Stink Tanks in Your State: Inside the State Policy Network (SPN)

Stink Tanks in Your State: Inside the State Policy Network (SPN)

Session Type(s): Panel

Starts: Friday, Jul. 18 4:30 PM (Eastern)

Ends: Friday, Jul. 18 5:45 PM (Eastern)

Room: 142 AB

The State Policy Network (SPN) is a network of 64 right-wing state-based “think tanks” that have been the leading advocates of the right-wing agenda in the states for over the last two decades. In November 2013, ProgressNow and the Center for Media and Democracy launched, which houses a national report on SPN, state-based information on the SPN affiliates in every state (including several state-based reports), and action items people can take to help expose SPN. This session will focus on presenting the information on and be used as an educational tool for progressives on how SPN works, the funders behind it (including the Koch brothers), and ways to fight back against those who work against us.


Arshad Hasan


Arshad Hasan is a long serving member of Netroots Nation’s Board of Directors and served as the immediate past Chair of the Board.

Over his career as a non-profit executive, Arshad has lead some of the progressive movement’s most high-impact political organizations such as Democracy For America and Progress Now. He now works with organizations with organizations on strategy and with coalitions coordinating around shared goals.

Arshad just launched a new firm, Convey Communications, which works with rising leaders – especially women, people of color, and queer folks – on their public communications skills.


Jane Carter

Jane Carter

Jane Carter is a Labor Economist with the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), specializing in the prevention of privatization and outsourcing of public services and assets. Her work includes assisting affiliates in negotiations at the bargaining table and outsourcing battles at the state and local levels. Additionally, she monitors and tracks the flow of money to organizations and leaders attacking working families. Jane has appeared on RT’s Thom Hartmann and has served as a panelist across the U.S., the U.K. and Canada, to discuss the perils of privatization and the attacks on working families, and the organizations behind those efforts.
Jane is an avid Oklahoma Sooners fan, an honorary Kentucky Colonel and currently resides in Washington, DC.

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Lisa Graves


Lisa Graves is Executive Director of the Center for Media and Democracy, the publisher of (its award-winning investigation of the American Legislative Exchange Council),,, and She previously served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Policy at the U.S. Department of Justice, Chief Counsel for Nominations for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Deputy Chief of the Article III Judges Division at the U.S. Courts, and Senior Legislative Strategist for the ACLU on national security issues, among other posts. Reach her on twitter: thelisagraves and email:

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