According to its website, "mission of the Pacific Research Institute (PRI) is to champion freedom, opportunity, and personal responsibility for all individuals by advancing free-market policy solutions." (http://www.pacificresearch.org/about/index.html)
The website also states that "PRI strives to change the perception of lawmakers and the public so that the starting point for any policy solution is a private, voluntary action, rather than unnecessary, and even harmful, government intervention." (http://www.pacificresearch.org/about/history.html)
PRI is referenced in a 1998 Phillip Morris memo as having a long-standing funding arrangement with the tobacco industry giant. (http://www.disinfopedia.org/wiki.phtml?title=Pacific_Research_Institute; accessed 4/7/04)
According to the Observer (Antony Barnett, Bush attacks environment 'scare stories', 4/4/04, Pg. 22), PRI has received $130,000 from Exxon Mobil since 1998.