Prosperity 101 is a for-profit limited liability corporation that strives, in its own words, "To help employees understand how public policy affects the stability of their own jobs by becoming Informed, Involved, Impactful." It provides resources to employers to teach their employees about free market policies.
Linda Hansen is credited with creating the Prosperity 101 program. Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain and Wall Street Journal writer Stephen Moore wrote parts of the Prosperity 101 handbook. Cain, Moore and Hansen have all been featured speakers at Prosperity 101 events.
According to PRWatch:
"The Prosperity 101 program was reportedly presented in at least a dozen workplaces at the height of the 2010 elections, most of them in Wisconsin. Menards hardware store was one of those businesses, whose owner John Menard was a Walker donor and sits on the board of the powerful business lobby Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC). The gas station and convenience store chain Kwik Trip, another major Walker donor, also invited Prosperity 101 to "educate" its employees during the election season. Same with Wausau Homes, whose co-owners and the co-founder's wife gave Walker a total of $25,000 during the 2010 election, and which received a major tax break in Walker's budget."
- CMD's Quick Guide to the Mark Block "Blocktopus" Brendan Fischer and Sara Jerving, PR Watch, November 8, 2011, accessed November 10, 2011