You have a right to know who might come knocking on your door.

Meet the Freedom Foundation’s Canvassers

The anti-worker Freedom Foundation, which is also operating under the unregistered name “Opt Out Today,” has collected the personal information of thousands of public workers throughout the Northwest. Now they’re giving this information to the few operatives they have, with no regard for your personal privacy or safety. We’ve already heard reports of these canvassers lying to and being overly aggressive toward union members.

The Freedom Foundation has demonstrated disregard for public workers’ safety. It’s in the public interest that these canvassers are made known.

Some Freedom Foundation staff members have openly made racist, homophobic, and misogynistic statements, including blaming immigrant parents for their children being taken away and mocking survivors of domestic abuse. The Freedom Foundation even hired a convicted violent felon who once joked about bringing a gun to the homes of union members. Some of the canvassers are college students with no previous experience in labor, no real knowledge of the movement, and no understanding of the repercussions their actions can have on the livelihoods of working people.

This website will be updated as we learn more. You can help us expose the Freedom Foundation by reporting canvassers when you see them.

Washington

Matthew Hayward

Outreach Director, Freedom Foundation

Hired: 2014

Previous Experience: Washington State Department of Agriculture, Washington 9/11 Investigators

Birthdate: Dec. 1981

Address: 8019 188th Ave. SW, Rochester, WA 98579

Last Seen: June 27, Tumwater, WA

Additional Information:

  • Convicted violent felon
  • Joked about bringing a gun to the homes of union members

TJ Mohammed

Hired: Summer 2018

Previous Experience: Spokane Community College College Republicans

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Last Seen: Aug. 6 in Pierce County

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Last Seen: June 27, Tumwater, WA

Jac Cates

Hired:

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Birthdate: April 1968

Address: 404 N. Western Ave., Wenatchee, WA 98801

Last Seen: June 27, Tumwater, WA

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Tom McCabe

CEO, Freedom Foundation

Hired: 2013

Previous Experience: Building Industry Association of Washington

Birthdate: June 21, 1957

Address: 1424 10th Ave SW, Olympia, WA 98502

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Maxford Nelsen

Director of Labor Policy, Freedom Foundation

Hired: 2013

Previous Experience: Washington Policy Center, Heritage Foundation

Birthdate: Nov. 1990

Address: 1325 Wisteria Drive SE, Olympia, WA 98513

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Oregon

Elmer Callahan

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Last Seen: September 20, Lane County, OR

Tony Walker

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Last Seen: September 20, Lane County, OR

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Last Seen: July 2, Salem, OR

Hannah Cooksey

Paralegal, Freedom Foundation

Hired: 2017

Previous Experience: Life Legal Defense Foundation

Birthdate: April 1996

Address: 2709 NE McDonald Lane, McMinnville, OR 97128

Last Seen: July 2, Salem, OR

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Last Seen: July 2, Salem, OR

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Last Seen: July 2, Salem, OR

Rebecca Taylor

Hired: Summer 2018

Previous Experience: Basketball player at Concordia University

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Last Seen: July 2, Salem, OR

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Last Seen: July 2, Salem, OR

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Last Seen: July 2, Salem, OR

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Last Seen: July 2, Salem, OR

Aaron Withe

Director, Freedom Foundation Oregon

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Previous Experience: No previous organizing experience, Basketball player at Corban University

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Address: 859 Crouchen St. NW, Salem, OR 97304

Last Seen: July 2, Salem, OR

Additional Information:

  • Good friends with CEO Tom McCabe's son