Reason Foundation

Reason Foundation


The Reason Foundation is a Libertarian group that purports to advance “free society by developing, applying, and promoting libertarian principles, including individual liberty, free markets, and the rule of law.”

David H. Koch, one of billionaire Koch brothers and co-owner of Koch Industries, is listed as a Trustee of the Reason Foundation.

The Reason Public Policy Institute (RPPI) once described itself as a “division of the Los Angeles-based Reason Foundation,” although RPPI's website now redirects to the Reason Foundation's homepage and the two groups appear to have merged. [1]

Stance on Climate Change

“What we can say is that climate change has been a natural phenomena throughout the course of time. What impact do man's activities have on the Earth's natural climate cycles? That is still open to debate. Some would say none at all while others will say that it is dramatic.” [2]


According to their website, the “Reason Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization completely supported by voluntary contributions from individuals, foundations, corporations, and the sale of our publications.”

Media Transparency summarizes Reason Foundation's funding as follows: [3]

Greenpeace's PolluterWatch totals the Reason Foundation's funding from Koch Industries and Foundations at $1,786,509 from 1997 to 2009.

According to Greenpeace's ExxonSecrets, the Reason Foundation has received a total of $381,000 from ExxonMobil since 1998.

SourceWatch reports that the Reason Foundation received at least $10,000 from Philip Morris in 1993.

Key People

As of March, 2012, the following Trustees and Corporate Officers were listed on the Reason Foundation's website: [4]

Corporate Officers

  • Thomas E. Beach — Chairman of the Board.
  • Robert W. Poole, Jr. — Founder.
  • David Nott — President.
  • Jon Graff — Secretary and Treasurer.
  • Mike Alissi — Vice President, Operations.
  • Nick Gillespie — Vice President, Online.
  • Adrian Moore** Vice President, Policy.
  • Julian Morris — Vice President, Research.
  • Matt Welch — Vice President, Magazine.

** Adrian Moore is also listed (PDF) as an Advisor to the American Legislative Exchange Council's Commerce, Insurance & Economic Development Task Force. [5]


  • Thomas E. Beach — Chairman, Beach Investment Counsel Inc.
  • Baron Bond — Foundation Group, Timonium, MD.
  • Drew Carey
  • Derwood S. Chase, Jr. — Chase Investment Counsel Corporation.
  • James R. Curley — Financial Consortium International, LLC.
  • Richard. J. Dennis — Dennis Trading Group.
  • William Dunn DUNN Capital Management.
  • David Fleming — Latham & Watkins LLC.
  • Hon. C. Boyden Gray
  • James D. Jameson
  • Manuel S. Klausner — Law Offices of Manuel S. Klausner, PC.
  • David H. Koch Koch Industries.
  • James Lintott — Sterling Foundation Management, LLC.
  • Stephen Modzelewski — Maple Engine, L.P.
  • David Nott — Reason Foundation.
  • George F. Ohrstrom
  • Robert W. Poole, Jr. — Reason Foundation.
  • Carol Sanders
  • Vernon L. Smith — Chapman University.
  • Richard A. Wallace — Freedom Communications, Inc.
  • Fred Young — Former Owner, Young Radiator Company.
  • Frank Bond — Trustee Emeritus, Timonium, MD.
  • Harry E. Teasley, Jr. — Chairman Emeritus.
  • Walter E. Williams — Trustee Emeritus, George Mason University.

Reason Public Policy Institute (RPPI) Staff

The following staff were listed on RPPI's website in 2004, and some still have connections to the reason foundation: [6]

  • Adrian T. Moore — Executive Director, Reason Public Policy Institute.
  • Robert W. Poole, Jr. — Director of Transportation Studies, Founder, Reason Foundation.
  • Geoffrey F. Segal — Director of Privatization and Government Reform Policy.
  • George Passantino — Director of Government Affairs.
  • Lisa Snell — Director of Education and Child Welfare.
  • Ted Balaker — Jacobs Fellow, Transportation Studies, Privatization Watch editor.
  • Michael De Alessi — Director of Natural Resource Policy.
  • Lynne Kiesling — Senior Fellow, Reason Public Policy Institute.
  • Leonard Gilroy — Research Fellow, Urban Futures Program.
  • Kenneth Green, D.Env. — Adjunct Scholar, Reason Public Policy Institute, Chief Scientist, Fraser Institute.
  • Robin Johnson — Senior Fellow, Privatization Center.
  • Joel Schwartz — Senior Fellow, Environmental Program. Also listed as Director of the “Air Quality Project.” [8]
  • Sam Staley — Senior Fellow, Urban Futures Program.
  • Chris Fiscelli — Research Fellow, Urban Futures Program.
  • Owen Courrèges — Research Fellow, Urban Futures Program.


May 21 - 23, 2012

The Reason Foundation is listed as an official Co-sponsor of the Heartland Institute's Seventh International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC7).

June 7, 2002

Kenneth Green of the Reason Foundation signed a joint letter to President Bush on the EPA's Climate Action Report. [7]

Those who sign the letter describe themselves as “opponents of the Kyoto Protocol and similar domestic proposals to ration energy,” and applaud Bush for his “resolution in the face of continuing environmental alarmism.”

The letter describes the 2002 Climate Action Report as “a compilation and summary of junk science produced by the Clinton-Gore Administration in order to support their Kyoto agenda,” and urge the report to be withdrawn and “re-written on the basis of sound science.”

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  1. About Reason Public Policy Institute,” Reason Public Policy Institute. Archived December 11, 2004.

  2. ExxonSecrets Factsheet: Reason Foundation, Reason.

  3. Reason Foundation,” Media Transparency. Accessed March, 2012.

  4. Reason Trustees and Officers,” Reason Foundation. Accessed March 17, 2012.

  5. Inside Alec, May 2011 issue (PDF).

  6. Reason Public Policy Institute Staff,” Reason Public Policy Institute. Archived August 18, 2004.

  7. Fred L. Smith, Jr. “Joint Letter To President Bush On The EPA's Climate Action Report,” Competitive Enterprise Institute, June 7, 2002.

  8. Joel Schwartz. “New Study Distorts Health Benefits of Greenhouse Gas Reduction,” Reason Public Policy Institute Rapid Response No. 105 (August 21, 2001). Archived September 13, 2002.

  9. ExxonSecrets Factsheet: Reason Public Policy Institute, RPPI.

  10. Reason Foundation,” Wikipedia.

  11. Reason Foundation,” SourceWatch.