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Killer Koch Brothers and Competitive Enterprise Institute google linkages

"Killer Koch Brothers" and "Competitive Enterprise Institute" google linkages

To first read the Killer Koch Dossier:

Competitive Enterprise Institute

CEI calls itself "a non-profit, non-partisan research and advocacy institute dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government."... 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....

CEI does not publish a list of its institutional donors, but the following companies and foundations are known to have given $10,000 or more:

   * Amoco Foundation, Inc.

   * Carthage Foundation

   * Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation

   * David H. Koch Charitable Foundation

   * Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation

   * Philip Morris Companies, Inc.

   * Pfizer Inc.

   * Sarah Scaife Foundation

   * Texaco, Inc.

   * Texaco Foundation

Other known CEI funders include:

   * American Petroleum Institute

   * ARCO Foundation

   * Dow Chemical

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay shares a word with Koch Industries’ Tom Pyle at CEI’s 9th Annual Dinner.

Hanah Metchis is a Research Analyst with CEI’s Project on Technology and Innovation. Her policy career began at CEI with a Koch Summer Fellowship. Before joining CEI, she worked as a technical writer in Houston, Texas. Her work has been cited by National Journal’s Tech Daily, Washington Internet Daily, and, among other outlets.,01163.cfm

James M. Sheehan ( is deputy director of environmental studies at CEI and is the author of Global Greens: Inside the International Environmental Establishment, a forthcoming book from the Capital Research Center. The accompanying tables were compiled with the assistance of Ilya Shapiro, Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow at CEI.

While at USC, Ms. Freeman wrote for The State newspaper in Columbia, SC, was a columnist for the university newspaper, and editor of the school magazine. She worked one summer as a Koch Fellow at the Cato Institute.

Competitive Enterprise Institute President Fred L. Smith, Jr. with Congressman DeLay staffer Jack Victory and Koch Industries' Tom Pyle at CEI's 9th Annual Dinner.

Competitive Enterprise Institute

Founded in 1984 by disillusioned liberal Fred Smith, Jr., The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) is a Washington-based free-market think tank whose research on public policy reflects the principles of free enterprise, individual liberty and limited government. CEI was one of the sponsors of the first "wise use" movement conference in 1988 and are network members of The Heritage Foundation, Get Government Off Our Backs, Alliance for America, and the Grassroots ESA Coalition.

One of CEI's prominent funders is conservative philanthropist Richard Mellon Scaife, who has provided money to a host of right wing policy organizations through his network of philanthropic foundations. CEI Corporate funding comes from dozens of major corporations, including Amoco, ARCO, Dow, CSX Corp, Ford Motor Co, Pfizer, Philip Morris and Texaco, as well a several prominent conservative philanthropic foundations, including the Sarah Scaife Foundation, the Bradley Foundation, the CHARLES G. KOCH FOUNDATION AND THE DAVID H. KOCH CHARITABLE FOUNDATION.

(Washington, D.C.) - The nonprofit Clean Air Trust today named Competitive Enterprise Institute "adjunct scholar" Joel Schwartz the "clean air villain of the month" for May 2003.

The award comes as the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) prepares this evening to host House Majority Leader Tom DeLay at CEI's annual dinner. DeLay, like CEI, has opposed crucial clean-air safeguards. And, like CEI, DeLay receives huge sums of money from big polluters....

2 Specific sources of money for CEI that we have been able to trace include Exxon Mobil Corporation, ExxonMobil Foundation, Shell Oil Company Foundation, KOCH CHARITABLE FOUNDATION, General Motors Foundation, Ford Motor Company Fund, DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund, Scaife Foundation, Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Casey Foundation, Davis Foundation, Earhart Foundation, JM Foundation and USAA Foundation.

This is a look at a portion of one individual's tort-reform work, to demonstrate how interconnectedness leverages the work of individuals and organizations tied to the right-wing movement.

Michael I. Krauss, Professor of Law, George Mason University is author of "Tort Reform, CATO Institute's Handbook for 107th Congress, 2001." [69] Other tort reform publications at Cato include "Restoring the Boundary: Tort Law and the Right to Contract." [70] George Mason University is covered in detail elsewhere in this report, and receives funding from the Scaife, Bradley, Koch, Earhart, Olin and Coors foundations. [71] Cato, also discussed elsewhere in this report, receives funding from Scaife, Bradley, Koch, Earhart, Olin and Coors. [72]...

... a member of the adjunct faculty of the Institute for Justice, which receives funding from Scaife, Bradley, Koch, Olin and Coors; [76]  on the Board of Governors of the National Association of Scholars, which receives funding from Scaife, Bradley, Olin and Coors. [77]  His "Past Employment and Service" lists the Competitive Enterprise Institute, which receives funding from Scaife, Bradley, Koch and Coors. [78]

...Krauss has made various presentations [79]  to the Federalist Society, which receives funding from Scaife, Bradley, Koch, Olin and Coors. [80]

...Krauss' tort reform paper, "Tort Law, Moral Accountability and Efficiency," ("Most people agree that today's Tort law discourages personal responsibility,") was published in Markets & Morality, a publication of the Acton Institute for The Study of Religion and Liberty, [84]  which receives funding from Bradley, Koch and Coors. [85]

...Krauss' paper, "Smoke and Fire: Government Recoupment Suits and the Rule of Law," was published by the Independent Institute, [86]  which receives funding from Koch and Olin. [87]

...Krauss' paper, "Today's Tort Suits Are Stranger Than Fiction" [91]  appeared in the publication Virginia Viewpoint, published by Virginia Institute  for Public Policy, which receives funding from Coors, Koch, [92]  and managed by the former President of Cato Institute.

Two representatives from Koch Industries, the Kansas-based oil conglomerate headed by David H. Koch, are among the task force's 67 private sector representatives. Though Koch Industries' task force presence is by no means remarkable, David Koch's ties to the task force's advisers are.

Task force advisers are "typically folks from academia or from think tanks," says Scott Spendlove, an ALEC spokesman. "Advisers have more of an expert standing in the field and tend to know more about the issues than the private sector representatives. They provide comments and give presentations at the task force meetings in order to move the debate along. They basically provide the expertise that the task force members may lack."

Advisers are not voting members of the task forces but they clearly shape discussions. Of the 16 Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Task Force advisers, Koch has clear ties to seven:

s Citizens for a Sound Economy, the free-market oriented think tank chaired and largely funded by Koch, has two task force advisers.

s The Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank that gets substantial contributions from the David H. Koch Charitable Foundation, has one task force adviser.

s The Competitive Enterprise Institute, a free-market oriented think tank that receives substantial contributions from the David H. Koch Charitable Foundation, has three task force advisers, including one whose resume lists a stint as an economist at Citizens for a Sound Economy.

s The National Center for Policy Analysis, a Texas-based think tank that gets most of its funding from the Koch Family Foundation, has one task force member.

The influence that Koch seems to enjoy with the task force doesn't stop with the advisers. In 1995, Chisum founded his own think tank, the Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute (TCCRI). The TCCRI, which seeks to persuade legislators that environmental problems are best solved by the private sector, receives much of its funding from Koch Industries. In January 1997, TCCRI and the Competitive Enterprise Institute cosponsored a symposium on water policy in Austin, Texas.

KOCHPAC, Koch Industries' political action committee, contributed $500 to Chisum on Dec. 9, 1996, according to campaign finance reports filed on Jan. 15, 1997.

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. 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.

Perhaps no conservative policy group works more closely with private industry than Citizens for a Sound Economy. With a board composed almost entirely of corporate leaders, and most of its funding coming from business, CSE is essentially a think tank and advocacy organization for corporate America, regularly tailoring its policy campaigns to suit the needs of its donors. The Koch family, which owns an energy conglomerate and has major interests at stake in Congress, is one of CSE's largest contributors, funneling as much $1 million a year into CSE's coffers, both through Koch-controlled foundations and direct gifts. Contributions from numerous other corporations and industry groups have helped make CSE one of the fastest growing policy institutions in Washington. In 1996, CSE spent up to $5 million in a vigorous fight to roll back environmental legislation, concentrating fire on the EPA's Superfund, among other targets. More recently, CSE has joined the battle against the Kyoto treaty, helped lead the fight against the Microsoft anti-trust prosecution, and launched a number of other anti-regulatory campaigns in the areas of liability law, technology, and health care. Despite being funded almost exclusively by corporations, CSE has had surprising success at positioning itself as the grassroots voice of an anti-regulatory American public.

The Competitive Enterprise Institute, backed by major oil companies, claims that "thousands of scientists agree there's no solid evidence of a global-warming problem." It boasts of media hits in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, "MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour," "Good Morning America," and "Larry King Live". CEI's activities include a "Death by Regulation" project aimed at "shifting the policy debate" about environmental regulations by making the argument that "government intervention carries its own deadly consequences."

...During the peak of the PR campaign against EPA's secondhand smoke report, CEI cranked out opinion articles for major newspapers with titles such as "A Smoking Gun Firing Blanks," "EPA's Bad Science Mars ETS Report," and "Safety Is a Relative Thing for Cars; Why Not for Cigarettes?" CEI funders include the American Petroleum Institute, Amoco, ARCO Foundation,  CARTHAGE FOUNDATION, CHARLES C. KOCH CHARITABLE FOUNDATION, CLAUDE R. LAMBE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION, DAVID H. KOCH CHARITABLE FOUNDATION, Ford Motor Co., General Motors, Pfizer Inc., Philip Morris Companies, Sarah Scaife Foundation, and Texaco Foundation.

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