Capital Research Center

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Capital Research Center (CRC) was established in 1984 to “study non-profit organizations, with a special focus on reviving the American traditions of charity, philanthropy, and voluntarism”. Essentially its mission statement is to undertake “opposition research” on environmental groups, and progressive foundations. It has been described as “up and coming” although it remains small compared to some of the major right wing think tanks.


In contrast to its scrutiny of others, the CRC does not include any details of its funding on its web-site. Between 1985 and 2002, the CRC received $5,853,820 in 101 grants from the following 10 conservative foundations[1]:

It has received some $90,000 from Exxon since 1998.[2] An insight is also given into its funding by a 1998 memo written by Roy Marden Manager of Industry Affairs at Philip Morris in New York City who is on the board of the Heartland Institute and on the Business Advisory Board of the Reason Foundation. He said that CRC was a “longterm friend of PM (and recipient of policy groups support)[3]

Links to Republicans

Office of Management and Budget Director Mitchell E. Daniels Jr. was on the Board of the CRC and Hudson Institute[4]. Sally Pipes, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the right-wing Pacific Research Institute, who serves on the National Advisory Board of the CRC joined Arnold Schwarzenegger's Transition Team For Governor Of California.[5]

Edwin Meese, Former President Reagan's Attorney is currently the Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow in Public Policy at The Heritage Foundation, but also a Trustee at the CRC and a member of the Board of Visitors at The Federalist Society. He is described as one of Reagan’s closest confidants[6]. Current / past board members with close ties to the Republicans include: Linda Chavez, Kenneth Cribb, and Richard V. Allen.


Board Members and Advisors

The CRC no longer has its advisors or trustees on its website. The last time it did so was in late 2001. From this and other sources, the following are / were on the Advisory Board and Board of Trustees.[8]


National Advisory Board



CRC runs a number of newsletter / websites including:

  • Organization Trends - “A monthly newsletter that reports on and analyzes the activities of advocacy organizations”.
  • Labor Watch - “A monthly newsletter that tracks the increasing activism of labor unions that are trying to achieve through political coalition-building the goals they have failed to achieve at the bargaining table”.
  • Foundation Watch - “A monthly newsletter that examines the grantmaking of private foundations”.
  • Greenwatch - Run by David Riggs, a veteran of the CEI. According to Riggs “environmentalism has nothing to do with bunnies and Bambis. It's about destroying free enterprise and private property”[15].


  2. Source Greenpeace - data from company reports for 98, 00, 01, 02 – data not available for 99 and pre-98.
  3. R. Marden (1998) “YSP Ally possibilities”, Bates No 2069615360, 22 October.
  5. Contra Costa Times (California) (2003) “Schwarzenegger's Transition Team”, 10 October, p4
  15. M. Irvins (2003) “CPACers take on the Environmentalists”, Tulsa World (Oklahoma), 7 February, pA17