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60 Plus Association

60 Plus Association

 Background

The 60 Plus Association describes itself as a “non-partisan seniors advocacy group with a free enterprise, less government, less taxes approach to seniors issues” and the “conservative alternative to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).” [1]

The group has sought to privatize Social Security, end the federal estate tax, and strengthen gun rights. They oppose aspects of health care reform, federal energy standards, and tax increases.

Instituto Liberdade

Instituto Liberdade

 Background

Instituto Liberdade is an independent Brazilian non-profit think tank based in Tecnopuc, Porto Alegre, in Southern Brazil. Instituto Liberdade began as “Instituto Liberal do Rio Grande do Sul” in 1986 and was renamed Instituto Liberdade on May 11, 2004. [1]

Illinois Coal Association

Illinois Coal Association

 Background

The Illinois Coal Association is a coal lobbying group based in Springfield that “represents the coal industry in the state in governmental affairs, in public relations and in related matters.” [1]

The Association is listed as a not-for-profit corporation that operates under policies set by its Board of Directors, a group made up of coal mining executives representing one hundred percent of the coal mining firms operating in the state of Illinois.

IceAgeNow

 IceAgeNow

 Background

IceAgeNow, originally iceagenow.com and now located at iceagenow.info, describes itself (PDF) as “a Web site dedicated to showing that our climate is driven by natural cycles, not by humans.” [1]

Read more: IceAgeNow

Freedom Foundation of Minnesota

Freedom Foundation of Minnesota (FFM)

 Background

The Freedom Foundation of Minnesota is a 501(c)(3) organization that describes itself as “an independent, non-profit educational and research organization that actively advocates the principles of individual freedom, personal responsibility, economic freedom, and limited government.” [1]

Free to Choose Network

Free to Choose Network

 Background

The Free to Choose Network is a a non-profit foundation founded by the late neo-liberal economist Milton Friedman, a man closely associated with the tobacco industry.

Australian Libertarian Society

Australian Libertarian Society (ALS)

 Background

The Australian Libertarian Society (ALS) was founded by John Humphreys in 2000. It supports “free-markets, individual liberty and the promotion of peaceful, voluntary interaction between people.”

Humphreys is also a board member of the Australian Taxpayers Alliance

Alternate Solutions Institute

Alternate Solutions Institute

 Background

The Alternate Solutions Institute describes itself as the “first free market think tank of Pakistan, is a registered, non-profit, non-political, non-governmental, educational and research organization.” It was established in April, 2003 in Lahore.

Its mission is to “promote a limited responsible government in Pakistan under the rule of law protecting life, liberty, and property of all of its individual citizens without any discrimination.” [1]

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