[Marxism] Fwd: Think Tank Scholar or Corporate Consultant? It Depends on the Day - The New York Times

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Aug 9 08:54:21 MDT 2016

Over the many months that officials in Washington debated sweeping new 
regulations for internet providers, Jeffrey A. Eisenach, a scholar at 
the conservative American Enterprise Institute, was hard to miss.

Think Tanks Inc.
Articles in this series examine how research institutions have become 
part of the corporate influence machine in Washington.

Researchers or Corporate Allies? Think Tanks Blur the LineAUG. 8, 2016
He wrote op-ed articles, including for The New York Times, that were 
critical of the rules. He filed formal comments with the Federal 
Communications Commission, where he also met privately with senior 
lawyers. He appeared before Congress and issued reports detailing how 
destructive the new rules would be.

“Net neutrality would not improve consumer welfare or protect the public 
interest,” Mr. Eisenach testified in September 2014 before the Senate 
Judiciary Committee.

Intense advocacy by a think tank scholar is not notable in itself, but 
Mr. Eisenach, 58, a former aide at the Federal Trade Commission, has 
held another job: as a paid consultant for Verizon and its trade 

And he has plenty of company.

An examination of 75 think tanks found an array of researchers who had 
simultaneously worked as registered lobbyists, members of corporate 
boards or outside consultants in litigation and regulatory disputes, 
with only intermittent disclosure of their dual roles.

With their expertise and authority, think tank scholars offer themselves 
as independent arbiters, playing a vital role in Washington’s political 
economy. Their imprimatur helps shape government decisions that can be 
lucrative to corporations.

But the examination identified dozens of examples of scholars conducting 
research at think tanks while corporations were paying them to help 
shape government policy. Many think tanks also readily confer 
“nonresident scholar” status on lobbyists, former government officials 
and others who earn their primary living working for private clients, 
with few restrictions on such outside work.


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