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Stephen Moore (economist) : biography

February 16, 1960 –

Stephen Moore (born February 16, 1960) is an American economic writer and policy analyst, who founded and served as president of the Club for Growth from 1999 to 2004. He is currently a member of the Wall Street Journal editorial board and frequently opines on the pages of their op-ed section. Moore is known for advocating free-market policies and supply-side economics.

Additional writings

  • with Lawrence Kudlow
  • with Phil Kerpen

Club for Growth

Moore founded the Club for Growth in 1999. He served as its president until his resignation in December 2004. His supporters credited him with raising $20 million to fund candidates for the 2004 elections.

Media appearances

Moore is a contributing editor for National Review and a frequent economics commentator on CNBC’s Kudlow & Company. He also appears on Fox News’ On the Record w/ Greta Van Susteren. He is also a frequent commentator on CNN’s weekend program Your Money. Moore appeared on the October 10, 2008, episode of Bill Maher’s HBO show Real Time with Bill Maher where Congressman Barney Frank accused him of distorting the truth, saying "Frankly, I have more respect for you than the kind of pattern of distortion you engage in here", in response to Moore suggesting that some Democrats in Congress take a favorable view of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, among others.

He was interviewed in Michael Moore’s (no relation) 2009 film Capitalism: A Love Story. Moore appeared in a comedic segment "Stephen Colbert’s Doom Bunker" on a March 4, 2009 episode of The Colbert Report, parodying a Glenn Beck report.

He appeared on the April 5th edition of Real Time with Bill Maher.

Background and education

Moore grew up in affluent New Trier Township, Illinois. He attended Saints Faith Hope & Charity School in Winnetka and graduated from New Trier High School in 1978. He received a B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an M.A. from George Mason University in economics.

Early career

From 1983 through 1987, Moore served as the Grover M. Hermann Fellow in Budgetary Affairs at the Heritage Foundation. Moore also was a fellow of the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank.

Moore was the senior economist of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee under Chairman Dick Armey of Texas. The Washington Post. 8 February 2001. There, he was also an architect of the Armey flat tax proposal in 1995. He was also part of the research team hired by Americans For Fair Taxation to create the FairTax, the most co-sponsored tax reform proposal in Congress.

Personal life

Moore has three sons.

Wall Street Journal

On May 31, 2005, Moore left the Free Enterprise Fund to serve on the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal.

Free Enterprise Fund

In 2005, he founded the 501(c)(4) Free Enterprise Fund with other prominent Club for Growth members including Arthur Laffer and Mallory Factor. Under Moore’s direction, the Free Enterprise Fund lobbied for Social Security privatization, the permanent repeal of estate tax, and for tort reform. It is also opposed to the Sarbanes–Oxley Act.

Other work

He is currently a partner in the econometrics firm Arduin, Laffer & Moore Econometrics. In October 2012 Moore released his sixth book, Who’s The Fairest of Them All: The Truth About Opportunity, Taxes, and Wealth in America.