John Nothdurft

John Nothdurft


  • B.A, Political Science, University of Mississippi.  [1] 


John Nothdurft is the Heartland Institute's “legislative specialist on budget, tax, and tobacco policy” and was named their “government relations director” in November 2010. 

Prior to joining Heartland John was the National Press Coordinator for Americans for Fair Taxation.

Key Deeds 

June 2010

Nothdurft was a speaker at the Heartland Institute's Sixth International Conference on Climate Change (ICC6). 

Key Quotes

Despite what these fringe groups want you to believe, ALEC is not involved in any black helicopter conspiracy. ALEC is in fact a very effective and respected public-private partnership that brings together state legislators, members of the private sector, the federal government, and general public to openly discuss public policy and free-market solutions. It does not hide that its stated mission is to advance “Jeffersonian principles of free markets, limited government, federalism, and individual liberty.” [4]



Nothdurft has a blog at the Heartland Institute where he voices anti-regulatory views. 


  1. John Nothdurft: Director of Government Relations at The Heartland Institute,” LinkedIn Profile. Accessed February 3, 2012.

  2. Heartland Experts: John Nothdurft,” The Heartland Institute. Accessed February 3, 2012.

  3. Jim Lakely. “John Nothdurft Named Director of Government Relations for The Heartland Institute,” The Heartland Institute, December 9, 2010.

  4. John Nothdurft. “Standing Up For ALEC,” Somewhat Reasonable, April 20, 2012.

  5. ExxonSecrets Factsheet: John Nothdurft.


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