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National Taxpayers Union (NTU) is closely related to their "501(c)(3)" (i.e. non-profit) foundation, the National Taxpayers Union Foundation (NTUF). According to the 990 forms of NTUF, the NTU and NTUF share staff, facilities, web site and board members. NTU is an "associate" member of the State Policy Network, a web of right-wing “think tanks” in every state across the country.
The NTU received from Philip Morris in 1998 a donation of $25,000 (, WRO refers to Philip Morris's Washington Relations Office) and one year later $10,000.  The Tobacco Institute budgeted for 1999 also a donation to NTU of $10,000. 
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- 1 Ties to the Koch Brothers
- 2 Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council
- 3 Additional tobacco industry information
- 4 Organization Affiliates
- 5 Personnel
- 6 Additional information
- 7 Contact Information
- 8 Sourcewatch resources
- 9 External links
Ties to the Koch Brothers
- $20,000 from the Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation in 1998
- $7,500 from the Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation in 2004
- $5,000 from the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation in 2008
Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council
NTU President Duane Parde is former Executive Director of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), and NTU is an ALEC member.
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.
In a July 2011 interview with National Public Radio's Fresh Air, host Terry Gross asked ALEC National Chair Louisiana Rep. Noble Ellington: "But the corporations on who are represented have a lot of input in writing the legislation, in drafting it."
Ellington replied, in part: "It's not just corporations. I'm there, and members of ALEC is the Americans for Tax Reform, the National Taxpayers Union, National Federation of Independent Businesses - those are people that we represent as well and those are people who are members." 
In 1999, David M. Stanley was the chairman of NTU as well as Iowans for Tax Relief (ITR). He has also been chairman of the Tax Education Support Foundation, a group affiliated with both NTU and ITR. In 1996, the Tax Education Support Foundation loaned ALEC $100,000 "to support ALEC's exempt purpose."
Additional tobacco industry information
A 1991 Philip Morris Communications presentation indicates the company's intent to utilize its coporate Contributions Program to develop NTU as a "strategic vehicle" to advance PM's corporate obejctives:
PMI CONTRIBUTIONS PROGRAM
OBJECTIVE: CREATE STRATEGIC VEHICLES PLAN: ISSUES MANAGEMENT THROUGH COALITION BUILDING --IAA EDUCATION PROGRAM --CITIZENS DEMOCRACY CORPS --NATIONAL TAXPAYERS' UNION OBJECTIVE: ENHANCE REGIONAL AND MARKET PLAN: --VISIBILITY IN LOCAL COMMUNITIES --EVALUATE OPPORTUNITIES TO ADVANCE PMI OBJECTIVES(Taken from an April 1991 Philip Morris presentation titled "Function: Communications" http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/unl19e00)
In 1992 Philip Morris funneled $50,000 to the NTU through the International Taxpayers Association. A memo about the donation written by Matthew Winokur, Director of Worldwide Tobacco Regulatory Issues for PM Europe, stated:
[This] represents the first opportunity PMI has had to support grass-roots opposition to excise taxes in key markets. Funds will be channeled through the National Taxpayers Union to sponsor a global tax meeting in Australia in November 1992 and an international tax congress planned for Prague in May of 1993. --PMI 1992 Corporate Contributions Budget 
A 1995 Philip Morris document that appears to be about fighting a proposed increase in a state excise tax (SET) on cigarettes, lists "501c(3) Organizations identified for outreach, who receive contributions." NTU appears on the list funded at $50,000. --SET SWOT Analysis 950000 
In 1998 NTU got $25,000 from PM divided into two discrete contributions from 2 different PM departments: $12,500 from Corporate Government Affairs and $12,500 Worldwide Regulatory Office. National Taxpayers Union of Ohio again also got a contribution, of $5,000 --1998 Public Policy Contributions
In 1999, PM gave $10,000 to NTU and $5,000 to the NTU of Ohio.(Philip Morris' 1999 Public Policy Contributions Budget).
A May/June issue of Mother Jones carried an article titled "The Nicotine Network" that discussed the significant funding the NTU receives from Philip Morris.
As of June 2014:
- National Taxpayers Union Foundation
- National Taxpayers Union Campaign Fund
- Iowans for Tax Relief
- Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom
- Arlington County Taxpayers Association
Board of Directors
As of June 2014:
- Ms. Barbara Anderson, Citizens for Limited Taxation
- The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell
- Mr. James Dale Davidson, Strategic Opportunities
- Mr. Steve Forbes, Forbes
- Mr. K. R. Kamon
- Mr. David Keating
- Mr. Duane Parde, National Taxpayers Union
- Mr. Richard R. Phillips, Iowans for Tax Relief
- Dr. Donald P. Racheter, Public Interest Institute
- Mr. Peter J. Sepp, National Taxpayers Union
- Mr. Robert Solt, Iowans for Tax Relief
- Mr. David M. Stanley, Iowans for Tax Relief
- Mrs. Jean Leu Stanley, New Hope Foundation
- Mr. John S. Thomas, E.A. Morris Charitable Foundation
- Dr. Richard Vedder
- Ms. Shari Williams, Shari Williams Consulting
Dr. John E. Berthoud is former president of both the NTU and the NTUF.
As of June 2014:
- Duane Parde, President
- Pete Sepp, Executive Vice President
- Douglas Kellogg, Communications Manager
- Richard Lipman, Director of Development
- Brandon Arnold, Vice President of Government Affairs]]
- Nan Swift, Federal Government Affairs Manager
- Lee Schalk, State Government Affairs Manager
- Sam Batkins, Deputy Press Secretary
- Demian Brady, Director of Research
- Dan Barrett, Research and Outreach Manager
- Michael Tasselmyer, Policy Analyst
Major funder of the Legislation Education Action Drive?
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Web site: http://www.ntu.org
- State Policy Network, Directory, State Policy Network, 2016.
- Duane Parde bio, National Taxpayer's Union website, accessed August 20, 2011.
- Greenpeace, , accessed June 20, 2014
- National Public Radio, National Chairman Of ALEC Responds To Report, Fresh Air, July 21, 2011.
- Joseph A. D'Agostino, Conservative spotlight: David M.Stanley, Human Events Publishing, Inc., January 29, 1999, provided by ProQuest Information and Learning Company, accessed August 24, 2011
- Tax Education Support Foundation, 2007 Form 990, form filed with the IRS and available via Guidestar.org, November 21, 2008
- American Legislative Exchange Council, 1998 Form 990, form filed with the IRS and available via Guidestar.org, May 14, 1999
- Rightwingwatch.org, , accessed June 20,2014
- NTU.org, , accessed June 20, 2014
- NTU.org, , accessed June 20, 2014
- Jim Snyder, "Nuclear advocates try to clear obstacles," The Hill, November 8, 2007. "'Taxpayers should not be required to finance billions in risky loan guarantees [for new nuclear plants],' states a letter that TCS (Taxpayers for Common Sense), the National Taxpayers Union and Citizens Against Government Waste jointly sent to Congress."
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