Talk:American Enterprise Institute
Ties to DonorsTrust, a Koch Conduit
DonorsTrust is considered a "donor-advised fund," which means that it divides its funds into separate accounts for individual donors, who then recommend disbursements from the accounts to different non-profits. Funds like DonorsTrust are not uncommon in the non-profit sector, but they do cloak the identity of the original donors because the funds are typically distributed in the name of DonorsTrust rather than the original donors. Very little was known about DonorsTrust until late 2012 and early 2013, when the Guardian and others published extensive reports on what Mother Jones called "the dark-money ATM of the conservative movement."
The American Enterprise Institute received $4,944,067 from DonorsTrust and Donors Capital Fund between 2010 and 2011.
A report by the Center for Public Integrity exposes a number of DonorsTrust funders, many of which have ties to the Koch brothers. One of the most prominent funders is the Knowledge and Progress Fund, a Charles Koch-run organization and one of the group's largest known contributors, having donated at least $8 million since 2005. Other contributors known to have donated at least $1 million to DonorsTrust include the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation, Donald & Paula Smith Family Foundation, Searle Freedom Trust, Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, and the John M. Olin Foundation.
Since its inception in 1999, DonorsTrust has been used by conservative foundations and individuals to discretely funnel nearly $400 million to like-minded think tanks and media outlets. According to the organization's tax documents, in 2011, DonorsTrust contributed a total of $86 million to conservative organizations. Many recipients had ties to the State Policy Network (SPN), a wide collection of conservative state-based think tanks and media organizations that focus on shaping public policy and opinion. In 2013, the Center for Media and Democracy released a special report on SPN. Those who received DonorsTrust funding included media outlets such as the Franklin Center and the Lucy Burns Institute, as well as think tanks such as SPN itself, the Heartland Institute, Illinois Policy Institute, Independence Institute, Mackinac Center for Public Policy, South Carolina Policy Council, American Legislative Exchange Council, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, and the Cascade Policy Institute.
Elizabeth L. Cheney, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs , Department of State not Lynne Cheney, the wife of U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, is an AEI senior fellow. Philip Cumming
- Au contraire. Lynnne Cheney, the wife of Dick, is described on the White House website as an AEI senior fellow:  --Sheldon Rampton 16:37, 6 Oct 2004 (EDT)
AEI and Climate Change
I have relocated the following unsourced defences of AEI from the article. I have interspersed my comments. --Bob Burton 14:22, 14 February 2007 (EST)
- The Guardian article was been rebutted by AEI, pointing out that while it was true that they had received funds from ExxonMobil, the funding was spread out over a ten-year period, and totalled less than 1% of AEI's budget.
- this needs a source. The ten year clear is worth including but the percentage is really a bit irrelevant.
- The Wall Street Journal expanded on claimed innaccuracies in the report with
"Here are the facts as we've been able to collect them. AEI doesn't lobby, didn't offer money to scientists to question global warming, and the money it did pay for climate research didn't come from Exxon."
- unsourced. Not clear whether this is the WSJ news pages or the opinion page.
- In the conservative journal The Weekly Standard, AEI stated:
"[I]t has never been true that we ignore mainstream science; and anyone who reads AEI publications closely can see that we are not "skeptics" about warming. It is possible to accept the general consensus about the existence of global warming while having valid questions about the extent of warming, the consequences of warming, and the appropriate responses. In particular, one can remain a policy skeptic, which is where we are today, along with nearly all economists."
- again, unsourced.
- Columnist [Thomas Sowell] has claimed that AEI was assembling a roundtable discussion, wherein this approach is normal and entirely appropriate.
- I can't quite see what the relevance of this is.
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