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Drew Johnson

Taxpayers Protection Alliance
Senior Scolar

Drew Johnson is a senior scholar at the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, as well as a columnist at Newsmax and a contributor to The Daily Caller and The Hill.


He also serves as the national director of Protect Internet Freedom, a grassroots nonprofit organization of 1.6 million supporters dedicated to defending a truly free and open internet.

Known for infusing investigative reporting and policy analysis to expose wasteful spending and government corruption, Drew has unearthed billions of dollars in local, state and federal government waste and famously exposed Al Gore’s hypocritical home energy consumption.


In addition to frequently appearing on national television and radio programs, his editorials, columns, and articles have been featured in scores of newspapers, magazines and scholarly journals around the world.


Drew founded and served as president of the Beacon Center of Tennessee, a free market think tank based in Nashville. He also formerly served as the opinion editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, as a columnist and chief editorial writer at The Washington Times, and as a policy analyst at the National Taxpayers Union.


He served three terms on the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth and was named to the Tennessee Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.


Drew is a native of Johnson City, Tennessee, and earned an undergraduate degree from Belmont University in Nashville and a Master of Public Policy degree from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. He lives in Las Vegas with his wife, Sarah, and their two dogs.