Friday, September 25, 2015

Did the Heritage Foundation Destroy Boehner's Career?

As Think Tank Watch has noted in the past, Heritage Action for America, the lobbying arm of the conservative think tank Heritage Foundation, has been trying to oust House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) for quite awhile.  Heritage finally got its way, with Boehner announcing his resignation today.

Heritage Action even issued a statement today saying that Boehner "has stood in the way of conservative policy solutions."

Rep. Boehner did not go quietly, however, having lashed out at the Heritage Foundation on several occasions.

In recent years, speaking Boehner found himself cozying up to the more middle-of-the road conservative outfit American Enterprise Institute (AEI), which is not as dominated by Tea Party operatives as the Heritage Foundation.

So, will Boehner join think tank land?  When former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) decided to leave Congress, he bypassed the think tank world and instead took a lucrative job at Moelis.

As a think tank figurehead, Boehner could pull in between $150,000 to $250,000 per year, but he would not be able to rake in the big bucks unless he becomes president of one of the major conservative think tanks.