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American Enterprise Institute

The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research is a think tank founded in 1943 whose stated mission is to support the "foundations of freedom - limited government, private enterprise, vital cultural and political institutions, and a strong foreign policy and national defense." It has emerged as one of the leading architects of the Bush administration's foreign policy. AEI rents space to the Project for the New American Century, one of the leading voices pushing the Bush administration's plan for "regime change" through war in Iraq. AEI reps have also aggressively denied that the war has anything to do with oil.

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  • Richard Cohen[?] penned a vociferous response to Congressman Dennis Kucinich's assertion that the war is about oil. He penned a lengthy op-ed piece in The Washington Post explaining the neoconservative idea of World War IV[?].
  • Richard Perle is former chairman of the United States Defense Policy Board (which he left due to a "conflict of interest") and the former deputy Secretary of Defense.
  • Michael Fumento works at AEI.
  • Lee Raymond, CEO of ExxonMobil, is the vice chair of AEI's board of trustees.
  • Michael Ledeen[?] was previously involved in the transfer of arms to Iran during the Iran-Contra affair -- an adventure that he documented in his book, Perilous Statecraft: An Insider's Account of the Iran-Contra Affair.
  • Michael Novak is the George Frederick Jewett Scholar in Religion, Philosophy and Public Policy and Director of Social and Political Studies at the institute. He has written extensively about the role of faith in government.
  • Lynne Cheney, the wife of U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, and an AEI senior fellow.
  • John Lott, Jr. is a relentless opponent of gun control and the author of a book titled "More Guns, Less Crime."

Funders AEI has received more than $30 million in funding from sources including the following:

  • The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Inc.
  • Castle Rock Foundation
  • Coors
  • Earhart Foundation
  • JM Foundation
  • Philip M. McKenna Foundation, Inc.
  • John M. Olin Foundation, Inc.
  • Sarah Scaife Foundation
  • Scaife Family Foundation
  • Smith Richardson Foundation

Contact Information

American Enterprise Institute
1150 Seventeenth Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-862-5800
Fax: 202-862-7177
E-mail: info@aei.org

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