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TOPIC: Independent, non-partisan study Yeah right
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The GOP touts the AEI report as an “independent, nonpartisan study.” It also says, “The same organization says the plan from Mitt Romney and common-sense conservatives is ‘not a tax hike on the middle class.’”

Although the group bills itself as “nonpartisan,” it is a conservative pro-business organization whose board of trustees includes prominent Republicans, including Vice President Dick Cheney, and major GOP donors who are actively helping to elect Romney.

AEI senior fellows, too, are prominent Republicans — including John Bolton, who served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush. Some of AEI staffers and advisers are Romney advisers and contributors.

The financial and ideological ties between AEI and the Romney campaign include:

Kevin B. Rollins, chairman of AEI’s board of trustees, has contributed $375,000 to the pro-Romney super PAC Restore Our Future, $42,500 to Romney Victory Inc., a joint fundraising committee, and $2,500 to Romney’s campaign. In all, he has contributed $450,800 to political committees working to elect Romney, Federal Election Commission records show. Two other AEI trustees — Bruce Kovner, chairman of Caxton Alternative Management, and Harlan Crow, chairman and CEO of Crow Holdings — were also major contributors to Restore Our Future. Kovner gave $500,000 and Crow gave $150,000, according to ProPublica, a nonpartisan news website that tracks donations to super PACs. Crow Holdings separately gave $650,000. In all, Rollins, Kovner, Crow and Crow Holdings combined to give nearly $1.7 million to the pro-Romney super PAC, according to ProPublica. AEI’s “national council” includes major GOP donors, including J. Joe Ricketts, who gave $100,000 to Restore Our Future, and David H. Koch, who founded the conservative Americans for Prosperity. AFP has spent $31 million on TV ads just in the presidential campaign, according to Campaign Media Analysis Group, a unit of Kantar Media. R. Glenn Hubbard, a member of AEI’s academic advisers, serves as Romney’s chief economic adviser. AEI senior fellows who are advising Romney include Leon Aron (foreign policy) and Scott Gottlieb (health care). Gottlieb, Bolton and eight others who listed AEI as their employer contributed to Romney’s campaign. The others were Andrew Biggs, Mackenzie Eaglen, Philip Levy, John Makin, Peter Wallison and Christopher Harmer. They contributed a combined $13,250, according to a campaign finance database maintained by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. The Romney campaign wisely dropped the description of AEI as “independent” and “nonpartisan” after the first TV ad. But the campaign continues to misuse the group’s study and, in the process, mislead voters.

– Eugene Kiely

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Can't agree with your post? Dood... Get a life. You act like you know your "friends" on SLS fora personally. Take your ball and go home.

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No.

Belle Chasse LA
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Is it okay to agree with your last post without being labeled a cheerleader?

It's the same as demoting McCain and Ron Paul to Jr. Republicans.

I just don't understand the blue dogs though. Either with us, or join the moderates. There are no moderate candidates that can get an equal third of the electoral pie.

Green, no. Tea party, hell no.

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I was thinking it was Bruce Bartlett that AEI had fired for being critical of Republican policy, but Bartlett (a former Jack Kemp and R. Reagan senior advisor, and former Fellow at Heritage and Cato), was canned from a different conservative think tank when he wrote a book critical of GWB). AEI fired David Frum (GWB's former speechwriter) in 2010 for criticizing Republican legislative intransigence during Obama's first two years). You can't really call a think tank "Independant" when it shit-cans its Fellows at the behest of politically-motivated donors.

As for Ornstein, I didn't know he was pals with Franken, but FWIW he has a wicked wit that would put Franken to shame. He also is pretty tight with the Clintons. I'm guessing that AEI keeps him around as a token moderate, and also because any criticism by him of Republican policies can be dismissed as "typical libtard." It's harder for them to deal with criticism from conservative bona fides like Bartlett and Frum.

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Their commentators do not spew hateful drivel like we see on these forums.

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Yes, many high profile right-leaning scholars reside there, including several neo-con heavyweights.

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Norman Ornstein is a well informed political centrist, has been around a long time. Has been based at AEI for a long time. Wiki says he is a long time friend of Al Franken. Worth reading.

AEI has a lot of solid writers and speakers in its fold.

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Using an ubiquitous name that reveals nothing, yet suggests something, is on of the primary tactics of Republic-con Party devotees to oligarchy, plutarchy, or demagoguery.

Every sixth grade American government student knows that. Unless they are home-schooled by right-wing Christ/christless masters and ministers of deception, or Republic-con Party American history reductionists.

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AEI is strongly conservative, but they keep a few token moderates around. Norm Ornstein is a pretty decent guy.

Wasn't AEI the outfit that booted a former Bush admin official for being too critical of house Repubs during the health care debate?

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"non partisan" by some definitions is equal parts truth and lies. Rather like Fox News' "fair and balanced" reporting.

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TOPIC: Independent, non-partisan study Yeah right