ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A free market think tank in St. Louis is coming under fire in a new report.
The Show-Me Institute is criticized for its ties to other conservative groups in a report by the group Progress Missouri. Progress Missouri spokesman Sean Soendker says the Show-Me Institute is not independent.
“I think it’s very accurate to think of the Show-Me Institute as a franchise for this network of State Policy Network organizations. There’s shared research, there’s shared ideologies, and proposals that come out through all these think tanks around the country.”
In addition to the State Policy Network, the Progress Missouri report states the Show-Me Institute has received more than $500,000 from the Donors Capital Fund and other out-of-state conservative groups.
The Show-Me Institute says no one is telling it what to do and says it stands by its record of opposing tax breaks for projects such as the so-called “China hub” at Lambert Airport.
But Soendker says the institute’s motives aren’t as pure as they are suggesting.
“These groups like the Show-Me Institute are pushing policies and pushing legislation around the country that’s written by corporations for corporations to advance corporate interests, not the interests of St. Louis or the state of Missouri,” he said.