Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs
The Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA) is a conservative state-based think tank and member of the State Policy Network. The OCPA states that its mission is to "accumulate, evaluate, and disseminate public policy ideas and information for Oklahoma consistent with the principles of free enterprise, limited government, and individual initiative."
- 1 OCPA President Praises President-elect Trump's Pick to Head EPA
- 2 Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council
- 3 Funding
- 4 Core Financials
- 5 Personnel
- 6 Contact Information
- 7 Articles and Resources
OCPA President Praises President-elect Trump's Pick to Head EPA
In an interview with The Oklahoman, OCPA president Johnathan Small strongly supported President-elect Trump's nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the EPA. He stated,
- "Pruitt is exactly the kind of leader we need to take on Washington, D.C. He has a track record of challenging the D.C.-knows-best mentality when it comes to protecting our environment and natural resources. The Constitution purposefully limits federal power and leaves control over local lands and businesses in the hands of state leaders. Gen. Pruitt has shown his dedication to restoring this balance between state and federal power."
President-elect Trump nominated Pruitt despite his long record of fighting the organization he will now be in charge of running, “Scott Pruitt has a record of attacking the environmental protections that EPA is charged with enforcing. He has built his political career by trying to undermine EPA’s mission of environmental protection,” said Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund.
Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council
The Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs has ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) through its membership in several ALEC "task forces".
Jonathan Small, president of the OCPA, won ALEC's Private Sector Member of the Year award and has represented the think tank on the Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force. He participated in a panel discussion, "Debunking Tax Myths" at the 2012 Spring Task Force Summit.
Former OCPA president, Michael Carnuccio, is a member of the Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force and Jason Sutton, former Policy Impact Director for OCPA, was also a member of the Health and Human Services Task Force.
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 Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs is not required to disclose its funders. Its major foundation funders, however, can be found through a search of the IRS filings. Here are some of the known funders of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs:
- Cato Institute: $50,000 (2006)
- DonorsTrust and Donors Capital Fund: $1,650,835 (2010-2013)
- State Policy Network: $270,300 (2012-2015)
- Total Revenue: $2,261,816
- Total Expenses: $1,811,131
- Net Assets: $3,494,926
- Total Revenue: $2,133,193
- Total Expenses: $2,120,037
- Net Assets: $3,044,241
- Liberty Foundation of America: $20,000
- Total Revenue: $1,428,599
- Total Expenses: $1,859,825
- Net Assets: $3,026,684
- Total Revenue: $3,060,027
- Total Expenses: $1,806,961
- Net Assets: $3,456,211
- Total Revenue: $1,385,424.00
- Total Expenses: $1,412,168.00
- Net Assets:$2,205,719.00
- Total Revenue: $1,062,784.00
- Total Expenses: $1,064,986.00
- Net Assets: $2,217,243.00
As of December 2016:
- Jonathan Small, President
- Brandon Dutcher, Senior Vice President
- Trent England, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives
- Estela Hernandez, Vice President of Engagement
- Teresa Yoder, Vice President of Operations
- Rachel Hays, Development Director
- Alex Jones, Communications and Creative Director
- Jay Chilton, Director, Center for Investigative Journalism
- Dacia D. Harris, Development Projects Manager
- Sarah Andrews, Content Marketing Specialist
- Kenny Yoder, Financial Analyst
- Steven J. Anderson, MBA, CPA, Research Fellow
- Tina Korbe Dzurisin, Research Associate
- Trent England, David and Ann Brown Distinguished Fellow for the Advancement of Liberty
- Jayson Lusk, Samuel Roberts Noble Distinguished Fellow
- J. Scott Moody, M.A., Research Fellow
- Andrew C. Spiropoulos, J.D., Milton Friedman Distinguished Fellow
- Wendy P. Warcholik, Ph.D., Research Fellow
- Michael C. Carnuccio, President
- Brian Bush, Executive Vice President
- Karma Robinson, Vice President for Development
- Tina Korbe, Policy Impact Director
Board of Directors
- Blake Arnold
- Glenn Ashmore, D.D.S.
- Robert Avery
- Lee J. Baxter
- Douglas Beall, M.D.
- Steve Beebe
- John A. Brock
- David R. Brown, M.D.
- David Burrage
- Michael Carnuccio
- Tom Coburn, M.D.
- Paul A. Cox
- William Flanagan
- Josephine Freede
- Ann Felton Gilliland
- John T. Hanes
- John A. Henry, III
- Henry F. Kane
- Robert H. Kane
- Gene Love
- David Madigan
- Tom H. McCasland, III
- David McLaughlin
- Lew Meibergen
- Ronald L. Mercer
- Lloyd Noble, II
- Mike O’Neal, Ph.D.
- Larry Parman
- Bill Price
- Patrick T. Rooney
- Melissa Sandefer
- Thomas Schroedter
- RADM(R) Greg Slavonic
- Charles M. Sublett
- Robert Sullivan
- William E. Warnock, Jr.
- Dana Weber
- Daryl Woodard
- Daniel J. Zaloudek
Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs
1401 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
Phone: (405) 602-1667
Fax: (855) 819-0085
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