Heartland Institute is a 501(c)3 think tank, which focuses on education, health and tax reform. The mission statement for the organization reads as:
Heartland's mission is to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems. Such solutions include parental choice in education, choice and personal responsibility in health care, market-based approaches to environmental protection, privatization of public services, and deregulation in areas where property rights and markets do a better job than government bureaucracies.
The Heartland Institute bought a database listing addresses of 11,250 schools from across Canada, including about 10,000 private or faith-based schools, for a mass mail campaign aimed at Canadian children in May 2008. The mass mailing was an attempt to fight the miseducation of Canadian children about the crisis of global warming. The Institute's argument is that, although the environment is important, global warming is not as large an issue as some scientists and other officials are making it out to be.
Chicago Tea Party
The Heartland Institute is an organizer of the Chicago Tea Party.