Undisclosed money from special interests seeking to influence U.S. foreign policy is emerging as a shared area of concern by all three branches of government as well as advocates for transparency in U.S. politics. The Justice Department, Congress, and the Intelligence Community have all raised the alarm about foreign governments quietly funding think tanks that advise U.S. policymakers on important matters of American foreign policy. Journalists and transparency advocates report that, alongside foreign governments, domestic interest groups such as the weapons industry are omnipresent sources of funding in Washington’s think tank and policy analysis ecosystem. These often undisclosed sources of funding pose serious questions about whether U.S. policy is being shaped by special interests at the expense of U.S. national security.
Please join a webinar hosted by the Quincy Institute for a discussion with Washington Post National Security reporter John Hudson; OpenSecrets Editorial & Investigations Manager Anna Massoglia; Vox Senior Foreign Policy Writer Jonathan Guyer and researcher and writer Brett Heinz. Eli Clifton, senior advisor at the Quincy Institute, will moderate.