CEI’s Jackson Named to Lead Freedom Action

Organization To Weigh In On Wider Variety of Topics


WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 – Coley Jackson has been appointed president and Myron Ebell executive director of Freedom Action, a 501(c)(4) group founded by staff members at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

Jackson, who was appointed by Freedom Action’s Board of Directors on Oct. 22, has served as CEI’s vice president of external affairs since March. Before joining CEI, he was director of external affairs at Americans For Prosperity and held posts at the Mercatus Center and the National Rifle Association. He also worked for the National Right To Work Committee.

Jackson, who hails from Nashville, Tenn., said he plans to take Freedom Action in a more diverse direction policy-wise. Previously, it had been used primarily to promote energy issues, but his first initiative is to promote the Regulations from the Executive In Need of Scrutiny Act (REINS Act), which requires Congress to vote to approve all regulations with economic impact of $100 million or more.

“I believe Freedom Action can move public opinion in a variety of areas and that this is an important step for the organization to take,” Jackson said. “We will look for ways to aggressively pursue positive change and more fully complement the work of CEI.”

Ebell, who leads CEI’s Center for Energy and the Environment, had served as the organization’s director since 2009. He said he looks forward to its involvement in the battles ahead.

“It’s obvious the nation faces many challenges, and strong voices for limited government and individual freedom are crucial for our future,” Ebell said.