Institute for Policy Innovation

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The Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI) is a think tank based in Lewisville, Texas and founded in 1987 by Congressman Dick Armey to "research, develop and promote innovative and non-partisan solutions to today's public policy problems."[1]

The conservative Capital Research Center ranked IPI as amongst the most conservative groups in the US, scoring it as an "eight" on a scale of one to eight. [2]

IPI has received funding from corporations like Exxon Mobil and organizations like the Kochs' Claude R. Lambe Foundation, Scaife Foundations, the Bradley Foundation, and others. (see "funding" section below).

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Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council

IPI is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). IPI has worked with ALEC on a variety of issues, including school choice, [3] and hosting events.[4]

Bartlett Cleland, Director of the Center for Technology Freedom at the Institute for Policy Innovation, represents IPI as a co-chair of ALEC's Telecommunications and Information Technology Task Force as of 2011. [5][6]

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Focus Areas

According to IPI, "Today IPI's work concentrates on such issues as taxation and government spending, economic growth initiatives, and government regulation. Current areas of focus include tax cuts and tax reform, intellectual property, Internet taxes and regulation, pharmaceutical issues, Social Security privatization, and educational choice. We pursue these areas through our IPI Center for Tax Analysis, our IPI Center for Economic Growth, our IPI Center for Technology Freedom, and our IPI Center for Education Freedom. [7]

The IPI was solicited by tobacco companies in 1995 to submit comments in response to proposed federal regulations by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration restricting the marketing of tobacco products. IP responded by sending comments in favor of the industry to the FDA. [8]


On its website IPI states that it is "wholly by contributions from individuals, businesses, and other non-profit foundations. In order to maintain its independence, IPI neither solicits nor accepts contributions from any government agency." [1] IPI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit group which, according to its 2004 IRS return, had revenue of $942,112.

Foundation funders

According to Media Transparency IPI received $ 1,577,575 (unadjusted for inflation) over the period 1990 to 2004. [9]

Between 1990 and 2006, it received the following:


Office bearers

The 2004 annual return lists the Chairman and Directors as contributing in an unpaid capacity.


Current IPI staff (as listed on the organizations website of April 2006) are: [[2]

On the IRS 990 form for 2004 (pdf) there were only 3 salaries specified as over the $50,000 disclosure threshold:

  • Tom Giovanetti (President and Treasurer): $118,000 (50 hours per week)
  • Merrill Matthews (Staff): $78,000
  • Sonia H. Blumstein, $55,637

IPI Media Releases on IPI, Lobbyists & Funding

Former personnel

  • Susan Finston
  • Sonia Hoffman, Marketing/Media Relations
  • Kelli Emerick, Research Fellow, IPI Center for Technology Freedom
  • Stephen Moore, Senior Research Fellow, IPI Center for Economic Growth (former director at the Cato Institute)

IPI Publications

Contact Information

1660 South Stemmons Freeway
Suite 245
Lewisville, TX 75067
Telephone: (972) 874-5139
Fax: (972) 874-5144
Email: ipi AT
Web Site:

External links


  1. Institute for Policy Innovation About the Institute for Policy Innovation, organizational website, accessed June 1, 2011.
  2. Christopher Morris, Patterns in Corporate Philanthropy, Capital Research Center, Aug. 2002, accessed July 9 2011.
  3. Education archives, ALEC website, accessed July 9, 2011.
  4. ALEC & IPI Host MEP Member, accessed July 9, 2011.
  5. IPI, IPI's Cleland to Head ALEC Telecom-IT Task Force, Apr 1, 2011
  6. American Legislative Exchange Council Telecommunications and Information Technology Task Force, organization website, accessed May 31, 2011
  7. IPI "About Us", accessed July 9, 2011.
  9. Media Matters, IPI Funders, accessed July 9, 2011.

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