AEI (Doc Index)
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The American Enterprise Institute (for Public Policy Research) was the most influential think-tank ever in American political history, certainly in terms of direct policy formation for President Reagan.
During the Carter Administration it carried very little weight and the Heritage Foundation was seen by conservatives as the premier policy formation vehicle. In 1980 during the presidential campaign, and in 1981 with Ronald Reagan in the White House it became the dominant conservative think-tank, overtaking the Heritage Foundation. This was under the CEO Arthur C Brooks.
It had a period of decline with the George HW Bush Administration, and then a resurgence under William Baroody
During the Presidency of George W Bush it was back on top, although now with a change in emphasis. Vanity Fair said it was "the intellectual command post of the neoconservative campaign for regime-change in Iraq."
Documents & Timeline
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William Baroody Jr & Sn.
1997 Joshua S Slavitt at Philip Morris was Senior Manager, Issues Planning and handled the generous company donations to both real and phantom think-tanks and institutes which supported the company and tobacco industry. (His associates in this brown paper-bag operation were Roy Marden, John R Dunham and Tracy Mihaus)
Slavitt reports many millions of dollars given to various think-tanks over the 1997 year, with $100,000 for the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). This is considerably less than they were giving to the Cato Institute ($175,000) and the Competitive Enterprise Institute ($125,000).