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Q: Is Mountain States Policy Center a political organization?

No. MSPC’s mission is based on free-markets, not politics. The organization will not endorse any political party or political candidate, nor does it contribute to or support any candidate for office. 

Q: How is MSPC funded?

MSPC is registered as a 501(c)3 public education charity. Our work is funded by citizens, businesses, event contributions and grants. Contributions to the organization are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

Q: How does MSPC decide which issues to research?

Academic independence is important to the organization. As such, MSPC research staff - and staff only - will determine which issues will be researched and covered. The organization will not accept any donations contingent on research work. Members of the Board of Directors do NOT influence or have a say in any research activity. 

Q: I want to make a contribution. What is Mountain States Policy Center's tax identification number?


Q: I need a copy of MSPC's Letter of Determination from the IRS. Where can I find it?

You can download a copy here.

Q: Does MSPC lobby on behalf of or in opposition to the findings in its research?

No. Nothing in any MSPC publication shall be construed as an attempt to aid or hinder the passage of any legislation.

Q: Why does MSPC report "lobbying" expenses to the Idaho Secretary of State?

MSPC frequently hosts events throughout the region. Because lawmakers may participate in those events, we are required by Idaho law to report the funds spent on any lawmaker's participation. 

Q: Is MSPC a rival to the Idaho Freedom Foundation, or any other free market group?

No. MSPC produces research and analysis on a wide range of issues for the benefit of citizens, policymakers and the media in a respectful way that seeks to unite rather than divide. MSPC will not compete with any other non-profit organization, and respects the work of every policy group.

Q: Who uses MSPC research and ideas?

MSPC produces research for the benefit of citizens, lawmakers and the media throughout the region. All publications are free and available to the public.

Q: Who decides how donated funds are used?

The President and CEO produces an annual budget each year, to be approved by the 17-person Board of Directors.

Q: Does MSPC provide speakers for public events?

Yes! If you are interested in having a MSPC staff member speak at your chamber lunch, Rotary club, Kiwanis meeting or any other organization, please email:

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