These media sources are slightly to moderately conservative in bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes) to favor conservative causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation. See all Right-Center sources.
- Overall, we rate the Bipartisan Policy Center slightly Right-Center biased based on positions that favor corporations, but align socially with the Democratic party. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting rather than High due to a lack of transparency with funding and a failed fact check.
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 48/180
Founded in 2007 and according to their about page: “The Bipartisan Policy Center is a non-profit organization that combines the best ideas from both parties to promote health, security, and opportunity for all Americans. BPC drives principled and politically viable policy solutions through the power of rigorous analysis, painstaking negotiation, and aggressive advocacy.” BPC was founded by former Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole, and George J. Mitchell. The founding and current president is Jason Grumet.
BPC partners with a political action committee called BPC Action. BPC Action is “committed to seeing bipartisan policy solutions enacted into law”, and “[works] closely with [its] 501(c)(3) partner, the Bipartisan Policy Center, to advance smart policies through the legislative process”
They are transparent and offer a page dedicated to their team, but not transparent with funding.
Funded by / Ownership
The Bipartisan Policy Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Revenue is derived through donations. According to the right leaning Influence Watch, The Bipartisan Policy Center has received funding from left leaning donors such as Carnegie Corporation, Democracy Fund, and the McKnight Foundation.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the Bipartisan Policy Center features an equal number of Democrat and Republican members. However, their policy leans right as they favor free market capitalism in policy selection, with the exception of health care. For example, they have been criticized by a former member who claims the organization is beholden to corporate interests. Bipartisan Policy Center also favors drilling and continued use of fossil fuels. According to RightWeb, BPC is also hawkish militarily and has connections with the American Enterprise Institute and the Heritage Foundation. However, according to Open Secrets BPC gave significantly more money to democratic candidates in 2018. BPC does not use loaded language and all articles are properly sourced. In general, BPC very slightly leans right, but does offer left leaning perspectives as well.
Failed Fact Checks
Overall, we rate the Bipartisan Policy Center slightly Right-Center biased based on positions that favor corporations, but align socially with the Democratic party. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting rather than High due to a lack of transparency with funding and a failed fact check. (D. Van Zandt 5/6/2018) Updated (4/6/2020)