Conservative Partnership Institute

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The Conservative Partnership Institute is a Washington D.C.-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 2017 by Jim DeMint.[1]

CPI describes its purpose as "providing a platform for citizen leaders, the conservative movement, Members of Congress, congressional staff and scholars to be connected. The organization works to provide these leaders with the tools, tactics, resources and strategies to help make them successful in advancing conservative policy solutions."[2]

CPI is a partner of State Policy Network associate member Forge Leadership Network, an Ohio-based, right-wing recruiting and training operation.

News and Controversies

Former Trump Adviser Cleta Mitchell Joins CPI

Lawyer Cleta Mitchell joined CPI as a senior legal fellow and is planning to use her role to "coordinate" conservative voting positions, including in opposition to Democrat-led H.R.1, an elections reform bill that would undo Voter ID laws, support mail-in ballots, and enact automatic voter registration.[3]

Former Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows Joins CPI

Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows joined the Conservative Partnership Institute in January 2021. Meadows will "operate behind the scenes to help create more members [of Congress] like Jim Jordan, Ted Cruz, and Josh Hawley– conservative firebrands with strong networks and staffs."[4]

DeMint Will Work with Other Right-Wing Organizations to Implement "The Conservative Agenda"

CPI was founded by Jim DeMint, former South Carolina senator and former president of the Heritage Foundation. DeMint was "ousted in May [2020] after internal disputes over Heritage's mission."[1] DeMint said CPI would work with "other right-leaning organization, citing a common goal of 'the conservative agenda' as Republicans in Congress struggle to form consensus around marquee campaign issues, such as health care"[1]

Ties to the Millennial Debt Foundation

CPI employees Rachel Bovard and Jim DeMint are both senior advisors at the Millennial Debt Foundation.

Ties to the Council for National Policy

CPI's Senior Director of Policy, Rachel Bovard, was a member of the Council for National Policy (CNP) as of 2020. CPI's founding chairman, Jim DeMint, was a member of CNP and served on the organization's Executive Committee as of 2020.

Council for National Policy

The Council for National Policy (CNP) is a secretive, Christian Right organization of funders and activists founded in 1981 by activist Morton Blackwell, commentator Paul Weyrich, direct-mail pioneer Richard Viguerie, right-wing activist Phyllis Schlafly and Left Behind author Tim LaHaye. Anne Nelson's book about CNP, Shadow Network: Media, Money, and the Secret Hub of the Radical Right, describes how the organization connects "the manpower and media of the Christian right with the finances of Western plutocrats and the strategy of right-wing Republican political operatives.”

CNP membership as of September 2020 is available here.

Ties to the Bradley Foundation

CPI receives funding from the Bradley Foundation.

Bradley Files

In 2017, the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), publishers of SourceWatch, launched a series of articles on the Milwaukee-based Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, exposing the inner-workings of one of America's largest right-wing foundations. 56,000 previously undisclosed documents laid bare the Bradley Foundation's highly politicized agenda. CMD detailed Bradley's efforts to map and measure right wing infrastructure nationwide, including by dismantling and defunding unions to impact state elections; bankrolling discredited spin doctor Richard Berman and his many front groups; and more.

Find the series here at ExposedbyCMD.org.

Funding

The Conservative Partnership Institute is not required to disclose its funders but major foundation supporters can be found through their IRS filings. Here are some known contributors:

  • CB Foundation: $25,000 (2017)
  • Charles L. Shor Foundation for Epilepsy Research: $2,500 (2017)
  • Chicago Community Trust: $200,000 (2018-2019)
  • Colbert Foundation: $12,500 (2017)
  • DonorsTrust: $180,000 (2018-2019)
  • Ed Uihlein Family Foundation: $1,000,000 (2018-2019)
  • Hamlin Family Foundation: $5,000 (2017)
  • James F. Causley, Jr. Family Foundation: $5,000 (2018)
  • Lazof Family Foundation, $2,500 (2018)
  • Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation: $100,000 (2018)
  • Middlemas Family Foundation: $5,000 (2017)
  • National Charitable Christian Foundation: $55,000 (2017)
  • National Philanthropic Trust: $100,000 (2018)
  • Robert S. and Star Pepper Foundation: $40,000 (2018)
  • W. L. Amos, Sr. Foundation: $50,000 (2017)
  • Woodford Foundation for Limited Government: $1,000 (2018)

Core Financials

2018[5]

  • Total Revenue: $4,328,406
  • Total Expenses: $4,220,955
  • Net Assets: $925,080

2017[6]

  • Total Revenue: $1.787,723
  • Total Expenses: $995,069
  • Net Assets: $792,654

Personnel

Staff

As of March 2021:[7]

  • Jim DeMint, Chairman
  • Mark Meadows, Senior Partner
  • Ed Corrigan, President & CEO
  • Wesley Denton, Chief Operating Officer
  • Rachel Bovard, Senior Director of Policy
  • Cameron Seward, General Counsel & Director of Operations
  • Doug Stamps, Counselor to the Chairman
  • Richard McAdams, Regional Director
  • Jeffrey Trimbath, Senior Advisor & Director of Legacy Society
  • Phil Reboli, Director of Government Affairs
  • Lauren Kaylor, Government Affairs Coordinator
  • Jeremy Crane, Policy Outreach Coordinator & Press Assistant
  • Sallie Taylor, Event Coordinator
  • Kali Kountoupis, Member Communications & Career Development Coordinator

Board of Directors

As of December 2018:[5]

  • Tom Jones
  • Charlotte Davis
  • Wesley Denton, Senior Director for Communications and Operations
  • Gaston Mooney
  • Bret Bernhardt, Treasurer
  • James DeMint, Chairman
  • Edward Corrigan, Executive Director

Contact Information

Conservative Partnership Institute
300 Independence Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20003

EIN: 82-147-0217
Website: https://www.conservativepartnership.org/
Web contact form: https://www.conservativepartnership.org/contact
Phone: (202) 742-8988
Fax: (202) 595-0282

Articles and Resources

Related SourceWatch

IRS Form 990 Filings

2018

2017

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Jake Lahut, "DeMint launches new group to boost conservatives in Washington", Politico, July 25, 2017, accessed February 25, 2021.
  2. Conservative Partnership Institute, About, organizational website, accessed February 25, 2021.
  3. Nicholas Riccardi, "Former Trump adviser takes prominent role in voting battle", AP News, March 28, 2021, accessed March 30, 2021.
  4. Alayna Treene, Scoop: Mark Meadows' new gig, Axios, January 27, 2021, accessed February 26, 2021.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Conservative Partnership Institute, 2018 IRS Form 990, organizational tax filing, November 15, 2019.
  6. Conservative Partnership Institute, 2017 IRS Form 990, November 15, 2018.
  7. Conservative Partnership Institute, Staff, organizational website, accessed February 25, 2021.