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Profile: Let Freedom Ring

Let Freedom Ring
Let Freedom Ring

A religious conservative advocacy organization, Let Freedom Ring was formed in 2004 as a response to the efforts of George Soros and other liberal donors.

Its founder, Colin Hanna, had previously been commissioner of a Pennsylvania county that was sued for its display of the Ten Commandments. In the 2004 election season, Hanna and his organization distributed videos to pastors heralding the faith of President Bush. The efforts were credited with turning out voters for Bush.

This year it plans to encourage pastors to increase their congregations' voter turnout in the key swing states of Pennsylvania, Ohio and Virginia. The group, a 501(c)(4), has been partially funded by retired physician John Templeton Jr., who also gave $400,000 to the College Republican National Committee in 2008.

Let Freedom Ring's projects include advocating for a border fence to keep out illegal immigrants, and a Web site about radical Islam. Tim Goeglein — a Bush administration aide who resigned this year after admitting to plagiarism — is serving as a consultant on the organization's "Common Sense Thinking" radio spots, some of which indirectly imply support for McCain's presidential campaign.

Funders: John Templeton Jr. (amount unknown). Other funders unknown.

Leadership: Colin A. Hanna, Deborah Hamilton, Curtis P. Cheyney III, Tim Goeglein. Read more about these leaders in The Secret Money Project's Who's Who Directory of Key Leaders of Independent Groups.

Will Evans is a reporter for the Center for Investigative Reporting, NPR's partner for the Secret Money Project.