Virginia Institute for Public Policy

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The Virginia Institute for Public Policy (VIPP) is a state-based think tank that describes its mission as being to "lay the intellectual foundation for a society dedicated to individual liberty, free enterprise, private property, the rule of law, and constitutionally limited government."[1] VIPP is a member of the State Policy Network (SPN).

News and Controversies

VIPP Called Out for Blocking Action on Climate Change

In July of 2016, nineteen U.S. Senators delivered a series of speeches denouncing climate change denial from 32 organizations with links to fossil-fuel interests, including the Virginia Institute for Public Policy.[2] Sen. Whitehouse (RI-D), who led the effort to expose "the web of denial" said in his remarks on the floor that the purpose was to,

"shine a little light on the web of climate denial and spotlight the bad actors in the web, who are polluting our American discourse with phony climate denial. This web of denial, formed over decades, has been built and provisioned by the deep-pocketed Koch brothers, by ExxonMobil, by Peabody coal, and by other fossil fuel interests. It is a grim shadow over our democracy in that it includes an electioneering effort that spends hundreds of millions of dollars in a single election cycle and threatens any Republican who steps up to address the global threat of climate change. . . . [I]t is long past time we shed some light on the perpetrators of this web of denial and expose their filthy grip on our political process. It is a disgrace, and our grandchildren will look back at this as a dirty time in America’s political history because of their work.”[2]

Funding

The Virginia Institute for Public Policy 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:

Core Financials

2015[4]

  • Total Revenue: $117,350
  • Total Expenses: $105,111
  • Net Assets: $89,159

2014[5]

  • Total Revenue: $111,680
  • Total Expenses: $103,983
  • Net Assets: $76,920

2013[6]

  • Total Revenue: $110,161
  • Total Expenses: $117,421
  • Net Assets: $69,223

2012[7]

  • Total Revenue: $106,025
  • Total Expenses: $107,271
  • Net Assets: $76,483

2011[8]

  • Total Revenue: $126,638
  • Total Expenses: $138,274
  • Net Assets: $82,385

2010[9]:

  • Total Revenue: $210,020.00
  • Total Expenses: $204,821.00
  • Net Assets: $51,932.00

2009[10]:

  • Total Revenue: $319,528.00
  • Total Expenses: $321,183.00
  • Net Assets: $79,899.00

Personnel

Staff

As of January 2017, VIPP does not list its staff on its website.

Board of Scholars

As of January 2017:[11]

  • William L. Anderson, Associate Professor of Economics, Frostburg State University
  • Doug Bandow, Former editor, Inquiry
  • Atin Basuchoudhary, Assistant Professor of Economics, Virginia Military Institute
  • James T. Bennett, Eminent Scholar and William P. Snavely Chair of Political Economy and Public Policy, George Mason University
  • Thomas Bethell, Senior Editor of The American Spectator
  • Lillian R. BeVier, Henry and Grace Doherty Charitable Foundation Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Peter J. Boettke, Deputy Director, James M. Buchanan Center for Political Economy and Associate Professor of Economics, George Mason University
  • Donald J. Boudreaux, Chairman, Department of Economics, George Mason University
  • Mark Brandly, Associate Professor of Economics, Ferris State University
  • Bryan Caplan, Associate Professor of Economics, George Mason University
  • Anthony M. Carilli , Associate Professor of Economics, Hampden-Sydney College
  • James W. Ceaser, Professor of Government and Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia
  • Lee Walter Congdon, Professor, Department of History, James Madison University
  • Lee Coppock, Assistant Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, University of Virginia
  • Jim Cox, Associate Professor of Economics and Political Science, Georgia Perimeter College
  • Christopher J. Coyne, Assistant Professor of Economics, West Virginia University
  • Robert A. Destro, Professor of Law and Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Law and Religion at the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law
  • Daniel L. Dreisbach, Professor in the School of Public Affairs, American University
  • Floyd H. Duncan, Roberts Institute Professor of Free Enterprise Economics, Virginia Military Institute
  • Steven J. Eagle, Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law
  • Stephen P. Halbrook, Author
  • C. William Hill, Jr., Professor of Political Science, Roanoke College
  • William P. Kittredge
  • Arnold Kling, Economist
  • Michael I. Krauss, Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law
  • Peter T. Leeson, BB&T Professor for the Study of Capitalism, George Mason University
  • Mark R. Levin, President, Landmark Legal Foundation
  • William R. Luckey, Professor and Chairman, Department of Political Science and Economics, Christendom College
  • Nelson Lund, Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law
  • Paul G. Mahoney, Academic Associate Dean, the Brokaw Professor of Corporate Law, and the Albert C. BeVier Research Professor, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Joyce Lee Malcolm, Professor of Legal History, George Mason University School of Law
  • David I. Meiselman, Professor of Economics and Director of the Graduate Economics Program, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Patrick J. Michaels, Research Professor of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia; Senior Fellow in Environmental Studies, Cato Institute
  • Carlisle E. Moody, Jr., Chairman of the Economics Department, College of William and Mary
  • Iain Murray, Director of Projects and Analysis and Senior Fellow, Energy, Science and Technology at the Competitive Enterprise Institute
  • Robert H. Nelson, Professor of Environmental Policy at the School of Public Affairs, University of Maryland
  • Michael J. New, Assistant Professor, University of Alabama
  • Randal O’Toole, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute
  • James F. Pontuso, Elliott Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science, Hampden-Sydney College
  • Lawrence Reed, President, Mackinac Center for Public Policy
  • Mark E. Rush, Associate Professor of Politics, Washington and Lee University
  • Thomas Carl Rustici, Visiting Instructor of Economics, George Mason University
  • Taylor Sanders, Professor of History and University Historian, Washington and Lee University
  • Garrett Ward Sheldon, Professor of Political Science, University of Virginia’s College
  • Vernon L. Smith, Professor of Economics and Law, George Mason University
  • Ilya Somin, Assistant Professor, George Mason University School of Law
  • Sam Staley, President, Buckeye Institute
  • Richard Vedder, Distinguished Professor of Economics, Ohio University; Adjunct Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
  • Richard E. Wagner, Professor of Economics and Director of Graduate Studies, George Mason University
  • Bernard Way, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Director of the Politics Program, Christendom College
  • Walter E. Williams, John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics, George Mason University
  • Gary Wolfram, George Munson Professor of Political Economy, Hillsdale College

Board of Directors

As of January 2017:[12]

  • Lynn Taylor, President and Co-founder of the Virginia Institute for Public Policy
  • Derwood S. Chase, Jr.
  • Charles J. Cooper
  • Timothy E. Donner
  • Becky Norton Dunlop, Heritage Foundation
  • Douglas C. Mills, Club for Growth
  • Abby S. Moffat
  • Richard F. Norman
  • Mark Skousen

Former Directors

  • John Taylor, president

Contact Information

Virginia Institute for Public Policy
282 Bald Rock Road
Verona, VA 24482
Phone: 540-245-1776
Email: JohnTaylor@VirginiaInstitute.org
Web: http://www.virginiainstitute.org/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/vapublicpolicy
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VirginiaInstituteforPublicPolicy/

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References

  1. Virginia Institute for Public Policy, Virginia Institute for Public Policy, organizational website, accessed March 2008.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Sheldon Whitehouse, "Senators Call Out Web of Denial Blocking Action On Climate Change," Office of Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, July 15, 2016.
  3. Cato Institute, 2006 IRS Form 990, organizational tax filing, 2006, pp. 19-23.
  4. Virginia Institute for Public Policy, [paper copy 2015 IRS Form 990], organizational tax filing, August 12, 2016.
  5. Virginia Institute for Public Policy, 2014 IRS Form 990, organizational tax filing, November 5, 2015.
  6. Virginia Institute for Public Policy, 2013 IRS Form 990, organizational tax filing, November 14, 2014.
  7. Virginia Institute for Public Policy, 2012 IRS Form 990, organizational tax filing, November 15, 2013.
  8. Virginia Institute for Public Policy, 2011 IRS Form 990, organizational tax filing, November 14, 2012.
  9. Virginia Institute for Public Policy, IRS form 990, 2010. GuideStar.
  10. Virginia Institute for Public Policy, IRS form 990, 2009. GuideStar.
  11. Virginia Institute for Public Policy, Board of Scholars, Virginia Institute for Public Policy, 2017.
  12. Virginia Institute for Public Policy, Board of Directos, Virginia Institute for Public Policy, 2017.