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FEATURED PROFILES

A Special Issue of Right Web News featuring profiles on some of the key foundations and financial backers, past and present, of the U.S. Right.

Bradley Foundation
A major backer of neoconservatism, in 2007 the Bradley Foundation gave $1 million to conservative publisher Encounter Books; nearly $1 million to the Hudson Institute; and $30 million to other projects.

Castle Rock Foundation
A major financier of right-wing causes, the Coors family’s Castle Rock Foundation provided seed money for both the Heritage Foundation and the Free Congress Foundation.

Earhart Foundation
One of the oldest conservative foundations, the Earhart Foundation has funded the work of several key rightists scholars and think tanks, including the American Enterprise Institute and the Hudson Institute, as well as several Nobel-winning economists.

Olin Foundation
When it shuttered in 2005, the Olin Foundation—one of the principal financiers of the rise of the News Right—claimed job well done.

Smith Richardson Foundation
The Smith Richardson Foundation, a backer of militarist defense policies since the 1980s, has supported both neoconservative and centrist policy organizations.

Scaife Foundations
From Cold War anticommunism to the “war on terror,” the Scaife Foundations have been a major patron of U.S. militarism for decades.

Richard Scaife
Beset by a string of marital and legal problems, the iconic financier of the U.S. Right has been forced to cut back his charitable giving in recent years.

Melvin Sembler
A high-powered Republican Party donor and a real estate magnate, Sembler has funded groups like Freedoms Watch and sits on the board of trustees of the American Enterprise Institute.

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Rep. Illeana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), former chair of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, is a leading ”pro-Israel” hawk in Congress.


Brigette Gabriel, an anti-Islamic author and activist, is the founder of the right-wing group ACT! for America.


The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), one of the more effective U.S. lobbying outfits, aims to ensure that the United States backs Israel regardless of the policies Israel pursues.


Frank Gaffney, director of the hardline neoconservative Center for Security Policy, is a longtime advocate of aggressive U.S. foreign policies, bloated military budgets, and confrontation with the Islamic world.


Shmuley Boteach is a “celebrity rabbi” known for his controversial “pro-Israel” advocacy.


United against Nuclear Iran is a pressure group that attacks companies doing business in Iran and disseminates alarmist reports about the country’s nuclear program.


Huntsman, the millionaire scion of the Huntsman chemical empire, is a former Utah governor who served as President Obama’s first ambassador to China and was a candidate for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.


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