation.org/6cI2a8LUy

  23. Seventh International Conference on Climate Change: Sponsored by the Heartland Institute” (PDF), the Heartland Institute. Archived August 15, 2015.

  24. Seniors Group Protests Activists Demonstrating Against Keystone XL Pipeline,” 60 Plus, November 4, 2011. Archived October 14, 2015. WebCite URL:  http://www.webcitation.org/6cHgHGiUZ

  25. Co-Sponsors,” The 2009 International Conference on Climate Change. Archived April 28, 2011.

  26. Heartland Institute's 2009 Climate Conference in New York: funding history of the sponsors,” DeSmogBlog.

  27. Statement By 60 Plus Association President Jim Martin Submitted To The House Energy and Mineral Subcommittee,” 60 Plus Association, May 19, 2005. Archived October 14, 2015. WebCite URLhttp://www.webcitation.org/6cHgYCnUU

  28. Statement Of Roger Zion, Honorary Chairman, 60 Plus Association, To Senate Energy And Natural Resources Committee, U.S. Senate,” 60 Plus Association, February 26, 2003. Archived October 14, 2015. WebCite URLhttp://www.webcitation.org/6cHgnB68v

  29. Pulling Strings from Afar: Drug Industry Finances Nonprofit Groups That Claim to Speak for Older Americans,” AARP Bulletin, February, 2003. Archived June 5, 2003.

  30. About,” Cooler Heads Coalition” Archived October 14, 2015. WebCite URLhttp://www.webcitation.org/6cHgsrI70

  31. Jonathan E. Kaplan. “Industry shifts strategy on natural gas,” The Hill, November 16, 2004. Archived January 3, 2006.

  32. Senior Power Campaign Cmte,” OpenSecrets.org Centre for Responsive Politics. Accessed October 14, 2015.

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