Freedom Foundation of Minnesota

Freedom Foundation of Minnesota (FFM)

 Background

The Freedom Foundation of Minnesota is a 501(c)(3) organization that describes itself as “an independent, non-profit educational and research organization that actively advocates the principles of individual freedom, personal responsibility, economic freedom, and limited government.” [1]

Stance on Climate Change

“The climate change debate has been hopelessly politicized by organizations like Environment Minnesota that distort science in order to advance a narrow political agenda.” [2]

 Funding

According to their website, “the Freedom Foundation of Minnesota does not accept any government grants or funding. Instead, we are proud to earn the trust and support of generous individuals, foundations, and corporations.” [1]

Media Matters reports that The Freedom Foundation of Minnesota received $40,000 from the State Policy Network, and $15,000 from the Roe Foundation[3]

Key People

 Staff

As of May, 2012:

  • Annette Meeks CEO.
  • Jonathan Blake — Vice President.
  • Christina Pajak — Development Director.
  • Tom Steward — Investigative Director.
  • Evan Paskach — Research Associate.

Board of Directors

As of May, 2012:

  • Chris Georgacas
  • Jack Meeks
  • Brian Sullivan
  • Tony Trimble
  • Steve Knuth
  • Dirk Bak
  • Annette Meeks
  • Kristin Ostrander
  • Vin Weber

 Actions

Marcy 21 - 23, 2012

The FFM is a “Silver Sponsor” of the Heartland Institute's Seventh International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC7).

March, 2012

Released an “Accountability Alert” that attempts to discredit Minnesota environmental groups for opposing the Keystone oil pipeline. [4]

October 18, 2009

Hosted the Minnesota premiere the film “Not Evil Just Wrong” which reports to reveal “true costs of global warming hysteria, and how extreme environmentalism threatens the livelihoods of hundreds of millions in the developed and developing world.” [5]

August 31, 2009

Sponsored the “Minnesota Energy Citizens' Rally,” which brought people together to discuss how “Climate change legislation being considered in Washington DC means economic pain for Minnesota.” [6]

March 8 - 10, 2009

The Freedom Foundation of Minnesota was a co-sponsor of the Heartland Institute's 2009 International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC2). [7]

DeSmogBlog researched the conference's sponsors and found that sponsor organizations had received over $47 million in funding from energy companies and right-wing foundations, with 78% of that total coming from Scaife Family foundations

Related Organizations

 Resources

  1. Mission,” Freedom Foundation of Minnesota.Accessed May 9, 2012.

  2. Jerry Stenger. “Report links severe weather to global warming,” Will Steger Foundation, September 13, 2010.

  3. Freedom Foundation of Minnesota,” Media Matters. Accessed May 9, 2012.

  4. FFM Bulletin 3/30/12”, Freedom Foundation of Minnesota.

  5. FFM Bulletin 9/28/09”, Freedom Foundation of Minnesota.

  6. FFM Bulletin 8/25/09”, Freedom Foundation of Minnesota.

  7. co-sponsors,” The 2009 International Conference on Climate Change, February 10, 2009. Archived February 27, 2009.

  8. Freedom Foundation of Minnesota,” SourceWatch.