Irving Kristol is considered to be a "neo-con" (neo-conservative). During the first Ronald Reagan Administration, he was the pre-eminent neoconservative writer, prompting the epithet "If Irving Kristol says you're a neo-conservative, you are." He has ties to the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). He is the father of William Kristol.
Funding: According to Washington Babylon, Kristol "took in $376,000 (from the John M. Olin Foundation) for his general support in 1988 alone".
The following is from PBS.org:
"Irving Kristol (b. 1920), City College '40; co-editor of The Public Interest magazine; John M. Olin Distinguished Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. During World War II, he served in Europe with the Armored infantry of the 12th Armored Division.
"From 1947 to 1952, he was managing editor of Commentary magazine; he was co-founder and editor, with Stephen Spender, of Encounter magazine from 1953 to 1958; from 1959 to 1960, he was editor of The Reporter magazine; from 1961 to 1969, he was executive vice president of Basic Books Inc., a New York publishing house, from 1969 to 1985, he was on the faculty of New York University, and was Professor of Social Thought at the NYU Graduate School of Business Administration. Books include, Neo-Conservatism, Autobiography of an Idea, On the Democratic Idea in America. Past editor of Encounter Magazine and former assistant editor of Commentary. Widely considered to be a key founder of the neoconservative movement. Mr. Kristol considers himself a conservative.
"QUOTE: 'Ever since I can remember, I've been a neo-something: a neo-Marxist, a neo-Trotskyist, a neo-liberal, a neo-conservative; in religion a neo-orthodox even while I was a neo-Trotskyist and a neo-Marxist. I'm going to end up a neo-that's all, neo dash nothing.'"
For further information, see relevant Neocon Europe page Irving Kristol