Free to Choose Network
The Free to Choose Network is a a non-profit foundation that arose from Milton Friedman‘s 1980s PBS series, “Free To Choose” and the resulting book. The group’s founder, Bob Chitester, was the PBS program’s executive producer and sought to “expose a world hindered by big government to Friedman’s concepts of limited government, individualism, and the US Constitution.” , 
The late Milton Friedman was an advocate of free markets and past was fellow at the Hoover Institution which SourceWatch reports has received grants from ExxonMobil, Koch Foundations and other right wing foundations such as the Sarah Scaife Foundation. 
Bob Chitester also ran the now-defunct Palmer R. Chitester Fund, a libertarian 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Pennsylvania which appears to have merged/now operates as Free to Choose Network (they share the same EIN). Free to Choose Media and a group called Izzit.olrg were both “operating divisions” (PDF) of the Palmer R. Chitester Fund and work to reproduce programs and videos regarding classical liberal ideas. Izzit.org, (formerly In the Classroom Media) describes itself as an “educational initiative of the Free to Choose Network” and produces media for children. Izzit.org notably distributed climate change denial videos funded by the Heartland Institute to schools in the United States. , , 
Stance on Climate Change
“So the truth is out. And it really is inconvenient: The earth is probably warming a little bit – and man probably doesn’t have that much influence. If we were to take draconian measures to change our miniscule contribution, we’d be shooting ourselves in the economic foot (especially when we can currently do absolutely nothing about the behavior of the sun).”
View the attached spreadsheet for additional details on Free to Choose Network funding by year (.xlsx).
|Donor||Free To Choose Network||Palmer R. Chitester Fund||Grand Total|
|John Templeton Foundation||$5,230,990||$5,230,990|
|Donors Capital Fund||$4,385,230||$4,385,230|
|Dunn’s Foundation for the Advancement of Right Thinking||$661,000||$661,000|
|Barbara and Bare Seid Foundation||$660,575||$660,575|
|Bochnowski Family Foundation||$480,000||$480,000|
|The Rodney Fund||$363,966||$14,000||$377,966|
|Sarah Scaife Foundation||$350,000||$350,000|
|Diana Davis Spencer Foundation||$225,000||$225,000|
|The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation||$35,000||$181,000||$216,000|
|Schwab Charitable Fund||$22,500||$126,000||$148,500|
|The Challenge Foundation||$130,000||$130,000|
|Searle Freedom Trust||$100,000||$100,000|
|Smith Richardson Foundation||$100,000||$100,000|
|Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation||$93,058||$93,058|
|Bradley Impact Fund||$85,000||$85,000|
|Dorothy D. and Joseph A. Moller Foundation||$30,000||$50,000||$80,000|
|Charles and Ann Johnson Foundation||$50,000||$50,000|
|William E Simon Foundation||$45,000||$45,000|
|Atlas Economic Research Foundation||$26,350||$26,350|
|The Randolph Foundation||$25,000||$25,000|
|Center for Independent Thought||$22,000||$22,000|
|Pierre F and Enid Goodrich Foundation||$20,000||$20,000|
|The Vernon K. Krieble Foundation||$15,000||$15,000|
|John William Pope Foundation||$5,000||$5,000|
DonorsTrust & DCF Funding
DCF has been a major funder of the Heartland Institute, and has given money to numerous other organizations skeptical of man-made climate change. Mother Jones has described the Donors Capital Fund as the “Dark money ATM of the conservative movement.” , 
Board of Directors
- Sarah Humphreys Atkins
- Robert J. Chitester — Chairman, President and CEO
- David Jorgensen — Vice Chairman
- Wayne Olson
- Chris J. Rufer
- Suzanne Beach
- Preston Cody
- Michael L.S. Keiser
- John Reese
- Brian Singer, CFA
- James J. Bochnowski
- Maryjo Cohen
- Ronald H. Muhlenkamp
- Elizabeth Rose
- Andy Walters
- Jonathan Thomas Beach — Executive Director, Beach Foundation.
- Ron Farmer
- @FreeToChooseNet on Twitter.
- “Free To Choose Network” on Facebook.
- “Free To Choose Network” on LinkedIn.
“While bringing electricity to many remote villages in India and the Sahara causes an increase in carbon emissions, it also allows families to have refrigeration for their food, electricity to light their homes and the time to develop their lives beyond working just to sustain themselves every day. ‘Don’t they deserve the same kinds of life changing benefits that power has brought the west?’ Norberg asks.”
May 21 – 23, 2012
May 16 – 18, 2010
DeSmogBlog found that 19 of the 65 sponsors (including Heartland itself) had received a total of over $40 million in funding since 1985 from ExxonMobil (who funded 13 of the organizations), and/or Koch Industries family foundations (funded 10 organizations) and/or the Scaife family foundations (funded 10 organizations). 
June 2, 2009
March 8 – 10, 2009
The Idea Channel produced a video that was funded and distributed by the Heartland Institute titled “Unstoppable Solar Cycles: Rethinking Global Warming.”
A version of the video was distributed to schools by the advocacy organization Izzit.org, which describes itself as the “educational initiative of the Free To Choose Network” and included a “Teacher’s Guide” (PDF) and lesson plan — Which the Heartland Institute co-promoted on their own website. , , , 
According to Free to Choose Network, “What we learn in this program is that earth’s climate is always changing—from The Middle Ages and the ‘Little Ice Age’ to the modern warming that has been going on since 1850—well before human-generated CO2 began increasing in our atmosphere.”
View sample of the video, produced by the Idea Channel, below:
Speakers featured in the program included prominent climate change skeptics Willie Soon and David Legates. Notably, in the same year Free to Choose Network gave Willie Soon a $19,383 grant to study “The sun’s influence on climate change.” 
Rie Oldenburg, curator of the Narsaq Museum was interviewed in the video. She later said that she had been tricked into participating. She had thought she was contributing to a video on Norse history, and was shocked to learn that the DVD denied the human contribution to climate change. 
- Izzit.org — “Educational initiative” of Free To Choose Network.
- Ideas Matter (Blog) — Appears Inactive.
- Free to Choose Media
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“Roy Spencer: Climate Realism v. Junk Science,” Ideas Matter. Archived May 6, 2012.
“Free To Choose Network,” Conservative Transparency. Data retrieved July 5, 2016.
“Exposed: The Dark-Money ATM of the Conservative Movement,” Mother Jones, February 5, 2013. Archived October 26, 2015. WebCite URL: http://www.webcitation.org/6cYecKLw6
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“Cosponsors,” 7th International Conference on Climate Change. Archived May 10, 2012.
Michael Fisher. “A Closer Look at Heartland’s ICCC7 Denial-a-Palooza Speakers and Sponsors,” DeSmogBlog, May 23, 2012.
4th International Conference on Climate Change Conference Program (PDF), The Heartland Institute.
Brendan DeMelle. “Denial-a-palooza Round 4: ‘International Conference on Climate Change’ Groups Funded by Exxon, Koch Industries,” DeSmogBlog, May 13, 2010.
“Co-Sponsors,” Third International Conference on Climate Change. Archived July 14, 2010.
“Co-Sponsors,” The 2009 International Conference on Climate Change. Archived April 28, 2011.
“Unstoppable Solar Cycles: Rethinking…Global Warming” (PDF), Izzit.org. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmogBlog.
“Unstoppable Solar Cycles: Rethinking Global Warming,” Heartland Institute. Archived October 27, 2015. WebCite URL: http://www.webcitation.org/6cbL3uke7
“Unstoppable Solar Cycles: Production Team,” Free to Choose Network. Accessed May, 2012. **URL no longer available on live web.
“CASE STUDY: Dr. Willie Soon, a Career Fueled by Big Oil and Coal,” Greenpeace. Archived October 27, 2015. WebCite URL: http://www.webcitation.org/6cbLFcNdB