John Templeton, Jr.

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Dr. John M. Templeton, Jr. is the son of mutual-funds pioneer Sir John Templeton and chairman and president of the John Templeton Foundation. [1]


The son of renowned investor John Templeton, John Templeton Jr is in charge of the Templeton Foundation, which describes itself as "a philanthropic catalyst for research and discoveries relating to what scientists and philosophers call the Big Questions".

Templeton has funded a wide variety of projects dear to conservative hearts, including the re-election of George W. Bush, while the libertarianCato Institute has also received funding for its Russian-language web site, [2] who has openly called for the West to prepare for a military conflict with Russia," Justin Raimondo wrote August 24, 2007, at[3]

Mitt Romney

Templeton "recently joined" Republican 2008 presidential candidate Mitt Romney's "National Faith and Values Steering Committee, a group that includes an antiabortion activist and a fellow from the Heritage Foundation."[4]

Freedom's Watch

Templeton, "a former trauma surgeon and a born-again Christian",[5] is one of several prominent conservatives funding Freedom's Watch, a new White House front group[6] which on August 22, 2007, began "a multimillion-dollar advertising campaign to urge members of Congress who may be wavering in their support for the war in Iraq not to 'cut and run'."[3]

Connections to Koch Brothers

Templeton was acknowledged at the privately held Koch seminar in June 2011 in Vail, Colorado for donating at least $1 million to Koch-related causes. [7]


Political Contributions

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

Templeton gave $30,000 to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to fight an expected 2012 recall election in Wisconsin. Mike McCabe, executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, said Walker had raised more money from donors than any other candidate in state history. Walker raised an astounding $5,749,926.26 from out-of-state donors within five weeks. [8]


Related SourceWatch articles


  1. About Us: John Templeton, Jr., John Templeton Foundation, accessed August 22, 2007.
  2. Google search: Andrei Illarionov.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Justin Raimondo, "Home Front 'Surge'. War Party's ad campaign will boomerang,", August 24, 2007. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "" defined multiple times with different content
  4. Barbara Ehrenreich, "John Templeton's Universe," The Nation, October 10, 2007.
  5. "The Devout Donor," BusinessWeek, November 28, 2005.
  6. "Adelson runs attack ads against Porter," Las Vegas Gleaner, August 22, 2007.
  7. Gavin Aronsen, Exclusive: The Koch Brothers' Million-Dollar Donor Club, Mother Jones, September 6, 2011
  8. Patrick Marley, Jason Stein, Four donors jointly gave Walker $1 million in recent weeks, JS Online, January 24, 2012

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