Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs

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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]

Funding

In its 2006 IRS Form 990, the Cato Institute stated that it provided a grant of $50,000 to the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs.[2] Please see SPN Funding for more.

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".

Brandon Dutcher, Vice President for Policy, represents the organization as a member of ALEC's Education Task Force as of July 2011.[3]

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.[4][5]

Jonathan Small of the OCPA has also 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.[6]

About ALEC
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Personnel

Staff

  • Michael C. Carnuccio, President
  • Brian Bush, Executive Vice President
  • Brandon Dutcher, Vice President for Policy
  • Karma Robinson, Vice President for Development
  • Jonathan Small, Fiscal Policy Director
  • Tina Korbe, Policy Impact Director

Core Financials

2011[7]

  • Total Revenue: $3,060,027
  • Total Expenses: $1,806,961
  • Net Assets: $$3,456,211

2010[8]:

  • Total Revenue: $1,385,424.00
  • Total Expenses: $1,412,168.00
  • Net Assets:$2,205,719.00

2009[9]:

  • Total Revenue: $1,062,784.00
  • Total Expenses: $1,064,986.00
  • Net Assets: $2,217,243.00

Contact Information

1401 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
Phone: (405) 602-1667
Fax: (405) 602-1238
Email: ocpa AT ocpathink.org
Website: http://www.ocpathink.org/contact

Articles and Resources

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References

  1. Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, Our Mission, organizational website, accessed March 2008.
  2. Cato Institute, IRS Form 990, 2006, organizational tax filing, February 15, 2007, pp. 19-23.
  3. American Legislative Exchange Council, "Education Task Force Meeting," agenda and meeting materials, August 5, 2011, on file with CMD.
  4. American Legislative Exchange Council, Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force meeting agenda and materials, June 30, 2011, on file with CMD
  5. American Legislative Exchange Council, Health and Human Services Task Force meeting agenda and materials, June 30, 2011, on file with CMD
  6. American Legislative Exchange Council, Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force, meeting agenda and materials, May, 11, 2012, on file with CMD
  7. Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, IRS Form 990, 2011, organizational tax filing, November 9, 2012.
  8. Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, IRS form 990, 2010. GuideStar.
  9. Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, IRS form 990, 2009. GuideStar.
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