Posted on October 26, 2023

Heritage Foundation Sues Biden Admin for Records on Taxpayer-Funded Program That Grouped Conservatives With Nazis

James Lynch, Daily Caller, October 25, 2023

The Heritage Foundation is suing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for records related to its decision to fund a program that likened the think tank and other conservative organizations to neo-Nazi militants.

Heritage’s Oversight Project filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the DHS for records connected to the agency’s Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention Grant Program (TVTP) that sent more than $350,000 to a project at the University of Dayton responsible for generating a “pyramid of far right-radicalization” that compared the Republican party and prominent conservative organizations to neo-Nazis.

The Media Research Center (MRC), a conservative press watchdog, released documents in May showing the DHS was funding the University of Dayton’s research program, Fox News reported.


The DHS sent $352,109 to the University of Dayton’s PREVENTS-OH Program, which purports to combat “domestic violent extremism” in Ohio, where the university is located. The program discloses its DHS funding on its website without including the specific dollar amount.


In Dec. 2021, a seminar held by the Dayton program featured a “Pyramid of Far-Right Radicalization.” The pyramid grouped Heritage with Fox News, the National Rifle Association and the Republican Party in the category of “mainstream conservatism.” The second tier included “alt-lite” outlets and organizations like PragerU, InfoWars and Turning Point USA. The third was labeled “alt-right” and featured overtly white supremacist outlets like the Daily Stormer and American Renaissance, while the fourth featured groups dedicated to “accelerationist terrorism,” per the pyramid.