Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation

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The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation Credit: The Bradley Foundation

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation is a grant-making foundation that has been called the US's 'largest and most influential right-wing organization'.

History

According to the Media Transparency website:

With over $700 million in assets1 (down to $489 million in 2002), the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation of Milwaukee, Wisconsin is the country's largest and most influential right-wing foundation. As of the end of 1998, it was giving away more than $30 million a year [The Bradley Foundation 1998 Annual Report].
Its financial resources, its clear political agenda, and its extensive national network of contacts and collaborators in political, academic and media circles has allowed it to exert an important influence on key issues of public policy. While its targets range from affirmative action to social security, it has seen its greatest successes in the areas of welfare "reform" and attempts to privatize public education through the promotion of school vouchers.[1]
Bradley supports the organizations and individuals that promote the deregulation of business, the rollback of virtually all social welfare programs, and the privitization of government services. As a result, the list of Bradley grant recipients reads like a Who's Who of the U.S.Right. Bradley money supports such major right-wing groups as the Heritage Foundation, source of policy papers on budget cuts, supply-side economics and the Star Wars military plan for the Reagan administration; the Madison Center for Educational Affairs, which provides funding for right-wing research and a network of conservative student newspapers; and the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, literary home for such racist authors as Charles Murray (The Bell Curve) and Dinesh D'Souza (The End of Racism), former conservative officeholders Jeane Kirkpatrick, Jack Kemp and William Bennett, and arch-conservative jurists Robert Bork and Antonin Scalia.
Other Bradley grantees include the Free Congress Research and Education Foundation; the Hoover Institute on War, Revolution, and Peace; and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. There are the major conservative publications, such as The Public Interest, The National Interest,and The American Spectator. And there are organizations set up to play specific roles in promoting the right-wing agenda, such as the Institute for Justice, a public interest law firm that promotes privatization and deregulation, and the National Center for Neighborhood Enterprise, a vehicle for building support for privatization in low-income communities.[2]

According to Rightweb, the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation aided the rise to national prominence of former presidential candidate and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

Funding decisions

Leo Strauss archives

The John M. Olin Center for Inquiry into the Theory and Practice of Democracy helped obtain funding from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation for the microfilming of the Leo Strauss archives at the University of Chicago's Regenstein Library.[2]

Counterjihad network funding

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation provided $100,000 for anti-terrorism expert Steve Emerson’s documentary film Jihad in America, has also funded a study by Robert Satloff, executive director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a think tank spun off by directors of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. The foundation has also provided grants to the Foreign Policy Research Institute of Philadelphia, then headed by Daniel Pipes and an associate, Khaled Duran, who also was Emerson’s collaborator producing Jihad in America.[3]

In 2012 its top 25 beneficiaries included the David Horowitz Freedom Center, to which it gave US $265,000. [4]

The foundation reportedly broke off funding to the Center for Security Policy in 2013.[5]

In 2013, according to IRS filings, the foundation granted the David Horowitz Freedom Center US $8,213,000 for general support. [6]

Between the years 2000-2009, the foundation gave a total of $240,000 in donations to the Middle East Forum.[7]

Other counterjihad groups they funded in 2013 included:

National Grants

Grant recipients of the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in $ USD [9]
Organisation 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 Total 2009-2015
Acton Institute - 105,000 50,000 85,000 100,000 125,000 - 465,000
American Enterprise Institute - 407,500 512,500 570,000 430,000 - 400,000 2,320,000
American Foreign Policy Council - 160,000 135,000 80,000 80,000 80,000 100,000 635,000
American Islamic Congress - 40,000 35,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 20,000 170,000
American Majority - - - - - 400,000 - 400,000
Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa - - 30,000 30,000 30,000 - - 90,000
Barry Goldwater Institute for Public Policy Research - - - - - 450,000 - 450,000
Cato Institute - 25,000 125,000 65,000 - 150,000 425,000 790,000
Center for America - - 250,000 - - - - 250,000
Center for Immigration Studies - 25,000 20,000 15,000 15,000 15,000 10,000 100,000
Center for Individual Rights - 90,000 80,000 70,000 - 155,000 - 395,000
Center for Public Justice - - - - - - 25,000 25,000
Center for Security Policy - 75,000 70,000 60,000 50,000 - - 255,000
Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change - - 15,000 10,000 - - - 25,000
Commentary - 40,000 35,000 - - - - 75,000
Competitive Enterprise Institute - - 90,000 210,000 250,000 150,000 - 700,000
Council on Foreign Relations - - 35,000 10,000 15,000 40,000 25,000 125,000
David Horowitz Freedom Center - 295,000 280,000 265,000 225,000 350,000 315,000 1,730,000
Donors Trust - 25,000 625,000 1,006,565 787,727 100,000 30,000 2,574,292
Encounter for Culture and Education - - - - - 1,275,000 - 1,275,000
Federalist Society - 230,000 595,000 395,000 - - - 1,220,000
Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies - - - - 425,000 325,000 - 750,000
Freedom Foundation - - - - - 100,000 500,000 600,000
Foreign Policy Research Institute - 75,000 75,000 75,000 185,000 - - 410,000
Foundation for Defense of Democracies - 75,000 127,150 130,000 75,000 100,000 100,000 607,150
Foundation for Excellence in Education - 50,000 290,000 40,000 30,000 25,000 - TOT
Foundation for Individual Rights in Education - 80,000 80,000 90,000 75,000 100,000 - 335,000
Freedom House - 100,000 150,000 75,000 - - - 325,000
Fund for American Studies - - - 40,000 - - - 40,000
Heritage Foundation - 225,000 220,000 230,000 100,000 130,000 130,000 1,035,000
Hudson Institute - 900,000 855,000 780,000 800,000 805,000 640,000 4,780,000
Institute for Educational Advancement - - - - 1,057,000 2,650,000 - 3,707,000
Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis - 212,500 187,500 195,000 185,000 145,000 145,000 1,070,000
Institute for Humane Studies - 5,000 5,000 30,000 25,000 30,000 30,000 125,000
Institute for Justice - - - - - 175,000 - 175,000
Institute for the Study of Strategy and Politics - - - - - - 50,000 50,000
Manhattan Institute for Policy Research - - - - - 575,000 775,000 1,350,000
Media Research Center - 275,000 260,000 260,000 - - - 795,000
Middle East Forum - 50,000 50,000 25,000 35,000 40,000 - 200,000
Middle East Media Research Institute - 35,000 35,000 - 20,000 25,000 35,000 150,000
National Center for Policy Analysis - 150,000 180,000 115,000 - - - 445,000
Philanthropy Roundtable - 260,000 260,000 260,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 1,530,000
Quilliam Foundation - - - 75,000 - - - 75,000
RAND Corporation - - - - 25,000 25,000 - 50,000
Reason Foundation - - - - - 25,000 50,000 75,000

European grants

The following list shows donations made by the Bradley Foundation to European individuals, organisations and programmes taken from its 990-F filings.

2000

Committee for Cultural Collaboration - $95,000 – to support scholarships
European Foundation Centre - $10,000
Institut fur die Wissenchaften vom Menschen - $50,000
Keston Institute - $75,000 – to support general operations
Social Affairs Unit - $20,000 – To support a study of friendship as a social institution
Ukrainian Catholic Education Foundation - $20,000
Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue - $19,000 To support the Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies’ Bradley Lecture

2001

The Mont Pelerin Society, London – $25,000 to support fellowships for the 2002 General Meeting

2002

Committee for Cultural Collaboration – $30,000 to support the meeting fund and the scholarship program for Bulgarian Orthodox students
Council for Inter-Relgious Dialogue - $20,000 to support the meeting fund and the Bulgarian Othodox scholarship fund
Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace - $25,000 to support a conference on Czestochowa, Poland on “Social Thought and Action of the Church in Central and Eastern Europe
Pontifical Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies - $25,000 to support the Bradley Lecture and general program activities

2003

Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue - $30,000 to support the meeting fund
Pontifical Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies - $20,000 to support The Bradley Conference 2003 and general operations
Prieure de l'Union des Eglises ASBL - $15,000 to support Bulletin Europaica
Stonyhurst College – $20,000 to support general operations

2004

Committee for Cultural Collaboration (Rome, Italy) - $35,000 to support educational and other program activities related to the promotion of ecumenical dialogue with Russian orthodoxy.
Council for Inter-Relgious Dialogue (Rome, Italy) - $30,000 to support student scholarships and publications
Pontifical Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies - (Rome, Italy) - $20,000 to support The Bradley Conference 2004 and general operations

2005

Committee for Cultural Collaboration (Rome, Italy) - $50,000 to support general program activities related to promoting contact between Eastern and Western Christians
Pontifical Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies (Rome, Italy) – $20,000 to support the Bradley Lecture and the Institute’s academic programming

2006

Committee for Cultural Collaboration (Rome, Italy) - $90,000 to support educational and other program activities related to the promotion of ecumenical dialogue with Eastern orthodoxy. $1,000 to support general operations.
Pontifical Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies (Rome, Italy) - $25,000 to support the Bradley Lecture and the Institute’s academic programming

2007

Committee for Cultural Collaboration (Rome, Italy) $70,000 to support general program activities related to promoting contact between Eastern and Western Christianity.
Pontifical Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies (Rome, Italy) - $25,000 to support the Bradley Lecture and academic programs.
Lay Centre at Foyer Unitas (Rome, Italy) - $25,000 to support general operations

2008

Committee for Cultural Collaboration (Rome, Italy) - $55,000 to support general program activities related to promoting contact between Eastern and Western Christianity.
Consilium Conferentiarum Episcoporum Europee (St. Gallen, Switzerland) - $140,000 to support a forum on the family.
Benedictus Foundation (Munich, Germany) - $35,000 to support the Institute for Business Anthropology at the University of Munich.
Saint Adalbert Center of Instruction (Budapest, Hungary) - $35,000 to support meetings and conferences.
International Theological Institute for Studies in Marriage and the Family (Gaming, Austria) - $75,000 to support the MTS degree program and a symposium
Lay Centre at Foyer Unitas (Rome, Italy) $25,000 to support general operations
Pontifical Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies (Rome, Italy) $150,000 to support various activities in interfaith dialogue. $25,000 to support the Bradley Lecture and academic programs.

People

Program

External Relations

Finance and Investment

Administration

Notable former members include

As Ronald Reagan's Secretary of Education, Bennett made headlines attacking bilingual education and multicultural curricula. As Reagan's Drug Czar, he presided over one of the most repressive- and racially selective - crackdowns on drug use in the country's history, a development that led to a six-fold increase in the state and federal prison population. A leading figure in the neo-conservative movement, he is a co-founder and co-director of the Republican advocacy group Empower America [The Feeding Trough].

Nobel Laureate in economics from the University of Chicago; a leading member of Milton Friedman's "Chicago School" of economics, working "primarily in the area of industrial organization and public regulation" [From a May, 1989 interview with Stigler in The Region.] Economists from the Chicago School played the leading role in transforming the economy of Chile after the CIA-led overthrow of President Allende, a Marxist. As a result of their intervention, Chile's ruling class profited handsomely, while workers and the poor saw their standard of living plummet amid brutal political repression.

Former head of the U.S. Information Agency; former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican; former director of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. (Radio Free Europe, established in 1949, and Radio Liberty,1951, were created to broadcast news and current affairs programs to the former socialist countries of Eastern Europe. They were funded principally by the U.S. Congress, through the Central Intelligence Agency [From the official Radio Free Europe web site.]

Owner of a Milwaukee printed tape products company. "He had also spent considerable time as the junior member of a circle of conservative Milwaukee industrialists, Harry Bradley among them, who sponsored lectures, funded anti-communist programs, and provided early critical support for [William F.Buckley's] National Review. In 1956 Brady had established his own foundation to support, however modestly, public policy initiatives" [The Bradley Legacy].

Milwaukee venture capitalist; founder & chairman, Lubar & Co., Inc.; president, Business Advisory Council; former president, Marine Capital Corporation; chairman and CEO of Mortgage Associates (1966-1973); president and chairman of the executive committee of Midland National Bank(1975-1977); chairman and CEO of Christiana Companies Inc. Also, former Assistant Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development; Commissioner of the Federal Housing Administration; director of the Federal National Mortgage Association; and commissioner of the White House Conference on Small Business. In 1991, he was appointed a regent of the University of Wisconsin System. In 1987 Lubar became a director of the UWM Foundation and served as its president from 1988 to 1990 [University of Wisconsin web site].[3]

Resources

Notes

  1. Jennifer A. Galloway 'UW FACULTY DEFEND FREE EXPRESSION' Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, WI) November 15, 1996, Friday, ALL EDITIONS, SECTION: Front, Pg. 1A
  2. About the John M. Olin Center for Inquiry into the Theory and Practice of Democracy, John M. Olin Center, accessed 4 September 2009.
  3. Richard H. Curtiss, Washington Report on Middle Eastern Affairs, September 1999, pp.138-140
  4. Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Conservative Transparency database, search date 4 May 2015
  5. Daniel Bice, Bradley Foundation, Johnson seek distance from anti-Islam group, Journal Sentinel, 14 December 2015.
  6. Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation donations, Conservative Transparency, accessed 21 October 2015
  7. MEF Funding, rightweb.irc, accessed 29 January 2016
  8. Form 990 2013, Foundation Center, accessed 21 January 2016
  9. Data compiled from yearly 990 forms