The Locke and Smith Foundation is a 501c(4) political non-profit organization. We do not support any party or any candidate. We are an issue only advocate organization. We believe that the Constitution is the law of the land, the sole document that politicians should abide by. If you scroll through the rankings from any given year, you will not find any year where one party is always at the top and the other at the bottom. Our only bias is toward the Constitution.
The Locke and Smith Foundation was named after these individuals because their ideas had such a great influence on the foundation of our country. We do not seek to honor the individuals, but instead seek to promote the foundational principals they espoused. Click on one of the links to learn more about John Locke and Adam Smith, and see the influence they had on our founding fathers in the creation of this nation.
We offer various levels of contribution, from individual and family to lifetime membership. To learn more, click here.
For a full explanation of how the Legislative Committee reviews and grades legislation, and how legislators are scored and ranked, visit our Legislative Review Frequently Asked Questions Page.
Your legislator received a low score because of their voting record, too many missed votes, or a combination of the two. The Legislative Committee grades legislation first, regardless of political party or individual. Then, they look at the voting record of the Legislator and award points. No Legislator or political party is targeted or given favor in the process. The Legislation is graded based on its Constitutionality, how the Legislator votes is their choice! We do not read motivation in votes, nor do we make assumptions on why a legislator voted the way they did. A good vote is a good vote, and a a bad vote is a bad vote; regardless of party, personal convictions, or political motivation. For each missed vote, legislators are deducted one point as well. If your legislator voted Constitutionally every single vote, but missed half of their votes, that will greatly effect their score.
The mission of the Locke and Smith Foundation is to hold elected officials accountable to the Federal and State Constitutions.
The Legislative Committee meets frequently during the Legislative session. We also have quarterly meetings and bi-weekly meetings for the Keep the Republic team. For more information, please contact us to see how you can be involved.
Besides quarterly meetings, bi-weekly Legislative Committee meetings, and the annual award presentation, the Locke and Smith Foundation seeks to inform voters as much as possible about candidates in key races around the state. In 2010 we were honored to host the only public debate among the Candidates vying for the 7th Congressional seat in the general election. In 2012 we hosted the only debate among the Republican Primary Candidates in Southwest Missouri. The debate was broadcast live on The Ozarks CW, and KSGF radio. Because there was not a Democratic primary, we did not reach out to any party about hosting a debate. We have hosted city council and county comission debates as well. On a frequent basis we host level 1 and level 2 classes for the Center for Self Governence as well. You can also hear us every Friday morning from 7:00-8:00 on 104.1 KSGF as we discuss local, state, and national events.
Use any of the following methods to contact the Board of Directors.
Locke and Smith
1325 W Sunshine, Suite 166
Springfield, MO 65707