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Ties to Koch brothers

Between 1998 and 2007, the Claude R. Lambe Foundation reported giving $660,000 (not adjusted for inflation) to the Capital Research Center. The Charles G. Koch Foundation gave an additional $10,000 in 2011. Both foundations are Koch Family Foundations. The Capital Research Center has also been given money by Donors Trust.


Board of Trustees

As of June 2014:[1]


As of June 2014:[2]

  • Terrance Scanlon, Chairman, President, Capital Research Center
  • Scott Walter, Executive Vice President
  • Gordon Cummings, Director of Development
  • Matthew Vadum, Senior Editor, Organization Trends and Foundation Watch

Steven J. Allen, Senior Editor, Labor Watch and Green Watch Jana Marie Erwin, Development Associate Christopher Krukewitt, Accountant


Apparently Capital Research Center received $25,000.00 in 2001 from Exxon/Mobile. Interestingly Scanlon himself admits that though certain industries send donations to environmental groups with the intention of 'buying them off' still it doesn't work. Notice this quotable quote:

"The corporations 'think they can buy off' the environmental groups, Scanlon tells Insight. 'When you talk to these corporations, as I have done over the years, generally it's a buy-off; they think they will get rid of these people [through donations], but that's not the case.'" Scanlon. So who's at fault here, those attempting bribes or those who accept them as donations and remain true to their message?

I wasn't sure that the ExxonMobile link I provided was genuine. I've looked for other instances of its usage though and it seems to be an accepted document, including in SourceWatch. Will include it in the article with comments. Modify as needed.

-- Thanks -- it looks like an Exxon document perhaps off their website -- will have a look and see if I can find the primary source and appropriate reference for it -- cheers


Needed Improvements

I saw this page listed on SourceWatch's front page as in the queue for improvement, what specifically needs to be done with it? It seems a bit wordy at first glance, is the intention to make it bigger, smaller, just better-organized or what? Plautus Satire 22:18, 31 May 2004 (EDT)

-- I'll have a look a little later and see what needs doing -- the teaser note was put there before I did some work on it -- --Bob Burton 00:18, 1 Jun 2004 (EDT)

-- OK I have done a little restructuring shifting material to side articles. Some of the main things now are:

  • go through and check for typos and grammar -- it needs someone with fresh eyes to go through it;
  • a brief sketch on those publications Labor Watch and Compassion & Culture -- what is their purpose, key themes. doesnlt need to be much;
  • a brief description of the current office bearers who have blank profiles; again doesn't need to be heaps (I suspect there isn't a lot on them but one or two might have some interesting links).

I'll update the front page in a few hours with any other leads that would be usefult to follow too. with thanks -- --Bob Burton 01:26, 2 Jun 2004 (EDT)

Personnel Bios

Marion G Wells Vice President

Marion G. Wells, Heritage Trustee since 2003 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Marion G. Wells is the Founding Trustee of the Lillian Wells Foundation, a philanthropic group actively supporting the best of our civil society since 1976. Marion is a long-time member of the Board of Trustees of Capital Research Center, which is headed by Heritage's former Vice-President, Terry Scanlon. Marion has also served as an advisor to several civic organizations, including: Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, the Cleveland Clinic of Florida, and the Board of The Orleans.

Since 1992, she has been a Co-Chairman of The Heritage Legacy Society, a group of Heritage supporters who make gifts through their estates so Heritage will be a permanent voice in Washington for conservative principles. Marion's late husband, Preston "Dick" Wells, was a long time Heritage trustee before passing away in 2003. She continues his legacy as a stalwart advocate of conservative principles in America.[1]

Wells also serves on the Board of Directors of the Lillian S. Wells Foundation, a grant- making foundation supporting medical research and art appreciation, and co-chairs Heritage's Windsor Society with his wife, Marion.[2]

He was a generous supporter of Capital ResearchCenter and, most importantly, husband of our trustee Marion Wells. Our thoughts and prayers are with Dick, Marion, his daughter Barb Wells and other mem-bers of the Wells family.[3]

exxon links

The Exxon/mobil links no longer work. The document appears to have been removed.

Thanks for your note. I think I might have downloaded the original file, so will see if I can find it and upload the whole collection here so they are available in future.--Bob Burton 05:55, 18 August 2008 (EDT)
  1. Capital Research Center, About, organizational website. Accessed June 3, 2014.
  2. Capital Research Center, About, organizational website. Accessed June 3, 2014.