Roll Call: Latest News on Capitol Hill, Congress, Politics and Elections
September 1, 2014

Beware of Who Pays for ‘Objective’ Research

Eric Lipton exposes how seemingly neutral research organizations are promoting the political agendas of their wealthy patrons under the guise of “research.”

“They do it with the gloss of research, and play a critical and often underappreciated role in multilevel lobbying campaigns, backed by corporate lobbyists and labor unions, with a potential payoff that can be in the millions of dollars for the interests they represent.”

“The left has its own prominent groups, like the Center for American Progress and the Economic Policy Institute, whose donors include nearly 20 labor unions, and whose reports, with their own aura of objectivity, consistently conclude that raising the minimum wage makes good economic sense. But none has played such a prominent and multifaceted role in recent months as the conservative Employment Policies Institute, [a non-profit run by a public relations firm that represents the restaurant industry.]”

“What is clear is that the reports by the Employment Policies Institute are a critical element in the lobbying campaign against the increase in the minimum wage, as restaurant industry groups, in their own statements and news releases, often cite the institute‚Äôs reports, creating the Washington echo chamber effect that is so coveted by industry lobbyists.”

Comments (0)

No comments just yet.

Sign In

Forgot password?

Or

Subscribe

Receive daily coverage of the people, politics and personality of Capitol Hill.

Subscription | Free Trial

Logging you in. One moment, please...