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FACTSHEET: Reason Foundation, Reason

DETAILS

3415 S. Sepulveda Blvd. Suite 400 Los Angeles, CA 90034
Phone: 310-391-2245
Fax: 310-391-4395

The Reason Foundation, made up by the Reason Public Policy Institute and Reason Magazine, describes itself as "a leading voice for individual liberty, economic freedom, and dynamic market-based public policies." Reason Foundation's mission "upholds the classical liberal approach to seeking truth via rational discourse, free inquiry, and the scientific method. We support the rule of law, private property, and limited government. We promote voluntarism and individual responsibility in social and economic interactions, relying on choice and competition to achieve the best outcomes."

Reason has an associated environment website (www.newenvironmentalism.org) which promotes conservative environmental policies. The page links to articles on websites for organizations such as CEI, the Heartland Institute and Tech Central Station. It also has a section praising the environmental stewardship of corporations such as ExxonMobil. Reason's Magazine also badmouths the environmental movement and promotes the interests of Reason's corporate contributers. Several authors of Reason's "Roadmap to Reform" were appointed by CA Gov. Schwarzenegger to his budget working group and transition team. Reason's second President, Lynn Scarlett, is now Assistant Secretary for Policy and Management at the US Department of the Interior under Secretary Gale Norton. Reason Foundation is also a member of the State Policy Network. According to the 1999 Reason Foundation Annual Report, top funders include: C. Boyden Gray and David Koch (each individually contributed $25,000 or more in 1999), the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, the JM Foundation, Charles G. Koch Foundation, Lilly Endowmet, Scaife Family Foundation, Sarah Scaife Foundation, Smith Richardson Foundation, and the Sunmark Foundation. Corporate Donors in 1999 included: American Farm Bureau Federation, American Forest and Paper Association, American Petroleum Institute, American Plastics Council, ARCO Foundation, BP Amoco, CA Building Industry Association, Chemical Manufacturers Association, Chevron Corporation, Chlorine Chemistry Council, Clorox, Coca-Cola, American and Continental Airlines, Daimler Chrysler Corp, Dow Chemical, Eastman Chemical, Edison Electric Institute, ENRON, Exxon Mobil, FMC Corporation, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Kimberly-Clark, Koch Industries, Koch Materials, Eli Lilly, Microsoft, National Air Transportation Association, National Beer Wholesalers, National Soft Drink Association, Pfizer, Inc, Philip Morris, Procter and Gamble, Shell Oil, Sun America, Union Carbide Corporation, United Airlines, Western States Petroleum, Watson Land Company, Whole Foods Market, Winston and Strawn.

KEY QUOTES

24 February, 2004
"What we can say is that climate change has been a natural phenomena throughout the course of time. What impact do man's activities have on the Earth's natural climate cycles? That is still open to debate. Some would say none at all while others will say that it is dramatic."
Source: Reason website 4/04

KEY DEEDS

7 June, 2002
Chief Scientist and Environmental Program Director Kenneth Green 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

Reason Foundation has received $381,000 from ExxonMobil since 1998.

1998
$72,000 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving
Source: Exxon Education Foundation Dimensions 1998 report

2000
$204,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
60K general support, 25K project support, 29K for Air Quality in Texas
Source: ExxonMobil Foundation 2000 IRS 990

2001
$25,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
Source: ExxonMobil 2001 Worldwide Giving Report

2002
$50,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
Source: ExxonMobil 2002 Worldwide Giving Report

2003
$10,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
Source: ExxonMobil 2003 Worldwide Giving Report

2005
$20,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
Source: ExxonMobil 2005 Worldwide Giving Report

early 1990s?
$unknown Exxon Corporation
Source: Greenpeace Guide

late 80s, early 1990s?
$unknown Mobil Corporation
Source: Greenpeace Guide

KEY PEOPLE

Michael Fumento
Science Correspondant, Reason Magazine
Source: Reason website 4/04

C. Boyden Gray
Member, Board of Trustees
Source: Reason website 4/04

Walter Williams
Trustee Emeritus
Source: Reason website 4/04

Bruce Ames
Academic Advisory Board Member
Source: Reason website 4/04

Terry Anderson
Academic Advisory Board Member
Source: Reason website 4/04

Stuart M. Butler
Academic Advisory Board Member
Source: Reason website 4/04

Thomas Gale Moore
Academic Advisory Board Member
Source: Reason website 4/04

Paul Craig Roberts
Academic Advisory Board Member
Source: Reason website 4/04

Adrian T. Moore
Public Policy Institute Executive Director
Source: Reason website 4/04

Patricia "Lynn" Scarlett
former President
Source: Reason website 4/04

Ronald Bailey
Science Correspondent for Reason Magazine
Source: Reason website 4/04

Ron Arnold
former reporter, Reason magazine
Source: Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise website 4/04

Kenneth Green
Chief Scientist
Source: Reason website 4/04

PEOPLE

Robert W. Poole
President
Source: Reason website 4/04

William Dunn
Chairman, Board of Trustees
Source: Reason website 4/04

Thomas E. Beach
Member, Board of Trustees
Source: Reason website 4/04

Richard J. Dennis
Member, Board of Trustees
Source: Reason website 4/04

David W. Fleming
Member, Board of Trustees
Source: Reason website 4/04

James D. Jameson
Member, Board of Trustees
Source: Reason website 4/04

Manuel S. Klausner
Member, Board of Trustees
Source: Reason website 4/04

David H. Koch
Member, Board of Trustees
Source: Reason website 4/04

James Lintott
Member, Board of Trustees
Source: Reason website 4/04

Stephen Modzelewski
Member, Board of Trustees
Source: Reason website 4/04

Sarah O'Dowd
Member, Board of Trustees
Source: Reason website 4/04

Al St. Clair
Member, Board of Trustees
Source: Reason website 4/04

Frank Bond
Trustee Emeritus
Source: Reason website 4/04

Harry E. Teasley Jr.
Chairman Emeritus, Board of Trustees
Source: Reason website 4/04

Martin Anderson
Academic Advisory Board Member
Source: Reason website 4/04

John Baden
Academic Advisory Board Member
Source: Reason website 4/04

James M. Buchanan
Academic Advisory Board Member
Source: Reason website 4/04

Douglas Den Uyl
Academic Advisory Board Member
Source: Reason website 4/04

James Doti
Academic Advisory Board Member
Source: Reason website 4/04

Edith Efron
Academic Advisory Board Member
Source: Reason website 4/04

Richard A. Epstein
Academic Advisory Board Member
Source: Reason website 4/04

David Friedman
Academic Advisory Board Member
Source: Reason website 4/04

Peter Gordon
Academic Advisory Board Member
Source: Reason website 4/04

Steve Hanke
Academic Advisory Board Member
Source: Reason website 4/04

Thomas W. Hazlett
Academic Advisory Board Member
Source: Reason website 4/04

John Hospers
Academic Advisory Board Member
Source: Reason website 4/04

Peter Huber
Academic Advisory Board Member
Source: Reason website 4/04

Norman Karlin
Academic Advisory Board Member
Source: Reason website 4/04

David Kelley
Academic Advisory Board Member
Source: Reason website 4/04

Joel Kotkin
Academic Advisory Board Member
Source: Reason website 4/04

J. Clayburn La Force
Academic Advisory Board Member
Source: Reason website 4/04

Loren E. Lomasky
Academic Advisory Board Member
Source: Reason website 4/04

Richard McKenzie
Academic Advisory Board Member
Source: Reason website 4/04

Charles Murray
Academic Advisory Board Member
Source: Reason website 4/04

Sam Peltzman
Academic Advisory Board Member
Source: Reason website 4/04

Alvin Rabushka
Academic Advisory Board Member
Source: Reason website 4/04

E.S. Savas
Academic Advisory Board Member
Source: Reason website 4/04

Mark Skousen
Academic Advisory Board Member
Source: Reason website 4/04

Gordon Tullock
Academic Advisory Board Member
Source: Reason website 4/04

Eugene Volokh
Academic Advisory Board Member
Source: Reason website 4/04

David C. Nott
President and CEO
Source: Reason website 4/04

Nick Gillespie
Editor-in-Chief of Reason Magazine
Source: Reason website 4/04

Anne Carson Daly
Business Advisory Board Member
Source: Reason website 4/04

Doug Henderson
Business Advisory Board Member
Source: Reason website 4/04

Roy E. Marden
Business Advisory Board Member
Source: Reason website 4/04

Jacob Sullum
Senior Editor, Reason magazine
Source: Reason website 4/04

Charles Paul Freund
Senior Editor, Reason magazine
Source: Reason website 4/04

Michael Lynch
National Correspondent, Reason Magazine
Source: Reason website 4/04

Jesse Walker
Associate Editor, Reason magazine
Source: Reason website 4/04

Brian Doherty
Senior Editor, Reason Magazine
Source: Reason website 4/04

Steven F. Hayward
Contributing editor
Source: AEI Bio (2006)

Steven F. Hayward
Contributing Editor
Source: Ashbrook Staff Bio (2006)

SOURCES

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

ExxonMobil 2002 Worldwide Giving Report
Public Information and Policy Research
http://research.greenpeaceusa.org/?a=view&d=4386

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

Greenpeace Guide
Greenpeace Guide

Reason website 4/04
website for the Reason Foundation (as well as Reason Magazine and Reason Public Policy Institute).
http://www.reason.org

ExxonMobil 2003 Worldwide Giving Report
Public Information and Policy Research
http://research.greenpeaceusa.org/?a=view&d=4389

Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise website 4/04
http://www.cdfe.org

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

ExxonMobil 2005 Worldwide Giving Report
Public Information and Policy Research
http://research.greenpeaceusa.org/?a=view&d=4387

AEI Bio (2006)
http://www.aei.org/scholars/filter.,scholarID.28/scholar.asp

Ashbrook Staff Bio (2006)
http://www.ashbrook.org/about/staff/hayward.html