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FreedomWorks was first established in 1984 and is headquartered in Washington, D.C.. The organization describes itself as "leading the fight for lower taxes, less government, and more freedom."[1] FreedomWorks is led by former U.S. House Majority Leader Dick Armey.

The organization trains and mobilizes "grassroots Americans to engage their fellow citizens and encourage their political representatives to act in defense of individual freedom and economic opportunity."[2]


The board of directors is comprised of Dick Armey and Steve Forbes, the president and chief executive Officer of Forbes and editor-in-chief of Forbes magazine.

Staff members include:

  • Matt Kibbe, president and CEO
  • Rob Jordan, vice president of federal and state campaigns
  • Brendan Steinhauser, director of federal and state campaigns
  • Max Pappas, vice president of public policy
  • Allen Page, North Carolina state director
  • Russ Walker, Oregon state director


FreedomWorks tackles a variety of issues, including: communications and technology, tax reform, lawsuit abuse, social security, school choice and welfare programs. Additionally, the group is active regarding global warming, government budget and spending, health care, flat tax, international trade and more.[3]

Ballot measures


2009 ballot measures

Oregon Tax Hike Vote, Measures 66 and 67

  • FreedomWorks is opposed to Oregon Tax Hike Vote, Ballot Measures 66 and 67 (2010) - a $733 million tax hike enacted by the Oregon State Legislature in 2009 - which is scheduled to appear on the January 26, 2010 special election ballot.[4]
    • In 2009 FreedomWorks' branch in Oregon helped collect signatures to place a Tax Hike Referendum on the 2010 statewide ballot in Oregon. In May 2009, Oregon director Russ Walker said his Oregon group is "prepared to spend $500,000 or more to gather signatures".[5] [6]
      • According to opponents, the taxes "target small and family businesses, the engine of our economy. They target the middle class, and those who need the most help today, family owned businesses who are already having a hard time staying afloat and paying their employees." In other words, the groups argue that the higher taxes on businesses will reduce employment, thus harming the middle-class employees.[7]

Contact information

601 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
North Building, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20004
Phone: 202-783-3870
Fax: 202-942-7649

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