Indiana Policy Review Foundation

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The Indiana Policy Review Foundation (IPR) is a right-wing pressure group that is an affiliate of the State Policy Network web of such groups in all 50 states. IPR states as its mission "to marshall [sic] the best thought on governmental, economic and educational issues at the state and municipal levels" through exalting "the truths of the Declaration of Independence, especially as they apply to the interrelated freedoms of religion, property and speech," emphasizing "primacy of the individual in addressing public concerns," and recognizing "that equality of opportunity is sacrificed in pursuit of equality of results."[1] IPR was co-founded by its board president, Byron S. Lamm, in 1989.[2] Indiana Governor, former U.S. Representative, and former right-wing radio talk show host Mike Pence was its president from 1991 to 1994,[3] and claimed at a campaign event in 2012 that he had helped found it.[4]

In a speech to the Heritage Foundation in 2008, then-Representative Pence said, "I was part of, what we called the seed corn Heritage Foundation was spreading around the country in the state think tank movement. We actually called our little foundation in Indiana the Indiana Policy Review Foundation, very much as a homage to Policy Review Magazine of Heritage, and we modeled on the state level what Heritage had done before."[5]

A small organization financially, IPR paid its executive director $100,471 of its $136,520 total revenue in 2011, while apparently no one else at the organization was paid that year.[6] Its two "adjunct scholars," Andrea Neal and Cecil Bohanon, therefore make their income elsewhere: Neal was appointed by Governor Pence to the Indiana Board of Education in 2013,[7] and Cecil Bohanon is a Koch-funded professor of economics at Ball State University.[8][9][10][11]

Ties to the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity

The Indiana Policy Review Foundation has hosted writers from the ALEC-connected Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, which screens potential reporters on their “free market” views as part of the job application process.[12] The Franklin Center funds reporters in over 40 states.[13] Despite their non-partisan description, many of the websites funded by the Franklin Center have received criticism for their conservative bias.[14][15] On its website, the Franklin Center claims it "provides 10 percent of all daily reporting from state capitals nationwide."[16]

Franklin Center Funding

Franklin Center Director of Communications Michael Moroney told the Center for Public Integrity (CPI) in 2013 that the source of the Franklin Center's funding "is 100 percent anonymous." But 95 percent of its 2011 funding came from DonorsTrust, a spin-off of the Philanthropy Roundtable that functions as a large "donor-advised fund," cloaking the identity of donors to right-wing causes across the country (CPI did a review of Franklin's Internal Revenue Service records).[17] Mother Jones called DonorsTrust "the dark-money ATM of the conservative movement" in a February 2013 article.[18] Franklin received DonorTrust's second-largest donation in 2011.[17]

The Franklin Center also receives funding from the Wisconsin-based Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation,[19] a conservative grant-making organization.[20]

The Franklin Center was launched by the Chicago-based Sam Adams Alliance (SAM),[21] a 501(c)(3) devoted to pushing free-market ideals. SAM gets funding from the State Policy Network,[22] which is partially funded by The Claude R. Lambe Foundation.[23] Charles Koch, one of the billionaire brothers who co-own Koch Industries, sits on the board of this foundation.[24] SAM also receives funding from the Rodney Fund.


Board of Directors


Core Financials


  • Total Revenue: $136,520
  • Total Expenses: $134,446
  • Net Assets: $9,663


  • Total Revenue: $114,700
  • Total Expenses: $147,629
  • Net Assets: $7,589


  • Total Revenue: $153,231
  • Total Expenses: $159,179
  • Net Assets: $40,519

Contact Information

Indiana Policy Review
PO Box 5166
Fort Wayne, IN 46895
Phone: (260) 417-4094

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  1. "About Us", organizational website, accessed November 2012
  2., Indiana Policy Review Foundation, Inc., online charity profile, accessed September 2012.
  3. Mike Pence, Politico "Arena" biography, accessed November 2013.
  4. Background, The Pence Plan for Indiana website in opposition to Governor Pence, based on book Indiana Mandate: an Agenda for the 1990's, accessed November 2013.
  5. Heritage Foundation, Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) Discusses Conservative Principles, speech, November 17, 2008.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Indiana Policy Review Foundation, 2011 Form 990, organizational annual IRS filing, November 12, 2012.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Kyle Stokes, Here's The New-Look Indiana State Board Of Education — And Here's What It Means, NPR "StateImpact," June 13, 2013.
  8. Ball State University Sponsored Programs Office, Annual Report: 2009-2010, state university grants report, 2009-2010, accessed November 2013.
  9. Ball State University Sponsored Programs Office, Annual Report: 2010-2011, state university grants report, 2010-2011, accessed November 2013.
  10. Ball State University Sponsored Programs Office, Annual Report: 2011-2012, state university grants report, 2011-2012, accessed November 2013.
  11. Ball State University Sponsored Programs Office, Annual Report: 2012-2013, state university grants report, 2012-2013, accessed November 2013.
  12. Franklin Center, Franklin Affiliates in Your State, organizational website, accessed October 2012.
  13. The Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, Think tank Journalism: The Future of Investigative Journalism, organizational website, accessed August 19, 2011.
  14. Rebekah Metzler, "Watchdog" website puts a new spin on politics, The Portland Press Herald, October 2, 2010.
  15. Allison Kilkenny, The Koch Spider Web, Truthout, accessed August 19, 2011.
  16. Sara Jerving, Franklin Center: Right-Wing Funds State News Source,, October 27, 2011.
  17. 17.0 17.1 Paul Abowd, Center for Public Integrity, Donors use charity to push free-market policies in states, organizational report, February 14, 2013.
  18. Andy Kroll, Exposed: The Dark-Money ATM of the Conservative Movement, Mother Jones, February 5, 2013.
  19. Daniel Bice, Franklin Center boss wants apology from Democratic staffer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, August 8, 2011.
  20. The Bradley Foundation. The Bradley Foundation. Organizational website. Accessed August 19, 2011.
  21. Sam Adams Alliance. Sam Adams Alliance Media Kit. Organizational PDF. Accessed August 19, 2011.
  22. Media Matters Action Network. Sam Adams Alliance. Conservative Transparency. Accessed August 19, 2011.
  23. Media Matters Action Network. State Policy Network. Conservative Transparency. Accessed August 19, 2011.
  24. Media Matters Action Network. Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation. Conservative Transparency. Accessed August 19, 2011.
  25. Andrea Neal, Left, right unite against Common Core, IndyStar, March 19, 2013.
  26. Indiana Policy Review Foundation, 2010 Form 990, organizational annual IRS filing, November 13, 2011.
  27. Indiana Policy Review Foundation, 2009 Form 990, organizational annual IRS filing, November 12, 2010.
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