Yankee Institute for Public Policy
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The Yankee Institute for Public Policy is a conservative think tank in Hartford, Connecticut. According to their website, they have been "creating new ideas for lower taxes and smaller government in Connecticut since 1984." The YIPP is a member of the State Policy Network
Ties to the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity
The Yankee Institute for Public Policy 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.
Board of Directors
As of November 2013:
- Robert R. Simmons, Chairman
- Gerald Gunderson, Treasurer
- Judi Freedman
- Daniel Gressel (president, Teleos)
- Ken Boudreau
- George W. Schiele (president and CEO, 4003 Corporation)
- Andy Jones (founder, North Star Partners, LP)
- Kevin North (founder and President, Talcott Realty Investors)
- Penny Young
As of November 2013:
- Fergus Cullen, Executive Director (former Chairman, New Hampshire Republican Party)
- Heath Fahle, Deputy Director
- Jessica Buchanan, Operations Director
- Zach Janowski, Investigative Reporter
- Andrew J. Cowin
Yankee Institute for Public Policy
800 Connecticut Blvd
East Hartford, CT 06108
Articles and Resources
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