Maryland Public Policy Institute

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The Maryland Public Policy Institute (MPPI) is a right wing "public policy research and education organization" that describes its mission as "to formulate and promote public policies at all levels of government based on principles of free enterprise, limited government, and civil society."[1] MPPI is a member of the State Policy Network.

Ties to the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity

The Maryland Public Policy Institute 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.[2] The Franklin Center funds reporters in over 40 states.[3] Despite their non-partisan description, many of the websites funded by the Franklin Center have received criticism for their conservative bias.[4][5] On its website, the Franklin Center claims it "provides 10 percent of all daily reporting from state capitals nationwide."[6]

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).[7] Mother Jones called DonorsTrust "the dark-money ATM of the conservative movement" in a February 2013 article.[8] Franklin received DonorTrust's second-largest donation in 2011.[7]

The Franklin Center also receives funding from the Wisconsin-based Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation,[9] a conservative grant-making organization.[10]

The Franklin Center was launched by the Chicago-based Sam Adams Alliance (SAM),[11] a 501(c)(3) devoted to pushing free-market ideals. SAM gets funding from the State Policy Network,[12] which is partially funded by The Claude R. Lambe Foundation.[13] Charles Koch, one of the billionaire brothers who co-own Koch Industries, sits on the board of this foundation.[14] SAM also receives funding from the Rodney Fund.

Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council

MPPI adjunct staff member Wendell Cox was the director of public policy of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) for three years.[15]

Please see SPN Ties to ALEC for more.

About ALEC
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.

Ties to the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity

Maryland Public Policy Institute is listed as hosting Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity "investigative journalists." [16] The Franklin Center funds reporters in over 40 states.[17] Despite their non-partisan description, many of the websites funded by the Franklin Center have received criticism for their conservative bias.[18][19] On it's website, the Franklin Center claims that it "provides 10 percent of all daily reporting from state capitals nationwide." [20]

Funding

Core Financials

2014[23]

  • Total Revenue: $180,020
  • Total Expenses: $268,797
  • Net Assets: $-88,777

2013[24]

  • Total Revenue: $169,226
  • Total Expenses: $231,424
  • Net Assets: $177

2012[25]

  • Total Revenue: $201,411
  • Total Expenses: $335,362
  • Net Assets: $62,375

2011[26]

  • Total Revenue: $323,314
  • Total Expenses: $409,051
  • Net Assets: $196,326

2010[27]

  • Total Revenue: $390,118
  • Total Expenses: $372,190
  • Net Assets: $282,063

2009[28]

  • Total Revenue: $376,543
  • Total Expenses: $320,252
  • Net Assets: $264,135

Personnel

Staff

As of October 2016:[29]

  • Christopher B. Summers, President
  • Dan Lips, Senior Fellow, Education Policy Studies
  • Thomas A. Firey, Senior Fellow
  • Ronald D. Utt, Ph.D., Adjunct staff
  • Wendell Cox, Adjunct staff
  • Kirk A. Johnson, Ph.D., Adjunct staff
  • Edmund F. Haislmaier, Adjunct staff
  • Marc Kilmer, Senior Fellow
  • Tom Neumark, Visiting Fellow
  • Tori Gorman, Visiting Fellow
  • Gabriel J. Michael, Senior Fellow
  • J. Scott Moody, Visiting Fellow
  • Wendy P. Warcholik, Ph.D., Visiting Fellow
  • Peter Samuel, Adjunct Fellow
  • Marta Hummel Mossburg, Visiting Fellow
  • Carrie L. Lukas, Visiting Fellow
  • John J. Walters, Research Associate
  • Susan Firey, Director, Media Relations
  • Sean Kennedy, Visiting Fellow
  • Joseph V. Kennedy, Ph.D., J.D., Visiting Fellow
  • Louis Miserendino, Visiting Fellow
  • Randal O'Toole, Visiting Fellow
  • Nick Zaiac, Policy Analyst
  • Jessie Echard, Events Coordinator
  • Jeff Hooke, Visiting Fellow

Board of Directors

As of October 2016:[30]

  • Christopher B. Summers, President
  • Robert J. Cirincione, M.D.
  • James A. Calderwood, Esq.
  • Thomas E. Skilton, Esq.

Emeritus Directors

  • Hon. Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.
  • Hon. Jayne H. Plank
  • Lawrence J. Hogan, Jr.
  • Howard B. Bowen

Former Directors

  • Thomas E. Kelso, Chairman
  • James T. Brady
  • Paul V. Facchina, Sr.
  • William L. Gaines, Jr.
  • Hon. Marvin Mandel
  • Karen H. Oertel
  • William D. A. Zerhouni

Academic Advisory Board

As of October 2016:[31]

  • Robert H. Nelson, Ph.D.
  • Thomas J. Dilorenzo, Ph.D.
  • Peter Van Doren
  • William L. Anderson, Ph.D.

Contact Information

Maryland Public Policy Institute
1 Research Court
Suite 450
Rockville, Maryland 20850
Phone: 240-686-3510
Fax: 240-686-3511
Website: https://www.mdpolicy.org
Email: info@mdpolicy.org
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mdpolicy
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MarylandPublicPolicyInstitute/

Articles and Resources

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External Resources

References

  1. "About MPPI", accessed March 2008.
  2. Franklin Center, Franklin Affiliates in Your State, organizational website, accessed October 2012.
  3. The Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, Think tank Journalism: The Future of Investigative Journalism, organizational website, accessed August 19, 2011.
  4. Rebekah Metzler, "Watchdog" website puts a new spin on politics, The Portland Press Herald, October 2, 2010.
  5. Allison Kilkenny, The Koch Spider Web, Truthout, accessed August 19, 2011.
  6. Sara Jerving, Franklin Center: Right-Wing Funds State News Source, PRWatch.org, October 27, 2011.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Paul Abowd, Center for Public Integrity, Donors use charity to push free-market policies in states, organizational report, February 14, 2013.
  8. Andy Kroll, Exposed: The Dark-Money ATM of the Conservative Movement, Mother Jones, February 5, 2013.
  9. Daniel Bice, Franklin Center boss wants apology from Democratic staffer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, August 8, 2011.
  10. The Bradley Foundation. The Bradley Foundation. Organizational website. Accessed August 19, 2011.
  11. Sam Adams Alliance. Sam Adams Alliance Media Kit. Organizational PDF. Accessed August 19, 2011.
  12. Media Matters Action Network. Sam Adams Alliance. Conservative Transparency. Accessed August 19, 2011.
  13. Media Matters Action Network. State Policy Network. Conservative Transparency. Accessed August 19, 2011.
  14. Media Matters Action Network. Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation. Conservative Transparency. Accessed August 19, 2011.
  15. Maryland Public Policy Institute, Wendell Cox: Adjunct Staff, organizational website, accessed September 2012
  16. Statehouse News Bureaus, Source Watch, accessed March 23, 2012
  17. The Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity. Think tank Journalism: The Future of Investigative Journalism. Organizational website. Accessed August 19, 2011.
  18. The Portland Press Herald. 'Watchdog' website puts a new spin on politics'. News website. Accessed August 19, 2011.
  19. Truthout. The Koch Spider Web. News website. Accessed August 19, 2011.
  20. Sara Jerving, http://www.prwatch.org/news/2011/10/10971/franklin-center-right-wing-funds-state-news-source, PR Watch, October 27, 2011
  21. Cato Institute, 2006 Annual Report, pages 19-23.
  22. JM Foundation, Grant Awards 2009, organizational website, accessed September 2012
  23. Maryland Public Policy Institute, 2014 IRS 990 Form, Maryland Public Policy Institute, November 16, 2015.
  24. Maryland Public Policy Institute, 2013 IRS 990 Form, Maryland Public Policy Institute, January 29, 2015.
  25. Maryland Public Policy Institute, 2012 IRS 990 Form, Maryland Public Policy Institute, November 26, 2013.
  26. Maryland Public Policy Institute, 2011 IRS 990 Form, Maryland Public Policy Institute, November 7, 2012.
  27. Maryland Public Policy Institute, 2010 IRS 990 Form, Maryland Public Policy Institute, October 7, 2010.
  28. Maryland Public Policy Institute, 2009 IRS 990 Form, Maryland Public Policy Institute, August 13, 2010.
  29. Maryland Public Policy Institute, Staff, Maryland Public Policy Institute, 2016.
  30. Maryland Public Policy Institute, Board of Directors, Maryland Public Policy Institute, 2016.
  31. Maryland Public Policy Institute, Academic Advisory Board, Maryland Public Policy Institute, 2016.