State Policy Network

SPN: Right-Wing Stink Tanks Pushing the ALEC Agenda in the States PRWatch  Rebekah Wilce on

“The State Policy Network was founded in 1992 by Thomas A. Roe,[2] a South Carolina businessman who was a member of the board of trustees of The Heritage Foundation.[14]

Roe told U.S. President Ronald Reagan that he thought each of the states needed something like the Heritage Foundation. Reagan’s reply was “Do something about it,” which led Roe to establish the South Carolina Policy Council (SCPC).[15] SCPC adapted Heritage Foundation national policy recommendations, such as school choice and environmental deregulation, to the state legislative level.[16]

SPN was an outgrowth of the Madison Group, a collection of state-level think tanks in states including South Carolina, Colorado, Illinois, and Michigan that had been meeting periodically at the Madison Hotel in Washington, D.C. Roe was chairman of the board of directors of SPN from its founding until his death in 2000.[17] Gary Palmer, co-founder and president of the conservative think tank the Alabama Policy Institute from 1989 until 2014, helped found SPN and served as its president.[18]

Initially, SPN’s network consisted of fewer than 20 member organizations.[18] Lawrence Reed, the first president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a Michigan-based free market think tank, fostered new state-level regular member organizations through delivery of his think tank training course.[19] By the mid-1990s, SPN had a network of 37 think tanks in 30 states.[16] By 2014, there were 65 member organizations, including at least one in each state.[17][18]

Starting in 1993, the SPN has held an Annual Meeting around the country. These meetings serve as a chance for members to discuss and analyze policy priorities, train and build members, and refine operations, among other topics.[20]” Wikipedia

The Reason Foundation, a self-described “libertarian” think tank, is a right-wing 501(c)3 nonprofit and “associate” member of the State Policy Network (SPN)  funded, in part by the Koch Family Foundations and David Koch serves as a Reason trustee.” @Tentoads4truth  SourceWatch