(SMI) was co-founded in 2005 by
, a billionaire GOP donor whohas bankrolled numerous campaigns and ballot initiatives to advance his extreme political agenda, andwealthy conservative Crosby Kemper III. SMI was immediately praised by like-minded ideologues, suchas
Dick Armey of FreedomWorks
disgraced former Speaker Rod Jetton
Tracie Sharp of the State Policy Network
for providing the air of unbiased research to advance theirright wing agenda.The Show-Me Institute is organized as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation headquartered in Saint Louis,Missouri. Annual receipts for the organization exceeded $1.4M in 2010 and 2011, the most recent yearsfor which 990 tax forms are available.
FRANCHISE OF RIGHT-WING, KOCH BROTHERS-FUNDED 'STATE POLICY NETWORK'
From its first year of operation, the Show-Me Institute has been a formal member of the State PolicyNetwork (SPN), a national network of like-minded 'think tanks' that promote disinformation andAmerican Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) agendas in state Capitols.SPN is an umbrella group of conservative think tanks across the United States, founded in 1992 byThomas Roe (of the Roe Foundation and South Carolina Policy Council). In addition to its state think tankaffiliates, many other national right-wing organizations are associate members of SPN,including the
American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), Americans for Prosperity, the Cato Institute, the FranklinCenter, the Heritage Foundation, the Heartland Institute, and the National Right to Work Legal DefenseFoundation. SPN has played a major role in supporting ALEC, serving as a“chairman” level sponsor of
the 2011 ALEC Annual Conference and acting as a voting member of several task forces. Since itsfounding, SPN has been funded by conservative organizations including the Koch-funded DonorsTrust/Donors Capital Fund, the Bradley Foundation, the Roe Foundation, and the Kochs’ Claude R.Lambe Charitable Foundation.SPN gave $87,951.49 to the Show Me Institute in 2007, according to its 2007 990 tax form, and mayhave moved additional funds and resources to SMI in subsequent years.
CONNECTIONS TO KOCH BROTHERS
Charles and David Koch, each worth about $25 billion, could be the most influential pair of privatecitizens in the United States.These brothers have accumulated their fortune through Koch Industries, anoil refining, chemical, paper products and financial services company with revenues of some $100 billionper year. Together and with like-minded allies, the Koch Brothers use their billions to manipulate somein the public into voting for their right-wing agenda and to push policies that strip protections forpeople's health.