The Pelican Institute for Public Policy is a "nonpartisan research and educational organization" based in Louisiana. The Institute's mission is to advance "policies based on free enterprise, individual liberty, and constitutionally limited government."It is a member of the State Policy Network (SPN), a network of right-wing, state think tanks.
- 1 Activities
- 2 Ties to ALEC
- 3 Ties to the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity
- 4 Funding
- 5 Core Financials
- 6 Personnel
- 7 Contact Information
- 8 Resources
The Pelican Post
As part of the organization's activities, the Pelican Institute manages the The Pelican Post, an online newspaper focused on Louisiana politics. The issue areas of The Pelican Post include: budget, corruption, education, energy & environment, healthcare, and transparency.
Ties to ALEC
The Pelican Institute is a state think tank member of SPN, which is a private sector member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The Pelican Institute also has ties to ALEC through its annual Policy Orientation for the Louisiana Legislature of which ALEC is a sponsor. ALEC members have also sat on policy panels at the event.
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
The Pelican Institute was listed as a Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity "Watchdog Bureau". 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.
The Pelican Institute 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 of the Pelican Institute:
- Total Revenue: $278,279
- Total Expenses: $281,876
- Net Assets: $34,205
- Total Revenue: $344,736
- Total Expenses: $338,681
- Net Assets: $37,802
- Total Revenue: $241,499
- Total Expenses: $243,429
- Net Assets: $31,747
- Total Revenue: $292,911
- Total Expenses: $267,860
- Net Assets: $33,677
- Total Revenue: $428,000
- Total Expenses: $509,574
- Net Assets: $8,626
- Total Revenue: $435,450
- Total Expenses: $371,682
- Net Assets: $90,200
- Total Revenue: $377,978
- Total Expenses: $215,938
- Net Assets: $26,432
- Kevin Kane, President
- Knud Berthelsen, Marketing Strategist
- Matt Cole, policy analyst
Pelican Institute for Public Policy
643 Magazine Street, Suite 301
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 267-9404
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