Americans for Prosperity Foundation

Rating: 2.71 stars   7 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: 1726 M St Nw 10th Floor Washington DC 20036 USA

Mission: Americans for Prosperity Foundation (AFP Foundation) is a nationwide organization committed to educating citizens about economic policy and a return of the federal government to its Constitutional limits. AFP Foundation's educational programs and analyses help policymakers, the media and individual citizens understand why policies that promote the American enterprise system are the best method to ensuring prosperity for all Americans.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I applaud the work of this organization in helping to fight the encroachment of government in our daily lives. Our founding fathers saw the danger of an overreaching government and fought the Revolutionary war to free ourselves from that. The Constitution and the Declaration of Independence were written to protect "we the people" from the government.

The free enterprise system will always be far more efficient in creating wealth and prosperity for all. Socialism only means that everybody gets to be equally poor. Ask the French, who are about to go bankrupt because as Margaret Thatcher said:

"The problem with Socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money."

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Rating: 5 stars  

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Excellent charity, I rate them 97%. Their work has helped us get closer to our original Constitution and reverse the damage done by Communism in the USA. True Patriots.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 1 stars  

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I like the work Americans for Propserity Foundation does. But AFP Foundation is now involved with giving funds to some very shady characters in Chicago. Why? I see that AFP is giving money to Dan Proft, who is involved with the dirty town of Cicero and Morton school districts. Proft has deep ties to Cicero president Larry Dominick who has even made Chicago headlines for how corrupt his operation is. Proft has been questioned over his bizarre no-bid contracts for doing no work from Dominick and his relationship with Craig and Jeff Pesek. The Peseks have been caught on FBI surveillance tape discussing a mob-ordered bombing with the drug dealer who was convicted of the crime.

Is this what AFP supports? Shameful.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Some

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

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From the CBS Evening News June 8, 20111


Residents in a Detroit neighborhood received a scare this week when they found what appeared to be eviction notices on their doors. The flyers, however, turned out to be political pamphlets in opposition to the construction of a controversial new bridge.


The fake eviction notices were posted by a local chapter of Americans for Prosperity, the conservative political advocacy group backed by Charles and David Koch, the billionaire brothers who run Koch Industries and are longtime libertarians. Local political leaders and columnists are condemning the group for scaring residents -- whose homes sit in the epicenter of the nation's foreclosure crisis -- while refusing to disclose which of its corporate backers are funding the flyers.


At the center of the flyer in question, in large print, reads: "Eviction Notice." In medium print, the top of the flyer reads, "This property is subject to seizure by the Michigan Department of Transportation." Only in small print does the flyer say the property in question could be seized if legislation approving the bridge is passed.


Michigan's Republican Gov. Rick Snyder supports the bridge construction, as did his Democratic predecessor Jennifer Granholm. The bridge would link Detroit to Canada, and Canada has agreed to fund a loan for its construction. So far its construction has failed to receive state legislative support, in part because of lobbying, particularly from private bridge company Ambassador Bridge, the Michigan Messenger reports.


Calling American for Prosperity's fake eviction notices "emotional terrorism," Detroit Free Press editorial editor Stephen Henderson points out that if the bridge project were approved, no one would be technically "evicted" -- the law requires that any land acquisition for such a project come with remuneration, and land owners in areas with depressed home values can even end up better off.


Still, the fake eviction notices had residents on edge. Resident Steve Toth told the Free Press his elderly mother saw the flyer and "damn near keeled over," while one of his neighbors was "beside himself."


Scott Hagerstrom, American for Prosperity's Michigan state director, told the Free Press the group had no apologies for the flyer.


"It was meant to startle people," he said. "We really wanted people to take notice. This is the time that their opinions need to be heard. We wanted people to read it."


State Rep. Rashida Tlaib reportedly said the flyers created "chaos" among her constituents. State Sen. Coleman Young II, whose name was on the flyer as the politician to contact about the bridge, called the flyer "slime-ball, gutter politics."


"Americans for Prosperity has linked arms with Ambassador Bridge Owner Matty Moroun in order to preserve the monopoly Moroun enjoys now," Henderson wrote.


The Detroit International Bridge Co. -- the operating arm of Ambassador Bridge -- released a statement saying it had nothing to do with the flyers, even though it has been lobbying heavily against the bridge.


"Let me be clear that the Detroit International Bridge Co. had nothing to do with the bogus eviction notices posted at homes in southwest Detroit yesterday," the company's president Dan Stamper said in a statement. "Although we disagree with plans for a bridge that would disrupt the neighborhood and displace residents, we would never distribute misleading information to disturb or upset residents."


Still, it's impossible to know who is behind the Americans for Prosperity campaign since recent developments in campaign finance, including the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision, allow such groups to keep its donors private.




I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

toying with the lives of Michigan residents, supporting the political desires of a private corporation

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

put it out of its business of politicking for profit-making businesses.

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I find this charity is in reality a political action organization. They should not be calling themselves a charity. Shame on them.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

ALL of their actions are political. There is No education.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If they want to present constitutional scholars to instruct, then this would be welcome, but what they do now IS NOT what the original framers of the U.S. Constitution had it mind.

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Rating: 1 stars  

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After watching the debate between host Rachel Maddow and the organization's spokesperson, Tim Phillips, I went to Guidestar to look at their 990. As an accountant who has prepared 990's, I went loooking for the Schedule B, list of contributors >$5,000. I always have clients who have at least one donor who donates >$5,000. Why is this organization allowed to forego this schedule? It's signed by Tim Phillips, as President. I'm not sure this is exactly a false statement, however, it certainly omits information required by the IRS. How did they get away with it?

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Be more open about my large contributors, especially of Donor Advised Funds.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The controversy it generates.

Ways to make it better...

The schedule B listing all donors >$5,000 would have been present.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Its credibility.

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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