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FACTSHEET: Frontiers of Freedom Institute and Foundation, FoF

DETAILS

12011 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy 3rd Floor Fairfax, Virginia 22033
Phone: 703-246-0110
Fax: 703-246-0129

Frontiers of Freedom calls itself the "antithesis" of the green movement. In 1996, former Senator Malcolm Wallop (R-WY) started Frontiers of Freedom to fight environmental regulations, particularly the Endangered Species Act and any law seen as infringing on "property rights." But increasingly, it has focussed on the issue of global warming.

After a $100,000 grant from ExxonMobil in 2002, FoF set up the Center for Science and Public Policy in 2003 (ff.org/centers/csspp/misc/index.html) . The CSPP concentrates on two areas: trashing global warming science, and also questioning the scientific evidence on the dangers of mercury emitted from coal-fired power plants.

FoF also runs The Center for Free Market Environmentalism and Conservation (ff.org/centers/cfmec.html) both of these centers are forums for the promotion of industry-friendly "sound science."

FoF operates several associated websites, including OpinionEditorials.com and SpinFreeNews.com, which it describes as "one-stop-shopping for daily news about lawsuit abuse, energy, the environment, and other topics that too often end up on the cutting room floor of traditional media."

Myron Ebell joined Wallop at FoF in 1996. Previously, Ebell had worked for the staunchly "wise use" American Land Rights Association. Ebell left FoF in 1999 and is now Director of Global Warming and International Environmental Policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Ebell currently chairs the Cooler Heads Coalition, of which FoF is a member.

In addition to grants from conservative foundations, Frontiers of Freedom receives money from tobacco and oil companies, including Philip Morris, ExxonMobil and RJ Reynolds Tobacco. According to the New York Times: "Frontiers of Freedom, which has about a $700,000 annual budget". George Landrith, President of FoF told the New York Times, says of its funders: 'They've determined that we are effective at what we do'" (J. Lee, "Exxon Backs Groups That Question Global Warming," The New York Times, 28 May 2003).

FoF has strong ties to the western "wise use" movement, and is part of the Alliance for America Network and the Grassroots ESA Coalition.

KEY PEOPLE

George C. Landrith
President
Source: Frontiers of Freedom website 5-06

S. Fred Singer
Adjunct Fellow
Source: Frontiers of Freedom website 5-06

Christopher C. Horner
Adjunct Fellow
Source: Frontiers of Freedom website 5-06

Malcolm Wallop
Chairman and Founder
Source: Frontiers of Freedom website 5-06

Myron Ebell
former Policy Director
Source: Frontiers of Freedom website 5-06

Paul Driessen
Senior Fellow
Source: Frontiers of Freedom website 5-06

Willie Soon
Chief science researcher for the Center for Science and Public Policy
Source: Article in Wall St Journal

Robert (Bob) Ferguson
Executive Director of the Center for Science and Public Policy
Source: Center for Science and Public Policy

PEOPLE

Jason Wright
Vice President
Source: Frontiers of Freedom website 5-06

Kerri (Houston) Toloczko
Vice President of Policy
Source: Frontiers of Freedom website 5-06

Kimberly A. Martin
Director of Development
Source: Frontiers of Freedom website 5-06

Amanda E. Telford
Director of Operations
Source: Frontiers of Freedom website 5-06

SOURCES

Frontiers of Freedom website 5-06
http://www.ff.org

Article in Wall St Journal
Article by Soon and Robert Ferguson on how Mercury is good for you
http://downloads.heartland.org/17743.pdf

Center for Science and Public Policy
http://ff.org/centers/csspp/misc/contactus.htm