Freedom’s Watch was founded in 2007 by a dozen wealthy conservatives. Among the group’s founders are Sheldon G. Adelson, the chairman and chief executive of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, Mel Sembler, a shopping center magnate based in St. Petersburg, Fla., John M. Templeton Jr., the conservative philanthropist from Bryn Mawr, Pa.; Anthony H. Gioia, a former ambassador to Malta who heads an investment group based in Buffalo, N.Y.; Matt Brooks, head of the Republican Jewish Coalition and donors close to Vice President Dick Cheney.
"Ideologically, we are inspired by much of Ronald Reagan’s thinking — peace through strength, protect and defend America, and prosperity through free enterprise." Ari Fleischer.
"Protect America's interests at home and abroad, foster economic prosperity, and strengthen families."
Bradley A. Blakeman, president of Freedom's Watch, is a former deputy assistant to President George W. Bush and Ari Fleischer, co-founder and spokesman of Freedom’s Watch is the former White House press secretary, "well-connected" to the Bush administration.
- Freedom's Watch International Relations Center.
- Big Coffers and a Rising Voice Lift a New Conservative Group The New York Times.