Liberty Fund, Inc. is an American private educational foundation headquartered in Indianapolis, founded by Pierre F. Goodrich. Through publishing, conferences, and educational resources, the operating mandate of the Liberty Fund was set forth in an unpublished memo written by Goodrich "to encourage the study of the ideal of a society of free and responsible individuals".
Liberty Fund was founded by Pierre F. Goodrich in 1960. In 1997 it received an $80 million donation from Goodrich's wife, Enid, increasing its assets to over $300 million.
In November 2015, it was announced that the Liberty Fund was building a $22 million headquarters in Carmel, Indiana.
Besides its main website, the Liberty Fund also sponsors the following websites:
The Online Library of Liberty
Library of Economics and Liberty
Online Library of Law & Liberty
In his book The Assault on Reason, former U.S. Vice President and presidential candidate Al Gore wrote that between 2002 and 2004, 97% of the attendees at Liberty Fund training seminars for judges were Republican administration appointees. Gore suggests that such conferences and seminars are one of the reasons that judges who regularly attend such conferences "are generally responsible for writing the most radical pro-corporate, antienvironmental, and activist decisions". Referring to what he calls the "Big Three"--the Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment, George Mason University's Law & Economics Center, and the Liberty Fund--Gore adds, "These groups are not providing unbiased judicial education. They are giving multithousand-dollar vacations to federal judges to promote their radical right-wing agenda at the expense of the public interest."
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