Opportunity Solutions Project
The Opportunity Solutions Project (OSP), an alias of FGA Action, is the 501(c)(4) branch of the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA), a right-wing, Florida-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit. OSP has been tax exempt since 2015.
The Opportunity Solutions Project and the Foundation for Government Accountability share staff members, including Tarren Bragdon, who is the CEO of both organizations, and Jonathan Bechtle, who is the COO of FGA and the Executive Vice President of OSP.
According to the organization's website, OSP "brings together citizens and thought leaders across America to identify proven state-level reforms and promote them to voters, the media, and state policymakers. It often partners with educational policy organizations, sharing its high-quality research and data analysis with state lawmakers to ensure new laws are carefully crafted to expand opportunity and freedom for all."
- 1 News and Controversies
- 2 Ties to Other Right-Wing Think Tanks and Groups
- 3 Funding
- 4 Core Financials
- 5 Personnel
- 6 Contact Information
- 7 Articles and Resources
- 8 References
News and Controversies
Federal Lobbying Efforts to Include Work Requirements for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
As reported by Vox, the Foundation for Government Accountability "lobbied Congress through the Opportunity Solutions Project to include work requirements for SNAP in the 2018 farm bill; the requirements made it into the US House of Representatives version but didn’t pass the Senate. The Trump administration’s 2020 budget, introduced in March, embraces the same concept."
Opposed "South Dakota Accountability and Anti-Corruption Act"
While still operating as "FGA Action", OSP set up a website called Measure 22, which opposed South Dakota Measure 22, an anti-corruption ballot measure which opposed dark money, barred candidate coordination with outside groups, regulated independent expenditures, required donor disclosure of issue ads, and "provide[d] a small dollar public financing mechanism, [set] rules for lobbyists and gifts and create[d] an ethics commission to investigate violations of ethics and campaign finance rules."
Ties to Other Right-Wing Think Tanks and Groups
The Opportunity Solutions Project is connected to the American Legislative Exchange Council, the Cato Institute, the Franklin News Foundation, the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Maine Heritage Policy Center, and the State Policy Network through its partner organization, Foundation for Government Accountability. (Visit FGA's page for more detailed information.)
The Opportunity Solutions Project is not required to disclose its funders but major foundation supporters can be found through their IRS filings. Here are some known contributors:
- Total Revenue: $2,272,441
- Total Expenses: $1,937,683
- Net Assets: $2,242,363
- Total Revenue: $2,402,006
- Total Expenses: $1,745,616
- Net Assets: $1,502,850
- Total Revenue: $1,850,000
- Total Expenses: $1,066,084
- Net Assets: $846,460
- Total Revenue: $575,000
- Total Expenses: $513,565
- Net Assets: $62,544
As of April 2021:
- Tarren Bragdon, Chief Executive Officer
- Jonathan Bechtle, Executive Vice President; former CEO, Freedom Foundation
Board of Directors
- Joyce Errecart, Chairwoman
- Dean Clancy
- Frank Mazur
- Carol Weston
- Nicholas Adolphsen
- Sam Adolphsen
- Josh Archambault
- Scott Centorino
- Nicholas Horton
- Jonathan Ingam
- Chase Martin
- Robin Walker, Senior Visiting Fellow
Opportunity Solutions Project
75 N Woodward Avenue No 80038
Tallahassee, FL 32313
Articles and Resources
- American Legislative Exchange Council
- Cato Institute
- Foundation for Government Accountability
- Franklin News Foundation
- Freedom Foundation
- Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation
- Maine Heritage Policy Center
- State Policy Network
- Tarren Bragdon
- Wellspring Committee
- David Armiak and Mary Botari, "Kochs Battle Dark Money Disclosure in South Dakota", ExposedbyCMD, October 31, 2016.
IRS Form 990 Filings
- Guidestar, Fga Action Inc, organizational website, accessed April 20, 2021.
- Opportunity Solutions Project, About, organizational website, accessed April 20, 2021.
- Jared Bennett, Inside the shadowy think tank pushing to kick 3.1 million people off food stamps, Vox, September 4, 2019.
- David Armiak and Mary Botari, "Kochs Battle Dark Money Disclosure in South Dakota", ExposedbyCMD, October 31, 2016, accessed April 20, 2021.
- Opportunity Solutions Project, 2019 IRS Form 990, organizational tax filing, September 23, 2020.
- Opportunity Solutions Project, 2018 IRS Form 990, organizational tax filing, September 18, 2019.
- Opportunity Solutions Project, 2017 IRS Form 990, organizational tax filing, September 14, 2018.