Friday, December 9, 2016

John Hinderaker, in remaking the conservative think tank, also sees a surge in donations.

When attorney John Hinderaker took the helm of the Center of the American Experiment last January, the Golden Valley-based think tank was spending most of its energy preaching to a small choir of Twin Cities conservatives already versed in its small-government, free-market mantra.

Hinderaker, founder of the nationally recognized conservative blog Power Line, began to remake CAE’s image from “thought leader” for a wonkish elite few to a force reaching millions of Minnesotans. His methods to amplify the message: Traditional and new media, and public events.