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Kevin Schmidt

Director of Investigations

Kevin Schmidt is director of investigations at Americans for Prosperity Foundation. He focuses on energy, health care, veterans' issues, free speech, and emergency powers.

He is also a co-founder and contributor to FOIA Advisor, a forum designed to help the public learn more about the federal Freedom of Information Act. Schmidt is a frequent FOIA requester with more than a decade of experience requesting public records from federal, state, and local governments. His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Post, Arizona Republic, Washington Times, and Washington Examiner.

Schmidt graduated from Kennesaw State University with a BS in political science, and later received an MA in political science from the University of Georgia. Prior to joining Americans for Prosperity Foundation, he served as director of investigations at Cause of Action Institute and director of research for boutique public relations firm CounterPoint Strategies, where he provided crisis solutions and reputation defense to leading private equity firms, Dow 30 companies, private industrial firms, and prominent public figures.

Follow him on Twitter @KevinSchmidt8.

Featured Publications

The Tennessee Star: Tennessee’s Certificate of Need Law Has Denied $1.5 Billion in New Healthcare Industry Investments in the Last Two Decades, New Report Finds

Jan 31, 2024 by Kevin Schmidt

The Center Square: Report: Tennessee certificate-of-need laws hurt health-care access

Jan 26, 2024 by Kevin Schmidt

Permission to Care: How Tennessee’s Certificate of Need Law Harms Patients and Stifles Health Care Innovation  

Jan 26, 2024 by Kevin Schmidt

IWF Cites AFPF CON Report

Jan 9, 2024 by Kevin Schmidt

New reporting confirms failures of Commerce Department cronyism programs

Jan 9, 2024 by Kevin Schmidt

DHS still won’t reveal its alleged authorities to censor 'misinformation'

Dec 19, 2023 by Kevin Schmidt

ICYMI: House Leaders Utilize AFP Foundation Findings To Highlight DHS Abuse of Power

Dec 14, 2023 by Kevin Schmidt

Kevin Schmidt on the Dennis Prager SHow

Nov 6, 2023 by Kevin Schmidt

American Potential: Biden’s Barrier: The Struggle of Alaska’s Oil Production

Oct 31, 2023 by Kevin Schmidt

ICYMI: Senator Marshall Questions DHS Secretary Mayorkas on AFP Foundation’s Disclosure He Used Personal Emails for Official Business

Oct 31, 2023 by Kevin Schmidt

Center Square: Group sues Biden administration for information on Alaska oil drilling

Oct 31, 2023 by Kevin Schmidt

AFP Foundation Files Suit for ANWR Lease Sale Cancellation Documents

Oct 31, 2023 by Kevin Schmidt

New federal memos raise concern over social media censorship and free speech online

Sep 26, 2023 by Kevin Schmidt

Fox News: New docs reveal how DHS argued they have authority to censor 'misinformation'

Sep 22, 2023 by Kevin Schmidt

Must Read Alaska on AFPF's ANWR Investigation

Sep 14, 2023 by Kevin Schmidt

AFP Foundation Opens Investigation into Administration’s ANWR Lease Sale Cancelation

Sep 14, 2023 by Kevin Schmidt

AFP Foundation Launches Major New Project to End Rampant Abuse of Emergency Powers

Jul 28, 2023 by Kevin Schmidt

4 outstanding questions the federal government needs to answer about its Disinformation Governance Board

Jul 26, 2023 by Kevin Schmidt

Fox News Highlights Senate Letter on AFPF Exposing Private Email Use at DHS

Jul 13, 2023 by Kevin Schmidt

AFPF Obtains Over 400 Pages of Secretary Mayorkas Using Personal Email for Government Business

May 19, 2023 by Kevin Schmidt

Americans for Prosperity Foundation Sues Biden Administration for CHIPS Act Documents

May 18, 2023 by Kevin Schmidt

Becker's Hospital Review: South Carolina opens its doors to new hospital investment

May 17, 2023 by Kevin Schmidt

AFPF's Statement on the Federal Reserve's SVB Report

Apr 28, 2023 by Kevin Schmidt

Forbes: A Potential Missed Opportunity To Improve Immigration Processing

Apr 13, 2023 by Kevin Schmidt

AFP Foundation Launches Investigation into Biden Administration’s Handling of Silicon Valley Bank Failure

Mar 29, 2023 by Kevin Schmidt

Politico Morning Money on AFPF's SVB Investigation

Mar 29, 2023 by Kevin Schmidt

How the U.S. government sabotaged a program to streamline legal immigration

Mar 22, 2023 by Kevin Schmidt

American Potential Podcast: President Biden’s Disinformation Board and how it collapsed

Apr 3, 2023 by Kevin Schmidt

Americans for Prosperity Foundation Launches Investigation of the Biden Administration’s Abuse of the CHIPS Act

Mar 20, 2023 by Kevin Schmidt

New York Post: Federal officials keep using personal emails for government duties

Mar 18, 2023 by Kevin Schmidt

Kevin Schmidt on the Michael Yaffe Show

Mar 8, 2023 by Kevin Schmidt

Kevin Schmidt on the Bob Harden Show

Mar 3, 2023 by Kevin Schmidt

New report shows how government rules deny Americans access to hospital care and other health care services

Feb 27, 2023 by Kevin Schmidt

Wall Street Journal highlights Americans for Prosperity Foundation’s new report on how Certificate of Need laws deny access to affordable health care

Feb 27, 2023 by Kevin Schmidt

Wall Street Journal: Covid Exposed the Damage Done by Certificate-of-Need Rules

Feb 24, 2023 by Kevin Schmidt

Government-Funded Blacklist Raises Serious Free Speech Concerns

Feb 16, 2023 by Kevin Schmidt

Americans for Prosperity Foundation Pressures Biden Administration for Answers on Abuse of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve

Jan 25, 2023 by Kevin Schmidt

Wichita Eagle: End the ineffective corporate welfare of Kansas STAR Bonds

Jan 17, 2023 by Kevin Schmidt

Kansas Reflector: Americans for Prosperity urges attorney general to investigate Kansas open record requests

Dec 25, 2022 by Kevin Schmidt

The Sentinel: AFPF-Kansas files open records complaint against Commerce Department

Dec 16, 2023 by Kevin Schmidt

Americans for Prosperity Foundation-Kansas Requests Attorney General Investigate Open Records Act Violation by Department of Commerce

Dec 14, 2022 by Kevin Schmidt

Americans for Prosperity Launches an Investigation into the Extension of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

Dec 1, 2022 by Kevin Schmidt

Carolina Journal: CON law denies N.C. $1.5 billion in health care investment, study finds

Nov 10, 2022 by Kevin Schmidt

Americans for Prosperity Foundation Investigation Reveals True Cost of North Carolina’s Certificate of Need Law

Nov 14, 2022 by Kevin Schmidt

The Center Square: Report: West Virginia health care regulations blocked $43.7M in investments

Oct 25, 2022 by Kevin Schmidt

West Virginia Record: State certificate of need laws harm patients, report says

Sep 14, 2022 by Kevin Schmidt

Americans for Prosperity Foundation Investigation Reveals True Cost of West Virginia’s Certificate of Need Law

Sep 14, 2022 by Kevin Schmidt

New emails undermine official reason for cancelling key oil and gas lease

Sep 8, 2022 by Kevin Schmidt

The Sentinel: Records requests show Commerce Department failing to oversee STAR Bonds

Sep 2, 2022 by Kevin Schmidt

AFP Submits FOIA to Investigate the Food and Drug Administration’s Failures in Baby Formula Crisis

Jul 19, 2022 by Kevin Schmidt

AFP Foundation Launches FOIA Inquiry Into Administration's Lease Sale Cancellation 

May 13, 2022 by Kevin Schmidt

AFP Foundation launches FOIA investigation into Disinformation Governance Board

May 9, 2022 by Kevin Schmidt

Arizona Republic: 8 years after scandal, VA is still untruthful about wait times for veteran care

Apr 26, 2022 by Kevin Schmidt

Washington Examiner: A messy patchwork of state systems is causing massive improper Medicaid payment rates

Mar 31, 2022 by Kevin Schmidt

Why AFPF is suing USCIS for the results of its Known Employer Initiative

Apr 26, 2022 by Kevin Schmidt

More evidence the VA is improperly delaying or denying community care to eligible veterans

Jan 28, 2022 by Kevin Schmidt

AFP Foundation gets CMS to release state-level Medicaid improper payment data after years of stonewalling

Jan 20, 2022 by Kevin Schmidt

New investigation reveals true cost of certificate of need laws to patients

Oct 20, 2021 by Kevin Schmidt

The Center Square: Report: South Carolina CON laws have cost hundreds of millions in medical investments

Oct 11, 2021 by Kevin Schmidt

Americans for Prosperity Foundation-Kansas Opens Investigation into Department of Commerce STAR Bond Program

Nov 4, 2021 by Kevin Schmidt

Reason: It Took More Than 15 Years for a South Carolina Hospital To Get Permission To Be Built

Oct 8, 2021 by Kevin Schmidt

A new report shows how little-understood laws are hurting patients

Oct 8, 2021 by Kevin Schmidt

Americans for Prosperity Foundation Multi-State Investigation Shows True Cost of Certificate of Need Laws

Oct 6, 2021 by Kevin Schmidt

Records confirm VA’s use of inaccurate wait time numbers

Oct 1, 2021 by Kevin Schmidt

Washington Examiner: Libertarian group sues government over information on $143 billion in improper Medicaid payments

Jul 27, 2021 by Kevin Schmidt

The Sentinel: A guy named ‘Bill’ decides which Kansas businesses are essential

Jul 29, 2020 by Kevin Schmidt

Closed for business: Kansas shut down businesses that were willing and able to comply with safety guidelines

Jul 21, 2020 by Kevin Schmidt

Gone in an instant: How instant messaging threatens the Freedom of Information Act

Mar 16, 2020 by Kevin Schmidt

EXIM supporter investigated for potentially defrauding the bank

Jun 24, 2019 by Kevin Schmidt

GAO report finds EXIM potentially provides billions in financing to companies with delinquent federal debt

Jul 3, 2019 by Kevin Schmidt

CoA calls on IG to investigate use of government-owned vehicles at EXIM bank

May 9, 2019 by Kevin Schmidt

Cause of Action Institute files FOIA requests for Commerce's Section 232 auto-tariff report

Feb 19, 2019 by Kevin Schmidt

Congress may give the FTC more money and power, making its internal watchdog more important than ever

Dec 4, 2018 by Kevin Schmidt

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