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John Nothdurft

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John Nothdurft joined the staff of The Heartland Institute in May 2008 as Heartland's legislative specialist on budget and tax policy. He was named government relations director in November 2010.

John Nothdurft ( joined the staff of The Heartland Institute in May 2008 as Heartland's legislative specialist on budget and tax policy. He was named Government Relations Director in November 2010.

Nothdurft's responsibilities include managing the Government Relations Department staff and tracking their performance; interacting with elected officials and staff; tracking new legislation; and drafting responses to emerging issues via talking points, news releases, and op-ed pieces, with the goal of educating legislators and informing them about free-market ideas.

Nothdurft is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force, and he has testified before multiple state legislatures on a wide range of issues. His work has been published in scores of publications, including the Chicago Tribune, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Detroit News, Chicago Sun-Times, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Investor’s Business Daily.

Prior to joining Heartland, Nothdurft was the national press coordinator for Americans for Fair Taxation, one of the largest grassroots tax-reform organizations in the country. While working for FairTax, he managed the media relations efforts and played a central role in organizing a 25-stop Iowa bus tour leading up to the 2006 Iowa Straw Poll. This work led to National Review characterizing the organization’s impact as being the biggest success story of the 2008 Republican primary season.”

Born in Marietta, Georgia, Nothdurft graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Mississippi.

Recent Articles and Publications

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November 2, 2017
By Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., S.T. Karnick, Jesse Hathaway, John Nothdurft, Robert Genetski, Christopher Garbacz, Clifford Thies, Charles W. Baird, Gary Wolfram, Joe Cobb, Russ McCullough
"Time is running out for Congress in 2017, and Americans can’t afford to wait another day for relief from government’s ever-expanding intrusion on our lives and wallets" - Jesse Hathaway
September 27, 2017
By Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., Peter Ferrara, Justin Haskins, Jesse Hathaway, S.T. Karnick, John Nothdurft, Gary Wolfram, Scott H. Richardson, Roy Cordato, Clifford Thies
"President Trump’s tax reform plan holds major promise for restoring booming economic growth to America" - Peter Ferrara
July 13, 2017
By John Nothdurft
A 2017 study disproves a claim that the United States will be able to run on 100-percent renewable energy by 2050. Furthermore, the renewable energy mandates needed to achieve this goal are costly and ineffective.
June 28, 2017
By John Nothdurft
The Supreme Court’s ruling in Trinity Lutheran v. Comer opens the door for schools to implement school choice programs.
May 18, 2017
By John Nothdurft
States and municipalities looking to increase revenues are increasingly turning to “sin taxes” on everything from sugary drinks to cigarettes.
March 30, 2017
By John Nothdurft, Matthew Glans
Montana is considering a massive $1.50-per-pack increase on cigarettes and an increase on other tobacco products including vapor products.
December 7, 2016
By H. Sterling Burnett, Jay Lehr, John Nothdurft, Bette Grande, S.T. Karnick, Christopher Essex, Isaac Orr, Marc Morano
"One small appointment for Trump, one giant leap for environmental sanity." - H. Sterling Burnett
July 13, 2016
By Lennie Jarratt, Tim Benson, John Nothdurft
Heartland Institute Experts React to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s LawsuitAgainst Charter SchoolsThe Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) on Monday filed a lawsuit against the state of Mississippi, alleging its funding of charter schools is

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