Ed McKinney

Ed McKinney

The Heritage Foundation is a far-right conservative think tank with an annual revenue stream of more than $86 million (latest) funded by some of the wealthiest Americans and corporations. Its mission is to “formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values and a strong national defense.”

It was founded in February 1973 by Paul Weyrich, Edwin Feulner and Joseph Coors. Coors, owner of the Coors Brewing Company, became the primary funder in its early years. Funding also came from billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife. Weyrich was its first president.

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Community Voices columnist Ed McKinney of Johnson City is a retired business educator.

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