Drew Johnson

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Jason A. (Drew) Johnson is president of the Nashville-based Tennessee Center for Policy Research (TCPR) and a Fellow of the Davenport Institute, Pepperdine University School of Public Policy. [1]

Johnson is the "son of a former NASCAR series driver" [2].

Johnson was a Koch Fellow [3] in the Summer Fellow Class of 2002 at the libertarian Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. [4]

"In 2002, while at the American Enterprise Institute, Johnson’s research on the link between increased campaign finance regulation and rates of incumbent reelection served as the empirical backbone in the Supreme Court Case 'McConnell v. FEC.' As a research analyst for the Modern Red Schoolhouse Institute in Nashville, he examined state educational standards, education reform and pedagogical use of technology." [5]

Johnson, from Johnson City, TN [6], "graduated from Belmont University in 2001 with a BS in Political Science" and received a Master of Public Policy from Pepperdine University in 2003. [7][8]

National Taxpayers Union Foundation

Before founding TCPR, Johnson was a policy analyst at the right-wing-funded National Taxpayers Union Foundation (NTUF), the research arm of the National Taxpayers Union (NTU). [9]

In July 2004, while with NTUF, Johnson co-authored the economic policy study "Kerry's Fiscal Agenda 'Makeover' Won't Improve Budget Picture for Taxpayers" on Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry's spending recommendations.

On an undated "Statement of Concern for Freedom in Russia" posted on the NTU website, the signatories—among which are Johnson, representing TCPR; Grover Norquist, of the conservative, tobacco industry-related Americans for Tax Reform; and Leonard Liggio of the conservative Atlas Economic Research Foundation—identify themselves as "representatives, of liberal think-tanks and movements".

On Bush's Spending

"Fiscal conservatives, too, are less than pleased with the current administration," Brian Montopoli wrote January 22, 2004, in The National Review Online. "'Since Bush came into office, federal spending is up 24 percent,' says Drew Johnson, policy analyst at National Taxpayers Union. 'I always thought that if the Republicans could control both houses of Congress and the presidency, taxes would fall, spending would fall, and the deficit would go down. So it's frustrating that once we finally got our way the Republicans stopped acting like Republicans.' He complains about excess pork in the 2004 Omnibus spending bill and the newly unveiled space exploration initiative, which the president chose not to mention in the State of the Union address. 'There is enough frustration that perhaps a Libertarian could skim off some fiscal conservative votes,' he says."

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Studies and commentaries authored/co-authored by Drew Johnson

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