Hispanic Alliance for Prosperity Institute
This article is part of the Center for Media & Democracy's spotlight on front groups and corporate spin.
The Hispanic Alliance for Prosperity Institute (HAPI) appears to be a front group for Republicans and corporate lobbyists, used when they need "diversity" cover for lobbying efforts.
It describes itself as a "a pro-business Hispanic advocacy organization". Jose Nino, co-chair of the organization, "has been a major fundraiser for the campaigns of President George W. Bush, Senator John McCain, and other Republican candidates and conservative causes."
- 1 Involvement in soft drink lobbying
- 2 Lobbying for the bailouts
- 3 Involvement in other Republican-oriented lobbying
- 4 Goals
- 5 Links section
- 6 Board and advisors
- 7 Contact information
- 8 Other organizations sharing the same address
- 9 Articles and resources
Involvement in soft drink lobbying
According to the Los Angeles Times story, "Beverage industry douses tax on soft drinks" the Hispanic Alliance for Prosperity Institute joined soft-drink lobbyists in protesting taxes on soft drinks, claiming such taxes would unfairly burden poor and minorities.
Lobbying for the bailouts
Involvement in other Republican-oriented lobbying
The organization's website lists the following actions and alerts:
- Sign our Petition to Oppose Government Run Healthcare
- Oppose Healthcare Proposals
- Oppose Cap and Trade Tax
- Oppose Massive Taxes and Fees on the Oil and Natural Gas Industry
- Contact Congress and ask for a Comprehensive Energy Strategy
- Support the Minerals Management Service (MMS) Five-Year Leasing Program
Their goals as stated on their website:
- To build a Hispanic-American organization that is nationally prominent and influential in the political and legislative process.
- To recruit one million Hispanic Americans as advocates for pro-business, pro-ownership and pro-economic growth policies leading to a more prosperous America.
- To develop a communications network to equip Hispanic Americans with the intellectual and public policy tools they need to have a real-time impact on critical debates.
- To replicate the national organization on a regional or state level. These state groups, which in some cases may be organized down to the precinct level, will be the voice of pro-business Hispanics in state capitols and city halls.
The links section on The Latino American Tea Party website has the Hispanic Alliance for Prosperity Institute listed under "Conservative Hispanic Organizations", along with other organizations such as Latino Partnership, Conservative Hispanic Society, The Hispanic Conservative, Hispanic Family Values, and Resurgent Republic.
Board and advisors
The organization's Board includes a large number of members of Congress.
As of December 2010 includes:
- Manuel Lujan, Jr., New Mexico, Chairman Emeritus
- Leslie Sanchez, DC, Co-Chair
- Jose Nino (Jose Niño), Maryland, Co-Chair
- Rudy Sandoval, Texas,Policy Director
Corporate board members
The organization's website lists a number of "Corporate Board Members." These are:
- Bank of America
- AIG (American International Group)
- Information Technology Industry Council
- Goldman, Sachs & Co.
- Altria Group, Inc.
- American Petroleum Institute
- IBC Bank
- Case New Holland
- DCI Group, a top Republican lobby and public relations firm
- Coca-Cola Companies
- R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
- National Association of Manufacturers
- National Association of Realtors
1101 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Suite 600
Washington, D.C. 20004
Other organizations sharing the same address
- The Impacto Group, LLC., located in the same suite at the same time, bills itself as "We specialize in the Hispanic and women's marketplace, with a unique methodology focusing on building connections."
- American Coal Council 
Articles and resources
Related SourceWatch articles
- About Hispanic Alliance for Prosperity, HAPI, accessed December 2010.
- "Sotomayor: Passive Human Piñata for Mexican Obama and GOP", Vivirlatino, accessed December 2010.
- Beverage industry douses tax on soft drinks, Los Angeles Times, February 7, 2010
- Hispanic Alliance Chides Congressional Failure to Enact Economic Rescue, Politics & Government Week, October 16, 2008
- About page, Hispanic Alliance for Prosperity Institute, accessed December 2010.
- Home page, Latino American Tea Party, accessed December 2010.
- Leadership, Hispanic Alliance for Prosperity Institute, accessed December 2010.
- Beverage industry douses tax on soft drinks, Los Angeles Times, February 7, 2010.