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Report: Meet the Show-Me Institute

Report: Meet the Show-Me Institute

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Published by ProgressMissouri
Progress Missouri's new report exposing direct ties between the Show‐Me Institute (SMI) and the Koch Brothers-funded State Policy Network (SPN), a national network of like‐minded 'think tanks' that promotes disinformation an the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) agendas in state Capitols. The Show‐Me Institute has also received significant funding from the Donors Capital Fund, which is also connected to the notorious Koch Brothers, and other out‐of‐state right‐wing organizations such as the Roe Foundation and the Cato Institute.
Progress Missouri's new report exposing direct ties between the Show‐Me Institute (SMI) and the Koch Brothers-funded State Policy Network (SPN), a national network of like‐minded 'think tanks' that promotes disinformation an the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) agendas in state Capitols. The Show‐Me Institute has also received significant funding from the Donors Capital Fund, which is also connected to the notorious Koch Brothers, and other out‐of‐state right‐wing organizations such as the Roe Foundation and the Cato Institute.

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WHAT MISSOURIANS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT
THE SHOW-ME INSTITUTE
 
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ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW
The
Show-Me Institute
(SMI) was co-founded in 2005 by
Rex Sinquefield
, 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
Ethelmae Humphreys
,
Dick Armey of FreedomWorks
,
disgraced former Speaker Rod Jetton
and
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 achairman” 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.
 
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While its support from Sinquefield is well known, the Show-Me Institute has also received significantfunding from entities associated with the Kochs. The Koch-funded Donors Capital Fund has provided atleast $567,941 to SMI since its founding. SMI has also received funding from other out-of-state right-wing organizations such as the Roe Foundation, the State Policy Network, and the Cato Institute.Documented support from national right-wing organizations includes:
Donors Funding Years
Donors Capital Fund $567,941 2005-2010JM Foundation $20,000 2006Jaquelin Hume Foundation $100,000 2007-2010Roe Foundation $60,000 2007-2011State Policy Network $87, 951 2007Castle Rock Foundation $20,000 2008-2011Cato Institute $50,000 2006Source: American Bridge Conservative Transparency Project  SMI also participates in the Charles G. Koch Summer Fellowship Program,through which it can receive funding for summer interns. In addition, SMI research fellow and Southern Illinois University atEdwardsville Professor Rik Hafer received an $8,000 grant from the Charles Koch Foundation in October2012 to fund curriculum changes in the SIUE School of Business. (
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THE SHOW-ME INSTITUTE'S 'CHIEF ECONOMIST' RECEIVED HUGE SALARIES FROM THEORGANIZATION ON TOP OF HIS 'KEN LAY CHAIR' SALARY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI.CAMPAIGN FINANCE RECORDS SHOW HE IS ALSO PAID REGULARLY TO GENERATE INDUSTRY-FRIENDLY STUDIES.
Joseph Haslag is the Show-Me Institute's "Chief Economist," and is also the
Kenneth Lay Chair inEconomics
at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Haslag's position at the University of Missouri wasmade possible by the University's most notorious alumnus, Ken Lay, and was vacant for four years  before Haslag took the position.
Beyond his $160,000 annual university salary, Haslag also receivedsignificant funds from the Show-Me Institute
.
Haslag was paid annual salaries of $120,000, $119,500and $90,000 by SMI from 2008-2010. Public records show these Show-Me Institute salaries were paid on top of his annual University salaries of $135,000-$160,000.
Beyond his SMI and University income, Haslag has also been paid by numerous ballot committees toprovide research that advances their issue campaigns. Campaign clients include the MO Petroleum

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