The Hudson Institute

The Hudson Institute is a non-profit conservative think-tank based in Washington DC and founded by several prominent rightwing family foundations and corporate foundations. The Hudson Institute was founded in 1961 by Herman Kahn of the RAND Corporation and has taken positions consistent with the economic right despite its claims of non-partisanship.

The Institute has a long history of receiving funding from corporations including Archer Daniels Midland, ConAgra Foods, Exxon Mobil, Microsoft, McDonalds, and Proctor & Gamble.This corporate funding has resulted in programs such as their Center for Global Food Issues that promotes pesticides and biotechnology, criticisms of organic foods, skepticism of global warming, and other staples of the economic right (source). The Institute has been hired in the past by the tobacco lobby to publish articles that would create confusion over the health effects of tobacco and to argues against generic AIDS drugs (source). Longtime fellow Michael Fumento was fired by Scripps Howard News Service in 2006 after he failed to disclose that he had taken contributions from Monsanto while promoting their products in print without disclosing this connection (source).

The organization has promoted privatizing social security and is the source for the myth that organic food is more dangerous than food grown with chemical pesticides. In 2006, the Institute hired Scooter Libby, the indicted former Chief of Staff for Vice President Dick Cheney, as a “senior fellow.”