U.S. Think Tanks Influenced by Foreign Governments?

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A number of well-respected U.S. think tanks, including the Brookings Institution and the Atlantic Council, have accepted tens of millions of dollars from foreign governments in Europe, the Middle East and Asia as these countries seek to influence U.S. policy. That's according to a New York Times investigation published on Saturday. The Brookings Institution released a statement defending the independence of its scholars, saying the article contains "major omissions, distortions, and errors."

Guests:

Eric Lipton, reporter for The New York Times and co-author of the Sept. 6 story "Foreign Powers Buy Influence at Think Tanks"

James McGann, director of the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program, Lauder Institute, Wharton School and School of Arts and Sciences

Joseph Sandler, attorney with Sandler Reiff Lamb, concentrating in campaign finance, election law and non-profit organizations

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