Nevada Policy Research Institute

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Learn more about how the State Policy Network aids ALEC and spins disinformation in the states.

The Nevada Policy Research Institute (NPRI) describes itself as "a free-market think tank that seeks private solutions to public challenges facing Nevada, the West and the nation. The Institute's primary areas of focus are education and fiscal policy, with the goal of advancing free-market principles in both."[1] NPRI is a member of the State Policy Network (SPN).

The institute made waves during the debate over the Nevada state budget during the 2009 legislative session. Geoffrey Lawrence, the institute's fiscal policy analyst, authored "Nevada's Freedom Budget: The Road to Recovery" which was an alternative state budget proposal that would have purportedly avoided the need for state tax increases.

Ties to the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity

The Nevada Policy Research 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.

Personnel

Board of Directors

  • Ranson W. Webster, Chairman
  • George Balaban, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Jim Bahan
  • Bill Brady
  • Maryanne Ingemanson
  • Bruce James
  • Monte Miller
  • Gary Vause
  • William P. Weidner
  • Darren Wilson
  • Judy Cresanta, NPRI Founder

Staff

  • Andy Matthews, President
  • Steven Miller, Vice President Policy
  • Geoffrey Lawrence, Deputy Policy Director
  • Eric Davis, Media Specialist
  • Victor Joecks, Communications Director
  • Jared Carl, Development Director
  • Karen Gray, Education Researcher
  • Kyle Gillis, Investigative Reporter
  • Patricia Andrews, Executive Assistant
  • Sharon J. Rossie, Consultant

Core Financials

2010[15]:

  • Total Revenue: $776,450
  • Total Expenses: $654,447
  • Net Assets: $1,072,828

2009[16]:

  • Total Revenue: $659,931
  • Total Expenses: $631,363
  • Net Assets: $945,002

Contact Details

1700 E. Desert Inn Rd.
Suite 405A
Las Vegas, NV 89169
Phone: (702) 222-0642
Fax:(702) 227-0927
Email: office AT npri.org
Website: http://www.npri.org/

Articles and Resources

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External Resources

Sources

  1. Nevada Policy Research Institute, "About Us", 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. Nevada Policy Research Institute, IRS form 990, 2010. GuideStar.
  16. Nevada Policy Research Institute, IRS form 990, 2009. GuideStar.
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