The aftermath of our GotNews.com investigation into the sexual harassment allegations surrounding Colonel Allen B. West has all but shuttered a once prominent conservative Inc. think tank.
Even before our exclusive inquiry into West’s alleged misdeeds over a year ago the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) has been in trouble.
John Goodman (the founder of the organization) and former Delaware Governor Pete DuPont left the NCPA in 2014 in a highly public dispute with the board of directors.
Now comes news that the former finance director was busted for embezzlement. Oops.
Our sources tell us that Allen West was apparently removed as CEO in February and “promoted” to VP of the board. He no longer has an office at the NCPA. It has been said that he is a “non-voting” member of the board.
He was replaced by someone who – like West – has no academic credentials and no prior think tank experience. All this was apparently done very quietly. No press release. No public announcement.
Then two more board members resigned. When Pete du Pont and John C. Goodman left the NCPA there were 12 board members. Eleven have since resigned.
Meanwhile, the NCPA operating budget has been cut in half, the number of employees has been cut in half and the remaining employees have taken a 20 percent pay cut.
The reputation of the think tank has also suffered. NCPA was once respected by both sides of the aisle in Congress and by the national news media. That’s how they got health savings accounts and 401(k) reform. Neither du Pont and Goodman called Democrats “communists,” or Obama supporters “threats to the gene pool.”
The organization was viewed as a think tank that worked with real scholars and produced scholarly output, not an adjunct of the Tea Party.
NCPA admits that it has had a 40% decrease in ongoing contributions. Personnel has been dismissed and salaries have been cut by an average of 20%. Dr. Goodman says the organization has lost almost all of its bequests – about $6 million. In a Dallas Morning News editorial Dr. Goodman said the remaining board members and the executive management “have very little experience in the think tank world.”
Chalk this one up to another example of the conservative movement elevating color over competence.