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Alabama Policy Institute

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The Alabama Policy Institute (API), a 501(c)(3), is a non-profit research and education organization in Alabama. Founded in 1989, it was originally known as the Alabama Family Alliance.

It bills itself as "the largest free-market, solution-based policy research center in Alabama."

Mission

The organization's mission is to help "Alabama citizens, lawmakers and business leaders better understand and apply principles that maximize individual freedom, limit government interference and encourage personal responsibility."

Research

API conducts research on a vast spectrum of topics based on the "Founding Fathers’ ideas on liberty and the equality of all people."[1] In the past these have included government reform, education, gambling, social policy, tort reform, welfare reform, and the environment.

Publications

The website includes a number of publications for download, including:

API New Media

In October 2008 API launched the API New Media page on YouTube. Since then they have released a number of videos on topics ranging from climate change and gambling to "What is a PAC to PAC transfer?"

Transparency projects

Stand and Deliver

Stand and Deliver is a project of API that tracks bills introduced in the Alabama Legislature and compares them to original political platforms, allowing voters to determine if original promises were kept.[2]

The project includes sections for Republican promises, Democratic promises and joint promises. Each of these sections includes a bill tracking page to determine if the legislation introduced complies with the actual initial promises.

Citizens are encouraged to take part in updating the bill tracking pages.

"Right to Know" legislation

In November 2008, API Vice-President Michael Ciamarra wrote an article detailing the transparency movement across the United States. Alabama, he noted, received an "F" on the UCLA School of Law and Pew Charitable Trusts “Grading State Disclosure 2008” report card.

To that end, API has backed "Alabama Right to Know" legislation. This includes a searchable database for all government spending, electronic filing of campaign contributions and expenditures, and disclosure of all public officials and their family members who are employed by or have a contract with the state, county or a municipality.

API's Alabama Right to Know has launched Part 1 of its Transparency Project, which focuses on state senators' statements of economic interests. It charts the information through an interactive map.[3]

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