The Heritage Foundation is a conservative think-tank and educational institute based in Washington, D.C., in the United States. It is widely considered the most influential conservative think-tank in the world and one of the most influential think-tanks in the U.S. It was founded by Edward Feulner and Paul Weyrich in 1973, with support from the Coors and Scaife families.
The foundation conducts basic research on public policy. Its stated mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional values, and a strong national defense.
The Heritage Foundation is also known for its influential conservative personnel, many of whom have served, or gone on to serve, in senior governmental roles, including: Richard V. Allen, L. Paul Bremer, Elaine Chao, Lawrence Di Rita, Michael Johns, John F. Lehman, Edwin Meese III, Steve Ritchie, and others. Other prominent Heritage Foundation alumni include conservative author Russell Kirk and Wall Street Journal editorial board member Stephen Moore.
The Heritage Foundation launched and once published Policy Review, an influential conservative journal, which it sold to the Hoover Institution in 2001.
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