Pacific Research Institute

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Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy
FounderAntony Fisher
Legal status501(c)(3)
Clark S. Judge
President & CEO
Sally Pipes[1]
Revenue (2020)

The Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy (PRI) is a California-based free-market think tank which promotes "the principles of individual freedom and personal responsibility" through policies that emphasize a free economy, private initiative, and limited government.[3] PRI was founded in 1979 by British philanthropist Antony Fisher.[4]

Sally Pipes has been president of the institute since 1991.[5] She writes a regular column for, focusing on health care in the United States.[6] In 2008 she founded the Benjamin Rush Institute as a conservative association for medical students with 20 chapters at medical schools across America.[5] She is originally from Canada and became a U.S. citizen in 2006.[5] She opposes single-payer health care systems.[7]

Policy areas[edit]

The organization is active in the policy areas of education, economics, health care, the environment, and water supply.[8][9] It operates the Center for California's Future, which has a goal of "reinvigorating California's entrepreneurial, self-reliant traditions" and the Laffer Center, which is "focused on educating people on free-markets and supply-side economics."[10]

From 1996 through 2009, the organization published an annual Index of Leading Environmental Indicators, which tracked environmental trends worldwide. PRI started the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest, a New York-based think tank focusing on health policy.[11]

In 2022, Pipes opposed federal efforts to cap copayments at $35 for insulin, and PRI opposed plans by California to back generic manufacturing of the drug.[7]


PRI's total revenues in 2020 were $5.6 million, according to ProPublica's Nonprofit Explorer database.[12] The Lilly Endowment, connected to Eli Lilly and Company, is a significant donor, contributing $175,000 a year in grants to PRI since 2015, according to The Intercept.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Barbaro, Michael; Strom, Stephanie (September 8, 2006). "Wal-Mart Finds an Ally in Conservatives". New York Times. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy - Nonprofit Explorer". 9 May 2013.
  3. ^ Hanner, Ken (January 9, 2011). "Conservative Spotlight: Pacific Research Institute". Human Events. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  4. ^ Butler, Eamonn (June 28, 2015). "Antony Fisher, herald of freedom". Adam Smith Institute. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  5. ^ a b c "Sally C. Pipes". Pacific Research Institute. Retrieved 2021-07-07.
  6. ^ "Sally Pipes". Forbes. Retrieved 2021-07-07.
  7. ^ a b c Fang, Lee. "Eli Lilly Charity Finances Groups That Oppose Insulin Price Caps Under the Auspices of "Community Development"". The Intercept. Retrieved 2022-08-30.
  8. ^ Barringer, Felicity (February 28, 2013). "In California, What Price Water?". New York Times. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  9. ^ Connolly, Ceci (September 29, 2009). "In Rationing Health Care, More Not Always Better, Experts Say". Washington Post. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  10. ^ Izumi, Lance (July 13, 2015). "California should follow Nevada in offering education savings accounts". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  11. ^ Eggen, Dan (January 7, 2010). "How interest groups behind health-care legislation are financed is often unclear". Washington Post. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  12. ^ Roberts, Ken Schwencke, Mike Tigas, Sisi Wei, Alec Glassford, Andrea Suozzo, Brandon (2013-05-09). "Pacific Research Institute For Public Policy - Nonprofit Explorer". ProPublica. Retrieved 2022-08-30.

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