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Progressive Leader Outlines Plan to ‘Take Down’ Free-Market State Policy Groups


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progressive-state-policy-network-leader-take-state-policy-networksHeritage Foundation:

The recent Netroots Nation gathering, billed as a “giant family reunion for the left,” included a directive from one leader of a progressive state policy network to “take down” conservative state policy organizations nationwide.


Arshad Hasan, who moderated a breakout session called “Stink Tanks in Your State: Inside the State Policy Network,” called on attendees to attack state policy groups from Michigan’s Mackinac Center to Vermont’s Ethan Allen Institute.


“The next step for us is to take down this network of institutions that are state-based in each and every one of our states,” Hasan said.


Your Heartland Institute, your Mackinac Institute and my state’s Ethan Allen Institute, although they are ultra-conservative and lead us to a set of policies that would not be passed in a state as liberal as Vermont, pitch themselves as third-party validators—‘Hey, we’re just here for research, and we want to help you figure out the best public policy.’


Hasan, whose ProgressNow organization oversees left-wing state advocacy groups in 22 states, seeks a network of policy groups that promote progressive ideas and causes. Hasan also railed against the money donated to conservative groups. (The combined annual contributions to ProgressNow’s 501©(3) and 501©(4) units in 2012 totaled $3,660,155.)


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