Why D.C.'s policy shops need to be transparent about who else is paying their scholars
Yes, it's a problem when the person delivering the policy paper is also a paid lobbyist.
Think tank salaries are looking more and more like lobbyist salaries. That's no surprise.
Why are so many think-tank scholars being paid like lobbyists? Because they're acting like lobbyists, too.
In response to demands from Senate Republicans, the think tank led by Chuck Hagel has released a list of its foreign donors, along with assertions about its intellectual independence from all of its funders. But like most other Beltway think tanks, the ties between scholarship and money are a lot closer than meets the eye.