(AmericanProsperity.com) – Think tanks provide, supposedly, unbiased information and research to legislatures, presidents, and congressional committees. But, these organizations do not have to disclose their funders, leaving huge potential for secretive political influence. A recent study showed that they received over $1 billion dollars in taxpayer money.
The RAND Corporation was the highest-paid think tank between 2014 and 2019, receiving a minimum of $1,029,100,000 from various parts of the US government. Major defense contractors also contribute to these theoretically non-biased organizations:
Our @InfluenceWatch tracked at least $1 billion in U.S. government and defense contractor funding to America's top 50 think tanks. See where the five defense contractors making the largest contributions send their money: https://t.co/AziQIoRaC8 pic.twitter.com/olGThLJnQl
— Center for International Policy (@CIPolicy) October 14, 2020
Ben Freeman, the Director of the Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative, advocates that “Think tanks should be required, by law, to publicly disclose their funders.” This would allow Americans to see not only where for-profit companies put their money, but also where foreign governments and our own taxpayer dollars go.
In one way or another, these nonprofits influence nearly every aspect of politics, so it’s crucial the American people know who funds them. It’s difficult for an organization to be unbiased if they’re unwilling to disclose their funders, as many of them have major political or economic motivations.
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