It all started with a vision—and a vacation.
Foundation for Government Accountability President and CEO Tarren Bragdon had a vision for tangible, nationwide change. With years of public service as a member of the Maine State Legislature and involvement with state-based think tanks under his belt, Bragdon knew that nationwide change would begin in the states. After a family vacation (or two) to Southwest Florida, he saw an opportunity—an opportunity to make a big impact in an even bigger state. His vision carried his family from Maine to Florida, where, with the help of several policy-minded friends and supporters, the Foundation for Government Accountability was born.
During the early days, a small research shop was formed, and limited polling was conducted to determine the viability of policies promoted by FGA. As the scope of our work continued to widen, more quantitative research was needed to empower our partners as they considered legislation to better their states.
After a full decade of helping our allies achieve meaningful conservative reforms, the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) has grown into one of the nation’s leading public policy organizations seeking to free individuals from the trap of government dependency, so they are able to experience the power of work. More recently, FGA has been working to protect voters and their ballots from those who erode public trust and do irreparable harm to our democracy by manipulating elections.
Today, more than 40 full-time employees and contractors comprise a world-class team that has achieved more than 1,250 legislative victories across the country. Our polling and research have been utilized by state legislators, members of Congress, secretaries of state, and even the White House. Our success has been fueled by our passion for excellence and powerful polling data that continues to be at the heart of every message we focus on. The Center for Excellence in Polling was formed as a project of FGA to ensure our influence continues to expand well into the future.