Research on the "sponsors" behind the Heartland's New York Climate Change Conference

Research on the "sponsors" behind the Heartland's New York Climate Change Conference
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Like last year, the Heartland Institute is making it clear that no Big Oil companies are behind this year’s “International Conference on Climate Change” being held in New York in a couple of weeks.

The Heartland states on their website that:”The Heartland Institute, a 25-year-old national nonpartisan think-tank based in Chicago, said all of the event’s expenses will be covered by admission fees and individual and foundation donors to Heartland. No corporate dollars or sponsorships earmarked for the event were solicited or accepted.”

Yah.

Of course, the whole thing becomes a little more gray when you look into the listed “co-sponsors” of the Heartland’s event, or should I say a little slick.

We’ve researched the funding history of all the organizations that the Heartland Institute has listed as co-sponsors for their 2009 International Conference on Climate Change and have found that over the years these groups have received in excess of $47 million from oil companies and right-wing foundations.

Interesting enough, the vast majority of the funding (76%) is not from who most would expect, but from a much quieter organization called the Scaife Family of Foundations. According the Media Transparency project, the Scaife Family of Foundations is, “financed by the Mellon industrial, oil and banking fortune. At one time its largest single holding was stock in the Gulf Oil Corporation. [Scaife] Became active in funding conservative causes in 1973, when Richard Mellon Scaife became chairman of the foundation.”

Here’s the permanent page we built with all the research on DeSmogBlog: Heartland Institute’s 2009 Climate Conference in New York: funding history of the sponsors

And here’s a PDF version you can download: Heartland Institute’s 2009 Climate Conference in New York: funding history of the sponsors


Here’s the breakdown:

ExxonMobil (1998-2006):                $6,199,000
Koch Foundations (1986-2006):      $4,438,920
Scaife Foundations (1985-2006):   $36,868,640

Grand Total:                               $47,506,560 

[By the way, DeSmogBlog will be at the Heartland event again this year]


And here’s the detailed breakdown by organization:

Accuracy in Academia

No funding records from Exxon, Koch, or Scaife.
Accuracy in Media
No funding from Exxon.
Between 1985-2005 it received 4,375,000  from the Sarah Scaife Foundation and the Carthage Foundation (both Scaife Foundations).
African Center for Advocacy and Human Development
No funding information.
Alternate Solutions Institute
Received a $100,000 grant in 2008 from the Atlas Economic Research Foundation (see below).

American Policy Center
No funding records from Exxon, Koch or Scaife.
Americans for Prosperity
Received $1 million from Koch Foundations (David H. Koch and Claude R. Lambe) between 1986-2006.
Atlas Economic Research Foundation
Received $780,000 from ExxonMobil between 1998-2006
Received $2,595,000 from Scaife Foundations (Sarah Scaife and Carthage) between 1985-2006.
Received $68,500 from Koch Foundations (Claude R. Lambe Charitible Foundation and Charles G. Koch Foundation)
Australian Libertarian Society
No funding records.
Ayn Rand Institute
No record of funding from Exxon, Scaife, or Koch
In 2004, received $2,500 from Armstrong Foundation.
Business and Media Institute (used to be called the Free Market Project)

BMI is the sister organization to the large Media Research Center which has received $202,500 from ExxonMobil since 1998.

Carbon Sense Coalition
No funding records from Exxon, Koch, or Scaife.
Cascade Policy Center also known as Cascade Policy Institute
No funding records from Exxon, Koch, or Scaife.
Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change
Received $100,000 from ExxonMobil from 1998-2006.
Received $100,000 from Sarah Scaife Foundation from 1999-2003.
Climate Skeptics Party
No information on the party at all.
Climate Strategies Watch
No funding records from Exxon, Koch, or Scaife.
Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow
Received $542,000 from ExxonMobil from 1998-2006.
Received $1,280,000 from Scaife (Carthage and Sarah Scaife) Foundations from 1991-2006.
Competitive Enterprise Institute
Received $2,005,000 from ExxonMobil between 1998-2005.
Received $666,420 from Koch Foundations (David H. Koch and Claude R. Lambe) between 1986-2006.
Received $2,100,000 from Scaife Foundations (Sarah Scaife and Scaife Family) between 1985-2006.
Congress of Racial Equality
Received $260,000 from ExxonMobil between 2003-2006.
Cornwall Alliance
No funding records from ExxonMobil, Scaife, or Koch.
Economic Thinking/E.Pluribus Unum FIlms
No funding records from ExxonMobil, Scaife, or Koch.

European Center for Economic Growth
No funding records from ExxonMobil, Scaife, or Koch.

Freedom Foundation of Minnesota
No funding records from ExxonMobil, Scaife, or Koch.

Free to Choose Network
No funding records from ExxonMobil, Scaife, or Koch.

Frontiers of Freedom
Received $1,182,000 from ExxonMobil between 1998-2006.
Received $75,000 from Koch Foundations between 2004-2006.

Received $135,000 from Scaife Foundations between 1996-2006.

George C. Marshall Institute
Received $745,000 from ExxonMobil between 1998-2006.
Received $30,000 from Koch Foundations in 2004.
Received $3,182,000 from Scaife Foundations between 1985-2006.

Grassroot Institute of Hawaii
No funding records from ExxonMobil, Scaife, or Koch.
Here is a link to other funding.

F.A. v. Hayek Institute
No funding records from ExxonMobil, Scaife, or Koch.

The Heritage Foundation
Received $565,000 from ExxonMobil between 1998-2006.
Received $2,417,000 from Koch Foundations between 1986-2005.
Received $23,096,640 from Scaife Foundations between 1985-2006.

IceAgeNow.com
No funding records from ExxonMobil, Scaife, or Koch.

International Climate and Environmental Change Assessment Project (ICECAP)
No funding records from ExxonMobil, Scaife, or Koch.

Initiative for Public Policy Analysis (Fomerly the Institute of Public Policy Analysis)
No funding records from ExxonMobil, Scaife, or Koch.

Institute for Private Enterprise
No funding records from ExxonMobil, Scaife, or Koch.

Institute for Public Affairs
No funding records from ExxonMobil, Scaife, or Koch.

Instituto De Libre Impresa
No funding records from ExxonMobil, Scaife, or Koch.

Instituto Juan De Mariana
No funding records from ExxonMobil, Scaife, or Koch.

Instituto Liberdade
No funding records from ExxonMobil, Scaife, or Koch.

Instituto Bruno Leoni
No funding records from ExxonMobil, Scaife, or Koch.

International Climate Science Coalition
No funding records from ExxonMobil, Scaife, or Koch.

The Lavoisier Group
No funding records from ExxonMobil, Scaife, or Koch.

Liberales Institut
No funding records from ExxonMobil, Scaife, or Koch.

Liberty Institute
No funding records from ExxonMobil, Scaife, or Koch.
Here is a link to their other funding.

John Locke Foundation
No funding from ExxonMobil
Received $97,000 from Koch Foundations between 1995-2005.
Received $5,000 from Scaife Foundations.

Manhattan Libertarian Party
No funding records from ExxonMobil, Scaife, or Koch.

Mannkal Economic Foundation
No funding records from ExxonMobil, Scaife, or Koch.

Minimal Government Thinkers
No funding records from ExxonMobil, Scaife, or Koch.

New Zealand Centre for Political Research
No funding records from ExxonMobil, Scaife, or Koch.

Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine
No funding records from ExxonMobil, Scaife, or Koch.

Public Interest Institute
No funding records from ExxonMobil, Scaife, or Koch.
Here is a link to other funding.

Science and Public Policy Institute
No funding records from ExxonMobil, Scaife, or Koch.

Science and Envirionmental Policy Project
Received $20,000 from ExxonMobil between 1998-2000.

60 Plus Association
No funding records from ExxonMobil, Scaife, or Koch.

Sovereignty International
No funding records from ExxonMobil, Scaife, or Koch.

Tennessee Center for Policy Research
No funding records from ExxonMobil, Scaife, or Koch.

Young America’s Foundation
Received $85,000 from Koch Foundations between 1996-1999.


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Research on the "sponsors" behind the Heartland's New York Climate Change Conference

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