John Locke Foundation (JLF)
According to their website, The John Locke Foundation was created in 1990 as an independent, nonprofit think tank that would work “for truth, for freedom, and for the future of North Carolina.” The Foundation is funded significantly by Art Pope , who previously served on the foundation's board of directors . , 
A 2010 investigation by the Institute for Southern Studies  found the John Locke Foundation to be one of the most outspoken climate skeptics in North Carolina, working together with other groups funded by the Koch Brothers and Art Pope. At the time of the article, Art Pope provided 80% of the organization's funding — adding up to $16.9 million from 1997 to 2008. 
According to their mission statement,  “The John Locke Foundation employs research, journalism, and outreach programs to transform government through competition, innovation, personal freedom, and personal responsibility.” It was founded by John Hood and Marc Rotterman, treasurer of the American Conservative Union. , 
John Hood describes JLF’s journalism arm  as a “key milestone for the foundation,” and as a “relentless government watchdog.” He noted, “there are still many policy challenges ahead, including alarmist climate change policies, the stifling of public charter schools, the spend-and-tax habit of state and local officials, weak private property rights protections, and local government intrusion disguised as 'smart growth' policies.” 
In 2014, John Hood moved to a new job as president of the John William Pope Foundation, while remaining as a chairman of JLF. Kory Swanson, previously Executive Vice President of JLF, was promoted to President and CEO in 2014 . 
Stance on Climate Change
“While global warming is real, and human activities are one cause, it now appears that the most publicized forecasts systematically overestimate the rate of temperature rise.” 
“[T]he scientific issues involved [in climate change] are complex and unsettled. […] a green house gas reduction policy would have only costs and no benefits.” 
“The Earth has indeed warmed during the last few decades and may warm further in the future. But the pattern of climate change is not consistent with the greenhouse effect being the main cause.” 
The following is based on publicly-available tax data compiled by the Conservative Transparency project . Note that not all individual funding values have been verified by DeSmogBlog for accuracy. 
View attached .xls spreadsheet  for additional information.
|John William Pope Foundation ||$10,458,032|
|Donors Capital Fund ||$828,100|
|Jaquelin Hume Foundation ||$315,000|
|The Roe Foundation ||$270,000|
|Chase Foundation of Virginia ||$116,980|
|Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation ||$80,000|
|Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation ||$79,472|
|JM Foundation ||$55,000|
|Searle Freedom Trust ||$30,000|
|State Policy Network ||$25,714|
|Cato Institute ||$20,000|
|Friedman Foundation For Educational Choice ||$1,000|
A separate search of 990 forms for the John William Pope Foundation reveals that JLF received at least $13,149,712 from the Pope family foundation between 2004 and 2011, with an additional $131,000 in 1993.
The following staff members were listed on the John Locke Foundation's website as of November, 2015 . 
Board of Directors
The John Locke Foundation listed the following directors on their website as of November, 2015: 
- Charlie Carter
- Chuck Fuller
- William T. Graham
- John Hood — Former President of JLF. (Now president of the Pope Foundation.)
- Dr. Assad Meymandi
- Baker A. Mitchell, Jr.
- David M. Stover
- J. M. Bryan Taylor
Past Board of Directors (2012)
- Bruce M. Babcock
- Dr. James S. Fulghum III
- Robert L. Luddy
- Carl Mumpower
- J. Arthur Pope 
- Thomas H. Roberg
- Andy Wells
- Dr. Roy Cordato — Vice President for Research and Resident Scholar
- Sarah Curry — Director of Fiscal Policy Studies
- Julie Gilstrap — Research Publications Coordinator
- Jon Guze — Director of Legal Studies
- Katherine Restrepo — Health and Human Services Policy Analyst
- Jon Sanders — Director of Regulatory Studies
- Dr. Terry Stoops — Director of Education Studies
Past Research Division (2012)
- Daren Bakst
- Fergus Hodgson
- Dr. Michael Sanera 
July 7 - 9, 2015
The John Locke Foundation (JLF) released a pro-fracking report titled “Facts on Fracking: Addressing concerns over hydraulic fracturing coming to North Carolina” (PDF) , authored by JLF's Director or Regulatory Studies, Jon Sanders.
The John Locke Foundation (JLF) released “Agenda 2014,” a “public policy guide for candidates and voters.” JLF has released its Agenda document every two years since 2006 to coincide with North Carolina's races for the General Assembly. 
JLF's Agenda 2014 includes a section on “Renewable Energy” that recommends that the Senate repeal Bill 3, “the overarching legislation that contains the renewable energy mandate or, at the very least, repeal that portion of the bill that contains the 12.5% renewable energy/energy efficiency mandate.” The Renewable Energy section is edited by Roy Cordato , whose primary educational background is in music and economics. 
This isn't the first time that JLF's Agenda report has fought against renewable energy. Its 2010 report included a section on climate change  concluding that “There is nothing North Carolina can do, either by itself or in conjunction with other states, that will have a noticeable or beneficial impact on the climate.” Their 2010 report also offered the following recommendations to policy makers: 
- Abandon all state attempts to fight global warming.
- Repeal already adopted legislation such as SB3, which is raising energy costs and reducing employment opportunities in the state, which is already suffering from one of the highest unemployment rates in the country.
May 21 - 23, 2012
The John Locke Foundation is listed as an official co-sponsor  of the Heartland Institute 's Seventh International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC7) . 
The John Locke Foundation's Daren Bakst, of their Research Division, gave a presentation to the American Legislative Exchange Council's (ALEC) Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force at ALEC's 2010 annual meeting. Bakst's presentation was titled “The Limits of EPA Regulatory Power.” 
May 16 - 18, 2010
DeSmogBlog researched sponsors behind the conference  hand found that 19 of 65 sponsors had received total of over $40 million in funding since 1985 from ExxonMobil,  and/or Koch Industries family foundations , and/or the Scaife Family Foundations . 
March 8 - 9, 2009
The John Locke Foundation is listed as an official co-sponsor  of the Heartland Institute 's Second International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC2) . 
The John Locke Foundation released a report authored by Joel Schwartz of the American Enterprise Institute  titled, “A North Carolina Citizen's Guide to Global Warming .” 
In the report (PDF ), which recants many of the popular skeptical arguments regarding climate change, Schwartz claims that [Al] “Gore's brand of over-the-top climate hysteria has nothing to do with reality,” and that “Most of the greenhouse effect is natural and is due to water vapor naturally in the atmosphere, as well as natural levels of carbon dioxide (CO2), methane, and a few other greenhouse gases.” 
- Philip Morris — Marc Rotterman, former president of the JLF, sat on the National Advisory Board  of a group set up by Phillip Morris called the “National Smokers Alliance.” 
“JLF Websites and Blogs” include:
- JLF Statewide Blog 
- Charlotte JLF 
- Piedmont Triad JLF 
- Triangle JLF 
- Western JLF 
- Wilmington JLF 
- EA Morris Fellowship 
- Faculty Affiliate Network 
- Carolina Journal 
- CJ TV 
- CJ Radio 
- NC History Project 
“John Locke Foundation Board of Directors ,” John Locke Foundation. Archived March 1, 2012.
“A 20-Year Legacy: Fighting for Freedom, Truth, Responsibility ,” John Locke Foundation. Archived November 14, 2015. WebCite URL: http://www.webcitation.org/6d2Y3aokl 
(Press Release). “JLF promotes Swanson to president and CEO as 25th anniversary approaches ,” John Locke Foundation, November 20, 2014. Archived November 14, 2015.
Patrick Michaels. “High Tide for Hype on the OBX: Apocalyptic predictions miss the mark on North Carolina sea levels ,” John Locke Foundation, September 26, 2012. Archived November 14, 2015.
“A North Carolina Citizen’s Guide to Global Warming” (PDF ) , John Locke Foundation Policy Report, July, 2007. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmogBlog.
“John Locke Foundation ,” Conservative Transparency. Accessed November 14, 2015.
“John Locke Foundation ,” SourceWatch profile.
“ISSUES WATCH. TOBACCO INDUSTRY SPONSORSHIP IN THE UNITED STATES .” Legacy Tobacco Documents Library.
“John Locke Foundation (JLF): Koch Industries Climate Denial Front Group ,” Greenpeace USA. Archived November 14, 2015. WebCite URL: http://www.webcitation.org/6d2bCI9No 
“John Locke Staff,  Fellows, & Scholars,” John Locke Foundation. Archived November 14, 2015.
“John Locke Foundation Board of Directors ,” John Locke Foundation. Archived November 14, 2015.
“Research ,” John Locke Foundation. Archived November 14, 2015.
“Research ,” John Locke Foundation. Archived March 1, 2012.
“Sponsors ,” ICCC10. Archived July 15, 2015.
Jon Sanders. “Facts on Fracking Addressing concerns over hydraulic fracturing coming to North Carolina” (PDF) , John Locke Foundation, August, 2014. Archived .pdf on file at DesMogBlog. 
“Agenda 2014: A Candidate's Guide to Key Issues in North Carolina Public Policy ,” John Locke Foundation. Accessed November 14, 2015.
“Agenda 2010: Climate Change ,” John Locke Foundation. Archived November 14, 2015.
“Cosponsors ,” 7th International Conference on Climate Change. Archived May 10, 2012.
4th International Conference on Climate Change Conference Program (PDF) , The Heartland Institute.
Brendan DeMelle. “Denial-a-palooza Round 4: 'International Conference on Climate Change' Groups Funded by Exxon, Koch Industries ,” DeSmogBog, May 13, 2010.
“Co-Sponsors ,” The 2009 International Conference on Climate Change. Archived April 28, 2011.
“Policy Reports: A North Carolina Citizen's Guide to Global Warming ,” John Locke Foundation website, July 25, 2007. Archived November 14, 2015.
Joel Schwartz, “Policy Reports: A North Carolina Citizen's Guide to Global Warming” (PD F ) , John Locke Foundation, July 2007. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmogBlog.
NSA NATIONAL BOARD OF ADVISORS.  1994 June 30. Philip Morris. Bates Number : 2047870829-2047870832.
- Jane Mayer. “State for Sale ,” The New Yorker, October 10, 2011.