Searle Freedom Trust

The Searle Freedom Trust (SFT) is a conservative 501(c)(3) private foundation, consisting of wealth inherited from pharmaceutical G.D. Searle & Company, which is now part of Pfizer. Daniel C. Searle formed the trust in 1988 in order to back his ideas as a “free enterprise conservative,” according to former board member Howard J. Trienens. The foundation funds Americans for Prosperity, the American Enterprise Institute, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the Heartland Institute, State Policy Network, and many other right-wing groups.


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