Ashley Varner brings a variety of public affairs experience and a tough skin to the Freedom Foundation team.
Prior to joining the Freedom Foundation, Ashley spent many exciting, turbulent and wonderful years as a media spokesperson and state government liaison at the National Rifle Association. Following her tenure at the NRA, Ashley joined the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), where she worked with state and local lawmakers across the country on a diverse set of policy and communications issues.
A grassroots activist from a young age, Ashley joined her first of many political campaigns before graduating high school and organized protests across the street from her own professors at the University of Missouri. When not rabble-rousing against Big Government, Ashley enjoys cooking, mafia movies, and has seen most of the 1970s and 80s classic rock bands still on tour. She loves the Chiefs, hopes someday she can love her Mizzou Tigers again, and she was a Kansas City Royals fan and Patriot Act opponent before either was cool.
A week after a federal court judge denied a temporary restraining order that would have allowed Slidewaters to open in defiance of the state’s lingering COVID-19 shutdown order
Meet the Bordners. They’re the owners of Slidewaters, one of only two privately owned waterparks in eastern Washington. Thanks to Governor Jay Inslee’s continued stay home order, Slidewaters is quickly losing the few precious days it has to be open for business, employ nearly 200 local residents and generate enough revenue to open up again next year.
Hundreds more have been denied that right, however, so on May 1, Freedom Foundation sent Gov. DeWine letters from 462 individuals who want out of their unions.
Nearly two years after the U.S. Supreme Court in Janus v. AFSCME banned forced union funding by public employees, labor leaders claim nothing much has changed for them and they are doing just fine.
Whether they are teachers at home without normal school hours or public employees who just want to keep more of …
“What House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer pulled last night on the Coronavirus relief bill is unconscionable,” said Aaron Withe, national director of the Freedom Foundation.
On Feb. 7, the Freedom Foundation was one of 16 national policy organizations invited to testify before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) about a proposed rule change that would protect the privacy of citizens who support organizations who are often the targets of harassment from extremist groups. We were invited to testify because we have first-hand experience with these leftist groups, funded by big government unions, who harass the Board members and staff of the Freedom Foundation.
Freedom Foundation attorney Rebekah Millard explained this disturbing pattern of criminal behavior on the “Lars Larson Show.”