Vernon K. Krieble Foundation
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The Vernon K. Krieble Foundation was established in 1984 by the family of Professor Vernon K. Krieble, a scientist and educator. Vernon, together with his son, chemist Dr. Robert Krieble (1916-1997), perfected an anaerobic polymer that seals metal parts to avoid vibration and leakage, and that could be used to prevent loosening of nuts and bolts. Together they founded the Loctite Corporation to market the sealant. The Loctite corporation also developed the first practical "superglue" technology. Robert Krieble was also an original leader of the Heritage Foundation and promoted free market policies. Robert Krieble's daughter, Helen E. Krieble, founded the Vernon K. Kreible Foundation and also serves as its president. She has involved herself on national issues ranging from from strategic missile defense to immigration policy.
The Vernon Krieble foundation advocates pure free market solutions for issues like health care and the environment, and advocates the establishment of strategic missile systems throughout the world to defend the U.S.
Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council and State Policy Network
ALEC is a corporate bill mill. It is not just a lobby or a front group; it is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, corporations hand state legislators their wishlists to benefit their bottom line. Corporations fund almost all of ALEC's operations. They pay for a seat on ALEC task forces where corporate lobbyists and special interest reps vote with elected officials to approve “model” bills. Learn more at the Center for Media and Democracy's ALECexposed.org, and check out breaking news on our PRWatch.org site.
The Krieble Foundation has also granted $98,805 to the prominent ALEC member the State Policy Network (SPN) from 2001 through 2012, and a total of at least $1,577,768 to SPN and its members and associate members from 2001 to 2012:
- Accuracy in Media: $1,500 (2001-2003)
- America's Future Foundation: $500 (2001)
- American Enterprise Institute: $10,000 (2001-2008)
- American Legislative Exchange Council: $28,500 (2004-2005, 2010)
- American Majority: $10,000 (2008)
- Americans for Prosperity: $32,500 (2005, 2008, 2012)
- Americans for Tax Reform Foundation: $17,000 (2001-2012)
- Atlas Economic Research Foundation: $62,000 (2007-2011)
- Cato Institute: $79,000 (2001-2011)
- Claremont Institute: $15,500 (2004-2007)
- Competitive Enterprise Institute: $42,000 (2001-2010)
- David Horowitz Freedom Center: $125,000 (2001-2005)
- DonorsTrust: $25,000 (2009)
- Free to Choose Network: $5,000 (2008)
- Freedom Foundation: $8,000 (2001-2010)
- FreedomWorks: $193,063 (2005-2009)
- Fund for American Studies: $1,000 (2007)
- Galen Institute: $4,500 (2001-2003)
- Heritage Foundation: $143,400 (2001-2012)
- Independent Institute: $90,500 (2001-2012)
- Institute for Justice: $8,000 (2001-2007)
- Intercollegiate Studies Institute: $90,000 (2001-2005, 2012)
- James Madison Institute: $1,000 (2010)
- Leadership Institute: $25,500 (2001-2008, 2012)
- Leadership Program of the Rockies: $235,000 (2001-2012)
- Mackinac Center for Public Policy: $1,500 (2002)
- Manhattan Institute for Policy Research: $2,500 (2012)
- Media Research Center: $1,000 (2008)
- Mercatus Center at George Mason University: $1,000 (2001)
- National Center for Policy Analysis: $61,000 (2001-2004)
- National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation: $50,000 (2001-2012)
- National Taxpayers Union: $35,000 (2004-2007)
- Pacific Legal Foundation: $10,500 (2001-2007)
- Reason Foundation: $5,000 (2005, 2008)
- Tax Foundation: $5,500 (2002-2005)
- Texas Public Policy Foundation: $11,000 (2001, 2009)
- Yankee Institute for Public Policy: $32,500 (2002-2008, 2012)
- Young America's Foundation: $9,000 (2001-2005)
The Krieble Foundation also joins with SPN to issue an annual "Unsung Heroes Award." Its awardees have included anti-"big-government" Oregon activist Steve Schopp in 2011, Odessa, TX "Captain Watchdog" Jason Moore in 2012, Rochester, MN anti-union activist Jennifer Parrish in 2013, and anti-professional licensing activist Patti Morrow of Greer, SC in 2014. Awardees receive $25,000 cash prizes.
Ties to DonorsTrust, a Koch Conduit
DonorsTrust is considered a "donor-advised fund," which means that it divides its funds into separate accounts for individual donors, who then recommend disbursements from the accounts to different non-profits. Funds like DonorsTrust are not uncommon in the non-profit sector, but they do cloak the identity of the original donors because the funds are typically distributed in the name of DonorsTrust rather than the original donors. Very little was known about DonorsTrust until late 2012 and early 2013, when the Guardian and others published extensive reports on what Mother Jones called "the dark-money ATM of the conservative movement."
The Vernon K. Krieble Foundation contributed $25,000 to DonorsTrust and Donors Capital Fund between 2009 and (see links to the foundation's IRS forms 990 below).
A report by the Center for Public Integrity exposes a number of DonorsTrust funders, many of which have ties to the Koch brothers. One of the most prominent funders is the Knowledge and Progress Fund, a Charles Koch-run organization and one of the group's largest known contributors, having donated nearly $9 million from 2005 to 2012. Other contributors known to have donated at least $1 million to DonorsTrust include the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation, Donald & Paula Smith Family Foundation, Searle Freedom Trust, Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, and the John M. Olin Foundation.
Since its inception in 1999, DonorsTrust has been used by conservative foundations and individuals to discretely funnel nearly $400 million to like-minded think tanks and media outlets. According to the organization's tax documents, in 2011, DonorsTrust contributed a total of $86 million to conservative organizations. Many recipients had ties to the State Policy Network (SPN), a wide collection of conservative state-based think tanks and media organizations that focus on shaping public policy and opinion. In 2013, the Center for Media and Democracy released a special report on SPN. Those who received DonorsTrust funding included media outlets such as the Franklin Center and the Lucy Burns Institute, as well as think tanks such as SPN itself, the Heartland Institute, Illinois Policy Institute, Independence Institute, Mackinac Center for Public Policy, South Carolina Policy Council, American Legislative Exchange Council, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, and the Cascade Policy Institute.
- 2012 Form 990
- 2011 Form 990
- 2010 Form 990
- 2009 Form 990
- 2008 Form 990
- 2007 Form 990
- 2006 Form 990
- 2005 Form 990
- 2004 Form 990
- 2004 Form 990
- 2002 Form 990
- 2001 Form 990
The Krieble Foundation joined other conservative U.S. lobby groups behind the right-wing Tea Party movement to sponsor an anti-tax event in the UK organized by the UK's controversial Taxpayers' Alliance. Other groups behind the event included the Cato Institute (heavily funded by Charles and David Koch), FreedomWorks, Americans for Prosperity, teh Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and the Heritage Foundation.
Immigration Project and Talking Points
The Krieble Foundation, and Helen Krieble in particular, promote a two-tiered immigration policy that the Foundation calls the "Krieble Plan" or the Red Card Solution. The plan differentiates between foreign citizens who wish to work in the U.S. temporarily, and those who seek to move here permanently, and proposes to have private businesses register and track immigrants who come to the U.S. to work temporarily. The Krieble Foundation issues talking points called "the Do's and Don'ts of Talking About Illegal Immigration." It urges advocates of its Red Card plan to avoid using terms like "amnesty," "path to citizenship" and "guest workers" and instead talk about "strengthening our borders," emphasize "background checks" are included in the Red Card plan, and that non-citizens workers will be matched with a particular job they can do while in the U.S. 
The Vernon K. Krieble Foundation
1777 S. Harrison Street, Suite 807
Denver, CO 80210
Phone: (303) 758-3956
Fax: (303) 488-0068
Articles and Resources
Related SourceWatch Articles
- The Vernon K. Krieble Foundation Issues #2, organizational Web site, accessed December 13, 2010
- Vernon Krieble Foundation The Red Card Solution: About Us, organizational Web site, accessed December 13, 2010
- American Bridge 21st Century Foundation, Funder: The Vernon K. Krieble Foundation, Bridge Project conservative transparency website, accessed November 2013.
- American Bridge 21st Century Foundation, Vernon K. Krieble Foundation Funding to State Policy Network, ConservativeTransparency.org, accessed December 2014.
- American Bridge 21st Century Foundation, Vernon K. Krieble Foundation Grants, ConservativeTransparency.org, accessed December 2014.
- Vernon K. Krieble Foundation, 2001 Form 990, foundation's annual IRS filing, September 6, 2002.
- State Policy Network, Unsung Hero Award, We the People project website, accessed December 2014.
- State Policy Network, Unsung Hero Award, organizational website, accessed December 2014.
- State Policy Network, Unsung Hero Award, organizational YouTube video, December 23, 2012.
- State Policy Network, JENNIFER PARRISH: WINNER OF THE 2013 UNSUNG HERO AWARD, organizational annual meeting website, accessed December 2014.
- Morrow is honored with Unsung Hero Award: Interior designer turned political activist, Greer Today, December 3, 2014.
- Rebekah Wilce, A Reporters' Guide to the "State Policy Network" -- the Right-Wing Think Tanks Spinning Disinformation and Pushing the ALEC Agenda in the States, PRWatch.org, April 4, 2013.
- Andy Kroll, Exposed: The Dark-Money ATM of the Conservative Movement, Mother Jones, February 5, 2013.
- Suzanne Goldenberg, "Secret funding helped build vast network of climate denial thinktanks," The Guardian, February 14, 2013.
- Center for Media and Democracy, DonorsTrust and Donors Capital Fund Grant Recipients, SourceWatch.org, accessed December 2014.
- Paul Abowd, Donors use charity to push free-market policies in states, Center for Public Integrity, February 14, 2013.
- Donors Trust, GuideStar.org, IRS form 990, 2011.
- Philip Inman US Tea Party in London to Spread Low Tax Message], UK Guardian, September 7, 2010
- The Kriebel Foundation Talking Points for Leaders, organizational Web site, accessed December 13, 2010
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