Texas Public Policy Foundation

Nonprofit organization in Austin, United States

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Texas Public Policy Foundation
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Exterior of building, December 2019
Founder(s)James R. Leininger
FocusTexas government
Executive Vice PresidentKevin Roberts
BudgetRevenue: $12,107,649
Expenses: $11,303,061
(FYE December 2017)[1]
Address901 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701
Coordinates30°16′15″N 97°44′29″W / 30.2709°N 97.7413°W / 30.2709; -97.7413Coordinates: 30°16′15″N 97°44′29″W / 30.2709°N 97.7413°W / 30.2709; -97.7413

The Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) is a conservative think tank based in Austin, Texas.[2] The organization was founded in 1989 by James R. Leininger, who sought intellectual support for his education reform ideas, including public school vouchers.[3] Projects of the organization include Right on Crime, which is focused on criminal justice reform,[4] and Fueling Freedom, which seeks to "explain the forgotten moral case for fossil fuels"[5] by rejecting the scientific consensus on climate change.[6]

In 2015, TPPF had total revenue of $10.8 million.[7] Donors to the organization include energy companies Chevron, ExxonMobil, and other fossil fuel interests.[8] The stated mission of TPPF is "to promote and defend liberty, personal responsibility, and free enterprise in Texas and the nation by educating and affecting policymakers and the Texas public policy debate with academically sound research and outreach."[9]

In 2018, TPPF opened an office in Washington, D.C.

  1. ^ "Quickview data". GuideStar. See also "Charity Rating". Charity Navigator.
  2. ^ Price, Asher (May 2, 2017). "Austin think tank seeks to unravel Obama-era climate change policy". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved October 20, 2017.
  3. ^ Wilder, Forrest (January 6, 2014). "The Money Behind Texas' Most Influential Think Tank". Texas Observer. Retrieved October 20, 2017.
  4. ^ Garrett, Brandon (March 31, 2017). "Conservatives Are Leading the Way as States Enact Criminal Justice Reform". Slate. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  5. ^ Profeta, Tim (October 19, 2017). "The Climate Post: Trump Nominates CEQ Lead". HuffPost. Retrieved October 20, 2017.
  6. ^ Dennis, Brady; Moody, Chris (October 13, 2017). "Trump taps climate skeptic for top White House environmental post". Washington Post. Retrieved October 20, 2017.
  7. ^ "Texas Public Policy Foundation". Nonprofit Explorer. ProPublica. Retrieved October 20, 2017.
  8. ^ Kelly, Caroline (October 16, 2017). "Trump nominates ex-Texas regulator, a climate change skeptic, to head environmental council". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved October 20, 2017.
  9. ^ "Mission". Texas Public Policy Foundation. Retrieved October 20, 2017.

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