Top liberal think tank suddenly distressed by all that money it took from a foreign government
We have covered the donations given to John Podesta's Center for American Progress for many years (At AC2News.com). Now it looks like, finally, the scrutiny is having some effect.
Why would UAE donate to such a group? It ain't rocket science. CAP's staunch opposition to domestic fracking and oil and gas exploration generally works to the benefit of several foreign powers, including all OPEC members and Russia. Naturally, CAP is just the sort of organization whose voice a foreign power such as the UAE would want to amplify in the American political debate. Think of it as a way of meddling in foreign politics, just as Russia has done by subsidizing left-wing anti-oil organizations in the U.S. and in Europe.
Back in December of 2013 we had this to say about The Center for American Progress and its extensive corporate partnerships.
One might assume that the “progressive” think tank The Center for American Progress is funded solely by George Soros (The organization was founded by Soros and he does fund part of CAP) and companies like Ben and Jerry’s and Patagonia, but one would be wrong. Turns out this bastion of statist thinking is funded by a who’s who of big time corporate America.
Now that the CAP head, John Podesta is headed over to the White House (again) to help salvage the disaster that has been Obama’s 2nd term, the Center felt the need to disclose its donors. (For some reason.)
Here’s the list:
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP The Albright Stonebridge Group American Beverage Association American Iron and Steel Institute America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) Apple Inc. AT&T Bank of America Blackstone Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Blue Engine Message & Media Blue Shield of California BMW of North America CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Citigroup The Coca-Cola Company Comcast NBCUniversal Covanta Energy CVS Caremark Inc. Daimler Monitor Deloitte DeVry Education Group Dewey Square Group Discovery DISH Network Downey, McGrath Group, Inc. DRS Technologies Eli Lilly and Company Facebook Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas GE Genworth Financial The Glover Park Group LLC Goldman Sachs Google Health Care Service Corporation The Ickes and Enright Group Japan Bank for International Cooperation Kohlberg Kravis Roberts Livingston Group McLarty Associates Microsoft Corporation Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) MyWireless.org Northrop Grumman Pearson PepsiCo PG&E Corporation Quest Diagnostics Samsung Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO) Tata Sons Limited Time Warner Inc. T-Mobile Toyota Motor North America Visa Inc. Walmart Wells Fargo
Next time someone talks about how The Chamber of Commerce’s organization ALEC is a crony vehicle send them this list.
Please take particular note of the 5th organization on the list, America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). Why on earth would those nasty health insurance companies fund an organization which was supposed to be taking on the insurance companies? That, doesn’t, make, sense…
Oh wait. I’m sorry. It makes perfect sense.