Thomas A. Giovanetti

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Thomas A. Giovanetti (better known as Tom Giovanetti) is the President of the Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI) think tank.

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IPI is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011 and a representative, Bartlett Cleland, is the Co-Chair of ALEC's Telecommunications and Information Technology Task Force.[1]

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Tom Giovanetti joined IPI in 1993 and later became its president. IPI is a think tank based in Lewisville, Texas and founded in 1987 by Congressman Dick Armey to "research, develop and promote innovative and non-partisan solutions to today's public policy problems."[2]

The conservative Capital Research Center ranked IPI as amongst the most conservative groups in the US, scoring it as an eight on a scale of one to eight. [3]

In 2009, IPI received almost $1 million in donations and foundation grants.


Before joining IPI, Giovanetti was the Director of Marketing for a small manufacturing company in Dallas and a freelance writer in Dallas.

As a freelance writer, in 1992 he wrote "Thoughts on Creativity While Watching The Twilight Zone" (published in The Freeman, a publication of the Foundation for Economic Education):

"The evil in a command economy is that it attacks the image of God in man, in part by denying man an outlet for his creativity. A command economy is the logical outgrowth of a philosophy that denies the divine and attacks the image of God within man. It was entirely consistent for Communism, which forbade (note past tense!) free religious and artistic expression, also to mandate a strictly planned economy."[4]

In June 2004, the Australian blogger Tim Lambert mentioned IPI as one of several think tanks writing reports critical to open source software while they seem to be funded by Microsoft.[5]

Giovanetti's reply was:

"First, you accuse IPI of taking money from Microsoft, but you have no facts or proof. True, you'd LIKE us to do your homework for you, but in absence of proof, a decent journalist never makes an accusation. . . . Second, regarding whether we take money from Microsoft, IPI has an absolute policy of protecting our donors' privacy." [6]

His other writings include:

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  1. Telecommunications and Information Technology Task Force, ALEC website, accessed July 7, 2011.
  2. "About the Institute for Policy Innovation", Institute for Policy Innovation website, accessed October 2009.
  3. Christopher Morris, Patterns in Corporate Philanthropy, Capitol Research Center, Aug. 2002, accessed Jul7, 2011. (Pdf)
  4. Thomas A. Giovanetti, "[ Thoughts on Creativity While Watching The Twilight Zone],", reprinted with permission from The Freeman, a publication of The Foundation for Economic Education, Inc., September, 1992, Vol. 42, No. 9.
  5. Tim Lambert, "When Think Tanks Attack," Deltoid blog, June 23, 2004
  6. Tim Lambert, "The think tank strikes back," Deltoid blog, July 3, 2004

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