Rob Bluey sends along some interesting news: The Heritage Foundation is about to become much more than a think tank.
Heritage’s board of trustees today approved the creation of a 501c4 grassroots advocacy group to actively encourage lawmakers to embrace our free-market, limited government policy prescriptions for America. The new group is called Heritage Action for America and will be able to exert influence on elected officials in new and creative ways. Heritage recently surpassed 630,000 members.
Heritage Action will be led by Mike Needham, a former chief of staff to Heritage President Ed Feulner and a policy adviser on Rudy Giuliani’s 2008 presidential campaign. Needham will be the CEO and Tim Chapman will be Heritage Action’s COO. Chapman is Feulner’s current chief of staff and a former adviser to Sen. Jim DeMint.
The new organization will be based in D.C. and plans to have a staff of 10 by the end of the year.