Think Tanks
Notes from the literature for the Information Evaluation Class
Definitions of Think Tanks | Liberals | Conservatives | 527s | Neoconservatives | Progressives | Moderates

List of Think Tanks and Similar Organizations:

AMERICA COMING TOGETHER - liberal 527 (David Corn. "The Trouble With 527s." The Nation, Apr. 26, 2004, 6). "..a collaboration between labor unions and issues groups, led by Malcolm and Rosenthal, is organizing grassroots voter contact and mobilization" (John Nichols. "The Beat-Bush Brigades." The Nation, Apr. 26, 2004, 13).

AMERICA VOTES - liberal 527 - "..an umbrella organization financed by contribtutions from more than two dozen unions" (John Nichols. "The Beat-Bush Brigades." The Nation, Apr. 26, 2004, 13). AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE - "a conservative think tank" ("The Nonsense of Twisted Intelligence." The Washington Spectator, April 1, 2004, 2). "The Bush Administration's hawks and their neoconservative allies at the AEI... they possess a level of fanaticism.. that is truly awesome" (Robert Dreyfuss and Laura Rozen. "Still Dreaming of Tehran." The Nation, April 12, 2004, 16)

AMERICAN RECREATION COALITION - pro-privatization - "ARC represents resort developers, more than 100 motorized recreation industries and touts the Walt Disney Corporation as their most prominent member.. guided the development of.. [the] Bush Administration's Charter Forest Proposal.. an attempt to privatize and profit from public forest land" (Phillips, Peter, and Project Censored. Censored 2004: The Top 25 Censored Stories. NY: Seven Stories Press, 2003: 92). (See Commons.)

AMERICANS FOR JOB SECURITY (AJS) - neoconservative/far right wing -"..champions of free enterprise... run so-called third-party "issue advocacy" ads, purportedly to educate voters... watchdog group Campaigns for People filed a letter of complaint with Travis County..."AJS has been on the edge of--if not violating--the law.." (Jake Bernstein. "Meet the Attack Dogs." Texas Observer, 3/12/04, 8-9).

AMERICANS FOR TAX REFORM - neoconservative - "one of the New Right's most successful organizers" (Robert Dreyfuss. "An Idea Factory for the Democrats." The Nation, March 1, 2004, 22).

BROOKINGS - moderal/liberal -"..the group that any Democratic candidate would turn to if elected President" (Frances Fitzgerald. "The Goldwater Parallel." The Nation, March 29, 2004, 18).

CAMPAIGN FOR AMERICA'S FUTURE - "founded in the 1990s to yank the party back [to the left] -- toward its base in organized labor, minorities and the working class.." (Robert Dreyfuss. "An Idea Factory for the Democrats." The Nation, March 1, 2004, 22).

CATO INSTITUTE - neoconservative - "Well-funded right-wing think tanks (Robert Dreyfuss. "An Idea Factory for the Democrats." The Nation, March 1, 2004, 18).

CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS - moderate/liberal (Frances Fitzgerald. "The Goldwater Parallel." The Nation, March 29, 2004, 18).

CENTER FOR PUBLIC JUSTICE - "a well-known right-wing group" (Elisabeth Sifton. "The Battle Over the Pledge." The Nation, April 5, 2004, 14).

CENTER ON BUDGET AND POLICY PRIORITIES - "older centrist-to-left groups.." (Robert Dreyfuss. "An Idea Factory for the Democrats." The Nation, March 1, 2004, 20).

CENTURY FOUNDATION - moderate/liberal (Frances Fitzgerald. "The Goldwater Parallel." The Nation, March 29, 2004, 18).

CITIZENS FOR A SOUND ECONOMY --"Leading the charge against the [Kroto Protocol] treaty is Citizens for a Sound Economy, an ultra-right pressure group" (Greg Palast. The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. NY: Plume, 2003: 218).

COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS - moderal/liberal -"..the group that any Democratic candidate would turn to if elected President" (Frances Fitzgerald. "The Goldwater Parallel." The Nation, March 29, 2004, 18).

Definition of Think Tanks from Disinfopedia: "many think tanks are little more than public relations fronts, usually headquartered in state or national seats of government and generating self-serving scholarship that serves the advocacy goals of their industry sponsors"

ECONOMIC POLICY INSTITUTE - "older centrist-to-left.." (Robert Dreyfuss. "An Idea Factory for the Democrats." The Nation, March 1, 2004, 20).

FEDERALIST SOCIETY - neoconservative - "Well-funded right-wing think tanks (Robert Dreyfuss. "An Idea Factory for the Democrats." The Nation, March 1, 2004, 18).

HERITAGE FOUNDATION - neoconservative - "Well-funded right-wing think tanks.." (Robert Dreyfuss. "An Idea Factory for the Democrats." The Nation, March 1, 2004, 18). "Heritage backed many ideas that were once considered viable only by wild-eyed radicals but that became part of George W. Bush's campaign platform, among them dismantling public education through vouchers and charter schools, radical tax reform, a huge military buildup and missile defense system" (Robert Dreyfuss. "An Idea Factory for the Democrats." The Nation, March 1, 2004, 22).

INSTITUTE FOR POLICY STUDIES - "older centrist-to-left groups.." (Robert Dreyfuss. "An Idea Factory for the Democrats." The Nation, March 1, 2004, 20).

JUDICIAL WATCH - Conservative -"Larry Klayman, the conservative lawyer/provocateur who spent much of the 1990s suing Clinton-related targets via his Judicial Watch... partly underwritten by Richard Mellon Scaife, the right-wing millionaire" (David Corn. "Klayman Watch." The Nation, March 29, 2004, 7).

KENNEDY SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT - moderal/liberal -"..the group that any Democratic candidate would turn to if elected President" (Frances Fitzgerald. "The Goldwater Parallel." The Nation, March 29, 2004, 18).

MEDIA FUND - liberal 527 (David Corn. "The Trouble With 527s." The Nation, Apr. 26, 2004, 6). "..Media Fund, headed by Ickes, which serves as the coalition's television advertising arm" (John Nichols. "The Beat-Bush Brigades." The Nation, Apr. 26, 2004, 13).

MoveOn.org - liberal 527 (David Corn. "The Trouble With 527s." The Nation, Apr. 26, 2004, 6).

NATIONAL LAWYERS GUILD - liberal - "has defended progressive political protesters, monitored the police during demonstrations and stood up for the right to dissent" ("Comment." The Nation, March 1, 2004, 5).

NEXUS - neoconservative, British - "LLM ["hottest "inside" lobby group in town"] operates a captive think tank, Nexus, to give their views (or their clients' views) the imprimatur of academic legitimacy" (Greg Palast. The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. NY: Plume, 2003: 282).

"The NRDC [Natural Resources Defense Council] represents the new wave of environmental organizations enchanted with the use of market mechanisms...

"..NRDC stood with business lobbyists to push both the trade in "pollution credits" and promote deregulation of electricity in California, though the group did a quick flip on deregulation when it flopped" (Greg Palast. The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. NY: Plume, 2003: 224).

OPEN SOCIETY INSTITUTE - liberal - "Soros's.. anti-Bush political organization" (Robert Dreyfuss. "An Idea Factory for the Democrats." The Nation, March 1, 2004, 20).

PACIFIC LEGAL FOUNDATION - "a conservative outfit" (Elisabeth Sifton. "The Battle Over the Pledge." The Nation, April 5, 2004, 14).

PROGRESSIVE POLICY INSTITUTE - created by the DLC (Democratic Leadership Council) which is very centrist, not liberal at all, certainly not progressive... "older centrist-to-left groups like the DLC's Progressive Policy Institute" (Robert Dreyfuss. "An Idea Factory for the Democrats." The Nation, March 1, 2004, 20).

PROJECT FOR THE NEW AMERICAN CENTURY (PNAC) - neoconservative (Michael Lind. "A Tragedy of Errors." The Nation, Feb. 23, 2004, 24).

SOCIALIST ENVIRONMENTAL FOUNDATION - Neoconservative, British - "lefty-sounding.. a purchased front for retailers" (Greg Palast. The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. NY: Plume, 2003: 282).

TEXAS PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION - "extremely right-wing" (Molly Ivins. "How to Sink a School System." Texas Observer, 3/26/04, 14).

Think Tanks, Definition of from Disinfopedia: "many think tanks are little more than public relations fronts, usually headquartered in state or national seats of government and generating self-serving scholarship that serves the advocacy goals of their industry sponsors"

THUNDER ROAD GROUP - liberal 527 - ".. named for a Bruce Springsteen song and led by Jordan, is responsible for research and coordinating rapid responses to Bush campaign attacks" (John Nichols. "The Beat-Bush Brigades." The Nation, Apr. 26, 2004, 13).



527s

"...527s--those new organizations used primarily by Democrats (so far) to skirt the McCain-Feingold legislation passed in 2002... groups unconnected to the party or any candidate. These 527 outfits (named after a provision in the tax code) could accept soft money and run the sort of ads previously produced by the Democratic Party" (David Corn. "The Trouble With 527s." The Nation, Apr. 26, 2004, 6).


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