Koch and Arizona State University (ASU)
Arizona State University (ASU) is the largest public university in the U.S. by enrollment, at 83,301 students in the Fall of 2014.. ASU is located on five distinct campuses across the metropolitan Phoenix area.
ASU recently accepted two multi-million dollar grant pledges from the Charles Koch Foundation to establish two new research centers.  Public scrutiny over the new operations escalated in 2016 when Arizona’s legislature specifically earmarked $5 million for the two newly established centers at ASU, and a similar Koch-funded center at the University of Arizona (UA) in the state’s budget plan. The use of taxpayer funds for Koch-affiliated campus centers was opposed by professors, students and legislators concerned ideological ties to big businesses and partisan political figures.
In May, 2017, the Arizona legislature and governor approved a state budget that earmarked $2 million for the "freedom schools" at ASU and UA. Out of $15 million in total taxpayer funding to state universities, ASU received $7.6 million, $1 million of which was for the Koch-funded campus center.
Koch money to ASU
- $230,700 paid
- $831,000 unpaid pledge approved for future payments
- $1,129,000 unpaid pledge for the ASU Center for Political Thought and Leadership 
- $3,500,000 unpaid pledge for the ASU Center for the Study of Economic Liberty 
- $917,227 paid
- $25,000 paid for "ASU Foundation For A New American University"
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- Alex Kotch, The Koch Brothers Are Using This State as Their Right-Wing Laboratory, AlterNet, May 23, 2016.
- Howard Fischer, Ducey signs $9.8 billion state budget, Arizona Daily Star, via Capital Media Services, May 12, 2017
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- Michael Hiltzik, When universities sell their souls, why do they have to sell so cheaply?, Los Angeles Times, July 30, 2014
- Director Named For ASU’s Center For Political Thought And Leadership, Arizona Daily Independent, July 26, 2017
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Koch and Academic Freedom
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- Hank Reichman, On Blacklists, Harassment, and Outside Funders: A Response to Phil Magness, Academe Blog, American Association of University Professors (AAUP), April 11, 2017
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- Gale Sigal and Steve Boyd, Koch Pledge To Eudaimonia Is Not A Gift, Old Gold & Black, Wake Forest University, April 30, 2017
- James Ford and Ulrike Wiethaus, Faculty Senate at Wake Forest Explains Opposition to Koch-Funded Institute, Chronicle of Higher Education, May 12, 2017
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- Michael Burke, The Whitman School’s receipt of a Charles Koch Foundation grant is raising academic freedom concerns, The Daily Orange, Syracuse University, Feb. 2, 2017
- Editorial, Koch brothers’ donation to Syracuse University is a red flag for academic freedom at the expense of two of the country’s richest men, The Daily Orange, Syracuse University, Feb. 1, 2017
- Dan Berrett, Not Just Florida State, Inside Higher Ed, June 28, 2011
- Stanley Fish, Sex, the Koch Brothers, and Academic Freedom, Opinionator Blog, New York Times, May 16, 2011
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