CMD/Progress Now Special Reports
EXPOSED: The State Policy Network
The Powerful Right-Wing Network Helping to Hijack State Politics and Government
In twelve reports released on November 13, 2013, the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) and Progress Now state groups expose the State Policy Network (SPN), an $83 million web of right-wing "think tanks" in every state across the country.
Although SPN's member organizations claim to be nonpartisan and independent, an in-depth investigation reveals that SPN and its state affiliates are major drivers of the ALEC-backed corporate agenda in state houses nationwide, with deep ties to the Koch brothers and the national right-wing network of funders.
The reports show how these groups masquerade as "think tanks," and describe how some of them may be skirting tax laws while really orchestrating extensive lobbying and political operations to peddle their legislative agenda to state legislators, all while reporting little or no lobbying activities.
For key findings of CMD's report on the national SPN group, see the press release here.
Read the national report here and the 11 state reports at StinkTanks.org here.