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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Economics, Education

Mission: Educate us persons to increase awareness of the operation and value of a free economy.

Programs: State chapters - educate the american public to increase awareness of state government impact on the operation and value of a free economy.

national office - educate the american public to increase awareness of the federal government's impact on the operation and value of a free economy.

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8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Nancy E P.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

A supposedly charitable org that puts out FAKE EVICTION notices terrorizing and traumatizing families and for their own $$ gains should have their nonprofit status revoked. (http://bit.ly/2aHxWih )

Donor

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

Excellent organization attempting to move America back to a more free market system.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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.

Review from CharityNavigator

3 Craig R.

Volunteer

Rating: 1

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.




Review from Guidestar

3 James C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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

Review from CharityNavigator

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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?