The Heritage Foundation’s sister organization, Heritage Action for America, was featured on the front page of the Style section in today’s Washington Post.
The article starts off with a description of Action’s strength:
Think of Heritage Action as the Clark Kent of the conservative think tank world — as buttoned-down and statistics-laden as can be, but when the nemesis (Democrats! Liberals! Wishy-washy Republicans!) come into sight, the glasses come off and the lobbying muscles flex.
The article features accolades for Heritage Action from lawmakers, political commentators and grassroots leaders:
- “Heritage is really the only group that’s gotten down into the trenches,” said Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.).
- “They’re very knowledgeable about identifying pieces of legislation or bills that Republicans might support but conservatives would not,” said Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.)
- “I’ve met with [Needham] more times than we could count,” said Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), a tea party favorite. And Heritage Action is starting to build a broader following among grass-roots leaders as well.
- “As far as organizations go in Washington, they have a lot of street cred,” says Erick Erickson, editor of the influential conservative Web site RedState.com. “They have the ability moving forward to probably be the most significant voice on the right as far as politically active groups go.”
- “If you try to debate an issue and you cite as your source Heritage Action, it gives you instant credibility,” says Ginny Quaglia, a 58-year-old retiree from Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., who works with one of Heritage Action’s many state-based affiliates and is also involved with local tea party groups.