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Index of Non-Profit Organizations Receiving Corporate Funding

Located at George Mason University, Arlington, VA, the Mercatus Center is “an education, research and outreach organization [working] with scholars, policy experts, and government officials to bridge academic learning and real world practice.”

Since 1996, the Mercatus Center has received $50,000 from Enron and another $10,000 from a foundation set up by former Enron Chairman Kenneth L. Lay and his wife. (Washington Post, 1/25/02, A18) The following is a partial list of donors that have contributed $5,000 or more:

  • American Chemistry Council
  • American Health Care Association
  • Chicago Mercantile Exchange
  • Ernst & Young
  • Fannie Mae
  • Freddie Mac
  • International Paper
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Microsoft
  • Pfizer
  • Xerox

(; accessed 7/02/02; Email from Mercatus Center dated 2/14/02 on file at CSPI)

Members of the Mercatus Board of Directors include:

  • Professor Tyler Cowen, Chairman Holbert Harris Professor of Economics, George Mason University
  • Dr. Don Boudreaux, Chairman, Department of Economics, George Mason University & Senior Educational Advisor, Mercatus Center
  • Dr. Richard H. Fink, Koch Industries, Inc. & George Mason University Board of Visitors
  • Dr. Manuel H. Johnson, Johnson Smick Group; George Mason University Board of Visitors & Former Vice Chairman, Federal Reserve
  • Mr. Charles G. Koch, Chairman and CEO, Koch Industries, Inc.
  • Mr. Dwight C. Schar, Chairman and CEO, NVR, Inc.
  • Dr. Roger Silk, Chief Executive Officer , Sterling Foundation Management
  • Professor Vernon Smith, George Mason University

(; accessed 7/17/02)

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