“Charitable” Fraser Institute accepted $500k in foreign funding from Koch oil billionaires

In four years alone, U.S. Tea Party architects the Koch brothers poured half a million dollars into Canadian right-wing think tank, the Fraser Institute.

Billionaire oil barons David and Charles Koch contributed richly to "charitable" Canadian right-wing Fraser Institute

As the Conservative assault continues against Canadian environmental charities, The Vancouver Observer has learned that since 2007, foreign oil billionaires the Koch brothers have donated over half a million dollars to the “charitable” right-wing Fraser Institute.

According to U.S. tax documents, the Fraser Institute received $150,000 from the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation in 2008, $175,500 in 2009, and another $150,000 in 2010. The grants were purportedly for "research support" and "educational programs".

 

Koch U.S. Tax document slideshow:

 

Prior to 2008, the Institute received another $25,000 in funding from the Claude R. Lambe Foundation, which is under the umbrella of Koch Family Foundations.

It has long been known that the ultra-conservative Koch Brothers have been donors for the conservative policy think-tank—though this information is not listed the Institute’s Annual Reports—however, the extent of their funding in the past few years demonstrates the foundation’s more recent influence in Canadian politics.

Grants to the Fraser Institute are also among the highest amounts listed in the Koch Foundation’s tax records; apart from a few substantial grants to American universities, most of the other donations were under $10,000.

Charitable foundation conducting “intensely” political activity

The Fraser Institute, described by rabble.ca as “Canada’s most intensely political organization”, is a registered non-profit focused on economic and public policy research. The group’s work is often seen as controversial (which they boast about on the website), and is generally in support of conservative, small-government, free-market values.

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this is scary

the Koch brothers involve with the Conservative Party sounds really scary. They wont "invest" here unless they get something back from Canada. At what cost to Canadians. The prisons they Harper wants to build in Canada (without needing them) is the same thing the US is doing in Florida and other places. The sand oil disregards the environment completely. The Koch brothers do the same in the US.

I just have to remember to ignore anything the Fraser Institute says from now on. I know where there marching orders come from now.

 

Historically Simon Fraser died penniless.

DO NOT mar his good name with controversy! He was a good man & would not have wanted the environment destroyed by oil greedy individuals, he was a faithful employee of the NorthWest Company, an explorer...a clerk, who is buried here at St. Andrews West, Ontario where most employees of the Company settled. 

Educational Charities Legal

There is a difference between direct efforts like telling people to vote a certain way or for a specific candidate and providing objective research data that political policymakers may be influenced by in their decisions.


In the case of David Suzuki foundation, Vivian Krause in her @FairQuestions blog proved conclusively that science and education took a back seat to political advocacy.

If a charitable funded research institute came up with contrary research, they are free to publish and influence policy as an educational charity without breaking laws.

There truly is no moral or legal equivalence here.  Our environmental "charities" sold out to Canada's competitors and ignored important and legitimate environmental issues in Canada in the process.

What pretextual issues did the Fraser Institute "advocate" for?  What "political" goal was attempted by the pretext?  Accusations are not proof.  Krause had the proof.  You don't.

Fair Vote Canada, which advocates fair voting reform and is strictly non-partisan, was rejected twice for charitable status because we are an "advocacy" organization. We went to the length of forming an arm's-length foundation to do educational work and were still rejected.

Yet the Fraser Institute, which is a straight-up propaganda machine, is allowed to retain charitable status?

It beggars belief.

http://FairVote.Ca

Fraser Institute

First, thank you Koch Brothers for the donation !

Second, who is this writer .... and his editor ..... did they even get out of Grade School ????  Who are your readers ????

The Fraser Institute is doing what it's intended for and expected to do as a World Class Think Tank. Nothing more, nothing less.

 

attitude

So a world class think tank lowers itself to razz the writer and the editor and even the readers who had nothing to do with the article or its' production????

How much thinking did you do at your world class think tank to come up with that?

The Fraser Institute is a typical front for Conservatives and their bible thumping agenda.

You fool no one.

 

 

 

Charitable Donations

I don't get it.  No questioning that a conserted pounding on the desk by Canadian Universities to 'reducate' students to believe in athieism. Real smart our supposedly smartest haven't figured that out.  Thank God there are Godly men who are faithful to the  teachings of the Bible and what was once a country based on Christianity.

I'll see what he has to say when I next visit his grave-site. Anyone interested where Simon & his wife are buried can contact me for a tour. Simon lived in the Cornwall area here in Ontario. I am a direct descendant of Hon. William McGillivray, Lord of the NorthWest Company - Chief Director - 1784-1821.

It's "researchers" and "experts" like Tom Flanagan that staff the Fraser Insitute (I expect a "study" attempting to explain the un-harfmulness of viewing child porn is forthcoming).


These people then go on to be hired by the Vanouver Sun and province, and work as editors, shaping the daily news. I'd say the main reason why our local dailies are so unread. Patricia Graham said she'd fix the paper, here she is 3 years later printing *more* wire copy, less locally researched and written stories, and recently announced another staff cut there. Yep, it's become irrelevant save for publishing their pro-pipeline propaganda with a veneer of objectivity so thin its become invisible.

Fraser Insitute should NOT have charitable status, TELL EVERYONE about it, it is the glaring contradiction is Stephen Harper's supposed "principled" government. It is not principled, Deceivin' Stephen, it is corrupt.