Peter Ferrara

Peter J. Ferrara


  • J.D., Havard Law School (1979).
  • B.A., Harvard College (1976).

Source: [1]


Peter Ferrara is a senior fellow for entitlement and budget policy, a senior fellow at the Social Security Institute, and the general counsel of the American Civil Rights Union at the Heartland Institute.

Ferrara heads the Social Security Project of the Free Enterprise Fund, which supports the Bush administration's effort to privatize Social Security. [2]

He served in the White House Office of Policy Development under President Reagan, and as Associate Deputy Attorney General of the United States under President George H.W. Bush. [3]

Stance on Climate Change

“Any speaker, any authority, any journalist or bureaucrat asserting the catastrophic danger of supposed man-caused global warming needs to be asked for their response to Climate Change Reconsidered. If they have none, then they are not qualified to address the subject.” [4]

Key Quotes

“While I am not a scientist, and write primarily on economics, tax policy and budget issues, I have been fascinated over the years by Heartland’s work on climate change.” [4]

Key Deeds

May 21 - 23, 2012

Ferrera was a speaker at the Heartland Institute's Seventh (and last) International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC7).

DeSmogBlog researched the co-sponsors behind Heartland's ICCC7 and found that they had collectively received over $67 million from ExxonMobil, the Koch Brothers and the conservative Scaife family foundations.


Ferrera Admitted that he took money from lobbyist Jack Abramoff to write Op-Ed pieces boosting the lobbyist's clients.

“I do that all the time,” Ferrara says. “I've done that in the past, and I'll do it in the future.”

Ferrara said “he doesn't see a conflict of interest in taking undisclosed money to write Op-Ed pieces because his columns never violated his ideological principles.” [5]



According to a press release announcing his appointment at the Heartland Institute, Ferrara has written studies and reports for the Cato Institute, The Heritage Foundation, National Center for Policy Analysis, Family Research Council, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and a wide range of other institutions and publications. [7]

He has also written in The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Forbes, The American Spectator, National Review, Human Events, The Weekly Standard, Policy Review, and elsewhere.


  • Peter J. Ferrara. For Social Security, the Crisis Continues, Heritage Foundation, 1985.
  • America’s Ticking Bankruptcy Bomb (2011).
  • Stop the Raid: Social Security, the Biggest Rip Off in History (2008).
  • Common Cents, Common Dreams: A Layman’s Guide to Social Security Privatization (1999).
  • A New Deal for Social Security (1998).
  • Free the Mail: Ending the Postal Monopoly (1990).
  • Religion and the Constitution: A Reinterpretation (1983).
  • Social Security: The Inherent Contradiction (1980).

Sourcewatch lists some of Ferrara's publications:

  • Peter J Ferrara, “The Choctaw revolution: Lessons for Federal Indian policy”, Americans for Tax Reform Foundation, January 1998, ISBN 0966583418

  • John C. Goodman , Peter J. Ferrara , “The Clinton Health Plan”, National Center for Policy Analysis, May 1994, ISBN 1568080182

  • Peter J. Ferrara, “Common Cents, Common Dreams: A Layman's Guide to Social Security Privatization”, National Book Network, September, 1999, ISBN 1882577760

  • George Bittlingmayer , Allan C. Carlson , Peter J. Ferrara , Vaclav Klays , Nancie G. Marzulla , Patrick Minford , Virginia Postrel , Fred L. Smith, Jr., Samuel R. Staley , Walter E. Williams, “Competition or Compulsion?: The Market Economy Versus the New Social Engineering”, Hillsdale College Press, September 2001, ISBN 0916308588

  • Peter J. Ferrara, “Conservatives Back Bush Idea for Social Security,” Human Events, January 23, 2004.

  • Allan C. Carlson, Peter Ferrara, David Hartman, John Mueller, Joe Wilson, Mrs. Charmaine C. Yoest, “Family Tax Equity”, Family Research Council, July 10, 2003.

  • Peter J. Ferrara, Free the Mail: Ending the Postal Monopoly, editor (1989)

  • Peter J. Ferrara, “Issues '94: The Candidate's Briefing Book”, Alliance Book Corporation, December 1994, ISBN 9995949733

  • Peter J. Ferrara,”More Than a Theory: Medical Savings Accounts at Work,” Cato Institute, Policy Analysis no. 220,March 14, 1995.

  • Peter J. Ferrara, A New Deal for Social Security, coauthor (1998)

  • Peter J. Ferrara”The Next Steps for Medicare Reform”, Cato Institute, Policy Analysis no. 305 , April 29, 1998.

  • Peter J. Ferrara, Michael Tanner, “A New Deal for Social Security”, Cato Institute, September 1998, ISBN 1882577620

  • Peter J.Ferrara, “Parker v. District of Columbia amicus curiae brief”, Americn Civil Rights Union, June 16, 2006.

  • Peter J. Ferrara,”A Plan for Privatizing Social Security,” Cato Institute, Social Security Paper no. 8,April 30, 1997.

  • Peter J. Ferrara, “Religion & the Constitution: A Reinterpretation”, Rowman & Littlefield, January 1983, ISBN 0942522060

  • Peter J. Ferrara, “Social Security: The Inherent Contradiction”, National Book Network, June 1980, ISBN 0932790240

  • Peter J. Ferrara,Social Security: Prospects for Real Reform, editor (1985)

  • Peter J. Ferrara, “Social Security Reform: The Family Plan”, Heritage Foundation, December 1982, ISBN 9993853666


  1. Appointments, January 21, 1984,” Ronald Reagon Presidential Library. Archived March 21, 2005.

  2. Jeffrey H. Birnbaum. “Private-Account Concept Grew From Obscure Roots,” The Washington Post, February 22, 2005.

  3. Peter Ferrara,” Profile at Forbes.

  4. Peter Ferrara. “Fakegate: The Obnoxious Fabrication of Global Warming,” (Op-Ed), Forbes, March 1, 2012.

  5. Eamon Javers. “Op-Eds for Sale,” Businessweek, December 16, 2005. Archived May 5, 2012, with WebCite.

  6. Heartland Experts: Peter Ferrara,” The Heartland Institute. Accessed May 5, 2012.

  7. Peter Ferrara Named Senior Fellow by The Heartland Institute,” PRWeb, April 27, 2011.

  8. Peter J. Ferrara,” Profile at the Cato Institute. Accessed May 5, 2012.

  9. “Pension Liberation for Texas” (PDF),

  10. Peter Ferrara. “The Tax-Cut Critics,” National Review, May 20, 2003.

  11. CHAPTER PRESIDENT'S WELCOME,” Virginai Club for Growth. Archived October 8, 2003.

  12. Peter Ferrara,” Profile at Accessed May 5, 2012.

  13. Leadership and Staff,” The American Civil Rights Union. Accessed May 5, 2012.

  14. Policy Board, Leadership & Staff,” The Carleson Center for Public Policy. Accessed May 5, 2012.

    , U.S. Social Security Administration, September 6, 2001.

  16. BOARD OF SCHOLARS,” Virginia Institute for Public Policy. Archived February 18, 2007.

  17. Peter J. Ferrara,” SourceWatch.

  18. Peter Ferrara,” Wikipedia.


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