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FACTSHEET: American Enterprise Institute, AEI

DETAILS

1150 17th Street NW.Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-862-5800
Fax: 202-862-7177

With funding from conservative foundations and large corporations, AEI is one of the richest and most influential think tanks in the U.S. Areas of concern include both foreign and domestic policy, including global warming.

AEI promotes neo-conservative ideals and has close ties to the current Bush Administration. On February 26, 2003 President Bush was the key-note speaker at the American Enterprise Institute. He enthused that, at AEI, "Some of the finest minds of our nation are at work on some of the greatest challenges to our nation. You do such good work that my administration has borrowed twenty such minds. I want to thank them for their service" (Quoted by J. Pilger (2004) the Case for Civil Disobedience in Tell Me Lies Propaganda and Media Distortion in the Attack on Iraq, ed. D. Miller, Pluto Press, p25) AEI has been an avid opponent of the Kyoto protocol, as well as most other environmental regulations. AEI climate science skeptics include James K. Glassman, also of ExxonMobil-funded Tech Central Station. ExxonMobil CEO Lee Raymond is on the AEI board of trustees. ExxonMobil gave AEI approximately $925,000 between 1998 and 2003.

KEY QUOTES

29 April, 2004
"Take global climate policy, long a favorite bludgeon for the enviro-lobby. Environmental activists and foreign leaders have metaphorically all but shot, buried, exhumed, drawn, quartered, and cast to the four winds the Bush administration for 'abandoning' the Kyoto global warming treaty. Last year, however, proved to be a watershed in global climate policy and science that may vindicate the President's decision. For starters, the Kyoto treaty was politically doomed when Russia finally rejected it. Their reason? Putin's economic minister Andrei Illarionov told reporters the treaty would place 'significant limitations on the economic growth of Russia.' This was an especially serious setback for Kyoto backers, as the treaty's emissions-trading provisions already granted Russia a sweetheart economic deal."
Source: "Where Are the Weapons of Mass Environmental Destruction?" AEOnline 4/29/04

1 September, 2001
"The key features of the climate change debate are large degrees of uncertainty and a long time horizon. Although it is fairly well-established that the Earth's atmosphere has warmed somewhat (one degree Fahrenheit) during the past century, it's not clear why this happened. The warming may have been due to human impositions (the burning of fossil fuels and other incidents of industrial growth), or to natural solar or climate variations, or to some of each. Whatever the causes, we don't know if future warming trends will be large or small, or whether the net environmental and economic consequences (including both beneficial and harmful effects) may be large or small."
Source: "The Kyoto Treaty Deserved to Die" AEOnline, 9/1/01

DEEDS

2 August, 2002
Wrote to President Bush discouraging him from attending the UN Summit on Sustainable Development. Bush did not attend.
Source: "Corporate-funded Lobbyists Aimed to Sabotage Johannesburg Summit," Africa News, 8/19/2002

FUNDING

American Enterprise Institute has received $3,615,000 from ExxonMobil since 1998.

1998
$200,000 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving
Source: Exxon Education Foundation Dimensions 1998 report

2000
$240,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
general support
Source: ExxonMobil Foundation 2000 IRS 990

2001
$225,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
General Operating Support
Source: ExxonMobil 2001 Worldwide Giving Report

2001
$5,000 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving
annual dinner
Source: ExxonMobil 2001 Worldwide Giving Report

2002
$250,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
225K for general support, 25 K for project support
Source: ExxonMobil 2002 Worldwide Giving Report

2002
$5,000 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving
annual dinner
Source: ExxonMobil 2002 Worldwide Giving Report

2002
$5,000 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving
Annual Dinner
Source: ExxonMobil 2002 Worldwide Giving Report

2003
$5,000 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving
Annual Dinner
Source: ExxonMobil 2003 Worldwide Giving Report

2003
$225,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
General Operating Support
Source: ExxonMobil 2003 Worldwide Giving Report

2004
$5,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
Annual Dinner
Source: ExxonMobil 2004 Worldwide Giving Report

2004
$225,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
General Support
Source: ExxonMobil 2004 Worldwide Giving Report

2005
$240,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
Annual Dinner ($5,000) and General Operating Support ($235,000)
Source: ExxonMobil 2005 Worldwide Giving Report

2006
$5,000 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving
Annual dinner
Source: ExxonMobil 2006 Worldwide Giving Report

2006
$235,000 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving
General operating support
Source: ExxonMobil 2006 Worldwide Giving Report

2007
$240000 ExxonMobil Foundation
Source: ExxonMobil 2007 Worldwide Giving Report

2007
$240,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
Source: ExxonMobil 2007 Worldwide Giving Report

2007
$240,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
Source: ExxonMobil 2007 Worldwide Giving Report

2009
$235,000 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving
Source: ExxonMobil 2009 Worldwide Contributions and Community Investments

2010
$245000 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving
Source: ExxonMobil 2010 Worldwide Giving Report

2011
$295,000 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving
Source: ExxonMobil corporate funding 2011, public policy

2012
$250,000 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving
Source: ExxonMobil corporate funding 2012, public policy

KEY PEOPLE

Michael Fumento
former resident fellow
Source: CLEAR d-base

Christopher DeMuth
President, Scholar
Source: www.aei.org

Newt Gingrich
Senior Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

James K. Glassman
Senior Fellow and Editor-In-Chief, The American
Source: AEI Glassman bio May 2007

Robert W. Hahn
Resident Scholar
Source: www.aei.org

Steven F. Hayward
F. K. Weyerhaeuser Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

Richard Perle
Resident Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

Lee R. Raymond
Vice Chair, Board of Trustees
Source: www.aei.org

Murray L. Weidenbaum
Council of Academic Advisors
Source: www.aei.org

Roger Bate
Visiting Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

Samuel Thernstrom
Managing Editor, AEI Press, and Director, W. H. Brady Program on Culture and Freedom
Source: www.aei.org

Jeremy Rabkin
Council of Academic Advisors member
Source: www.aei.org

Dick Cheney
former Senior Fellow, former Trustee, AEI Speaker
Source: www.aei.org

Kenneth Green
Resident Scholar
Source: AEI website (2007)

Karl Zinsmeister
American Enterprise Institute - J. B. Fuqua Fellow
Source: Philamnthropy Roundtable - Karl Zinsmeister

Charles Koch
Charles Koch's foundation has funded AEI
Source: American Enterprise Institute - Koch funded seminar series

PEOPLE

Joseph Antos
AEI Scholar/Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

Leon Aron
AEI Scholar/Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

Claude E. Barfield
AEI Scholar/Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

Walter Berns
AEI Scholar/Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

Douglas J. Besharov
AEI Scholar/Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

Robert H. Bork
AEI Scholar/Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

Karlyn Bowman
Resident Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

John E Calfee
AEI Scholar/Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

Charles W. Calomiris
AEI Scholar/Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

Lynne V. Cheney
AEI Scholar/Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

Thomas Donnelly
AEI Scholar/Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

Nicholas Eberstadt
AEI Scholar/Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

Eric M. Engen
AEI Scholar/Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

Mark Falcoff
AEI Scholar/Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

J. Michael Finger
AEI Scholar/Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

David Frum
Resident Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

Reuel Marc Gerecht
AEI Scholar/Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

Jagadeesh Gokhale
AEI Scholar/Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

Robert A. Goldwin
AEI Scholar/Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

Michael S. Greve
AEI Scholar/Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

Kevin A. Hassett
AEI Scholar/Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

Robert Helms
AEI Scholar/Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

Frederick M. Hess
AEI Scholar/Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

R. Glenn Hubbard
AEI Scholar/Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

Leon R. Kass
AEI Scholar/Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

Jeane J. Kirkpatrick
AEI Scholar/Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

Marvin H. Kosters
AEI Scholar/Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

Irving Kristol
Senior Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

Michael A. Ledeen
AEI Scholar/Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

James R. Lilley
AEI Scholar/Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

Paul A. London
AEI Scholar/Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

John R. Lott Jr.
AEI Scholar/Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

John H. Makin
AEI Scholar/Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

Allan H. Meltzer
AEI Scholar/Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

Joshua Muravchik
AEI Scholar/Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

Charles Murray
AEI Scholar/Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

Michael Novak
George Frederick Jewett Scholar in Religion, Philosophy, and Public Policy
Source: www.aei.org

Norman J. Ornstein
AEI Scholar/Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

Danielle Pletka
AEI Scholar/Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

Sarath Rajapatirana
AEI Scholar/Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

Sally Satel MD
AEI Scholar/Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

William Schneider
AEI Scholar/Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

J. Gregory Sidak
AEI Scholar/Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

Radek Sikorski
AEI Scholar/Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

Christin Hoff Summers
AEI Scholar/Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

Arthur Waldron
AEI Scholar/Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

Peter J. Wallison
AEI Scholar/Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

Ben J. Wattenberg
AEI Scholar/Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

Karl Zinsmeister
AEI Scholar/Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

Bruce Kovner
AEI Board of Trustees-Chairman
Source: www.aei.org

Tully M. Friedman
Treasurer, Board of Trustees
Source: www.aei.org

Gordon Binder
AEI Board of Trustees
Source: www.aei.org

Joseph A. Cannon
AEI Board of Trustees
Source: www.aei.org

Harlan Crow
AEI Board of Trustees
Source: www.aei.org

Morton Fleischer
AEI Board of Trustees
Source: www.aei.org

Christopher B. Galvin
AEI Board of Trustees
Source: www.aei.org

Raymond V. Gilmartin
AEI Board of Trustees
Source: www.aei.org

Harvey Golub
AEI Board of Trustees
Source: www.aei.org

Robert Greenhill
AEI Board of Trustees
Source: www.aei.org

Roger Hertog
AEI Board of Trustees
Source: www.aei.org

Martin M. Koffel
AEI Board of Trustees
Source: www.aei.org

John A. Luke JR.
AEI Board of Trustees
Source: www.aei.org

Ben L. Lytle
AEI Board of Trustees
Source: www.aei.org

Alex J, Mandl
AEI Board of Trustees
Source: www.aei.org

Robert A. Prizker
AEI Board of Trustees
Source: www.aei.org

J. Joe Ricketts
AEI Board of Trustees
Source: www.aei.org

Goerge R. Roberts
AEI Board of Trustees
Source: www.aei.org

John W. Rowe
AEI Board of Trustees
Source: www.aei.org

Edward B. Rust Jr.
AEI Board of Trustees
Source: www.aei.org

William S. Stavropoulos
AEI Board of Trustees
Source: www.aei.org

Wilson H. Taylor
AEI Board of Trustees
Source: www.aei.org

Marilyn Ware
AEI Board of Trustees
Source: www.aei.org

James Q. Wilson
AEI Board of Trustees
Source: www.aei.org

David Gerson
AEI Exec. Vice President
Source: www.aei.org

Montgomery B. Brown
AEI Vice President Publications
Source: www.aei.org

James Q. Wilson
AEI Council of Academic Advisors
Source: www.aei.org

Gertrude Himmelfarb
AEI Council of Academic Advisors
Source: www.aei.org

Samuel P. Huntington
AEI Council of Academic Advisors
Source: www.aei.org

William M. Landes
AEI Council of Academic Advisors
Source: www.aei.org

Sam Peltzman
AEI Council of Academic Advisors
Source: www.aei.org

Nelson Polsby
AEI Council of Academic Advisors
Source: www.aei.org

George L. Priest
AEI Council of Academic Advisors
Source: www.aei.org

Richard J. Zeckhauser
AEI Council of Academic Advisors
Source: www.aei.org

Thomas Gale Moore
writer and contributor
Source: Hoover Institute

Elizabeth Cheney
Visiting Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

Gautam Adhikari
Visiting Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

Lawrence Lindsey
Visiting Fellow
Source: www.aei.org

Joel Schwartz
Visiting Scholar
Source: www.aei.org

Scott Wallsten
Resident Scholar
Source: www.aei.org

Eliot A. Cohen
Council of Academic Advisors member
Source: www.aei.org

Randall Lutter
former Resident Scholar
Source: Annapolis Center website 3/04

Michael J. Boskin
Adjunct Scholar
Source: Proxy Statement 2004, ExxonMobil Corporation, May 26th, 2004

Iain Murray
Associate Editor, American Enterprise Magazine
Source: CEI Bio (2006)

Thomas Sowell
Former Adjunct Scholar
Source: Hoover Institute website 2007

Kimberly Dennis
director of National Research Initiative, a Searle-funded program at the American Enterprise Institute.
Source: Philanthropy roundtable - Kim Dennis

SOURCES

ExxonMobil 2001 Worldwide Giving Report
Public Information and Policy Research
http://research.greenpeaceusa.org/?a=view&d=4388

ExxonMobil 2002 Worldwide Giving Report
Public Information and Policy Research
http://research.greenpeaceusa.org/?a=view&d=4386

ExxonMobil Foundation 2000 IRS 990
ExxonMobil Foundation 2000 IRS 990
http://research.greenpeaceusa.org/?a=view&d=4390

Exxon Education Foundation Dimensions 1998 report
Exxon Dimensions report 1998- Public Information and Policy Research
http://research.greenpeaceusa.org/?a=view&d=4385

CLEAR d-base
CLEAR d-base

www.aei.org
www.aei.org
www.aei.org

"Corporate-funded Lobbyists Aimed to Sabotage Johannesburg Summit," Africa News, 8/19/2002

Annapolis Center website 3/04
http://www.annapoliscenter.org

ExxonMobil 2003 Worldwide Giving Report
Public Information and Policy Research
http://research.greenpeaceusa.org/?a=view&d=4389

"Where Are the Weapons of Mass Environmental Destruction?" AEOnline 4/29/04
Commentary by Daniel Kennelly, senior editor of The American Enterprise.
http://www.taemag.com/issues/articleID.18004/article_detail.asp

"The Kyoto Treaty Deserved to Die" AEOnline, 9/1/01
Commentary by Christopher DeMuth of AEI
http://www.taemag.com/issues/articleID.15495/article_detail.asp

Proxy Statement 2004, ExxonMobil Corporation, May 26th, 2004

ExxonMobil 2004 Worldwide Giving Report
2004 Worldwide Contributions and Community Investments Public Information and Policy Research
http://research.greenpeaceusa.org/?a=view&d=4380

ExxonMobil 2005 Worldwide Giving Report
Public Information and Policy Research
http://research.greenpeaceusa.org/?a=view&d=4387

CEI Bio (2006)
http://www.cei.org/dyn/view_Expert.cfm?Expert=227

AEI website (2007)
http://www.aei.org

Hoover Institute website 2007
http://www.hoover.org/

AEI Glassman bio May 2007
http://www.aei.org/scholars/scholarID.21,filter.all/scholar.asp

ExxonMobil 2006 Worldwide Giving Report
Public Information and Policy Research downloaded from Exxon website
http://research.greenpeaceusa.org/?a=view&d=4381

ExxonMobil 2007 Worldwide Giving Report
http://research.greenpeaceusa.org/?a=download&d=4586

Hoover Institute
http://www.hoover.org/bios/moore.html

ExxonMobil 2009 Worldwide Contributions and Community Investments
Exxon Mobil Corporation 2009 Worldwide Contributions and Community Investments
http://www.exxonmobil.com/Corporate/files/gcr_contributions_pub-policy09.pdf

ExxonMobil 2010 Worldwide Giving Report
http://exxonmobil.com/Corporate/Files/gcr_contributions_pubpolicy-2010.pdf

Philanthropy roundtable - Kim Dennis
http://www.philanthropyroundtable.org/who_we_are/board/kimberly_o_dennis

Philamnthropy Roundtable - Karl Zinsmeister
http://www.philanthropyroundtable.org/who_we_are/staff/karl_zinsmeister

American Enterprise Institute - Koch funded seminar series
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ExxonMobil corporate funding 2011, public policy
http://www.webcitation.org/68w7Tt51X

ExxonMobil corporate funding 2012, public policy
http://www.exxonmobil.com/Corporate/Files/gcr_contributions_publicpolicy12.pdf