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Think tanks are important institutions that provide information and analysis to both policy-makers and the public. But when they court donations, it can become unclear whether that analysis is tainted by donor agendas.

Almost two-thirds of the think tanks studied (16 out of 25) took money from at least one oil company. Thirteen ... were funded by ExxonMobil ... nine were funded by Chevron ... the Koch brothers contributed to seven. Shell gave to four ... and Conoco-Phillips and BP each funded three.

Reflecting the clout that big donations bring, various think tanks have Big Energy sitting on their boards. The Center for Strategic and International Studies ... has Rex W. Tillerson, chair and CEO of ExxonMobil, on its board of trustees, along with John Hess of Hess Oil. Duke Energy chief Jim Rogers sits on the boards of the Brookings Institution and the Aspen Institute. Aspen also has David Koch of Koch Industries, who’s on the board of the Cato Institute as well. The board of trustees of the American Enterprise Institute features ... Richard B. Cheney.

12 of 25 of the most-cited think tanks take money from weapons manufacturers. [Guess who is contributing]

10 of 25 think tanks received donations from finance corporations.[Guess who is contributing]

Thirteen of the think tanks had connections to the for-profit healthcare industry [Guess who is contributing]

Every time you hear about a study done by a think tank - look into who is funding the study. Most often there is a conflict of interest with the filthy rich conservatives leading the parade.

The article provides the names of the most cited think tanks and their conservative donors, trustees, boards.

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