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SPN Members:

This article is a breakout from the main article on the State Policy Network (SPN).

SPN is a web of right-wing “think tanks” in every state across the country. It is an $83 million right-wing empire as of the 2011 funding documents from SPN itself and each of its state "think tank" members. Although SPN's member organizations claim to be nonpartisan and independent, the Center for Media and Democracy's in-depth investigation, "EXPOSED: The State Policy Network -- The Powerful Right-Wing Network Helping to Hijack State Politics and Government," reveals that SPN and its member think tanks are major drivers of the right-wing, American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)-backed corporate agenda in state houses nationwide, with deep ties to the Koch brothers and the national right-wing network of funders.[1]

In response to CMD's report, SPN Executive Director Tracie Sharp told national and statehouse reporters that SPN affiliates are "fiercely independent." Later the same week, however, The New Yorker's Jane Mayer caught Sharp in a contradiction. In her article, "Is IKEA the New Model for the Conservative Movement?," the Pulitzer-nominated reporter revealed that, in a recent meeting behind closed doors with the heads of SPN affiliates around the country, Sharp "compared the organization’s model to that of the giant global chain IKEA." She reportedly said that SPN "would provide 'the raw materials,' along with the 'services' needed to assemble the products. Rather than acting like passive customers who buy finished products, she wanted each state group to show the enterprise and creativity needed to assemble the parts in their home states. 'Pick what you need,' she said, 'and customize it for what works best for you.'" Not only that, but Sharp "also acknowledged privately to the members that the organization's often anonymous donors frequently shape the agenda. 'The grants are driven by donor intent,' she told the gathered think-tank heads. She added that, often, 'the donors have a very specific idea of what they want to happen.'"[2]

A set of coordinated fundraising proposals obtained and released by The Guardian in early December 2013 confirm many of these SPN members' intent to change state laws and policies, referring to "advancing model legislation" and "candidate briefings." These activities "arguably cross the line into lobbying," The Guardian notes.[3]

Please see State Policy Network for more.

There are 64 "Regular Members" of SPN as of November 2013.[4] Below are lists of SPN member state think tanks, associate members, former members, and other organizations listed in its directory.

The SPN website states, "Membership in State Policy Network is voluntary and by invitation-only."[5] There are regular members and associate members.

Regular Members: "A regular member operates as a full-service think tank, addressing a variety of relevant policy issues, not just a single-issue. They will operate independently with their state, and not as part of a state chapter, franchise, other effort of a separate organization. Their primary goal is to provide educational materials to the citizenry, public officials, and members of the media with a state-based focus. They refuse to accept or solicit government funding, and are IRS approved 501(c)(3)s."[5]

Associate Members: "Like regular members, associate members are organizations that display a commitment to a market-oriented foundational public policy. They are also IRS approved 501(c)(3) organizations primarily focused on education and operate independently of all government funding. However, unlike regular members, SPN Associate Members can be national in scope and are not necessarily oriented towards a single state."[5]

"Regular Members"

"Regular Members" include, as of November 2013:[4]

Alabama
Alabama Policy Institute
alabamapolicy.org
205-870-9900

Alaska
Alaska Policy Forum
alaskapolicyforum.org
907-334-5853

Arizona
Goldwater Institute
goldwaterinstitute.org
602-462-5000

Arkansas
Advance Arkansas Institute
http://www.advancearkansas.org
501-588-4245

Arkansas Policy Foundation
arkansaspolicyfoundation.org
501-537-0825

California
California Public Policy Center
calpolicycenter.org
916-961-6770

Pacific Research Institute
pacificresearch.org
415-989-0833

Colorado
Independence Institute
i2i.org
303-279-6536

Connecticut
Yankee Institute for Public Policy
yankeeinstitute.org
860-297-4271

Delaware
Caesar Rodney Institute
caesarrodney.org
302-535-6523

Florida
Foundation for Government Accountability
floridafga.org
239-244-8808

James Madison Institute
jamesmadison.org
850-386-3131

Georgia
Georgia Public Policy Foundation
gppf.org
404-256-4050

Georgia Center for Opportunity (formerly Georgia Family Council)
GeorgiaOpportunity.org
770-242-0001

Hawaii
Grassroot Institute of Hawaii
grassrootinstitute.org
808-591-9193

Idaho
Idaho Freedom Foundation
idahofreedom.net
208-921-6749

Illinois
Illinois Policy Institute
illinoispolicyinstitute.org
312-346-5700

Indiana
Indiana Policy Review Foundation
inpolicy.org
260-417-4094

Iowa
Public Interest Institute
limitedgovernment.org
319-385-3462

Kansas
Kansas Policy Institute (formerly the Flint Hills Center for Public Policy)
kansaspolicy.org
316-634-0218

Kentucky
Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions
bipps.org
270-782-2140




Louisiana
Pelican Institute for Public Policy
pelicaninstitute.org
504-920-4727

Maine
Maine Heritage Policy Center
mainepolicy.org
207-321-2550

Maryland
Calvert Institute for Policy Research
calvertinstitute.org
410-752-5887

Maryland Public Policy Institute
mdpolicy.org
240-686-3510

Massachusetts
Pioneer Institute
pioneerinstitute.org
617-723-2277

Michigan
Mackinac Center for Public Policy
mackinac.org
989-631-0900

Minnesota
Center of the American Experiment
americanexperiment.org
612-338-3605

Freedom Foundation of Minnesota
freedomfoundationofminnesota.com
612-354-2192

Mississippi
Mississippi Center for Public Policy
mspolicy.org
601-969-1300

Missouri
Show-Me Institute
showmeinstitute.org
314-726-5655

Montana
Montana Policy Institute
montanapolicy.org
406-219-0508

Nebraska
Platte Institute for Economic Research
platteinstitute.org
402-452-3737

Nevada
Nevada Policy Research Institute
npri.org
702-222-0642

New Hampshire
Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy
jbartlett.org
603-224-4450

New Jersey
Common Sense Institute
csinj.org
973-927-9860

New Mexico
Rio Grande Foundation
riograndefoundation.org
505-264-6090

New York
Empire Center for New York State Policy
empirecenter.org
518-434-3100

North Carolina
John Locke Foundation
johnlocke.org
919-828-3876

John William Pope Civitas Institute
jwpcivitasinstitute.org
919-828-1400

North Dakota
North Dakota Policy Council
policynd.org
701-223-8155

Ohio
Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions
BuckeyeInstitute.org
614-224-4422


Opportunity Ohio
OpportunityOhio.org
614-636-2663

Oklahoma
Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs
ocpathink.org
405-602-1667

Oregon
Cascade Policy Institute
CascadePolicy.org
503-242-0900

Pennsylvania
Commonwealth Foundation
commonwealthfoundation.org
717-671-1901

Rhode Island
Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity
rifreedom.org
401-225-4005

South Carolina
South Carolina Policy Council
scpolicycouncil.com
803-779-5022

Palmetto Policy Forum
PalmettoPolicy.org
803-708-0673

South Dakota
Great Plains Public Policy Institute
greatplainsppi.org
605-334-9400

Tennessee
Beacon Center of Tennessee
beacontn.org
615-383-6431

Texas
Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute
www.txccri.org
512-474-6042

Texas Public Policy Foundation
texaspolicy.com
512-472-2700

Utah
Sutherland Institute
sutherlandinstitute.org
801-355-1272

Vermont
Ethan Allen Institute
ethanallen.org
802-695-1448

Virginia
Thomas Jefferson Institute
thomasjeffersoninst.org
703-440-9447

Virginia Institute for Public Policy
virginiainstitute.org
703-753-5900

Washington
Freedom Foundation (formerly Evergreen Freedom Foundation)
effwa.org
360-956-3482

Washington Policy Center
washingtonpolicy.org
206-937-9691

West Virginia
Public Policy Foundation of West Virginia
westvirginiapolicy.com
304-282-8249

Wisconsin
MacIver Institute for Public Policy
maciverinstitute.com
608-588-6477

Wisconsin Policy Research Institute
wpri.org
262-367-9940

Wyoming
Wyoming Liberty Group
wyliberty.org
307-632-7020

Wyoming Policy Institute
WyomingPolicy.org
307-637-0580[6]

"Associate Members"

"Associate Members" include, as of September 2013:[4]

Former Members

Former Members include:[9]




Other organizations in its directory

Contact Details

State Policy Network
1655 N. Fort Myer St., Suite 360
Arlington, VA 22209
Phone: (703) 243-1655
Fax: (703) 740-0314
Email: info AT spn.org
Web: http://www.spn.org/

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References

  1. Rebekah Wilce, Center for Media and Democracy, EXPOSED: The State Policy Network -- The Powerful Right-Wing Network Helping to Hijack State Politics and Government, organizational report, November 13, 2013.
  2. Jane Mayer, Is IKEA the New Model for the Conservative Movement?, The New Yorker, November 15, 2013.
  3. Ed Pilkington and Suzanne Goldenberg, State conservative groups plan US-wide assault on education, health and tax, The Guardian, December 5, 2013.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 State Policy Network, Directory, organizational website, accessed November 2013.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 State Policy Network, SPN Membership Information, organizational site, accessed August 2011
  6. State Policy Network, Directory of State Think Tanks, organizational member directory, accessed April 12, 2012
  7. Guidestar, Spark Freedom, non-profit profile, accessed September 2013.
  8. Spark Freedom, About Us, organizational website, accessed September 2013.
  9. State Policy Network, Member Directory, organizational site, accessed August 18, 2011. The organization has changed its website, and pages listing these members are no longer available.