Described by the Conservative Heritage Foundation, where he has been a trustee since 1989, as “a true renaissance man with interests in both music—he wrote Heritage’s theme march—and art,” Bill Middendorf is a former Secretary of the Navy, an ambassador to the Netherlands and the Organization of American States, and a successful investment banker. http://www.heritage.org/about/board-of-trustees/j-william-middendorf
A staunch conservative (with strong libertarian leanings), Middendorf, was a member of “the draft Goldwater” team as early as 1962. In 2006 he wrote a chronicle of the “disasterous” 1964 Goldwater presidential campaign. http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2006-10-29/news/0610270033_1_william-middendorf-barry-goldwater-middendorf-ii
In 1981, Middendorf was part of Ronald Reagan’s transition team. He and his old Wall Street friend Bill Casey, Reagan’s CIA Director, were instrumental in “reforming” the intellegence agency. The subsequent Iran-contra scandal would indicate that Casey’s freewheeling CIA was another “disaster” that Middendorf was involved in (see nos. 38, 65, 88, and 100 on my “Who’s Who in Fribourg” list). https://books.google.com/books?id=u0jp3YZyjuAC&pg=PA154&lpg=PA154&dq=bill+middendorf+BILL+CASEY&source=bl&ots=bsrhJ7Uz4L&sig=qqr-RMq3YB4PiEP-KJYwDs5cCC8&hl=e
The Hertage Foundation, America’s most influential consevative think tank, is a stalwart opponant of all of Franklin Roosevelt’s “New Deal” social reforms.
Funded in part by the libertarian Koch brothers, Heritage is especially stridant in its opposition to all climate-change legislation. http://www.ucsusa.org/global_warming/solutions/fight-misinformation/global-warming-skeptic.html#.Vl39ldKrT