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Q: Is Mountain States Policy Center a political organization?

MSPC's mission is centered around free markets and does not align with any political party or candidate. The organization does not provide support or contributions to any political campaigns.

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?

MSPC strongly values academic independence and ensures that only its research staff determine which issues will be researched and covered. The organization does not accept any donations that are contingent on research work. It is important to note that members of the Board of Directors do not have any influence or 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?

MSPC is a non-profit organization that conducts research and analysis on various issues for the betterment of citizens, policymakers, and the media. Our approach is respectful and aims to unite rather than divide. We value the work of every policy group and do not compete with them

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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