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The Hudson Institute is a non-profit think tank headquartered in Washington D.C. According to the IRS filings for 2012, it had a total revenue of 15.1 (a sharp increase from the 4.6 million in the previous year) and spent 10.8 million in advocacy expenditure - 3 million of which was spent on lobbying pertaining to "national security".[1]

While describing itself as "non-partisan" and preferring to portray itself as independently "contrarian" rather than as a conservative think tank, the Hudson Institute gains financial support from many of the foundations and corporations that have bankrolled the conservative movement. The Capital Research Center, a conservative group that seeks to rank non-profits and documents their funding, allocates Hudson as a 7 on its ideological spectrum with 8 being "Free Market Right" and 1 "Radical Left." [1]

Hudson has traditionally had a strong focus on U.S. domestic policies such as national defense, education, crime, immigration, welfare, pesticides and biotechnology. However, in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks it has substantially boosted its focus on international issues such as the Middle East, Latin America and Islam. 2014 op-ed pieces by people affiliated with the institute have condemned Edward Snowden, argued against net neutrality and urged for a "a large-scale mobilization of free people on behalf of persecuted Christians around the world.[2][3][4]


In 2006, Scooter Libby, former Chief of Staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, joined Hudson Institute as a senior advisor. Libby, who was convicted as part of the federal investigation into the Valerie PlameGate affair, became a senior vice president of the Institute. In 2009, the Institute campaigned for a presidential pardon for Scooter Libby.[5] In 2012 Libby was paid an annual salary of $302,265, plus $25,167 in benefits.[6] As of June 2014 key Hudson Institute personnel, with pay data from the 2011-2012 IRS return, include:

Executive Management


  1. Hudson Institute, IRS form 990, 2012. Conservative Transparency.
  2. Gabriel Schoenfeld, "Edward Snowden's hypocrisy on Russia", opinion piece, Feb 7, 2014.
  3. Robert M. McDowell, "Net Neutrality: Is Antitrust Law More Effective than Regulation in Protecting Consumers and Innovation?", opinion piece, Jun 20, 2014.
  4. Paul Marshall, "The War on Christians", opinion piece, June 23, 2014.
  5. Diana Furchtgott-Roth Pardon Scooter Libby, January 15, 2009
  6. Hudson Institute, IRS form 990, 2012. Guide Star