Published in January 2007, this Special Report by John Carlisle examined taxpayer support for AARP. The study found that federal funding accounted for $83 million, or about 10 percent, of AARP’s annual revenue of $878 million. AARP’s total assets are worth $1.6 billion.
On February 7, 2007, NLPC sent a coalition letter to then-House Speaker Dennis Hastert asking Congress to end all federal subsidies to AARP.
The letter was signed by Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform; Paul Weyrich, National Chairman of Coalitions for America; Jim Martin, President of 60 Plus; J. William Lauderback, Executive Vice President of American Conservative Union; Thomas Schatz, President of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste; Lewis Uhler, President of the National Tax-Limitation Committee; Terrence Scanlon, President of Capital Research Center; and Mary M. Martin, Chairman of the Board of the Seniors Coalition.
Hastert took no action on the request. In fact, his office did not even acknowledge the letter, despite media coverage of the request that included an Associated Press story.