IPI [Illinois Policy Institute] is an ultra-conservative think tank with offices in Springfield and Chicago, and a member of the State Policy Network, according to the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), an independent watchdog group based in Madison, Wis.
Funded by several Right-wing groups, including the Koch brothers — David and Charles, billionaire owners of Koch Industries, “IPI is listed as a ‘partner organization’ in the Charles Koch Institute’s Liberty@Work program,” CMD reports. “IPI has also received $789,206 from DonorsTrust and $807,750 from Donors Capital Fund between 2010 and 2014, groups with ties to the Kochs.”
Another report, from the Center for Public Integrity, reveals DonorsTrust funders, which include the Knowledge and Progress Fund (a Charles Koch-run group), “one of the group’s largest known contributors, having donated at least $8 million since 2005,” CMD added.
In 2011 DonorsTrust contributed a total of $86 million to Right-wing organizations, and many recipients had ties to that State Policy Network, CMD says.