Heritage looks to the tea parties

The group that drafted many modern-era conservative ideas is taking a page from the tea parties.

For decades, conservative lawmakers have turned to Heritage Foundation for policy drafts on everything from health care to foreign policy.

Now the think tank is looking to build its grassroots base.

With the creation of the Heritage Action earlier this year, the foundation can legally lobby for its policies, mobilize the grassroots, and influence elections.

“People are starting to look at Heritage for leadership,” said Mike Needham, who runs the new group. “Washington is not staying true to the principles they believe in.”

Together, the institutional power of the think tank and its new “do tank” of activists could wield more influence on Capitol Hill than ever before.

Read on here.

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