FreedomWorks History

FreedomWorks, Inc. was founded in 1984 as the Foundation for a Sound Economy. Originally a 501(c)(3) education foundation, in 1988 it was converted to a 501(c)(4) advocacy organization named Citizens for a Sound Economy, Inc. (CSE). In 2004, CSE became FreedomWorks, Inc.

Since 2004, FreedomWorks has continued to grow. New organizations were added, to expand our capacity in the fields of education and politics. Today, the FreedomWorks “family” is comprised of three separate organizations that each serve a unique role.

FreedomWorks, Inc. is a nonpartisan grassroots advocacy organization under Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. As an advocacy organization, FreedomWorks is able to take direct action for or against specific legislation in Congress by mobilizing our grassroots army to stand in defense of liberty. FreedomWorks recruits, trains, and mobilizes these activists to fight for lower taxes, less government, and more freedom. Year round, we host activist workshops and promote our efforts to bring the message of freedom to Congress. Gifts to FreedomWorks, Inc. are not tax-deductible as charitable contributions.

FreedomWorks Foundation is a research and education organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. FreedomWorks Foundation does not participate in, nor try to influence the results of, any federal, state, or local election. Instead, the Foundation counters the liberal bias of our universities and the mainstream media by conducting research on policy issues and educating our vast grassroots community on the basic tenets of free market philosophy. Gifts to FreedomWorks Foundation are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law.

FreedomWorks for America is an independent expenditure-only political action committee, registered with the FEC. Commonly referred to as a “super PAC,” FreedomWorks for America (FWFA) is distinguished from the member-connected PAC in that it can solicit contributions from non-members and there is no contribution limit. FWFA is not allowed to make contributions to candidates, but it can make unlimited expenditures for or against candidates, as long as the communications are made independently from any candidate or political party. Contributions to FWFA are not tax-deductible as charitable contributions, and federal law requires FWFA to report to the FEC information regarding all donors over $200 within a calendar year.