Palaces For The People
Wednesday, November 05, 2003

Michael Fumento joined Hudson Institute as a senior fellow in November 1998. He is an author, journalist, and attorney specializing in science and health issues.

Prior to joining Hudson’s Washington, D.C. office, Fumento was a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. He also served as a legal writer for The Washington Times, editorial writer for the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, and was the first “national issues” reporter for Investor's Business Daily.

Fumento was the 1994 Warren T. Brookes Fellow in environmental journalism at the Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C.; a fellow with Consumer Alert in Washington, D.C.; and a science correspondent for Reason magazine.

Washington Times = Sun Myung Moon (Moonies)
Reason Institute = Negligent Killer David H. Koch
American Enterprise Institute, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Consumer Alert = Koch-Scaife front organizations.


The Diligent Dozen: The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, the Carthage Foundation, the Earhart Foundation, the Charles G. Koch, David H. Koch and Claude R. Lambe charitable foundations, the Phillip M. McKenna Foundation, the JM Foundation, the John M. Olin Foundation, the Henry Salvatori Foundation, the Sarah Scaife Foundation, and the Smith Richardson Foundation.siness Daily.

Fumento was the 1994 Warren T. Brookes Fellow in environmental journalism at the Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C.; a fellow with Consumer Alert in Washington, D.C.; and a science correspondent for Reason magazine.

Washington Times = Sun Myung Moon (Moonies)
Reason Institute = Negligent Killer David H. Koch
American Enterprise Institute, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Consumer Alert = Koch-Scaife front organizations.


Combined, these 12 fund an intricate, comprehensive network of neoliberal programs all across the country, but their most conspicuous and powerful beneficiaries are the Heritage Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute, and their virtual creature the Cato Institute, all in the nation's capital. These three think tanks have crafted or influenced virtually the entire agendas of both domestic and foreign policy for the George W. Bush Administration. And the interwoven personal network of operatives, corporate supporters and corporate beneficiaries is sobering. [See Sidebar.]

What a Tangled Web We Weave

# Jeb Bush, the President's brother, served until recently on the Board of Trustees of the Heritage Foundation, whose two main goals are to privatize Medicare and public education.

# Charles Koch is a founder of the Cato Institute, his brother David is a director. Their foundations are major contributors to Cato, which champions the privatizing of Social Security and federal public lands.

# Charles and David are also co-owners of Koch Industries, a $35 billion privately-held oil company indicted in 1999 of cheating on its oil leases on those lands. The Kochs and their employees contributed generously to George Bush's several campaigns. David Koch and his wife Julie gave $487,500 exclusively to Republican candidates in the 2000 election cycle. Among the energy industry donors in that cycle only four companies -- Enron, Exxon/Mobil, Chevron, and BP/Amoco -- outdid Koch Industries, which contributed well over a million dollars, 90 percent to Republicans. Koch Industries was charged by the Clinton Administration's Justice Department with $352 million in pollution and hazardous waste violations. The Bush Administration dropped the charges when Koch Industries agreed to a settlement of $20 million.

# The Kochs have also given handsomely to the neoliberal Mercatus Center at George Mason University, as did Enron Corp. CEO Kenneth Lay. Wendy Gramm, Sen. Phil Gramm's wife, was an ardent deregulator at Mercatus, and sat on Enron's Board of Directors. Mr. Lay in turn sat on the Board of Trustees of the American Enterprise Institute. He no longer does, but corporate America remains well represented; more than half AEI's current trustees are CEOs of American corporations, including Dow Chemical, State Farm Insurance, Mead Westvaco Corporation, American Express, Merck & Co., Motorola, and Exxon Mobil.

# Vice President Richard Cheney once served as a Trustee of the American Enterprise Institute, too. His wife, Dr. Lynn Cheney, is currently a senior staffer there. So is Richard Perle, a chief architect of the Bush National Security Strategy and the preemption policy that drove the invasion of Iraq. Thirteen other American Enterprise Institute staffers serve in senior positions in the Bush Administration.

Koch Family Foundations (David H. Koch Foundation, Charles G. Koch Foundation, Claude R. Lambe Foundation)

Koch Family Foundations

From Disinfopedia, the encyclopedia of propaganda.

Koch Family Foundations[1] consist of the David H. Koch Foundation, the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, and the Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation.

Funding for the foundations comes from the conglomerate Koch Industries, the "nation's largest privately held energy company, with annual revenues of more than $25 billion. ... Koch Industries is now the second largest family-owned business in the U.S., with annual sales of over $20 billion."

"The company is owned by two of the richest men in America," David H. Koch and Charles G. Koch (described as 'reclusive billionaires'), who have a combined personal fortune estimated at more than $3 billion and who have emerged as major Republican contributors in recent years. ... Both David and Charles Koch are ranked among the 50 richest people in the country by 'Forbes'."

The Koch brothers control the three family foundations that have "lavished tens of millions of dollars in the past decade on 'free market' advocacy institutions in and around Washington."[2] --'The Nation', "What Wouldn't Bob Dole Do for Koch Oil?"

The foundations are financed via the oil and gas fortunes of Fred G. Koch, a founding member of the John Birch Society. David is a libertarian who "provides a significant amount of funding for the Cato Institute's $4 million annual budget."

Curtis Moore's "Rethinking the Think Tanks" (subtitled "How industry-funded 'experts' twist the environmental debate') appeared in the September/October 2002 issue of 'Sierra' magazine. Moore states that when "The views will seem to be coming from an independent think tank -- the Cato Institute or Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE), for example ... behind these groups stands the [Koch] brother's vast fortune."

In fact, Charles Koch is a co-founder of Cato in 1977 and David helped to launch CSE in 1986. This, says Moore, is the brothers simply following in "dad's footsteps: Fred Koch was a charter member of the ultraconservative John Birch Society in 1958."

External Links

* Koch Industries and the Pollution of the Bush White House, Parts I & II; on-line article includes source links.
* "Ari & I; White House Press Briefing with Ari Fleischer related by Russell Mokhiber regarding relationship between White House and Koch Industries, May 3, 2001.

Michael Fumento is the author of books including Science Under Seige and The Myth of Heterosexual AIDS, Fumento is a virtual poster child for what right-wing institutions can foster. Prior to CEI, he did a stint at the American Enterprise Institute; after he left, he went on to the Hudson Institute.

Not surprisingly, the work of the Heritage Foundation is directed by monied right-wingers. Richard Mellon Scaife, Heritage vice president, is an heir to the Mellon fortune and a media tycoon known for his conspiracy-theory addiction and ruthless streak. New trustee Holland "Holly" Coors is a socialite daughter of the wealthy and notoriously right-wing beer-making dynasty. Jay Van Andel, the founder and senior chairman of Amway Corp., is joined on the board of trustees by his daughter, Barb Van Andel-Gaby, Amway’s vice president for corporate affairs.

Heritage Foundation Secretary J. Frederic Rench is chairman and CEO of Racine Industries. The board of trustees also boasts: J. William Middendorf II, who is credited with being an intellectual force behind NAFTA; former Treasury Secretary William E. Simon; Thomas A. Roe, the former chairman of the board of Builders Marts of America, and the founder of the Roe Foundation, which provides grants to conservative organizations; Thomas L. Rhodes, president and chairman of the board of directors of National Review; Douglas F. Allison, chairman and CEO of Allison-Fisher Inc., an automotive marketing research and consultancy firm; and Preston A. Wells, a commercial real estate and ranching entrepreneur.

More impressive still is the board of trustees of one of the nation’s oldest and largest think tanks. The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) boasts 14 corporate chief executive officers on its board, among them the heads of Aluminum Company of America, American Express, Cigna, CSX, Dow Chemical, Motorola, Procter and Gamble and State Farm Insurance Presidential aspirant and flat-tax promoter Steve Forbes, president and CEO of Forbes Inc. is on the American Enterprise Institute board, as is George R. Robert of Kohlberg, Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR), the infamous buy ’em-and-close ’em artists. Former President Gerald Ford and failed Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork are institute fellows.

Competitive Enterprise Institute

...It postures as an advocate of "sound science" in the development of public policy. In fact, it is an ideologically-driven, well-funded front for corporations opposed to safety and environmental regulations that affect the way they do business. (PR Watch)

CEI was also active in opposing the 1997 international global warming negotiations in Kyoto. CEI staff including Fred Smith, James Sheehan, Jonathan Adler and Marlo Lewis featured prominently in a list of "experts" provided to reporters by the industry-funded Global Climate Coalition. "The campaign against the 1997 Kyoto global warming treaty waged by right-wing think tanks has been another area where corporate America has heavily invested in right-wing policy groups that advance its interest" noted author David Callahan in 1999."The Competitive Enterprise Institute has been a particularly aggressive advocate of the notion that global warming is a 'theory not a fact.' Since 1991, CEI's budget has grown from less than $1 million to over $ 4 million." Callahan also noted that although the extent to which conservative think tanks rely on corporate funding support varies widely, CEI and the American Enterprise Institute "have two of the highest levels of corporate support, with both getting roughly 40 percent of their 1996 revenues from corporations."

Lynn Scarlett

Scarlett is the Executive Director of the Reason Public Policy Institute, a project of the Reason Foundation. The Reason Public Policy Insitute also favors "free market" solutions to environmental problems. Reason downplays the risks from global warming and opposes tighter standards for particulate air pollution.

David H. Koch of Koch Industries, a massive oil company, sits on the board of the Reason Foundation and is also a funder. Koch Industries is currently under two unrelated investigations by the EPA for environmental violations in Minnesota and the southwest, and has paid millions in environmental fines for other violations of the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts. The Reason Institute, like the Pacific Research Institute, is a member of the Heritage Foundation's State Policy Network.

Scarlett was a senior fellow at the Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment (FREE), the Montana-based organization that was exposed last year by The Washington Post for holding anti-environmental junkets for federal judges at a Montana dude ranch. FREE is bankrolled by polluting interests that fund litigation before the federal bench.

The Reason Foundation has received funding from the Farm Bureau, Amoco, Arco, Chevron, Coors, David H. Koch Foundation, Eli Lilly, Exxon, Ford Motors, Olin Foundation, Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Mobil, Pfizer, Philip Morris, Sarah Scaife Foundation, Texaco, Unocal, and Xerox.

The Washington Times
Comments by the Reverened Sun Myung Moon

The Moonies founded, own, and control the Washington Times

Are you a Moonie? Are you being influenced by the Moonies? Did you know that the highly respected Washington Times is a mouthpiece for the Reverend Sun Myung Moon? Well it's True! Here's some quotes about the Washington Times I snagged from the Moonies Website. If anyone doesn't believe me, go to the moonies website and read it for yourself. I'm not making this up. I wish I were!

Do it! Go to his web site and select SEARCH and type in the words Washington Times and see what you get. So if you don't think there's a Right Wing Media Conspiracy, I invite you to go to the source and read it for yourself!

Moonies use Washington Times as
Front Group to Gain Power and Legitimacy

On Tuesday, May 21st 2002, controversial religious figurehead, alleged cult leader and self-proclaimed Messiah Sun Myung Moon, is to sponsoring a banquet celebrating the newspaper's 20th anniversary. A substantial list of host Senators, Representatives and other politicians think they are supporting just a conservative newspaper, but are unwittingly endorsing the Moon agenda. Mr. Moon has used the newspaper along with U.P.I. to develop his power base for his ambitions­to establish and "automatic theocracy" in which he runs the world. Despite a politically conservative pro-family slant, the Times has also been the paper of choice for several Christian groups who are apparently unaware of Moon's true theology.

"The public thinks that the Moonies have gone away. They haven't. They have been quite busy in recent years, focusing their recruitment efforts to politicians, business people and even Christian clergy," says Steven Hassan, former Moonie, author, licensed counselor and mind control expert. "They are still deceptive and quite dangerous," Hassan says, "Back in 1974-1976, Moon talked about setting up a global infrastructure so that when the world economy faltered, we would be there to feed people and give them jobs."

Moon's stated ambitions include the establishment of a one-world government run as an automatic theocracy by Moon and his leaders. "Bush's faith-based initiative seems to be ideal to help them in their quest for a one world theocratic government," Hassan says, "I am sure President Bush is not aware that Moon has repeatedly said that America (and democracy) is Satanic." Moon's vision of the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth includes the absorption of all the world religions into Unificationism as well as the abolishment of all languages except Korean. Core Moonie members do a ritual pledge service every Sunday morning, bowing before an altar with Moon's picture on it and promising to fight for the Fatherland (Korea).

Moon is an 82-year old Korean billionaire and convicted felon who served 13 months in federal prison for income tax evasion and conspiracy in the mid-1980s. Moon owns the Washington Times newspaper, U.P.I., Insight magazine, The University of Bridgeport (CT) and The New Yorker Hotel. His empire was part of a 1977-78 congressional investigation which looked at Korean CIA activities in the United States (list of front groups and report is on

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