Maryland Public Policy Institute
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The Maryland Public Policy Institute (MPPI) describes its mission as being "is to formulate and promote public policies at all levels of government based on principles of free enterprise, limited government, and civil society."
Ties to the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity
The Maryland Public Policy 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. The Franklin Center funds reporters in over 40 states. Despite their non-partisan description, many of the websites funded by the Franklin Center have received criticism for their conservative bias. On its website, the Franklin Center claims it "provides 10 percent of all daily reporting from state capitals nationwide."
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). Mother Jones called DonorsTrust "the dark-money ATM of the conservative movement" in a February 2013 article. Franklin received DonorTrust's second-largest donation in 2011.
The Franklin Center was launched by the Chicago-based Sam Adams Alliance (SAM), a 501(c)(3) devoted to pushing free-market ideals. SAM gets funding from the State Policy Network, which is partially funded by The Claude R. Lambe Foundation. Charles Koch, one of the billionaire brothers who co-own Koch Industries, sits on the board of this foundation. SAM also receives funding from the Rodney Fund.
Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council
MPPI adjunct staff member Wendell Cox was the director of public policy of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) for three years. Both MPPI and ALEC have received grants from the JM Foundation ($25,000 each in 2009).
Please see SPN Ties to ALEC for more.
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.
Ties to the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity
Maryland Public Policy Institute is listed as hosting Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity "investigative journalists."  The Franklin Center funds reporters in over 40 states. Despite their non-partisan description, many of the websites funded by the Franklin Center have received criticism for their conservative bias. On it's website, the Franklin Center claims that it "provides 10 percent of all daily reporting from state capitals nationwide." 
- Christopher B. Summers, President
- Dan Lips, Senior Fellow, Education Policy Studies
- Thomas A. Firey, Senior Fellow
- Ronald D. Utt, Ph.D., Adjunct staff
- Wendell Cox, Adjunct staff
- Kirk A. Johnson, Ph.D., Adjunct staff
- Edmund F. Haislmaier, Adjunct staff
- Marc Kilmer, Senior Fellow
- Tom Neumark, Visiting Fellow
- Tori Gorman, Visiting Fellow
- Gabriel J. Michael, Senior Fellow
- J. Scott Moody, Visiting Fellow
- Wendy P. Warcholik, Ph.D., Visiting Fellow
- Peter Samuel, Adjunct Fellow
- Marta Hummel Mossburg, Senior Fellow
- Carrie L. Lukas, Visiting Fellow
- John J. Walters, Research Associate
- Susan Firey, Director, Media Relations
- Sean Kennedy, Visiting Fellow
- Joseph V. Kennedy, Ph.D., J.D., Visiting Fellow
Board of Directors
- Thomas E. Kelso, Chairman
- Christopher B. Summers, President
- Howard B. Bowen
- James T. Brady
- Robert J. Cirincione, M.D.
- Paul V. Facchina, Sr.
- William L. Gaines, Jr.
- Lawrence J. Hogan, Jr.
- Hon. Marvin Mandel
- Karen H. Oertel
- William D. A. Zerhouni
- Hon. Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.
- Hon. Jayne H. Plank
Academic Advisory Board
- Robert H. Nelson, Ph.D.
- Thomas J. Dilorenzo, Ph.D.
- Peter Van Doren
- William L. Anderson, Ph.D.
- Total Revenue: $390,118
- Total Expenses: $372,190
- Net Assets: $282,063
- Total Revenue: $376,543
- Total Expenses: $320,252
- Net Assets: $264,135
PO Box 195
Germantown, MD 20875-0195
Email: info AT mdpolicy.org
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