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Former Fellow Brooke Williams and Eric Lipton in NYT on the Role of Think Tanks in Government

August 8, 2016

In a report first published online in the NYT on Sunday, August 7, reporters Brooke Williams and Eric Lipton examine the unique status and influence that think tanks have in government policy debates. A version of this article appears in print on August 8, 2016, on page A1 of the New York edition with the headline: "Scholarship or Business? Think Tanks Blur the Line." Read the full story...

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New Report Rates Think Tank Transparency

by Brooke Williams

Transparify, a small group based in Tbilisi, Georgia, released a report today that rates think tanks around the world based on how much, if anything, they publicly disclose about who funds their work. Only 12 percent of think tanks surveyed—a total of two in the United States—received the highest, five-star rating. But even those two don’t publicly name all of their donors.... Read more about New Report Rates Think Tank Transparency

Brooke Williams and Ken Silverstein — Think Tanks and Institutional Corruption: Proposed Solutions

The September 18, 2013, Lab seminar was led by Lab Fellows Ken Silverstein and Brooke Williams on possible and proposed solutions for institutional corruption in think tanks. This is their second year of studying think tanks at the Edmond J. Safra Center Lab. While their Spring 2013 Lab seminar focused on the implications of their initial...

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Brooke Williams — Corporate Agendas, Think Tanks, and the Shaping of Public Policy

The November 28, 2012, Lab seminar was led by Edmond J. Safra Lab Fellow and investigative reporter Brooke Williams, who specializes in data-driven journalism and has focused on money and influence in politics. Throughout the course of her fellowship, Williams has spent her time investigating corporate-backed, American think tanks, exposing who is behind them, how they influence public policy, as well as exploring possible solutions. Williams opened the Lab seminar by...

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Why American Think Tanks Are Becoming More Transparent

by Brooke Williams reblogged from Transparify

Think tanks in the United States have been under increasing scrutiny in the past few years, with reports of them shilling for corporate and foreign government donors and using cozy relationships with lobbyists and lawmakers to shape public policy—all without disclosing exactly who paid them how much to do it. But things are changing. Slowly.

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Good, Clean Data

by Brooke Williams

In our recent story for The New Republic, Ken Silverstein and I examined think tank scholars who simultaneously work as registered lobbyists. We knew of situations worth examining: a resident think tank fellow also representing Polish oil interests, and the director of a homeland security program lobbying for defense contractors, to name a couple. But we wanted to go beyond the anecdotal and gain context. Was this part of a larger system in which registered lobbyists have access to think tanks from the inside?

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