American Enterprise Institute

American Enterprise Institute (AEI)

Background

The American Enterprise Institute (AEI), or American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, is one of the richest and most influential think tanks in the U.S. having received significant funding from conservative foundations and large corporations. AEI's areas of concern include foreign and domestic policy which includes the issue of global warming. [1]

The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) describes itself as a “private, nonpartisan, not-for-profit institution dedicated to research and education on issues of government, politics, economics and social welfare,” with their primary research divisions being Economics, Foreign and Defense Policy, Politics and Public Opinion, Education, Health, Energy and the Environment and Society and Culture. They are a “community of scholars and supporters committed to expanding liberty, increasing individual opportunity and strengthening free enterprise.” [2]

While AEI states that “As a tax-exempt educational organization governed by Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, AEI is generally prohibited from attempting to influence legislation in the U.S. Congress or other legislative bodies,” they also state that individual scholars and fellows “frequently do take positions on policy and other issues, including explicit advocacy for or against legislation currently being considered by the Congress.” However, AEI asserts that when they do, “they speak for themselves and not for AEI or its trustees or other scholars or employees.”  [2]

Greenpeace's ExxonSecrets described AEI as an avid opponent of the Kyoto protocol, as well as most other environmental regulations. AEI climate science skeptics have included James K. Glassman, also of ExxonMobil-funded Tech Central StationExxonMobil CEO Lee Raymond is a previous member of AEI's board of trustees.  [1][3]

American Enterprise Institute-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies

In 1998, AEI and the Brookings Institution established this joint venture with the purpose of studying federal regulatory policy. The Center would be directed by Robert Hahn of AEI and Robert Litan of the Brookings Institution. The Joint Center is no longer in operation, according to the Internet Archive of their website (as of 2009). [33]

The Joint Center distributed the following three key pamphlets related to their views on government regulation: [34]

According to an AEI newsletter, the Joint Center was created “In response to growing concerns about the effects of regulation on consumers, businesses, and government. […] Federal regulation—especially environmental, health, and safety regulation—has grown dramatically in recent decades, whether considered absolutely or as a relative share of the U.S. economy. [31]

Greenpeace's ExxonSecrets project reports that the Joint Center has received at least $105,000 from ExxonMobil since 1998. [32]

Stance on Climate Change

 July 21, 2015

According to Mark J. Perry, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, “Hydraulic fracking causes environmental damage, greater use of shale gas will exacerbate climate change, and the natural gas carried by the pipelines is not intended for American consumers but rather will go to export markets. Each of these three claims is completely baseless.” [7]

 February 5, 2014

The American Enterprise Institute's head of energy studies, Benjamin Zycher, has suggested there is doubt about man-made climate change: [5]

“The issue of the climate sensitivity of the atmosphere to increasing GHG concentrations is nowhere near resolution.”

“[T]ornado, hurricane, and cyclone activity are at historically low levels, wildfires are in a long-term decline except in government forests, there is no trend in sea-levels related to increases in GHG concentrations, the record of the Arctic ice cover is ambiguous, there is no drought trend since 1895, and the same is true for flooding over the last 85-127 years.”

Leading economist Jeffrey Sachs discusses Zycher's claims in an article in the Huffington Post, titled “How the AEI Distorts the Climate Debate,” where he challenges the AEI  “to come clean.” Sachs wrote:

The AEI, despite its roster of distinguished academics, has failed to be constructive in the climate debate. It's time that the AEI puts forward a strategy to achieve the globally agreed objective of avoiding dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system. [6]

September 2001

Christopher DeMuth, writing at “Energy Crunch,” an AEI publication, declared that “The Kyoto Treaty Deserved to Die”: [4]

“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.” [4]

Funding

The AEI was sixth on a list of organizations that received the highest climate skeptic funding between 2011 and 2013, reaching $5.7 million in total, The Guardian reports in their article titled “Secretive donors gave US climate denial groups $125m over three years” that examines money flows from DonorsTrust and Donors Capital Fund. [9]

Below is a summary of data compiled from the Conservative Transparency database for “The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research”: [8]

See the attached spreadsheet for additional information on American Enterprise Institute funding by year (.xlsx).

AEI as Donor

Recipient Total
Foundation for Defense of Democracies $943,167
University System of Maryland $183,124
Grand Total $1,126,291

AEI as Recipient

Donor Total
Donors Capital Fund $22,618,714
The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation $20,675,297
Kovner Foundation $19,850,000
Smith Richardson Foundation $11,056,676
Sarah Scaife Foundation $8,911,000
Searle Freedom Trust $8,044,000
John M. Olin Foundation $8,007,124
Exxon Mobil $3,075,000
CIGNA Foundation $3,030,000
Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation $1,807,999
John Templeton Foundation $1,309,086
Paul E. Singer Foundation $1,212,000
Earhart Foundation $1,118,800
DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative $1,095,000
The Carthage Foundation $900,000
The Randolph Foundation $754,500
Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation $750,000
Castle Rock Foundation $690,000
PhRMA $675,000
Scaife Family Foundation $590,000
Ravenel and Elizabeth Curry Foundation $585,000
Walton Family Foundation $490,003
William E. Simon Foundation $437,500
William H. Donner Foundation $414,500
DonorsTrust $381,250
Dunn's Foundation for the Advancement of Right Thinking $341,400
F.M. Kirby Foundation $329,000
Jaquelin Hume Foundation $200,000
Peter G. Peterson Foundation $200,000
Newton D. & Rochelle F. Becker Foundation $155,000
JM Foundation $140,000
Philip M. McKenna Foundation $137,000
George Edward Durell Foundation $115,000
Lovett and Ruth Peters Foundation $115,000
American Petroleum Institute $110,000
Stuart Family Foundation $68,500
Armstrong Foundation $50,000
National Christian Charitable Foundation $50,000
John William Pope Foundation $45,000
Ruth & Lovett Peters Foundation $35,000
Lowndes Foundation $30,000
Joyce and Donald Rumsfeld Foundation $25,000
The Robertson-Finley Foundation $20,000
Intel Corporation $15,000
Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation $14,000
Arthur N. Rupe Foundation $10,000
Barbara and Barre Seid Foundation $10,000
Cato Institute $10,000
The Vernon K. Krieble Foundation $10,000
True Foundation $5,000
Aequus Institute $4,000
Robert W. Wilson Charitable Trust $4,000
National Association of Manufacturers $1,500
Grand Total $120,727,849

ExxonMobil Funding

According to ExxonSecrets, AEI received $3,615,000 from ExxonMobil since 1998. [1]

Koch Funding

According to data collected by Greenpeace USA, the American Enterprise Institute has received $1,838,621 in combined donations from Koch-related foundations between 2004 and 2015: [39]

Year Charles Koch Foundation Charles Koch Institute Grand Total
2004 $50,000 $50,000
2006 $100,000 $100,000
2011 $200,000 $200,000
2012 $517,289 $517,289
2013 $910,000 $910,000
2014 $30,710 $7,365 $38,075
2015 $23,257 $23,257
Grand Total $1,831,256 $7,365 $1,838,621

990 Forms

Key People

Officers

Name 2012[18] 2017 Description
Arthur C. Brooks Y Y President and Beth and Ravenel Curry Chair in Free Enterprise, American Enterprise Institute
Danielle Pletka Y Y Senior Vice President, Foreign and Defense Policy Studies
David Gerson Y Y Executive Vice President
Henry Olsen Y Vice President, Director of the National Research Initiative
Jason Bertsch Y Y Senior Vice President, Development and Communications
Toby Stock Y Vice President, Development and Academic Programs

Board of Trustees

AEI is governed by a Board of Trustees, composed of “leading business and financial executives”: AEI's past Board of Trustees has included representatives from major corporations, including Lee R. Raymond (the Chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil Corporation) who once served as “chairman” at AEI[15]

Name 2012[16] 2015[10] 2016 2017 Description
Arthur C. Brooks Y Y Y Y President and Beth and Ravenel Curry Chair in Free Enterprise, American Enterprise Institute
Bruce Kovner Y Y Y Y Chairman, CAM Capital
Christopher B. Galvin Y Y Y Y Chairman, CEO, and Co-Founder, Harrison Street Capital, LLC
Clifford S. Asness Y Y Y Managing and Founding Principal, AQR Capital Management
D. Gideon Searle Y Y Y Y Managing Partner, The Serafin Group, LLC
Daniel A. D'Aniello Y Y Y Y Co-Chairman. Chairman and Co-Founder, The Carlyle Group
Edward B. Rust Jr. Y Y Y Y Chairman, State Farm Insurance Companies
Elisabeth (Betsy) DeVos Y Y Chairman, The Windquest Group
Frank J. Hanna Y Y Y Y CEO, Hanna Capital, LLC
George L. Priest Y Yale Law School
Gordon M. Binder Y Y Y Y Managing Director, Coastview Capital, LLC
Harlan Crow Y Y Y Y Chairman and CEO, Crow Holdings
Harvey Golub Y Y Y Y Retired Chairman and CEO, American Express Company, Chairman, Miller Buckfire
Henry Wendt Y Y Y Y Emeritus Trustees
J. Peter Ricketts Y President and Director, Platte Institute for Economic Research, Inc.
James Q. Wilson Y Boston College and Pepperdine University
John A. Luke Jr. Y Y Y Y Chairman, WestRock Company
John K. Hurley Y Y Y Founder and Managing Partner, Cavalry Asset Management
John V. Faraci Y Y Y Y Chairman and CEO, Retired, International Paper
Kevin B. Rollins Y Y Y Y Retired CEO, Dell, Inc.
Marc S. Lipschultz Y Y Y Y Co-Founder and President, Owl Rock Capital Partners
Marilyn Ware Y Y Y Chairman, Ret. American Water Works
Matthew K. Rose Y Y Y Executive Chairman, BNSF Railway Company
Mel Sembler Y Y Y Y Founder and Chairman Emeritus, The Sembler Company
Paul F. Oreffice Y Y Y Y Emeritus Trustees
Paul W. McCracken Y Emeritus Trustee
Peter H. Coors Y Y Y Vice Chairman of the Board, Molson Coors Brewing Company
Ravenel B. Curry III Y Y Y Y Chief Investment Officer, Eagle Capital Management, LLC
Raymond V. Gilmartin Y Y Chairman and CEO, Retired, Merck & Co., Inc.
Richard B. Cheney Y Y Y Y
Richard B. Madden Y Y Emeritus Trustee
Robert F. Greenhill Y Y Y Y Founder and Chairman, Greenhill & Co., Inc.
Robert H. Malott Y Y Y Emeritus Trustees
Seth A. Klarman Y Y Y President and CEO, The Baupost Group, LLC
Tully M. Friedman Y Y Y Y Co-Chairman. Chairman and CEO, FFL Partners, LLC
Willard C. Butcher Y Emeritus Trustee
William H. Walton Y Y Y Y Managing Member, Rockpoint Group, LLC
William L. Walton Y Rappahannock Ventures LLC
Wilson H. Taylor Y Y Y Y Chairman Emeritus, Cigna Corporation

​​​​​Council of Academic Advisers

According to the AEI website, its Council of Academic Advisers is “chaired by Yale Law School Professor George L. Priest and including distinguished academics from a variety of policy-related fields, advises AEI’s president on the Institute’s research agenda, publications, and appointments, and each year selects the recipient of the Irving Kristol Award.” [11]

Name 2012[17] 2015[11] 2016 Description
Aaron L. Friedberg Y Y Y Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University
Alan J. Auerbach Y Y Y Robert D. Burch Professor of Economics and Law, University of California, Berkeley
Eliot Cohen Y Y Y Robert E. Osgood Professor of Strategic Studies, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
Eric A. Hanushek Y Y Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
Eugene F. Fama Y Y Y Robert R. McCormick Distinguished Service Professor of Finance, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago
George L. Priest Y Y Yale Law School
Gertrude Himmelfarb Y Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus, City University of New York
Harvey S. Rosen Y Y John L. Weinberg Professor of Economics and Business Policy, Princeton University
James Q. Wilson Y Boston College and Pepperdine University
Jeremy A. Rabkin Y Y Y Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law
John L. Palmer Y Y Y University Professor and Dean Emeritus, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University
Mark Pauly Y Y  Bendheim Professor, Professor of Health Care Management, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Martin Feldstein Y Y Y George F. Baker Professor of Economics, Harvard University
R. Glenn Hubbard Y Y Y Visiting Scholar
Richard J. Zeckhauser Y Y Y Frank Plumpton Ramsey Professor of Political Economy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Robert P. George Y Y Y McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence; Director, James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Princeton University
Sam Peltzman Y Y Y Ralph and Dorothy Keller Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago
Walter Russell Mead Y Y James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and the Humanities, Bard College

National Council

According to AEI, “Members of AEI's National Council are business and community leaders from all over the country who are committed to the values and success of the Institute.  They are ambassadors for AEI and provide us with advice, insight, and guidance as we look to reach out to new friends around the country.” [13]

Name 2012 2015[13] 2016 2017 Description
Al and Kathy Hubbard Y Y Y Y
Alec Litowitz Y Y
Alex Navab Y Y Y
Alex Slusky Y Chief Executive Officer, Vector Capital
Alexander Saint-Amand Y Chief Executive Officer, GLG
Allen and Kelli Questrom Y Y Y Y
Amy Korenvaes Y Y Y President, Harlan and Amy Korenvaes Family Foundation
Andy Puzder Y Y
Anne and Rob Raymond Y Y Y
Anne L. Raymond Y Managing Director, Crow Holdings
Anthony J. de Nicola Y Y Y Co-President, Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe
Anthony Scaramucci Y Managing Partner, Skybridge Capital, LLC
Armeane and Mary Chokes Y
Armeane and Mary Choksi Y Y
Arturo Brillembourg and Hilda Ochoa-Brillembourg Y Y Y
Barry L. MacLean Y Y Y President and Chief Executive Officer, MacLean-Fogg Company
Barry S. Sternlicht Y Y Y Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Starwood Capital Group
Bayard Boyle, Jr. Y Y Y Y Chairman, Boyle Investment Group
Bennie and Stephanie Bray Y Y
Bill Achtmeyer Y Y Y Chairman and Managing Partner, The Parthenon Group
Bill and Linda Stavropoulos Y Y Y
Bill Laverack Y Y Y Laverack Capital Partners
Bob Lowe Y Y Y
Bobby E. Jelks Y Y President & Chief Executive Officer, Franks Management Company, LLC
Bud Watts Y Y Y
C. Boyden Gray Y Y Y Y Founding Partner, Boyden Gray & Associates
Carl Thoma Y Y Y Managing Partner, Thoma Bravo, LLC
Carolyn and Preston Butcher Y
Charles M. Pigott Y
Christian A. Felipe Y Y Y
Christina and Ronald Gidwitz Y
Christopher F. Egan Y Y Y
Christopher Kojima Y
Clifford S. Asness Y Managing and Founding Principal, AQR Capital Management
Craig Overlander Y Y Chief Executive Officer, Société Générale Americas
Curtis F. Bradbury, Jr. Y Y Y Y Chief Operating Officer, Stephens
D. Scott Luttrell Y Y Y Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, LCM Group, Inc.
Dan and Kellie Peters Y Y Y The Lovett & Ruth Peters Foundation
Dan O'Keefe Y Y Y
Dan Schultejann Y Y Chief Executive Officer, Automation-X Corporation
Daniel N. Mezzalingua Y Y Y Y Acquisitions Analyst FTO
Daniel S. Loeb Y Y Y Chief Executive Officer, Third Point LLC
Daniel S. Peters Y President, The Lovett & Ruth Peters Foundation
David and Vickie Smick Y
David Coulter Y Y Y Vice Chairman, Warburg Pincus
David G. Herro Y Y Y
David H. Koch Y
David K. Reyes Y Y
David N. Roberts Y Y Y Y Senior Managing Director, Angelo, Gordon & Co.
David Smick Y Chairman & CEO, Johnson Smick International, Inc.
Dick Uihlein Y Y Y CEO, Uline
Donald and Allison Gulbrandsen Y Chief Executive Officer, Gulbrandsen Companies
Donald and Susan Sturm Y Y Y Sturm Financial Group
Donald E. Scott Y Partner, Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP
Donald J. McNamara Y Chairman, Hampstead Holdings
Donald V. Fites Y Y
Douglas and Angela Braly Y Y Y The Braly Group, LLC
Duane and Susan Ottenstroer Y Y
Ed and Helen Hintz Y Y Y Y Hintz Capital Management
Edward C. Forst Y Y Y
Elizabeth and Drayton McLane Y McLane Group
Eric Cantor Y Y Y Former House Majority Leader; Vice Chairman, Moelis & Company
Erwin and Nancy Aulis Y Y Y
F. Joseph Daugherty Y Y Y
Gary Chartrand Y Executive Chairman, Acosta Inc.
Gary L. Wilson Y Y General Partner, Manhattan Pacific Partners
Gene Sykes Y Y Y
Geoffrey and Melissa Bradshaw-Mack Y Y Y
Geoffrey S. Rehnert Y Y Y Co-Chief Executive Officer, Audax Group
Glenn A. Youngkin Y
Greg Miller Y Y Y Larry H. & Gail Miller Family Foundation
Gwendolyn van Paasschen Y Y
H. Lee S. Hobson Y Y Highside Capital Management
Harlan B. Korenvaes Y Y Y Y Korenvaes Capital Management
Harry Sloan Y Y Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Silver Eagle Acquisition Corporation
Harry T. McMahon Y Y Y Executive Vice Chairman, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Heather and Paul G. Haaga Y Y Y
Henry Gordon Y Y Y President, Strata Resources Inc.
Howard H. Leach Y Y Y Y President, Leach Capital, LLC
Ivor Massey, Jr. Y Y Y Triad LC
J. Christopher Kojima Y Y Managing Director, Goldman, Sachs & Co.
J. Joe Ricketts Y Y Y Y
J. Ronald Terwilliger Y
James C. Rahn Y Y Y Y President, Kern Family Foundation
James D. Carreker Y Y Y Y JDC Holdings
James F. Mooney Y Y Y Partner, The Baupost Group, LLC
James H. Donovan Y Y Y Y Managing Director, Goldman Sachs
James L. Haskel Y Y Y
James M. Denny Y
James M. Seneff Y Y Y Y Executive Chairman, CNL Financial Group, Inc.
James S. Tisch Y President and Chief Executive Officer, Loew Corporation
Janet and Craig Duchossois Y
Jay Adair Y Y Y
Jeff Wyler Y Y Y Chief Executive Officer, Jeff Wyler Automotive Family
Jeffrey L. Silverman Y Y Y Chairman and Co-Founder, Agman Partners
Jimmy and Dee Haslam Y Y
Joanie and Don McNamara Y Y Y
Joe Craft and Kelly Knight Y Y Y
Joe Lonsdale Y Partner, 8VC
Joel and Stella Freedman Y Y Y
Joel E. Smilow Y
John and Carol Walter Y Y Y
John and Carrie Morgridge Y Y Y Y Morgridge Foundation
John and Karin Kukral Y Y Y Y
John B. Mowell Y President, Mowell Financial Group, Incorporated
John Connors Y Partner, Ignition Partners
John D. Baker Y Y Y Y
John D. Johns Y Y
John Evangelakos Y Y Y Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP
John K. Castle Y Y Y Y Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Castle Harlan, Inc.
John K. Hurley Y Founder and Managing Partner, Cavalry Asset Management
John Kingston Y Y Y
John W. and Jeanne M. Rowe Y Y Y
John W. Holman, III Y Y Y Managing Director, Eagle Capital Management, LLC
Jon D. Hammes Y Y Y Y Hammes Company
Jonathan O. Lee Y President, Lee Capital Investments, LLC
Josh Friedman Y Y Y
Judson and Joyce Green Y Y Y
Kate Richard Y Warwick Energy Group
Ken Hirsh Y Y Y
Ken Langone Y Y Y
Kenneth B. Mehlman Y Y Y Y Member & Global Head of Public Affairs, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts
Kenneth Broad Y Y Y
Kenneth H. and Yvonne S. Hannan Y Y Y Colonial Navigation Co. Inc.
Kenneth H. Hannan Y President, Colonial Navigation Co. Inc.
Kenneth Hersh Y George W. Bush Presidential Center
Kerry Murphy Healey Y Y
Kimberly O. Dennis Y Y Y Y President, Searle Freedom Trust
Kip Hagopian Y Y
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts 2
Kurt Dudas Y Y Y Ehrenkranz Partners
Lawrence D. Stern Y Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Talecris Biotherapeutics
Les Ware Y
Lewis M. Eisenberg Y Y Y
Linda McMahon Y Y Y Principal and former Chief Executive Officer, World Wrestling Entertainment
Lou Oberndorf Y Y
M. Holt Massey Y Y Y
Marc Stern Y Y Y
Maria and Brent Frei Y Y
Mark Carlin Y Y Y Executive Vice President, Lockton Insurance Brokers, Inc.
Mark D. Gibson Y Y Y Executive Managing Director, HFF, L.P.
Mark Dorman Y Y Y Managing Director, Endeavour Capital
Martin C. Eltrich Y Y Y Y Partner, AEA Investors
Martin Cohen Y Y Y Executive Chairman, Cohen & Steers
Martin J. Gross Y President and Founder, Sandalwood Associates, Inc.
Martin L. Garcia Y Y Y
Martin Lipton Y Y Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Martin P. Hughes Y Y Y
Mary Anne (M.A.) and Jim Rogers Y
Mary Lou and John Dasburg Y Y Y
Mayari Pritzker Y Y Y President, Robert and Mayari Pritzker Family Foundation
Michael “Mike” B. Fernandez Y Y Chairman, MBF Healthcare Partners
Michael A. Delaney Y Y Managing Partner, Court Square Capital Partners
Michael and Robin Zafirovski Y
Michael Doar Y Y
Michael E. Martino Y Y Y Co-Founder, Mason Capital Management
Michael H. Simmonds Y Chairman, Simmonds Holdings
Michael J. Fourticq, Sr. Y Y Y Hancock Park Associates
Michael L. Keiser Y Y Y Y Co-Founder, Recycled Paper Greetings, Inc
Michael Sullivan Y Y Y Point72 Asset Management
Mike Cassling Y Chief Executive Officer, Cassling
Mikee Johnson Y Y Chief Executive Officer and President, Cox Industries, Inc.
Morton Fleischer Y Chairman, STORE Capital Corporation
Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Murley Y Y Y
Muneer Satter Y Y Y Y Founder, Satter Investment Management, LLC
Nancy and Gary Chartrand Y Y Y
Nathan E. Saint-Amand Y Y Y Y
Nicholas Pinchuk Y
Oliver Grace Y
Pat Neal Y Neal Communities
Patrick and Charlene Neal Y Y Y Neal Communities
Paul and June Schorr Y Y Y
Paul G. Haaga Y Chairman, Capital Research and Management Company
Paul J. Isaac Y Y Y Arbiter Partners
Paul L. “Lew” Davies III and Pilar H. Davies Y Y Managing Principal, The Cambria Group
Peter B. Clark Y Y Y
Peter Nolan Y Y Y
Peter S. Rummell Y Y Y Y Chief Executive Officer, Rummell Company LLC
Philip and Judy Nussbaum Y Y
Philip J. Purcell Y Y Y
Philip Lebherz Y Y Chairman, Lebherz Insurance Services, Inc.
R. H. (Ric) Dillon Y Chairman, Diamond Hill Investment Group, Inc.
Randy P. Kendrick Y Y Y Y
Ray and Heather Washburne Y Y Y Y Charter Holdings
Ray Gilmartin Y
Richard A. Kayne Y Y Y Chief Executive Officer, Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, Inc.
Richard and Allison Roeder Y Y Y
Richard Driehaus Y Y Y
Richard H. Lenny Y Y Y
Richard J. Riordan Y Y Y
Richard K. Roeder Y Partner, Vance Street Capital, LLC
Richard M. Jaffee Y Y
Richard R. Ong Y Y Y Managing Director, Eagle Capital Management, LLC
Rob Taylor Y Y Y
Robert A. Eckert Y Y Y Mattel, Inc.
Robert and Mary McCormack Y Y Y
Robert B. and Janet A. Hoffman Y Y Y Y Double V Trust Funds
Robert H. Castellini Y Y Y Y Chairman, Castellini Company
Robert H. Niehaus Y Y Y Y GCP Capital Partners LLC
Robert K. Steel Y Y Y
Robert P. Ryan Y Y Elliott Management Corporation
Robert Rosenkranz Y Y Y Y Chairman, Delphi Financial Group
Robert Rowling Y Y Y
Robert S. Murley Y Vice Chairman, Credit Suisse
Rodger R. Krouse Y Y Y Co-Chief Executive Officer, Sun Capital Partners, Inc.
Roger T. Servison Y Y Fidelity Investments
Ronald J. Gidwitz Y Y Y Principal, GCG Partners
Ross McKnight Y Y Chairman of the Board, Olney Bancshares of Texas, Inc.
Roy W. Lennox Y Founder, Arrowhawk Capital Partners
Russell L. Carson Y Y Y General Partner, Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe
Ryan Taylor Y Y Y
Sam and Marilyn Fox Y Y Y Founder Harbour Group
Sam Fox Y Founder, Harbour Group
Sarah and Ross Perot, Jr Y Y Y
Scott Zajac Y Y Y
Sean Healey Y Y Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Affiliated Managers Group, Inc.
Sean M. Fieler Y Y Y Y General Partner Equinox Partners, LP
Sheldon M. Stone Y Y Y
Shelly and Michael Kassen Y Y Y
Spencer Fleischer Y Y Y
Stanley S. Hubbard Y Y Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc.
Stephen M. Kotran Y Y Y Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP
Steven Klinsky Y
Steven Price Y Y Y Y Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Townsquare Media, Inc.
Steven Shafran Y Y
Steven Shapiro Y Y GoldenTree Asset Management
Steven T. Halverson Y Y
Steven Tananbaum Y Y Y
Sue Koffel Y Y Y Y
Sumner E. Anderson Y
Susan Crown and William Kunkler Y Y Y
Sylvie Lègére and Todd Ricketts Y Y Y
Tad Smith Y
Thilo Best Y Y Principal, Bayshore Retirement Partners
Thomas F. Stephenson Y Partner, Sequoia Capital
Thomas Hillman Y Y
Thomas P. Stossel and Kerry Maguire Y Y
Thomas S. Roberts Y Y Y Managing Director, Summit Partners
Timothy C. Collins Y Chief Executive Officer, Ripplewood Advisors, LLC
Tod and Susan Hullin Y Y Y
Tod R. Hullin Y Chairman, Arrowwood Partners
Troy and Elizabeth Fowler Y Y Y Board of Directors, Triad Foundation
W. Ross Singletary II Y Y Y Managing Partner, Arcus Capital Partners
W.R. (Bill) Byrd Y President, RCP Inc.
William Kourakos Y Y Y Perella Weinberg Partners
William N. Shiebler Y Treetops Companies
Y. Michele Kang Y Founder & CEO, Cognosante
Yvette and Lou Klobuchar Jr. Y Y Y

Scholars

Name 2015[14] 2016 2017 Description
Adam Lerrick Y Y Y Visiting Scholar
Alan D. Viard Y Y Y Resident Scholar
Alex Brill Y Y Y Research Fellow
Alex J. Pollock Y Resident Fellow
Andrew Bowen Y Visiting Scholar
Andrew G. Biggs Y Y Y Resident Scholar
Andrew P. Kelly Y Y AEI Resident Scholar and Director, AEI Center on Higher Education Reform
Andy Smarick Y Resident Fellow
Angela Rachidi Y Y Y Research Fellow, Poverty Studies
Aparna Mathur Y Y Y Resident Scholar, Economic Policy
Ariel Rabkin Y Y Visiting Fellow with AEI’s Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology
Arthur C. Brooks Y Y Y President and Beth and Ravenel Curry Chair in Free Enterprise, American Enterprise Institute
Aspen Gorry Y Visiting Scholar
Babette Boliek Y Visiting Fellow with AEI’s Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy
Barry K. Goodwin Y Y Visiting Scholar
Benedic N. Ippolito Y Y Research Fellow in Economic Policy Studies
Benjamin Zycher Y Y Resident Scholar and John G. Searle Chair
Bret Swanson Y Y Y Visiting Fellow with AEI’s Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology
Bruce D. Meyer Y Y Visiting Scholar
Charles Murray Y Y Y W. H. Brady Scholar
Christina Hoff Sommers Y Y Y Resident Scholar
Claude Barfield Y Y Y Resident Scholar
Dalibor Rohac Y Y Y Research Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies
Dan Blumenthal Y Y Y Director of Asian Studies and Resident Fellow
Danielle Pletka Y Y Y Senior Vice President, Foreign and Defense Policy Studies
David Schoenbrod Y Visiting Scholar
Derek Scissors Y Y Y Resident Scholar
Desmond Lachman Y Y Y Resident Fellow
Ed Olsen Y Visiting Scholar
Edward Blum Y Y Y Visiting Fellow
Edward Conard Y Y Y Visiting Fellow
Edward J. Pinto Y Y Y Resident Fellow and Codirector of AEI's International Center on Housing Risk
Eric J. Belasco Y Y Visiting Scholar
Flavio Felice Y Y Y AEI Adjunct Scholar University of Molise
Frederick M. Hess Y Y Y Resident Scholar and Director of Education Policy Studies
Frederick W. Kagan Y Y Y Resident Scholar and Director, Critical Threats Project and Christopher DeMuth Chair
Gary J. Schmitt Y Y Y Resident Scholar, Co-Director of the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies and Director of the Program on American Citizenship
Gerard Robinson Y Y Y Resident Fellow, Education Policy Studies
J. Matthew McInnis Y Y Y Resident Fellow
James C. Capretta Y Y Y Resident Fellow and Milton Friedman Chair
James K. Glassman Y Y Y Visiting Fellow. James K. Glassman is known for hosting “TCS Daily,” a publication of  Tech Central Station[15]
James Pethokoukis Y Y Y Editor, AEIdeas DeWitt Wallace Fellow
Jason D. Delisle Y Y Resident Fellow
Jeffrey Eisenach Y Y Y Visiting Scholar and Director, Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy
Jim Talent Y Y Y Visiting Senior Fellow and Director, National Security 2020 Project, Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies
Joe Glauber Y Y Visiting Scholar
Joel M. Zinberg Y Y Y Visiting Scholar
John H. Makin Y (1943-2015). Resident Scholar
John R. Bolton Y Y Y Senior Fellow
John W. Miller Y Visiting Fellow
John Yoo Y Y Y Visiting Scholar
Jon Kyl Y Y Y Visiting Fellow
Jonah Goldberg Y Y Y Fellow
Joseph Antos Y Y Y Resident scholar and Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy
Karlyn Bowman Y Y Y Senior Fellow
Katharine B. Stevens Y Y Y Resident Scholar, Education Policy Studies
Katherine Zimmerman Y Y Y Research Fellow
Kevin A. Hassett Y Y Y State Farm James Q. Wilson Chair in American Politics and Culture and Director of Research for Domestic Policy
Kevin C. Corinth Y Y Y Research Fellow in Economic Policy Studies
Kevin J. James Y Research Fellow, Center on Higher Education Reform
Kirsten D. Madison Y Y Resident Fellow and Deputy Director of Foreign and Defense Policy Studies
Leon Aron Y Y Y Resident Scholar and Director of Russian Studies
Leon R. Kass Y Y Y Resident Scholar and Madden-Jewett Chair
Lindsey R. Neas Y AEI Research Fellow, Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies
Lynne V. Cheney Y Y Y Senior Fellow
Mackenzie Eaglen Y Y Y Resident Fellow at the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies
Madeline Zavodny Y Y Y AEI Adjunct Scholar Agnes Scott College
Marc A. Thiessen Y Y Y Resident Fellow
Mark J. Perry Y Y Y Scholar
Mark Schneider Y Y Y Visiting Scholar
Mary Habeck Y Visiting Scholar
Matt A. Mayer Y Visiting Fellow, Homeland Security Studies
Matt Jensen Y Y Managing Director, Open-Source Policy Center
Matthew H. Jensen Y Managing Director, Open-Source Policy Center
Maura Corrigan Y Y Visiting Fellow
Michael Auslin Y Y Y Resident scholar and Director of Japan Studies
Michael Barone Y Y Y Resident Fellow
Michael Mazza Y Y Y Research Fellow, Foreign and Defense Policy Studies
Michael Q. McShane Y Y Y AEI Adjunct Fellow, Education Policy Studies
Michael R. Strain Y Y Y Director of Economic Policy Studies and Resident Scholar
Michael Rubin Y Y Y Resident Scholar
Mike Daniels Y Y Y Visiting Fellow with AEI’s Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy
Nat Malkus Y Y Y Research Fellow, Education Policy Studies
Nicholas Eberstadt Y Y Y Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy
Norman J. Ornstein Y Y Y Resident Scholar
Paul H. Kupiec Y Y Y Resident Scholar
Paul Wolfowitz Y Y Y Visiting Scholar
Peter J. Wallison Y Y Y Senior Fellow and Arthur F. Burns Fellow in Financial Policy Studies
Phil Gramm Y Y Y Visiting Scholar
Phillip Lohaus Y Y Y Research Fellow, Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies
Phillip Swagel Y Y Y Visiting Scholar
R. Glenn Hubbard Y Y Y Visiting Scholar
R. Richard Geddes Y Y Y Visiting Scholar
Rachel M. McCleary Y Visiting Scholar
Ramesh Ponnuru Y Y Y Visiting Fellow
Richard Bennett Y Visiting Fellow, AEI Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy
Robert B. Helms Y Y Y Resident Scholar
Robert Doar Y Y Y Resident Fellow and Morgridge Fellow in Poverty Studies
Robert J. Barro Y Y John H. Makin Visiting Scholar
Roger Bate Y Y Y Visiting Scholar
Roger F. Noriega Y Y Y Visiting Fellow
Roger I. Zakheim Y Y Y Visiting Fellow
Roslyn Layton Y Y Y Visiting Fellow at AEI's Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy
Ryan Streeter Y AEI Director of Domestic Policy Studies
Sadanand Dhume Y Y Y Resident Fellow
Sally Satel Y Y Y Resident Scholar
Scott Gottlieb Y Y Y Resident Fellow
Shane Tews Y Y Y Visiting Fellow with AEI’s Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy
Sita Nataraj Slavov Y Y Y Visiting Scholar
Stan Veuger Y Y Y Resident Scholar
Stephen D. Oliner Y Y Y Resident Scholar and Codirector of AEI's International Center on Housing Risk
Thomas Donnelly Y Y Y Resident Fellow and Co-Director of the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies
Thomas P. Miller Y Y Y Resident Fellow
Thomas Peter Stossel Y Y Visiting Scholar
Timothy P. Carney Y Y Y Visiting Fellow
Tomas J. Philipson Y Y Y Visiting Scholar
Vincent H. Smith Y Y Y Visiting Scholar and Director, Agriculture Studies
Vincent R. Reinhart Y Y Y Visiting Scholar
W. Bradford Wilcox Y Y Y Visiting Scholar
Walter Berns Y (1919-2015). Resident Scholar, Emeritus
Weifeng Zhong Y Y Y Research Fellow, Economic Policy Studies
Wendell L. Willkie II Y Y Visiting Fellow
William Inglee Y Y Y Visiting Fellow, Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies

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February 22 - 25, 2017

The AEI was a Participating Sponsor of the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), among a range of other conservative and pro-industry groups. [38]

June, 2016

The American Enterprise Institute was among organizations named in a Massachusetts subpoena looking for communications between ExxonMobil and organizations denying climate change, reports The Washington Times. [35]

Organizations named in the Massachusetts subpoena include the following:

This latest inquiry by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is one in a series of investigations into what ExxonMobil knew about climate change and when, started by a coalition of attorneys general in the US. [36] 

June, 2015

Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Brian Schatz of Hawaii visited the AEI to discuss a proposal to curb greenhouse gas emissions by taxing them. AEI's head of energy studies, Benjamin Zycher, argued that the carbon tax would have minimal benefit.

As reported by the AEI, “Zycher argued against the senators’ carbon tax plan, arguing that their emphasis on global benefits led to flawed measurement of the social cost of carbon emissions, that the impact on temperatures would be minimal, and that the rest of the world would have an incentive to free-ride at the expense of the US.” [19]

Chad Stone, chief economist at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, commented that Zycher's view was “based on a very skeptical reading of the scientific evidence on global warming and a worldview in which, with rare exceptions like national defense, government activities are almost always rooted in special-interest politics and almost always destructive. That position won't likely change, and it doesn't make adherents receptive to a carbon tax of any kind.” [20]

April 21, 2015

The AEI's Scholar Mark J. Perry comments on “18 examples of the spectacularly wrong predictions made around 1970 when the 'green holy day' (aka Earth Day) started.” With reference to issues like climate change, Perry comments that the “hype, hysteria and spectacularly wrong apocalyptic predictions will continue, promoted by the 'environmental grievance hustlers'.” [21]

November 18, 2014

Media Matters reports how Fox News “provided AEI fellow Jonah Goldberg a platform to attack climate scientists as profiteers who are “financially incentivized” to advocate climate change action, without disclosing AEI's own financial incentive to undercut action on climate change.” [22]

Goldberg appeared on the November 18 edition of Your World with Neil Cavuto where you argued that mainstream climate scientists have a conflict of interest because they are “deeply invested in the whole industry of global warming” for university program funding. View the video below.

August, 2011

AEI President Arthur C. Brooks spoke at a “Leadership Dinner” sponsored by Reynolds American at the 38th Annual Meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). [23]

Learn more about the American Legislative Exchange Council at  the Center for Media and Democracy's ALECexposed.org.

February, 2007

In February 2007, The Guardian (UK) reported that AEI was offering scientists and economists $10,000 each, “to undermine a major climate change report” from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

AEI asked for “articles that emphasize the shortcomings” of the IPCC report. AEI visiting scholar Kenneth Green made the $10,000 offer “to scientists in Britain, the US and elsewhere,” in a letter describing the IPCC as “resistant to reasonable criticism and dissent.” [24]

June, 2003

AEI and the Federalist Society launched a project and website called NGOWatch to monitor nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), especially those involved in foreign policy and international relations. [25]

Later reorganized and renamed Global Government Watch, the initiative was initially launched at an AEI conference entitled “NGOs: The Growing Power of an Unelected Few,” which was cosponsored by the right-wing Australian think-tank Institute of Public Affairs[26]

According to the conference organizers, “NGOs have created their own rules and regulations and demanded that governments and corporations abide by those rules.”

August 2, 2002

AEI wrote to President Bush discouraging him from attending the UN Summit on Sustainable Development. Bush did not attend. [27

AEI Contact & Location

As of June 2016, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) listed the following contact information on their website: [37]

American Enterprise Institute
1150 Seventeenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Main telephone: 202.862.5800
Main fax: 202.862.7177

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  5. Benjamin Zycher. “The Fact-free Opposition to Keystone XL,” The American Enterprise Institute, February 5, 2014. Archived August 20, 2015.

  6. Jeffrey Sachs. “How the AEI Distorts the Climate Debate,” Huffington Post, February 8, 2014. Archived August 20, 2015.

  7. Michael J. Perry. “Nonsensical ‘fractivist’ pipeline hysteria,” The Washington Times, July 21, 2015. Archived August 20, 2015.

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  20. Chad Stone. “Will Republicans Ever Buy a Carbon Tax?USNews.com, June 12, 2015. Archived August 20, 2015.

  21. Mark J. Perry. “18 spectacularly wrong apocalyptic predictions made around the time of the first Earth Day in 1970, expect more this year,” American Enterprise Institute, April 21, 2015.

  22. Libby Watson. “On Fox, Pundit From Oil-Funded Group Says Climate Scientists Are The Profiteers,” Media Matters for America, November 18, 2014. Archived August 20, 2015.

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  24. Ian Sample. “Scientists offered cash to dispute climate study,” The Guardian, February 2, 2007. Archived August 20, 2015.

  25. Jim Lobe, “Bringing the War Home: Right Wing Think Tank Turns Wrath on NGOs,” Foreign Policy In Focus, June 13, 2003. Archived August 20, 2015.

  26. “We’re Not from the Government, but We’re Here to Help You,” American Enterprise Institute, June 11, 2003. Archived August 20, 2015.

  27. (Press Release) “Africa: Corporate-funded Lobbyists Aimed to Sabotage Johannesburg Summit,” AllAfrica.com, August 19, 2002. Archived August 20, 2015.

  28. About Global Governance Watch®,” Global Governance Watch. Archived January, 2011.

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  30. Graham Readfearn. “Exclusive: Mont Pelerin Society Revealed As Home To Leading Pushers Of Climate Science Denial,” DeSmogBlog, January 14, 2014.

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  36. Ben Jervey. “State Investigations Into What Exxon Knew Double, and Exxon Gets Defensive,” Desmog, April 1, 2016.

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