Koch and Americans for Prosperity
May 18, 2014
Among the hundreds of organizations that have received monetary support from Koch companies, Charles Koch, David Koch, and/or the Koch foundations are Americans for Prosperity and Americans for Prosperity Foundation.
AFP and AFP Foundation’s overall mission of promoting sound economic thinking is one in which we firmly believe. In addition, they stand for ideals that are critical to our nation’s future and the well-being of all people: limited government as set forth in the Constitution; fiscal responsibility; removing unnecessary barriers to entrepreneurship; and restoring fairness to our judicial system.
AFP and AFP Foundation operate independently of Koch Industries. We are not involved in their day-to-day operations and we do not direct the activities of either organization.
AFP & AFPF Founding
In 1984, Dr. Richard Fink, Charles Koch, David Koch and Jay Humphreys co-founded Citizens for a Sound Economy and Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation. Over time the participants in CSE and the CSE Foundation developed different visions. In 2004, due to philosophical differences, CSE Foundation and CSE discontinued their affiliation. The CSE Foundation was renamed Americans for Prosperity Foundation and AFP Foundation created a 501(c)(4) organization, Americans for Prosperity. CSE merged with FreedomWorks. Koch has no ties to and has never given money to FreedomWorks.
AFP & AFPF Background
AFP and AFP Foundation are legally separate organizations with two separate governing boards. AFP Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization and focuses on citizen education about economic policy and a return of the federal government to its Constitutional limits. AFP, a 501(c)(4) entity, focuses on citizen advocacy.
AFP and AFP Foundation have grown to more than 2.3 million members in all 50 states and 34 state chapters and affiliates. More than 90,000 Americans in all 50 states have made a financial contribution to AFP or AFP Foundation. David Koch is chairman of the board for AFP Foundation.