David Horowitz Freedom Center

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David Horowitz Freedom Center
DH-FreedomCenter logo.jpg
Founded 1988
Founder David Horowitz
Peter Collier
Type Conservative think-tank
Focus Media
Coordinates 34°09′05″N 118°27′16″W / 34.1514°N 118.4544°W / 34.1514; -118.4544
Area served
United States
Product FrontPage Magazine
Key people
David Horowitz, Founder & CEO
Peter Collier, Vice President of Publications
Michael Finch, President
Revenue (2013)
Website www.horowitzfreedomcenter.org
Formerly called
Center for the Study of Popular Culture

The David Horowitz Freedom Center, formerly the Center for the Study of Popular Culture (CSPC), is a conservative[3][4][5] foundation founded in 1988 by political activist David Horowitz and his long-time collaborator Peter Collier. It was established with funding from groups including the John M. Olin Foundation, the Bradley Foundation and the Scaife Foundation. It runs several websites and blogs, including FrontPage Magazine, Students for Academic Freedom and Jihad Watch.

Change of name[edit]

In July 2006, the center changed its name from the Center for the Study of Popular Culture to the David Horowitz Freedom Center, giving the following explanation:

"We took this action for two reasons," said Board Chairman Jess Morgan. "First, when the Center began, just as the Cold War was ending, we thought that the significant issue of our time would be the political radicalization of popular culture. The culture is still a battleground, but after 9/11, it is clear that freedom itself was under assault from the new totalitarianism of terror. Secondly, David Horowitz, the Center's founder, has become increasingly identified with issues of freedom at home and abroad. We wanted to honor him and also support the efforts he has undertaken. The name change does this and rededicates us to the mission at hand."[6]

Purpose and scope[edit]

The original intention of the CSPC was to establish a foothold in Hollywood, California. It was to serve as a platform for conservative speakers and debates between conservative and liberal speakers.

In 2003 Horowitz expanded the scope of the CSPC to include monitoring what CSPC views as an ingrained hostility towards conservative scholarship and ideas within academia. He established Students for Academic Freedom (SAF) to further that goal.

DHFC is a 501(c)(3) charity. In 2005 it had revenues of $4.9 million, expenses of $4.0 million, 8.4% of which was $336,000 compensation for David Horowitz.[1] For 2008 the DHFC reported on IRS Form 990 revenues of $5,466,103 and expenses of $5,994,547 with total compensation to David Horowitz of $480,162 and to vice-president Peter Collier of $228,744.[7]

Ongoing programs[edit]

The Center has the following ongoing programs.[8]

Heterodoxy magazine[edit]

Heterodoxy was a news magazine published in a tabloid format by the center, edited by David Horowitz and Peter Collier. Its focus was said to be on exposing the excesses of "political correctness" on college and university campuses across the United States.[20]

Funding of Congressional travel[edit]

Between July 2000 and February 2006, the center (under its old name) was the sponsor of 25 trips by United States senators and representatives, all Republicans, to six different events. Total expenditures were about $43,000.[21]


The Hatewatch blog of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has described the center as a far-right organization[22] and an anti-Muslim hate group.[23][24]

Chip Berlet, writing for the SPLC, accused Horowitz of blaming slavery on "black Africans ... abetted by dark-skinned Arabs" and of "attack[ing] minority 'demands for special treatment' as 'only necessary because some blacks can't seem to locate the ladder of opportunity within reach of others,' rejecting the idea that they could be the victims of lingering racism."[25] Responding with an open letter to Morris Dees, president of the SPLC, Horowitz stated that his reminder that the slaves transported to America were bought from African and Arab slavers was a response to demands that only whites pay blacks reparations, not to hold Africans and Arabs solely responsible for slavery, and that the statement that he had denied lingering racism was "a calculated and carefully constructed lie." The letter said that Berlet's work was "so tendentious, so filled with transparent misrepresentations and smears that if you continue to post the report you will create for your Southern Poverty Law Center a well-earned reputation as a hate group itself."[26] The SPLC replied that they stood by the accuracy of the report,[27] and subsequent critical pieces on Berlet and the SPLC have been featured on Horowitz's website and personal blog.[28][29]

In a 2011 report, the Center for American Progress cited Horowitz as a prominent figure instrumental in demonizing Islam and spreading fear about an Islamic takeover of Western society.[30] Horowitz responded, saying that the Center had "joined the Muslim Brotherhood".[31]

The Anti-Defamation League wrote that Horowitz sponsors a college campus project that promotes anti-Muslim views and arranges events with anti-Muslim activists.[32] The DHFC was also a sponsor of the 3 May 2015 Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest in Garland, Texas,[33] which resulted in two Muslim terrorist attackers being shot by a Garland Police SWAT team.[34]

In 2014–2015, Horowitz provided $250,000 in funding to the Dutch far-right nationalist Geert Wilders's People's Party for Freedom and Democracy, possibly violating U.S. tax law.[35][36][37]


  1. ^ a b "Charity Navigator Rating – The David Horowitz Freedom Center". Charitynavigator.org. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  2. ^ Organizational ProfileNational Center for Charitable Statistics (Urban Institute)
  3. ^ Maureen Ryan. The Other Side of Grief: The Home Front and the Aftermath in American Narratives of the Vietnam (Culture, Politics, and the Cold War Culture, Politics, and the conservative David Horowitz Freedom Center). Univ. of Massachusetts Press. p. 213. 
  4. ^ Asma Khalid (October 20, 2007). "Horowitz campus effort targets Islamic 'fanatics'". The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  5. ^ Michael Krebs (December 23, 2010). "Controversy in Seattle over anti-Israel outdoor advertisements". DigitalJournal.com. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  6. ^ "David Horowitz Freedom Center". Horowitzfreedomcenter.org. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  7. ^ "2008 IRS Form 990" (PDF). 
  8. ^ [1] Archived June 13, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ "FrontPage Magazine". Frontpagemag.com. February 7, 2013. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  10. ^ Tapson, Mark. "TruthRevolt's New Editor-in-Chief". TruthRevolt. David Horowitz Freedom Center. Retrieved May 10, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Our Mission". TruthRevolt. David Horowitz Freedom Center. Retrieved January 7, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Discover the Networks". Discover the Networks. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  13. ^ Gorenfeld, John (April 12, 2005). "Roger Ebert and Mohammed Atta, partners in crime – Salon.com". Dir.salon.com. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Students For Academic Freedom". Students For Academic Freedom. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  15. ^ "PFAW". 
  16. ^ "Jihad Watch". Jihad Watch. March 28, 2010. Retrieved April 1, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Individual Rights Foundation". 
  18. ^ "> Documents". BSALegal.org. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  19. ^ [2] Archived October 24, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  20. ^ Horowitz, David; Collier, Peter (January 1, 1994). The Heterodoxy Handbook: How to Survive the PC Campus. Regnery Pub. – via Google Books. 
  21. ^ http://cspan.politicalmoneyline.com/cgi-win/x_PrivateSponsor.exe?DoFn=1987625
  22. ^ "Dutch Lawmaker Brings His Anti-Muslim Spiel to U.S.". 
  23. ^ SPLC Hate Map
  24. ^ NY Times April 1 2017
  25. ^ Berlet, Chip (2003). "Into the Mainstream". Intelligence Report. Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved April 23, 2006. 
  26. ^ Horowitz, David (2003). "An Open Letter To Morris Dees". FrontPageMagazine.com. Retrieved April 23, 2006. 
  27. ^ "Response to David Horowitz's Complaint". FrontPageMagazine.com. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  28. ^ "Morris Dees' Hate Campaign". FrontPageMagazine.com. 
  29. ^ Arabia, Chris (2003). "Chip Berlet: Leftist Lie Factory". FrontPageMagazine.com. Retrieved April 23, 2006. 
  30. ^ Ali, Wajahat; Clifton, Eli; Duss, Matthew; Fang, Lee; Keyes, Scott; Shakir, Faiz (26 August 2011). "Fear, Inc.: The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America". Center for American Progress. Retrieved 28 June 2016. 
  31. ^ George Zornick (August 29, 2011). "Fear, Inc.: America's Islamophobia Network". The Nation. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  32. ^ "Stop Islamization of America (SIOA)". 
  33. ^ "Meet Robert Shillman, the Tech Mogul Who Funds Pamela Geller's Anti-Islam Push". 
  34. ^ Chandler, Adam (4 May 2015). "A Terror Attack in Texas". The Atlantic. Atlantic Monthly Group. Retrieved 28 June 2016. 
  35. ^ https://theintercept.com/2017/03/03/geert-wilders-freedomcenters/
  36. ^ https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/03/14/geert-wilders-and-the-mainstreaming-of-white-nationalism/?utm_term=.9454e1e8f425
  37. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/08/world/europe/geert-wilders-netherlands-campaign-donations.html

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