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Bartlett D. Cleland

Research Fellow

Bartlett D. Cleland is a research fellow with the Institute for Policy Innovation.

Cleland represented IPI as a member of the Internet Safety Technical Task Force and contributed to its final report, released in January 2009. The Task Force was created in February 2008 at the request of 49 state attorneys general to identify effective tools and technologies to keep kids safe online. 

He currently serves as private sector co-chair of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Telecommunications & Information Technology Task Force. Cleland also serves on the Internet Education Foundation Board of Directors, which involves working closely with the Internet Caucus and such projects as GetNetWise, a project to assist parents in understanding the Internet and how to protect children on-line. 

Cleland began his professional career in the human resources field with Lee Hecht Harrison as a consultant for executive outplacement.  He went to Washington, D.C. in 1995 to work for Senator John Ashcroft, serving as the Senator’s technology counsel from 1996 - 1998.  At the same time, he held various management positions, ultimately serving two years as operations director.  From 1998 to 2000, he worked for Americans for Tax Reform as technology and policy counsel, and advised Commissioner Grover G. Norquist on the Advisory Committee on Electronic Commerce.  From 2000 to 2005, he served as the Associate General Counsel and VP, Software, at the Information Technology Association of America.

Bartlett graduated from Millikin University with a B.S. in philosophy and business administration.  He received his Masters of Business Administration, as well as his law degree with a specialization in international and comparative law, from St. Louis University.  He is admitted to the Missouri bar.

June 19, 2014

Moving from Pigou to Government Control

There is little, if any, room in the tax code for taxes conceived as a means to influence behavior. However, a conversation about using the tax code as means to control citizens does seem to correctly involve cow waste.

June 18, 2014

Movement of the Permanent Internet Tax Moratorium

Hopefully, the next step on the right path will be taken with the House Judiciary Committee deciding that the Internet tax moratorium must continue.

June 5, 2014

Et tu, Governor Quinn?

By Monday Illinois Governor Quinn must approve or deny a scheme that may well leave him in a similar, if less dramatic, situation as Nero.

May 28, 2014

What's Wrong with the Middle Class? Uncertainty, Taxes and Low Growth

Given the years of handwringing and little in the way of results, one might believe the reason the middle class is under greater stress is a mystery, but in fact the reason is clear.

May 22, 2014

One More Branch of Government Takes Action and Gets it Right, Another Opts for Failure

The Supreme Court took a step in the right direction, but the proposed patent legislation, which has been shelved, is also necessary to fully address bad actors’ behavior.

May 14, 2014

Voters Favor Corporate Tax Reform

Citizens get it, can explain it, and understand that the failure of Congress to undertake tax reform is directly harming our country.

May 1, 2014

Rescue Consumers from Internet Tax Now

The number of working days remaining in the current congressional session, is quickly dwindling. On the must-do list should be protecting the Internet from multiple or discriminatory taxes, a process Congress began in 1998.

April 17, 2014

It Is Time to Welcome All the Best and Brightest

It’s counterproductive for the U.S. to restrict the number of talented, high-skilled workers who want to make their contributions in the United States.

March 28, 2014

Extend, Then Reform

Pass the tax extenders and then let's get serious about fundamental tax reform.

March 27, 2014

When Government Slows Our Access to Health

The challenges for health IT are known and the Senate can join with the House to fix the problems which allow the FDA and FCC to end the mission creep and focus on the truly critical.


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Featured Publication

The "UN-Internet" Is Coming

This TechByte by Bartlett D. Cleland explains how Internet governance is managed now and how the freedom we have taken for granted is about to be under direct attack.



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