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Dr. John A. Baden
President, Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment

I find The Heartland Institute’s success truly remarkable, a tribute to intelligence, entrepreneurial skills, crazy ambition, perseverance, and insulation from political and business pressures. Its driving force is a dedication to liberty, small government, and the rule of law. It is highly sensitive to the abuse of political power. When times get tough, the classical liberal values expressed in America’s constitution are at risk. Fortunately, America finally has organizations with the will and the capacity to alert citizens of pending dangers and offer alternatives. Heartland stands out among them. 

Morton Blackwell
President, The Leadership Institute

The Heartland Institute produces high quality publications, well researched and persuasively written in an attractive style. Joe Bast and his staff have more fun promoting liberty than many other think tanks.

Hon. Nancy Boettger
State Senator - Iowa

I think The Heartland Institute’s meetings are some of the best learning opportunities out there. I am always grateful for the opportunity to attend. Their educational publications are so valuable and useful to legislators. Thank you for all you do.

Ed Crane
President, Cato Institute

The Heartland Institute is a vital part of the classical liberal movement, reaching more state legislators than any other group, doing a remarkable job advancing free market, limited government principles.

Hon. Jim DeMint
U.S. Senator - South Carolina

For a quarter of a century, The Heartland Institute has valiantly promoted free market solutions to our nation’s problems, including parental choice in education and increased competition and personalization in health care. The Heartland Institute recognizes that if people are free to compete they do a much better job solving social problems and stimulating economic growth than any government bureaucracy. In short, the Heartland Institute promotes individual liberty – a priceless, God-given right. Now more than ever we need to stand up against the socialist agenda threatening America. I applaud The Heartland Institute for its work to sustain our economy and culture. Thank you for supplying first rate ideas to our nation for the past 25 years and here’s to many years to come!

Hon. Jeff Essmann
State Senator - Montana

In a country whose political dialogue has been clouded with the lack of transparency created by conventional political thinking Heartland throws open the door to fresh and creative thought and discussion.

Hon. Paul J. Evans
State Representative - Illinois

I like the Ten Principle concepts. They are succinct and useful to convey fundamental - and vital - issues pressing upon our democracy today.

Peter Ferrara
Author, America’s Ticking Bankruptcy Bomb

The Heartland Institute has been heroic in its work on global warming, becoming a world leader on the issue. Indeed, its careful, objective, and scientifically oriented work is the globally recognized alternative to the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Heartland has also sponsored cuttingedge, path-breaking entitlement reform, offering the key to unlocking political viability. That is why these ideas are sweeping policy and political circles in Washington and elsewhere. Heartland has long been doing the same regarding state and local policy innovations and reforms, where it is also recognized as a national leader.

Ed Feulner
President, The Heritage Foundation

Joe and Diane Bast and the entire team have provided a great voice of freedom from the Heartland and from my home town of Chicago. Whether it’s providing information to state representatives and local chambers, or bringing together consumer advocates for health care reform, or bringing scientists and academics together to discuss the truth about global warming, you’ve been on the front lines on so many issues providing the intellectual ammunition to win the battles. Yes, the fight continues and in fact each day the stakes seem so much higher. We’re proud at Heritage to partner with you and pleased to have you as good friends.

Dr. Milton Friedman
Nobel laureate

School Reform News is a reliable, well-written source of information on the exploding movement to reconstruct our educational system.

Hon. Pamela Gorman
Former State Senator – Arizona

Few organizations offer the depth of discussion Heartland does on the important issues facing my state today. They have become my first stop when seeking evidence-based arguments for solid public policy.

Hon. Tom Hansen
State Senator - South Dakota

I have found Heartland through its materials and workshops to be one of the most useful tools for me in my legislative participation.”

Hon. Kristin Hansen
State Representative - Montana

 used your “10 Principles on Federal Tax Policy” to get a study bill on the Montana income tax passed. Of 20 proposed studies, my study was ranked #1 with bi-partisan support. Your guide was excellent and concise and I relied heavily on it.”

Hon. James Inhofe
U.S. Senator - Oklahoma

For two and a half decades, you have successfully worked to promote and develop solutions to some of the most challenging problems of your time. Your work is particularly important today as big government liberals rule the day in Washington. Let me say thank you for your hard work. There is no question that in the past few months that conservatives have been rallying together for smaller and more responsible government. The Heartland Institution is one of the reasons we are making a comeback.

Roy Innis
Chairman, National Chairman, Congress of Racial Equality

Heartland is the indispensable component in winning the fight against the extreme environmentalists.

Hon. Ted Kanavas
State Senator – Wisconsin

School Reform News is a tremendous resource for those of us making education policy on a daily basis. The breadth of the reporting is the publication’s best asset and I consider it a mandatory read.

David Keene
Former Chairman, American Conservative Union

I’ve followed the work of The Heartland Institute since its founding and I’m continually impressed by the quality and persuasiveness of the work it produces and the influence that work has had at the state legislative level. I don’t believe there are many who would argue with the fact that Heartland today is the most influential and, hence, indispensable free-market policy institute outside Washington.

Hon. Vaclav Klaus
President, Czech Republic

In the Communist era, the idea of a think tank didn’t really exist. It was an impossible institution. The Heartland Institute is one of the leading institutions of that kind. For me to discover Heartland and to get in touch with it two years ago was a revealing experience.

Hon. Eric Koch
State Representative – Indiana

Health Care News provides policymakers with a market-based, patient-centered analysis of what is working, what is not, and why.

Mark R. Levin
Radio talk show host, author of Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto

Those who fight for liberty and against tyranny have an invaluable ally in The Heartland Institute, which has been an ally in manning the front lines of the freedom movement for more than a quarter century. If you value the power of free-market capitalism and oppose statists and the Leviathan, then you need to know and support this excellent organization.

Bill McKibben
Founder of

Bast is correct: This tiny collection of [skeptics] has actually been incredibly effective over the past years.

Neal P. McCluskey
Policy Analyst, Cato Institute

School Reform News is essential reading for me. Without it I could never keep up with everything going on in the world of educational reform.

Chip Mellor
President, Institute for Justice

Changing the world requires two traits among all others, courage and tenacity. Since opening their doors 25 years ago, Joe and Diane Bast and the rest of The Heartland Institute have brought those traits to work every single day. The results speak for themselves. Congratulations Joe, Diane and everyone associated with the Heartland Institute.

Hon. Daryl D. Metcalfe
State Representative – Pennsylvania

The Heartland Institute is an invaluable resource for comprehensive, quality and up-to-date research on current legislative issues. I am pleased to be part of an organization that effectively promotes the free-market principles that are so vital to maintaining our constitutional republic.

Dr. Patrick Michaels
Senior Fellow, The Cato Institute

Heartland has been about getting the word out on this global warming alarmism for a long time. It’s been a leader. Their leadership is having a synergistic effect with the other think tanks and everyone is getting behind what these guys started.

Notes Titles and affiliations were accurate at the time the endorsement was made, and appear here for identification purposes only. Some of these endorsements are taken from video salutes produced for The Heartland Institute’s 25th anniversary in 2009. Milton Friedman passed away in 2006 and is sorely missed. The Heartland Institute is a national nonprofit research and education organization with offices in Chicago and Washington, DC. For more information, please visit our Web site at or call 312/377-4000

2016 By the Numbers

See what sets Heartland apart:
82% of state elected officials read Heartland publications
of state elected officials read one or more Heartland newspapers "sometimes" or "always."
45% of elected officials say Heartland led to a change in policy
of state elected officials say a Heartland publication influenced their opinions or led to a change in public policy.
“The Heartland Institute [is] the world’s most prominent thinktank supporting skepticism about man-made climate change.”
The Economist
May 26, 2012
1.3 Million
the number of times Heartland's six podcasts were downloaded in 2016
216 issues
of weekly e-newsletters sent to subscribers across the country
120 events
that Heartland hosted, attended, or spoke at, reaching 13,474 guests
100,000 fans
on Facebook posting and reposting over 20 million times a week