Heritage Action for America

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Heritage Action for America
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Year created:2010
Affiliated with:Heritage Foundation
Heritage Action for America is the 501(c)(4) sister organization to the Heritage Foundation. Heritage Action for America advocates for a conservative policy agenda.[1]

One of the main ways Heritage Action for America seeks to advance conservative policy is through their conservative scorecard, which measures the extent to which lawmakers votes in line with Heritage's stated conservative public policy priorities. According to their website, Heritage Action works with their sister organization, Heritage Foundation, to rate members of the U.S. Congress. As stated on their online scorecard: "Heritage Action identifies upcoming legislative fights and the Heritage Foundation outlines the conservative policy positions."[2]


In 2010, the Heritage Foundation launched Heritage Action for America, a group that seeks to promote the public policy agenda recommended by the Heritage Foundation. According to their article introducing the project, "Heritage Action for America will be the heat, harnessing grassroots energy to increase the pressure on Members of Congress to embrace The Heritage Foundation’s policy recommendations." Neither group gets involved in elections as their primary focus is on issue advocacy.[3]


Heritage Action for America is led by CEO Michael A. Needham.[4]


Heritage Action for America is primarily an advocacy organization for the Heritage Foundation. Therefore, the two organizations share the same policy agenda, with Heritage Action advocating solutions drawn up by the Foundation. Heritage Foundation lists their main issues on their website. The following is a list of some of those issues and an abbreviated summary of the Foundation's position:

  • Agriculture: "Lawmakers should take a hard look at whether farm policies that were created to assist poor family farmers during the Great Depression make any sense in the current era of hugely profitable agribusinesses. They should enact policies that allow farmers to base their crop-planting decisions on market demand, not government subsidies and regulations."[5]
  • Budget and spending: "To restore fiscal health, the federal government should reduce taxes, cut wasteful spending, and reform the massive entitlements."[6]
  • Economy: "Free-market, pro-growth policies are critical to enable our economy to flourish."[7]
  • Education: "Effective education policy includes returning authority to the states and empowering parents with the opportunity to choose a safe and effective education for their children from among public, private, religious, charter, online and home school opportunities."[8]
  • Energy and environment: "Energy and environmental policy is a national priority. Lawmakers should implement a long-term plan that allows free markets to balance supply and demand, ensures reliable and competitively priced energy for the future, and creates incentives for responsible stewardship of the nation's resources and environment."[9]
  • Family and marriage: "The family, centered on marriage, is the basic unit of society. Healthy marriages and families are the foundation of thriving communities. When marriages break down, communities suffer and the role of government tends to expand. Sound public policy places marriage and the family at the center, respecting and guarding the role of this permanent institution."[10]
  • Healthcare: "America's health care financing and insurance systems need major reform. Policymakers should take decisive steps to move today's bureaucracy driven, heavily regulated third-party payment system to a new patient-centered system of consumer choice and real free-market competition. In such a system, individuals and families would make the key decisions and control the flow of dollars."[11]
  • Immigration: "The United States was established on principles that support the welcoming of new residents to our shores to learn and embrace American civic culture and political institutions through the processes of immigration and naturalization. Over the past several decades, however, immigration policy has become skewed, falsely presented as an uncompromising decision between unfettered immigration and none at all."[12]
  • Taxes: "America’s tax code needs reform. It discourages working, saving, investment, and entrepreneurship. It hinders productivity, job growth, international competitiveness, and wage increases. The New Flat Tax, the Heritage Foundation’s tax reform plan, would fix these flaws. Families and businesses would pay a one simple tax with a single tax rate under the plan."[13]
  • Homeland security: "Americans must recommit themselves to living the principles that made this nation safe, free, and prosperous while defending them against attack. The only way to reduce America's vulnerability is to provide persistent, sensible homeland security."[14]

2014 elections

As of December 6, 2013, no 2014 election cycle information is available.

2012 elections

According to OpenSecrets.org, Heritage Action spent a total of $236,346 in the 2012 election cycle. The following is a breakdown of where they spent their money:[15]

  • $174,467 against Democrats
  • $61,879 for Republicans

Targeted candidates

Top 12 largest Heritage Action expenditures in 2012[15]
Candidate Total Stance
Tammy Duckworth $86,526 Against
Mark Critz $27,057 Against
Dan Maffei $26,082 Against
Joe Walsh $24,876 For
Barack Obama $19,219 Against
Keith Rothfus $17,164 For
Ann Marie Buerkle $16,189 For
Sherrod Brown $5,508 Against
Bob Casey $4,241 Against
Reid Ribble $3,650 For
Jamie Wall $3,650 Against
Tammy Baldwin $2,184 Against


Heritage Action does not release its donor list.[16]

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