Free State Foundation

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The Free State Foundation (FSF) is a conservative think tank located in Rockville, MD. The FSF works to promote "free market, limited government, and rule of law principles at the federal level and in Maryland."[1]. FSF is a member of the State Policy Network.

Ties to the American Legislative Council

The FSF has ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) through Seth Cooper, who joined FSF as a full time research fellow in 2010.[2] Mr. Cooper is the former director of the ALEC Telecommunications and Information Technology Task Force and currently acts as Amicus Counsel for ALEC.[3][4]

About ALEC
ALEC is a corporate bill mill. It is not just a lobby or a front group; it is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, corporations hand state legislators their wishlists to benefit their bottom line. Corporations fund almost all of ALEC's operations. They pay for a seat on ALEC task forces where corporate lobbyists and special interest reps vote with elected officials to approve “model” bills. Learn more at the Center for Media and Democracy's, and check out breaking news on our site.

Contact Details

For information:
Mailing Address: The Free State Foundation
P. O. Box 60680
Potomac, MD 20859
Office Location: 6259 Executive Blvd., Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: 301-984-8253


  1. "About Us", organizational website, accessed November 2012
  2. Free State Foundation, News Release: "Seth Cooper Joins FSF as Research Fellow
  3. "Senior Fellows and Staff", organizational website, accessed November 2012
  4. "Meet Our Staff"
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