Institute for Policy Studies

Institute for Policy Studies turns Ideas into Action for Peace, Justice and the Environment. We strengthen social movements with independent research, visionary thinking, and links to the grassroots, scholars and elected officials. I.F. Stone once called IPS "the think tank for the rest of us." Since 1963, we have empowered people to build healthy and democratic societies in communities, the US, and the world. Click here to learn more, or read the latest below.

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Veil Lifted on Billionaire Tax Evasion and Wealth Hoarding
A new book, available now, rips the lid off a quiet, secretive industry within the United States that helps the super-wealthy hide their wealth to avoid taxes and other obligations. The “wealth defense industry” is designed to create family dynasties of wealth and power, which the author believes...
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Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Progressives Groups to Biden and Congress: Go Bolder, Go Faster
The American Rescue Plan is a powerful response to the immediate needs of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, to ensure a just and equitable recovery and to build the kind of economy that serves the people in it, we call on President Biden and Congress to draft and pass a Build Back Better package that...
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Tuesday, March 30, 2021
National Priorities Project at Institute for Policy Studies and 20 Leading Peace and Justice Organizations Deliver Letter to Senate in Support of PRO Act
On March 30, the National Priorities Project at the Institute for Policy Studies joined 20 other leading peace and justice organizations in delivering a letter to U.S. Senators in support of H.R. 842, the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act . "As organizations dedicated to promoting...
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Wednesday, March 17, 2021
New Report: Billionaire Landlords Profit by $24.4 Billion and Hoard Cash as Millions Face Eviction During the Pandemic
Billionaire landlords have amassed $240.9 billion in wealth, $24.4 billion of it during the pandemic, according to a new report released less than two weeks before a nationwide eviction moratorium is set to expire. Many have continued evictions despite the restriction, and are poised to tighten...
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Thursday, March 11, 2021
A Year Into Crisis, Billionaires Could Pay for 2/3 of Biden’s COVID Relief Bill With Their Pandemic Profits
One year, 530,000 deaths, 29 million cases, and 78 million lost jobs into the COVID-19 crisis, America’s billionaires have made so much money they could fund two-thirds of President Biden’s American Rescue Plan (ARP) just with their pandemic profits. As the President plans to address the nation...
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Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Charitable Gifts May Not Actually Be Gifts …Yet
Much is made of large charitable gifts, and sometimes rightly so. But often philanthropists can claim to be giving much more than they actually are. Due to a quirk in the tax laws, they can claim their charitable tax deduction long before the funds are distributed to any charity. In some cases,...
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Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Trump’s Billionaire Enablers: The 63 Billionaires Worth $243 Billion Who Bankrolled Trumps Re-Election Bid
While much has been made of the shock and dismay at last week’s insurrection by America’s corporate leaders, new analysis by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) identified 63 (almost one in ten) U.S. billionaires who gave a combined $33 million to the Trump Victory Fund in the last two years,...
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Tuesday, December 15, 2020
"MacKenzie Scott’s Bold and Direct Giving Puts Shame to the Billionaire Class and their Perpetual Private Foundations."
In her second move as a billionaire philanthropist, MacKenzie Scott (formerly Bezos) has announced $4.2 billion in gifts to 384 organizations, mostly unrestricted grants to front-line charities addressing the needs of low-income people during the pandemic. The following statement applauding her...
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Wednesday, December 09, 2020
Net Worth of U.S. Billionaires Has Soared by $1 Trillion—To Total of $4 Trillion—Since Pandemic Began
The collective wealth of America’s 651 billionaires has jumped by over $1 trillion since roughly the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic to a total of $4 trillion at market close on Monday, December 7, 2020. Their wealth growth since March is more than the $908 billion in pandemic relief proposed by...
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Wednesday, November 25, 2020
US Billionaires Surpass $1 Trillion in Wealth Gains During Pandemic as Essential Workers and Others Suffer
The total wealth gain of America’s billionaires has surpassed the $1 trillion mark, a 34 Percent rise since mid-March, the approximate start of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new analysis by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS). With the close of the markets on November 24, 2020, US...
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