Heartland Institute's 2009 Climate Conference in New York: funding history of the sponsors

Our research into the listed “sponsors” for the Heartland Institute’s upcoming “International Conference on Climate Change” finds that these organizations have received over $47 million from energy companies and right-wing foundations, with 78% of that total coming from the Scaife Family of foundations. 

According to 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. Became active in funding conservative causes in 1973, when Richard Mellon Scaife became chairman of the foundation. According to a recent article, ‘In 1993, the Carthage and Sarah Scaife Foundations…gave more than $17.6 million to 150 conservative think tanks.’”


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 


Here’s the complete list along with the funding totals for each of the organizations.

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 (CFACT)
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.


Funding totals:

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 


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