Heritage Foundation Expands In DC

From today’s money beg:

The Heritage Foundation is vastly expanding our presence in Washington D.C. — the belly of the beast. Our headquarters in the heart of Washington, D.C. is just two city blocks from the Senate offices, three city blocks from the Capitol building, and three city blocks from the House offices. It’s from this base that we will wage a policy war with the Left and the Establishment at very close range. In politics, proximity matters. That’s why our physical presence is key and that’s why expansion is critical to future conservative victories. In short, the Freedom Center will be a beachhead from which we can advance your principles in Washington from inescapably close range. And that’s why a generous donor has offered to match every gift to this campaign, dollar for dollar. That is why we must meet our $1 million goal by August 18 to build The Heritage Foundation Freedom Center—the physical epicenter of the conservative movement in America. These funds will be used to jump-start this critical project to secure our movement’s future. And thanks to a generous Heritage supporter, your gift by August 18 to restore liberty in our nation’s capital will be doubled.

The Heritage Foundation was co-founded in 1973 by late Coors Brewing president Joseph Coors. In January 2013 Jim DeMint resigned from the US Senate to become their president. According to their 2014 financial report, they had over $261 million in assets.

  • Judas Peckerwood

    “The Heritage Foundation is vastly expanding our presence in Washington D.C. — the belly of the beast.”

    The beast is YOU, bubba.

    • Dramphooey

      Maybe they want to be the anus of the beast. I question the patriotism of anyone that calls their national capital “the belly of the beast.”

      • Judas Peckerwood

        It’s always amusing to watch plutocrats and their tools rail against “the establishment.”

  • bkmn

    Probably includes furnished space for their mistresses.

    • lattebud

      And the screening room for the footage of politicians, staff members. etc. caught in compromising acts in order to blackmail them into voting as the Heritage Foundation tells them to.

      BTW – I just finished “Confessions of a D.C. Madam – The Politics of Sex, Lies, and Blackmail” by Henry W. Vinson. I was shocked at the dirty tricks and vindictiveness of the Federal Govt and DC politics.

    • D. J.

      And luggage lifters.

  • BearEyes

    the Freedom Center.

    Ah, new-speak.
    Double plus un-good.

    • delk

      That’s the name of the Salvation Army half way house in my neighborhood.

      (Actually they closed down August 1st to move to a new location)

  • Gustav2

    “It’s from this base that we will wage a policy war with the Left and the Establishment at very close range.”

    So you admit 75% of the country is against you. Good to know.

  • TommyTune

    Coors may have “softened” their once virulently anti-gay posture (all with an eye toward profits of course) but their spawn, the Heritage Foundation, just keeps going and going. There’s a reason I still won’t drink Coors beer.

    • Bj Lincoln

      I remember the big boycott but then the old man died and the gay son took over. If Coor’s is still behind this, I will remind my friends to continue to boycott.

      • Dramphooey

        Give them some Coors Light and they won’t need to be reminded to boycott.

        • Joe in PA

          f . t . w .

        • Octavio

          You’re 100% correct. The fizzy piss does cause headaches — while you drink it!

    • OrliJoe in Fla

      You mean besides the fact that it tastes like crap?

      • D. J.

        And gave everyone I know who drank even one a horrible headache.

        • Dramphooey

          Budweiser did that to me.

    • pj

      never drink coors. ever.

    • JT

      Wasn’t Cheney’s daughter their liaison to the LGBT community when they were trying to get their beer stocked in gay bars again? It’s still worth boycotting.

    • johncAtl

      Not drinking Coor’s eliminates a whole lot of different beers taking up shelf space in stores. Their brands include Miller High Life, Coors, Keystone Light, Miller Lite, Extra Gold Lager, Coors Light, Blue Moon, Reads Apple Ale, Smith Forge Hard Cider, Crispin, Miller Genuine Draft, Miller Fortune, Peroni, Pilsner Urquell, Steel Reserve, Icehouse, Milwaukee’s Best Light, Milwaukee’s Best Ice, Milwaukee’s Best Premium, Red Dog, Miller 64, Colorado Native, Leinenkugel’s, Winterfest, Molson Canadian, Foster’s, Third Shift Amber, Hamm’s, Magnum, Olde English, Mickey’s, Sharp’s, Batch 19, Killian’s, Henry WeinHard’s, Aquila, Cerveza Cristal, Cerveza Cusquena, Grolsch Premium Lager, Tyskie, and Sparks.

      • John T

        I bought a 6-pack of Blue Moon once and didn’t realize it was a Coors product until after I brought it home and read the fine print. It tasted OK but I won’t be buying it again because Coors. All the other brands on that list are shit.

      • B Snow

        Aw, geez….I like Smith Forge. 🙁 And sad to hear that they own Henry Weinhard’s. I hate beer, but that was THE thing to bring to parties in college in the 80s.

      • OrliJoe in Fla

        Hmmm… I won’t be missing much, then.

    • DN

      “Softened,” indeed! In 2004, when there was talk of a federal marriage amendment, Coors put up an ad in JR’s DC stating, “we do not support changing the constitution regarding marriage.”

      Oh really, Coors? Gee, thanks. That kind of language makes it obvious you’re just attempting (badly) to pander to DC’s gay community without coming out and saying you support our equality.

      Thing is… DC’s got a very highly-educated workforce, and I doubt it gained them any customers!

  • bryan

    Generous donors won’t buy them integrity. But, according to their bible, it will secure them a place in hell.

  • Bj Lincoln

    If they have assets of that much, this money beg seems worthless.

    “proximity matters”? So you don’t have to walk too far or drive in circles? DC is “the belly of the beast.” ? They don’t think too highly of our nation’s capital.

    • OrliJoe in Fla

      Why do hey hate ‘Murica?

    • D. J.

      Ryan demanded his own office. I hope they stick him in the basement.

    • D. J.

      Good, the Justice Dept. won’t have to travel to serve subpoenas.

    • canoebum

      Calling DC “the belly of the beast ” is a tacit admission they are domestic enemies of the United States and wish to dismantle its government.

      • Six Pins Delores

        “In short, the Freedom Center will be a beachhead from which we can advance your principles in Washington from inescapably close range.”
        YUP.

    • Chucktech

      They’re just crowing about their new bricks-and-mortar location.

    • Dennis

      There’s never enough money beg. New homes don’t buy themselves.

    • MattPS

      Hopefully their rent will be tripled as soon as they move in; it would serve them right!

  • Michael Rush

    a november 2013 quote from Ryan T. Anderson /Heritage Foundation

    Clearly, ENDA ( Employment Non-Discrimination Act ) would create enormous legal risks for businesses that allowed their employees to express traditional religious teachings on sexuality. Anti-discrimination law ought not to silence religious believers.

    • Bj Lincoln

      What I don’t get is why would employees need to express their religion at WORK. They should be working and not discussing personal religious opinions. I have had many jobs in several fields and religion never came up.

      • Michael Rush

        by not bringing up your religion at work you missed several opportunities to be a victim .

        • JW Swift

          Assuming that you’re a Christian, (i.e. the CORRECT religion) of course. Otherwise, victim status is denied, automatically.

      • Chucktech

        They can’t help themselves, BJ, that’s just what they do.

    • CPT_Doom

      So his employer is going to expand in a jurisdiction that has protected its LGBT citizens for the better part of the last decade? That makes sense, in a “we need to expand our space to promote our failed policies even more” kind of way.

    • B Snow

      Just as the CRA created enormous legal risks for businesses that allowed their employees to express traditional religious teachings on the inferiority of other races/religions.

      Sorry, Ryan, you get no sympathy at all from me.

  • CanuckDon

    Did someone Photoshop out the lightning bolts and flying bats?

  • Mark

    Was that like a declaration of war? Their own holy war with wussies at the helm against the left and the ‘establishment’.

    NOT to worry. I’ve got two full 100ft coils of never-kink garden hose on the ready! Remember! Do not squirt until you can see the whites of their eyes!

  • another_steve

    I have this nightmarish remembrance of what (if memory serves me correctly) was a Heritage Foundation scene from the early 80s — shortly after Ronald Reagan was elected President of the United States.

    My man and I were walking down a D.C. street and happened upon a tuxedo-and-gown clad collection of people standing on the sidewalk, sipping cocktails. The building they were standing in front of was, as I recall, the Heritage Foundation’s D.C. headquarters back then.

    I remember feeling incredible sadness.

    The theofascists had won, and were celebrating Ronald Reagan’s election.

    • TommyTune

      I have similar recollections of the in-your-face smugness conservatives exhibited both after Reagan’s election the first time and after Shrub’s two decades later. I’d like to think we Democrats are better than that. For my own part, I’m usually just so relieved when a Democrat wins a national election that I’ve no psychic energy left over to preen the way Republicans always do. Do you remember Goober Bush’s strut on the day of his inauguration? It’s a mental image I’ll never forget and I knew then that it was a harbinger of bad things to come. I notice he looks a lot more humble these days.

      • Piet

        He’s getting less than half per speaking engagement compared to Hillary, which might help take him down a peg. And that’s comparing full price against “special non-profit rate”.

      • another_steve

        Yes. I remember that strut, Tommy.

        The early to mid-80s were a particularly terrible time. First, Ronald Reagan was elected President. Shortly after that, the first AIDS cases came to light. Then the Supreme Court ruling upholding State sodomy laws. Boom boom boom.

        Hugs and love to all reading here who, like me, endured those awful years.

      • Ninja0980

        I remember 04 when the bigots celebrated twice.
        George W’s reelection that night and all the marriage bans passing.
        Truly a terrible night.

        • TommyTune

          That was a terrible time, period. Just awful. All that chest-thumping and flag-waving over our ill-conceived wars combined with all the anti-gay animus swirling around in the air was enough to make any sane person puke.

          • Ninja0980

            Not to mention the real fear of a Federal Marriage Amendment being passed.

  • 2karmanot

    Coors Beer again…..The Sara Palin of brewskies.

  • jomicur

    “we will wage a policy war with the Left and the Establishment” Um…so we’re supposed to believe that they are NOT part of the Establishment? Appropriating terminology from the 60s counterculture doesn’t automatically make you part of the counterculture.

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  • pj

    freedom center. freedom of rich people from taxes center is more like it.

  • D. J.

    Just like NOM, they have a 501(c)(3) and a 501(c)(4).
    Maybe they should hire Octopop. He has experience in getting those fined and incurring large legal bills.

  • pj

    nice to know the heritage foundation has enough cash to make everybodys life miserable for the near future. every time i hear that one of their “experts” is on a program i switch it off.

    • JW Swift

      Evidently, despite polls and studies to the contrary, which show a steady decline in church attendance and religious affiliation overall, they seem to think that the gravy train ain’t drying-up anytime soon.

  • Greg B.

    From the link:

    Our headquarters in the heart of Washington, D.C. is just two city blocks from the Senate offices, three city blocks from the Capitol building, and three city blocks from the House offices. It’s from this base that we will wage a policy war with the Left and the Establishment at very close range. In politics, proximity matters. That’s why our physical presence is key and that’s why expansion is critical to future conservative victories… Make your TAX DEDUCTIBLE donation by August 18… The Heritage Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization…

    And from IRS.gov:

    Lobbying: In general, no organization may qualify for section 501(c)(3) status if a substantial part of its activities is attempting to influence legislation (commonly known as lobbying). A 501(c)(3) organization may engage in some lobbying, but too much lobbying activity risks loss of tax-exempt status.
    Legislation includes action by Congress, any state legislature, any local council, or similar governing body, with respect to acts, bills, resolutions, or similar items (such as legislative confirmation of appointive office), or by the public in referendum, ballot initiative, constitutional amendment, or similar procedure. It does not include actions by executive, judicial, or administrative bodies.
    An organization will be regarded as attempting to influence legislation if it contacts, or urges the public to contact, members or employees of a legislative body for the purpose of proposing, supporting, or opposing legislation, or if the organization advocates the adoption or rejection of legislation.

    • Six Pins Delores

      Section (3) gives theofascists lots of wiggle room.

      • Greg B.

        They’ve wiggled their way completely outside the lines.

        • Chucktech

          And no one’s gonna do a goddam thing about it.

    • ultragreen

      That tax deduction should be taken away. The Heritage Foundation is, first and foremost, a partisan political organization.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    I say let Free Market solutions handle this problem.

  • JaniceInToronto

    Freedom Centre? Shouldn’t that read Freedom to Oppress Centre?

  • Piet

    I think a balance sheet like that makes it pretty obvious the million-dollar build-out on their new headquarters is something they can afford without turning it into yet another desperate plea for money, as though they were drowning and our contributions of however little were all that stood between them and certain, watery death. So tired of the drama.

  • Leo

    Millennials are leaving organized religion in droves.

    Good luck with that long-term security you speak of.

  • Octavio

    The Scientologists have a bigger building and more money. Neener, neener, neener. 🙂

  • TexPlant

    I guess is PAYS to promote hate!

  • Eebadee-eebadee-thatsallfolks

    Everybody in D.C. should have Grindr on their iPhones and watch the phones explode when they walk past the Heritage Foundation.

  • Blake Jordan

    I am assume they hate more than just LGBTs, because surely hating us is not that profitable anymore…

    • NedFlaherty

      Heritage also opposes human rights and civil rights for women, new mothers, immigrants, the sick, and the poor.

      They also endorse Creationism and oppose science education and sex education.

      Most important of all, to the entire human race: Heritage denies climate change (famine, epidemics, weather disasters, extinction, etc.).

  • Regan DuCasse

    Expanding their future.
    To do WHAT?
    Continuing the defamation of gay people? Even when it came to the so called Christians having to pay fines, or administer marriage licenses, they didn’t get in trouble because of gay people.
    They defied local non discrimination ordinances. It’s their meat headed bigotry that got them in trouble, as it should.
    So such behavior did NO ONE or society any good.
    An organization should be proving serious social GOOD to continue to exist.
    There IS no defense for the HF existing.
    Even AFER and Freedom to Marry are making a graceful exit. So why can’t the HF, FRC, NOM….and so on.

    • NedFlaherty

      Never doubt Heritage Foundation’s permanence or future plans for spending their $261 million.

      Heritage (via Ryan Anderson) and NOM (via co-founder Robert George) both vowed to fight marriage equality for at least another century. Their official strategy is:

      1. Claim that the U.S. Supreme Court ruling is “wrong.”
      2. Act as if the ruling doesn’t even exist.
      3. Never stop arguing.

      Besides marriage, Heritage’s anti-LGBT plans include:
      A. opposing transgender personnel in the military
      B. opposing all human rights laws for LGBT people
      C. legalizing ex-gay quack therapies.
      D. legalizing anti-LGBT discrimination by businesses.

      Heritage also opposes: workers’ rights, new mothers’ work leave, immigration reform, universal health care, Planned Parenthood, science education, sex education, trans student protections, etc.

      Finally, this: Heritage denies climate change (famine, epidemics, weather disasters, extinction, etc.).

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  • RLK2

    Scary!

  • ultragreen

    The Heritage Foundation: Yet another group of scam artists for the right-wing to waste their money on.

  • Hip Byroads

    They’ve already got the whole building in the middle of the picture, 214 Massachusetts Ave. Now apparently they want the building on the corner, 236 Mass Ave, last sold on December 28, 1978, for $950,000. Estimated value now $9.88 million.

    I guess that means they haven’t made the purchase yet and wonder how long it will take them to raise the funds. And what the cost of the building will be then.

    • NedFlaherty

      Heritage already possesses all the funds needed to buy land and erect buildings: $261 million in the bank right now.

  • DN

    You got it wrong, Joe. It’s not Jim DeMint who is president of Heritage. It’s *no faggots and whores allowed* Jim DeMint! Jeez, man! Get it right! 🙂

  • nazani

    Needed: Tech-savvy cleaning lady to bug, hack, and otherwise fuck them up.

  • anne marie in philly

    “Heritage Foundation Freedom Center” – there’s that damn word again; time for another jello shot!

  • JCF

    “The Heritage Foundation is vastly expanding our presence in Washington D.C. — the belly of the beast.”

    Well, at least HF is honest, calling themselves “the belly of the beast”, amirite?

  • NMNative

    They’ve got poor, uneducated religious folks so scared they’ll do what ever is asked. Grandma will skip her meds to send ten dollars. They should be so proud.