David Horowitz Freedom Center

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The David Horowitz Freedom Center was founded in 1988 as the Center for the Study of Popular Culture (CSPC). The Center adopted its current name in 2006.[1]

David Horowitz is its chief executive and Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch is listed as a member of staff.

Support to anti-Islam politicians in Europe

Geert Wilders

In 2012 it emerged that both David Horowitz (and Daniel Pipes via the Middle East Forum's Legal Project) had both given money to Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders.[2] While declining to specify amounts, according to Reuters, Horowitz said he had paid Wilders "a good fee" for making two speeches, one in Los Angeles and one at Temple University in Philadelphia. He also paid "a special security fee of about $1,500 to the Philadelphia police department" for security costs during student protests generated by the event and for overnight accommodation for four or five Dutch government bodyguards accompanying Wilders on a 2009 US trip.[2]

During Wilders' visit to Los Angeles, the David Horowitz Freedom Center organized an event at which Danish cartoons lampooning the Prophet Mohammed were auctioned but Horowitz claimed he did not remember how much money this event raised or what happened to the proceeds. Reuters reported that while former officials from Wilders' Freedom Party (known as PVV) - which is not publically funded and therefore is able to operate less transparently than other Dutch parties - have said it relies almost entirely on foreign donations, both Horowitz and Pipes deny funding political activities in the Netherlands. The non-profit, tax exempt organisations they run are, under U.S. tax laws, forbidden from giving direct financial backing to any political candidate or party but may sponsor policy debates.[2]

In September 2015 however a Dutch interior ministry disclosure revealed that Wilders’ PVV party had received €18,110 ($20,000) from the centre on 28 March 2014. This was the result of a new law requiring parties to publish grants above 4500 euros. [3]The PVV had previously resisted such disclosure.

Funding

Top donors calculated by IRS filings up to 2013 included:

[4]

2015

2014

2013

The centre has also received funds from the Middle East Forum.

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

Funding counterjihad activists

2010-2013

Politico reported in September 2010 that the Center was funding Robert Spencer's Jihad Watch website:

Though it was not listed on the public tax reports filed by Horowitz’s Freedom Center, POLITICO has confirmed that the lion’s share of the $920,000 it provided over the past three years to Jihad Watch came from [Joyce] Chernick, whose husband, Aubrey Chernick, has a net worth of $750 million, as a result of his 2004 sale to IBM of a software company he created, and a security consulting firm he now owns.[66]

The US Conservative Transparency database shows that the Horowitz Freedom Center made three donations between 2010 and 2012 to counterjihad writer and activist Robert Spencer's Jihad Watch:

-$45,500 in 2012
-$95,000 in 2011
-$30,000 in 2010 [67]

2013

Overseas, the DHFC gave $581,058 to the Middle East and North Africa region; the purpose cited was 'Education on Middle Eastern conflicts and coverage of events in the region'. [68]

2014

In 2014 the DHFC granted US $10,000 to Freedom X, an organisation that claims to 'protect conservative values and religious freedom of expression', explicitly declaring to be fight against 'islamic indoctrination' .[69]

Overseas, the DHFC gave $249,125 to the Middle East and North Africa region; the purpose cited was 'Education on Middle Eastern conflicts and coverage of events in the region'.

Staff

Board

Affiliations

Articles

Center announcements

Contact information

David Horowitz Freedom Center
P.O. Box 361269
Los Angeles, CA 90036-9828
Phone: (818) 849-3470
E-mail: info AT horowitzfreedomcenter.org
Web: http://www.horowitzfreedomcenter.org

External resources

Notes

  1. About the Center, David Horowitz Freedom Center, accessed 21 September 2010.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Anthony Deutsch and Mark Hosenball, Exclusive: U.S. groups helped fund Dutch anti-Islam politician Wilders, Reuters, 10 September 2012
  3. PVV disclosure to the Dutch interior minister dated 28 May 2015
  4. Top Supporters of David Horowitz Freedom Center, accessed 10 June 2015
  5. Edgerly Foundation, Form 990, 2015.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 David Horowitz Freedom Center, Conservative Transparency Database, accessed 10 June 2015
  7. David Horowitz Freedom Center Top Contributors 2014, Conservative Transparency, Accessed 20 October 2016.
  8. Middle East Forum, 990 Form, 2014.
  9. Milstein Family Foundation, Form 990, 2014
  10. Snider Foundation, Form 990, 2014.
  11. MZ Foundation, 990 Form, 2014.
  12. Form 990 2014, Foundation Center, accessed 30 September 2016
  13. Form 990 Year ending December 2014, Foundation Center, accessed 18 January 2016
  14. Form 990 2014, Foundation Center, accessed 25 January 2016
  15. Edgerly Foundation, Form 990, 2014.
  16. Hickory Foundation, 990 Form, 2014
  17. Jewish Communal Fund, 990 Form, 2014. accessed 26 October 2016.
  18. Form 990 2014, Foundation Center, accessed 18 January 2016
  19. Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Form 990, 2014.
  20. Form 990 2014, Foundation Center, accessed 19 January 2016
  21. Allegheny Foundation, 990 Form, 2013
  22. Allegheny Foundation, 990 Form, 2013
  23. Form 990 2013, Foundation Center, accessed 19 January 2016
  24. Form 990 2013, Foundation Center, accessed 20 January 2016
  25. Milstein Family Foundation, Form 990, 2013
  26. Snider Foundation, Form 990, 2013.
  27. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Fund, Form 990, 2013.
  28. Donors Trust donations, Conservative Transparency, accessed 21 October 2015
  29. MZ Foundation, 990 Form, 2013.
  30. Edgerly Foundation, Form 990, 2013.
  31. Emerson Family Foundation, Form 990, 2013.
  32. Form 990 2014, Foundation Center, accessed 22 January 2016
  33. Jewish Communal Fund, 990 Form, 2013. accessed 26 October 2016.
  34. Form 990 2013, Foundation Center, accessed 18 January 2016
  35. [Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Form 990, 2013.
  36. Donors Capital Fund, 990 Form, 2013.
  37. 37.0 37.1 37.2 37.3 David Horowitz Freedom Center, Conservative Transparency database, accessed 2 March 2015
  38. David Horowitz Freedom Center, Conservative Transparency database, accessed 3 March 2015
  39. Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Conservative Transparency database, search date 4 May 2015
  40. Milstein Family Foundation, Form 990, 2012
  41. Snider Foundation, Form 990, 2012.
  42. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Fund, Form 990, 2013.
  43. Top recipients 2012, Conservative Transparency, accessed 20 october 2016.
  44. MZ Foundation, 990 Form, 2012.
  45. Form 990 2012, Foundation Center, accessed 30 September 2016
  46. Edgerly Foundation, Form 990, 2012.
  47. Emerson Family Foundation, Form 990, 2012.
  48. Hickory Foundation, 990 Form, 2012
  49. IRS Form 990PF for calendar year 2013
  50. Jewish Communal Fund, 990 Form, 2014. accessed 26 October 2016.
  51. [Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Form 990, 2012.
  52. Snider Foundation, Form 990, 2011.
  53. Edgerly Foundation, Form 990, 2011.
  54. Hickory Foundation, 990 Form, 2011
  55. David Horowitz Freedom Center, Conservative Transparency database, accessed 3 March 2015
  56. Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Form 990, 2011.
  57. Sarah Scaife Foundation , 990 Form, 2011
  58. Form 990 2011, Foundation Center, accessed 30 September 2016
  59. Fairbrook Foundation; 2010 transactions, Conservative Transparency, accessed 18 October 2016.
  60. 60.0 60.1 60.2 Newton and Rochelle Becker Charitable Trust Donations, Conservative Transparency, accessed 20 October 2016.
  61. Hickory Foundation, 990 Form, 2010
  62. Fairbrook Foundation; 2009 transactions, Conservative Transparency, accessed 18 October 2016.
  63. Arthur N. Rupe Foundation, Form 990, 2009.
  64. Hickory Foundation, 990 Form, 2009
  65. Fairbrook Foundation; 2008 transactions, Conservative Transparency, accessed 18 October 2016.
  66. Kenneth P. Vogel and Giovanni Russonello, Latest mosque issue: The money trail, Politico, 4 September 2010.
  67. David Horowitz Freedom Center, Grants, Conservative Transparency database, accessed 3 March 2015
  68. David Horowitz Freedom Center , 990 Form, 2013.
  69. Freedom X, website accessed November 2015, and 13 October 2016
  70. Kiersten Marek, Meet the Funders Gunning to Kill Obamacare, Inside Philanthropy, 9 February 2015, accessed 27 April 2015