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FACTSHEET: Citizens for A Sound Economy and CSE Educational Foundation, CSE

DETAILS

1523 16th Street, NW, 2nd Floor Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 783-3870
Fax: (202) 232-8356

CSE was created in 1984 as a free-market public policy organization that advocates privatization and deregulation, particulalry in environmental issues. CSE claims 280,000 members, many at the state level. Currently headed by Dick Armey, the organization has been endorsed by Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole, Jack Kemp, and Newt Gingrich.

CSE's official position on global warming states, "overall, the theory of climate change is far from settled, and there is not a consensus in the scientific community on the issue." The then go on to cite climate skeptic Sallie Baliunas as representative of "scientists." The statement continues, "scientists are also skeptical of the ability of policies such as the Climate Stewardship Act or the Kyoto Protocol to actually have any impact on global climate." Citizens for a Sound Economy is also a member of the Cooler Heads Coalition as of 4/04 (http://www.cse.org/informed/key_template.php?issue_it=22). CSE was also very active in opposing EPA's stricter air standards in the late 1990s and led a multi-million dollar campaign against the Clinton Healthcare plan. According to Disinfopedia.com, in 1984 wealthy Libertarians Charles G. Koch and David H. Koch asked Rich Fink to develop a plan for an effective free-market advocacy organization to operate in Washington, DC. Later that year, Fink, who is now executive vice president at Koch Industries, produced a lengthy business plan that resulted in CSE and the CSE Educational Foundation. Fink became CSE's first president. Ever since, Koch Industries and the Koch Family Foundations have continued to give substantial financial support to CSE and CSE Foundation. (http://www.disinfopedia.org/wiki.phtml?title=Citizens_for_a_Sound_Economy) In 2000, internal documents leaked to the Washington Post showed that 85 percent of CSE's 1998 funding came from major corporations including $1million apiece from Philip Morris and US West, $700,000 from the largest sugar interests in Florida, and $175,000 from Exxon. The article went on to raise credibility issues, citing the fact that CSE received the large donations from the sugar industry while actively opposing Federal Everglades restoration in Florida (Dan Morgan, Washington Post, February 16, 2000 http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/archive/2000/02/16/MN100835.DTL&type=printable).

KEY QUOTES

26 May, 2003
"Don't allow our corporations to be used as pawns for a radical agenda which is not based on science...Human impact on global warming is likely negligible at best!"
Source: "Stop the Extremists on Global Warming: An open letter to ExxonMobil Shareholders" 5/26/03

"In the case of global warming it is not clear that there is enough evidence to support a costly new regulatory regime."
Source: "Global Warming: A Political, Economic and Scientific Backgrounder," CSE

KEY DEEDS

7 June, 2002
CSE President and CEO Paul Beckner signed a letter to President Bush, asking him to withdraw the "Climate Action Report 2002" and demand that it be rewritten based on "sound science". The letter also recommends that Bush "dismiss or re-assign all administration employees who are not pursuing your agenda, just as you have done in several similar instances."
Source: Joint Letter To President Bush On The EPA's Climate Action Report 6/7/02

FUNDING

Citizens for A Sound Economy and CSE Educational Foundation has received $380,250 from ExxonMobil since 1998.

1998
$75,000 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving
Source: Exxon Education Foundation Dimensions 1998 report

2000
$30,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
general support
Source: ExxonMobil Foundation 2000 IRS 990

2001
$275,250 ExxonMobil Foundation
250,250 for 'Co2 Regulatory Project' and 25K for general operations.
Source: ExxonMobil 2001 Worldwide Giving Report

late 80s, early 1990s
$unknown Mobil Corporation
Source: 1997 Right Guide, 'Masks of Deception'

KEY PEOPLE

Paul Beckner
President and CEO
Source: CSE website, 3/04

Dick Armey
Chairman
Source: CSE website, 3/04

C. Boyden Gray
Co-Chairman
Source: CSE website, 3/04

David H. Padden
Director
Source: CSE website, 3/04

David H. Koch
Chairman
Source: CSE website, 3/04

PEOPLE

Charles Koch
funder
Source: ExxonMobil 2001 Worldwide Giving Report

J. Clyde Ballard
Director
Source: CSE website, 3/04

Jim Burnley
Director
Source: CSE website, 3/04

L. Charles Hilton
Director
Source: CSE website, 3/04

Thomas Knudsen
Director
Source: CSE website, 3/04

Richard Stephenson
Director
Source: CSE website, 3/04

Molly Byrne
Vice President for Federal and State Campaigns
Source: CSE website, 3/04

Rob Jordan
Director for Federal and State Campaigns
Source: CSE website, 3/04

Max Pappas
Policy Analyst
Source: CSE website, 3/04

Wayne Brough
Chief Economist
Source: CSE website, 3/04

Chris Kinnan
Director of Public Affairs
Source: CSE website, 3/04

Wayne Gable
Member, Board of Directors
Source: P.R. Watch's Disinfopedia

William H. Lash
Adjunct Fellow
Source: GMU School of Law Website (2006)

SOURCES

ExxonMobil 2001 Worldwide Giving Report
Public Information and Policy Research
http://research.greenpeaceusa.org/?a=view&d=4388

ExxonMobil Foundation 2000 IRS 990
ExxonMobil Foundation 2000 IRS 990
http://research.greenpeaceusa.org/?a=view&d=4390

Exxon Education Foundation Dimensions 1998 report
Exxon Dimensions report 1998- Public Information and Policy Research
http://research.greenpeaceusa.org/?a=view&d=4385

1997 Right Guide, 'Masks of Deception'
1997 Right Guide, 'Masks of Deception'

CSE website, 3/04
http://www.cse.org

"Stop the Extremists on Global Warming: An open letter to ExxonMobil Shareholders" 5/26/03
Letter from Peggy Venable, Director of CSE in Texas, regarding the attempts of some Congressmen to include reductions in GHG emissions in the energy bill.
http://www.cse.org/informed/issues_template.php?issue_id=1393

"Global Warming: A Political, Economic and Scientific Backgrounder," CSE
by former policy analyst Joel Bucher

P.R. Watch's Disinfopedia
"a collaborative project to produce a directory of public relations firms, think tanks, industry-funded organizations and industry-friendly experts that work to influence public opinion and public policy on behalf of corporations, governments and special interests." Run by P.R. Watch (John Stauber and Sheldon Rampton).
http://www.disinfopedia.org/wiki.phtml?title=Disinfopedia

Joint Letter To President Bush On The EPA's Climate Action Report 6/7/02
http://www.cei.org/gencon/027,03051.cfm

GMU School of Law Website (2006)
http://www.law.gmu.edu/index.php