You’re forgiven if you haven’t heard of the Washington Policy Center (WPC), a right-wing “freemarket” think tank based in Seattle, Washington. Most likely you haven’t heard of them because you don’t follow State-level politics or because the WPC has changed its name a few times over the last few years.
In any event, you should get to know them because they are running some pretty heavy lobbying activities at the Washington State Legislature in an attempt to block plans for a new cap and trade greenhouse gas reduction strategy.
You can go here to read our full research peice on the Washington Policy Center: Washington Policy Center: Background and History.
Here’s the quick highlights:
The Washington Policy Center (WPC) is a free-market think tank based in Seattle, Washington with annual revenue of approx. $1.3 million. The WPC was originally founded as the “Washington Institute for Policy Studies.” In 1997 the Washington Institute for Policy Studies (WIPS) created a new organization, the Washington Institute Foundation. Eventually, in 1998, the Washington Institute Foundation replaced WIPS. In 2001 the Washington Institute Foundation was renamed the Washington Policy Center.
WPC’s mission is to “promote limited government and free market solutions for state and local issues, and be Washington state’s premier public policy institute providing high qulity analysis and research for our state’s citizens, policymakers and media.” Washington Policy Center has been referred to as the “Heritage Foundation of the Northwest.”
The Washington Policy Center chooses not to disclose its donors. However, according Media Transparency, $387,500 have been donated cumulatively to the WPC, WIF, and WIPS. The largest donor is The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Inc.; it has provided the WPC with just under half the funding – $178,500.
The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation is considered the “largest and most influential right-wing foundation” in the United States.
We’re watching and researching the activities of the Washington Policy Center, so watch for more on this group in the coming weeks.