Heartland Institute Documents

On Feburary 14, 2012, an unknown source provided ThinkProgress with internal documents from the Heartland Institute, a corporate-funded right-wing think tank involved in climate, health care, telecommunications, and education policy, and Midwest politics. Heartland has issued a press release claiming that some of these documents were sent to an outsider under false pretenses and that one document in the set is a fake. ThinkProgress does not know the identity of the anonymous source of the documents or his or her connection, if any, to Heartland.

Update 2/20/12: The source has revealed his identity.

Update 2/24/12: Letters from Greenpeace and members of Congress have been added below.

All files below are PDFs.

Documents From The ‘Heartland Insider’

2012 Heartland Budget33-page confidential document detailing staff, salaries, projects, budgets and spending for 2011 and 2012.


2012 Fundraising Plan29-page confidential document detailing staff, projects, funding — including a comprehensive list of large funders — and spending for 2011 and 2012. Projects which will seek new funds for 2012 include: Free to Choose Medicine Project; Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change; Operation Angry Badger; Center for Transforming Education; Chicago FIRE Outreach; David H. Padden Internship Program; Cook County Public Debt Project; Global Warming Curriculum for K-12 Schools; Hydraulic Fracturing Project; and a Weather Stations Project.

Board Directory 01–18–12Single-page document with contact information for Heartland Institute board of directors.

Binder115-page document. Contents: Notice of a January 17, 2011 board meeting; Agenda for the January 17, 2011 board meeting; Minutes of the October 18, 2011 board meeting; Appendix to the minutes of the October 18, 2011 board meeting; Resume of Charles A. Lang, CF/OO Trippe Manufacturing Company; Motions by nomination committee for January 12, 2012 board meeting; Heartland Institute financial report for the 4th quarter of 2011, dated January 12, 2012.

2012 Climate Strategy

Heartland has alleged that this document is a “total fake.” We have taken down this document as we work to determine its authenticity.

Board Meeting Package January 17Single-page document announcing January 17, 2012 board meeting.

Agenda for January 17 MeetingSingle-page agenda for the January 17, 2012 board meeting.

Minutes of January 17 meeting (original Microsoft Word file)Two-page minutes of January 17, 2012 board meeting.

Other Documents

CAPAF General Counsel letter to Heartland Institute (2/21/12)

Climate Science Legal Defense Fund letter to Heartland Institute (2/21/12)

Rep. Raul Grijalva letter re: Indur Goklany (2/22/12)

Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) letter to Heartland Institute (2/24/12)

Greenpeace letters to six universities asking the University President about professors on their campus mentioned in the documents, and to the Departments of Energy and Interior about employees mentioned in the documents:

Greenpeace letter to DOE (2/22/12)

Greenpeace letter to DOI (2/22/12)

Letter to AZ State University (2/22/12)  — Letter to Harvard (2/22/12)  — Letter to Lakehead University (2/22/12)  — Letter to Michigan Technical U (2/22/12)  — Letter to U of Missouri (2/22/12)  — Letter to University of Victoria (2/22/12)