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Billy Aouste

Billy Aouste is the new media specialist for The Heartland Institute.

Aouste is responsible for many projects at Heartland, including producing and managing social media outreach; pitching op-eds to print and digital publications; producing Heartland's weekly email; editing Heartland’s blog, the Freedom Pub; and tracking Heartland experts’ media hits.

Aouste is a graduate from DePaul University with a B.A. in political science. While studying, he participated in the Fund for American Studies program in Washington D.C. Prior to joining Heartland in 2015, he was a staff intern on Bruce Rauner’s successful Illinois gubernatorial campaign. Aouste resides in Hainseville, Illinois.

Recent Articles and Publications

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January 3, 2017
By Billy Aouste
On December 22, Ben Santer – one of the climate scientists most responsible for politicizing and then corrupting climate science – wrote an open letter to Donald Trump once again pretending to speak on behalf of “science.”

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