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THINK-TANKS: “UNIVERSITIES WITHOUT STUDENTS”

“Think tanks are seen as independent, but their scholars often push donors’agendas, amplifying a culture of corporate influence in Washington.” Think tanks, which position themselves as “universities without students,” have power in government policy debates because they are seen as researchers independent of moneyed interests. But in the chase for funds, think tanks are pushing agendas important to corporate donors, at times blurring the line between researchers and lobbyists. And they are doing so while reaping the benefits of their tax-exempt status, sometimes without disclosing their connections to corporate interests.

 

 

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