Chapter Seven

Share Leadership

Edwin Feulner is not a shy and retiring person. The president of The Heritage Foundation reminds you of a burly football coach as he vigorously shakes your hand. The oversize desk in his office is cluttered with political tchotchkes and awards for speaking, policy leadership, and work with several presidential administrations.1

Feulner loves to regale visitors with stories of political brinkmanship, and recounts going head-to-head with an arch nemesis: “I was in a debate with Ralph Nader, who accused us of being a ‘Coors foundation,’” he recalls. (Joseph Coors provided a seed grant in 1973.) “And I said, ‘We actually receive only 1 percent of our funds from them, and we have over two hundred thousand supporters, ...

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