Koch foundation proposal to college: Teach our curriculum, get millions

By Dave Levinthal

Proposed gift from Koch foundation to Florida State University in 2007 came with strings attached.

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Mason University":

"… eported in March. Florida State University ranked a distant second behind George Mason University of Virginia as a recipient of Charles Koch Foundation money. In a tax docu …"

Koch-funded think tank offers schools course in libertarianism

By Chris Young

Koch-backed think tank wants to educate young minds on the benefits of the free-market system.

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Mason University":

"… eligion.   The Institute for Humane Studies, which is housed at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia, is funded largely by billionaire brothers Charles …"

‘Dr. Evil’ fuels dogfight between AKC, Humane Society

By John Dunbar and Erin Quinn

Public relations pro, food industry behind website, ads blasting Humane Society.

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Mason University":

"… 0, according to a 2011 tax return. The libertarian think tank is housed at George Mason University. Its mission is to “support the achievement of a freer society.” Its b …"

Briefing the president but keeping the public in the dark

By James Arkin

Washington kept grim early estimates of the death and destruction from a nuclear war with Russia secret for more than half a century.

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Mason University":

"… f war at that time,” according to Martin Sherwin, a history professor at George Mason University who focuses on cold war politics and nuclear history. The secretive subco …"

Kochs put a happy face on free enterprise

By Chris Young

Initiative spearheaded by billionaire brothers paints positive portrait of free-market system.

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Mason University":

"… y board of the Well-Being Initiative includes Ángel Cabrera, president of George Mason University and Tyler Cowen, a popular libertarian professor at the school who has bee …"

"… ed in 2012 to pump more than $12.7 million into colleges and universities. George Mason University has received more Koch money than any other school. “The Charles Koch F …"

Koch brothers, major corporations sponsor pension reform seminar for judges

By Chris Young

Judges who may decide fates of public pension reform disputes to attend seminar sponsored by pro-business interests.

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Mason University":

"… siness. The three-day gathering in a Charleston, S.C., hotel is hosted by George Mason University’s Law & Economics Center. The “Judicial Symposium on the Economic …"

"… uests for comment. As the Center for Public Integrity reported last year, George Mason University’s Law & Economics Center regularly organizes business-friendly judic …"

"… debate. Two of the conference’s featured lecturers — Todd Zywicki, a George Mason University law professor, and Eileen Norcross, a senior research fellow at George Mas …"

"… University law professor, and Eileen Norcross, a senior research fellow at George Mason University’s conservative Mercatus Center — co-wrote a 2010 op-ed headlined “Ho …"

Inside the Koch brothers' campus crusade

By Dave Levinthal

The billionaire industrialists aren’t just investing in politicians, but also young hearts and minds.

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Mason University":

"… ations to 12 colleges and universities, including big-name schools such as George Mason University in Virginia, Southern Methodist University in Texas, West Virginia Univers …"

"… f Koch-connected foundations’ recent investments in American education. George Mason University is exemplary. The Charles Koch Foundation poured $8.49 million into the s …"

"… 20 miles west of Washington, D.C. The Koch money largely is earmarked for George Mason University’s Mercatus Center, which describes itself as the “world’s premi …"

"… s of who the Kochs even are remains spotty, according to a new poll. George Mason University donors “respect our academic freedom and understand they can’t influen …"

Judges flock to company-sponsored seminars

Federal judges flock to seminars sponsored by corporations, conservative nonprofits.

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Mason University":

"… onservative causes, were sponsors for most of the conferences organized at George Mason University and Northwestern University. Both schools conducted more judicial seminar …"

Judicial seminar backed by ex-president of Bolivia

By Michael Beckel and Chris Young

GMU center accepted funds from firm headed by former Bolivian president accused of human rights violations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Mason University":

"… f corporate sponsors of expense-paid judicial education seminars hosted by George Mason University’s Law & Economics Center in years past includes the names of such bl …"

"… nter for Public Integrity only that Petromina LLC decided to donate to the George Mason University think tank "as part of its charitable giving" after being "approached by a …"

"… nd natural energy mining operations in South America.” Records filed by George Mason University with the Administrative Office of the United States Courts show that Petro …"

Corporations, pro-business nonprofits foot bill for judicial seminars

By Chris Young, Reity O'Brien and Andrea Fuller

Corporations and conservative foundations are top sponsors of judicial junkets.

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"… the more than 1,700 federal judges in the United States. Two schools — George Mason University, located in Virginia just outside Washington, D.C., and Northwestern Unive …"

"… ocuments. The judge did not respond to requests for comment. Corporate U? George Mason University’s Law & Economics Center hosted 45 seminars while Northwestern Unive …"

"… rters of conservative causes, and their foundations have given millions to George Mason University. As the Center recently reported, the George Mason University Foundat …"

"… ions to George Mason University. As the Center recently reported, the George Mason University Foundation received $4.4 million in 2011 from the Charles Koch Foundation, …"

Educational seminars or judicial junkets?

By Bill Buzenberg

Judges' travel to educational retreats creates the perception of corporations buying influence.

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Mason University":

"… nted judiciary. In addition, the biggest conference organizer, located at George Mason University’s law school, is no longer listing sponsors, which is also troubling. T …"

Donors use charity to push free-market policies in states

By Paul Abowd

Charity acts as screen for conservative foundations that feed network of state-based think tanks, media outlets.

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Mason University":

"… ncluding the Mercatus Center and the Institute for Humane Studies based at George Mason University in Virginia, have also received major funding from foundations set up by C …"

Redistricting: GOP and Dems alike have cloaked the process in secrecy

By Nicholas Kusnetz

GOP, Dems alike have cloaked process in secrecy

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Mason University":

"… re. Michael McDonald, an associate professor of government and politics at George Mason University, helped create public competitions in several states where students and ot …"

"… going to completely wash politics out of the process,” said McDonald, of George Mason University.While the legislature in Florida maintains control of redistricting, voter …"

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Daily Disclosure: Mystery group spends $1 million opposing Obama

By Rachael Marcus

A mystery nonprofit group drops a cool million opposing Obama.

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Mason University":

"… erials for the conservative Heritage Foundation and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, both of which count billionaire businessman and financier of conservative …"

Daily Disclosure: Patriot Majority USA targets Koch brothers

By Alexandra Duszak

A liberal super PAC and a nonprofit kick off campaign targeting billionaire industrialists.

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Mason University":

"… vative think tanks including the Cato Institute and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.“Greed Agenda” and “Tycoons” are part of a larger campaign that Pa …"

Borrower Nightmares: $700 dormitory fee costs family its car

By Amy Biegelsen

Car-title loans are a quick way to get money but woe to those who fall behind in payments

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Mason University":

"… y a tough choice is better than no choice.Todd Zywicki, a law professor at George Mason University, has researched the business and says the loans play an important role. Si …"

Koch's web of influence

By John Aloysius Farrell

The Koch Industries web of influence

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Mason University":

"… to Institute, the Heritage Foundation, and two conservative think tanks at George Mason University in Virginia: the Institute for Humane Studies and the Mercatus Center.The …"

Issa oversight committee staffs up with industry insiders

By Brooke Williams and Matt Pearce

As chairman of one of the most powerful committees in Congress, Republican Darrell Issa has built a team that includes staff members with cl

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Mason University":

"… rers. The committee later hired at least two more Mercatus alumni.Based at George Mason University in Virginia, Mercatus’ activities overlap with the commercial and ideolo …"

‘Baby steps’ for federal e-rulemaking process

By Jeremy Borden

Federal rules affect many aspects of American life, ranging from whether truck drivers can send text messages to standards for the quality o

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Mason University":

"… made baby steps,” said Jerry Brito, who runs OpenRegs.com and teaches at George Mason University in Virginia. Brito was speaking specifically of Regulations.gov, the prima …"

Project updates on recovery.gov lack clarity

A Texas company that received $14,675 in economic stimulus money submitted a mandatory progress report to the federal government using just

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Mason University":

"… d what is being used for,” said Jerry Brito, a senior research fellow at George Mason University who is monitoring the process on his website, www.stimuluswatch.org. Some …"

No guarantees at the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation

By John Solomon

Last November, the federal corporation charged with protecting Americans’ retirement funds issued an ominous public warning: the amount of p

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Mason University":

"… the auditors said in explaining the significance of their negative finding.George Mason University professor Anthony B. Sanders, a financial accountability expert who has te …"

Daschle had public and private role in push for digital health records

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

Former Sen. Tom Daschle kept Washington's revolving door spinning

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Mason University":

"… ecisions, said Janine Wedel, a professor in the School of Public Policy at George Mason University and author of the book, “Shadow Elite, How The World’s New Power Broke …"

Ginnie Mae's troubling endorsements

By Brian Grow and Zachary Goldfarb

The trouble signs surrounding Lend America had been building for years. A top executive was convicted of mortgage fraud but still helped run

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Mason University":

"… nt to a fire,” said Anthony Sanders, professor of real estate finance at George Mason University.More than a dozen lenders with Ginnie’s endorsement have made loans that …"

Terrorism and tobacco

By Kate Willson

Extremists, insurgents turn to cigarette smuggling

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Mason University":

"… ggling is “huge,” says Louise Shelley, a transnational crime expert at George Mason University and an adviser to the World Economic Forum on illicit trade. “Worldwide …"

Allegiance rewarded

By Marina Walker Guevara

Ethiopia reaps U.S. aid by enlisting in war on terror and hiring influential lobbyists

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Mason University":

"… rating from the area controlled by the UIC, according to Terrence Lyons, a George Mason University scholar on the region.But there was much more to the cooperation between t …"

Unregistered advocates?

By Anupama Narayanswamy and Alex Knott

Influential groups sponsoring $20 million in travel not registered to lobby

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Mason University":

"… Center, a policy research-based organization located on the campus of George Mason University in Arlington, Va. While it regularly petitions the White House Office of M …"

"… le Foundation donated more than $17 million to the Mercatus Center and the George Mason University Foundation between September 1989 and January 2004, according to an analys …"

Privately sponsored trips hot tickets on Capitol Hill

By Jim Morris

Study finds almost $50 million spent on travel for lawmakers, aides

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Mason University":

"… others — the Congressional Institute or the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, for example — are less obvious.The forms show that about 2,300 trips co …"

Koch's low profile belies political power

By Kevin Bogardus

Private oil company does both business and politics with the shades drawn

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Mason University":

"… nd Congress.The largest recipient of the Koch's policy influence grants is George Mason University, which has received more than $23 million from the family's foundations be …"

Party machines, lobbyists and special interests: Part four

WASHINGTON, March 2, 2000 — Throughout his political career, Bill Bradley has defined himself by what he is not. ...

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Mason University":

"… tly, the Clarence J. Robinson Professor of History and American Culture at George Mason University. Wilkins is also concerned about a disengaged public and promotes discours …"