By Mat Hope • Wednesday, February 8, 2017 – 02:33
Three think tanks known for pushing for Brexit and spreading climate science misinformation spent over £3 million of ‘dark money’ influencing British politics last year, according to a new report.
The Centre for Policy Studies (CPS), Civitas, and the Institute for Economic Affairs (IEA) all received the lowest score from independent watchdog Transparify in its latest transparency ratings. The three organisations were part of a list of seven ”highly opaque and deceptive think tanks in Britain that take money from hidden hands behind closed doors”, the report said.
All three were criticised as being “highly opaque”, while the International Institute for Strategic Studies was the only think tank Transparify assessed that was given a new ‘deceptive’ label.
DeSmog UK previously revealed how the CPS, IEA, and Civitas operate as part of a network of organisations based around Westminter’s 55 Tufton Street that pushed for the UK to leave the EU while spreading climate science misinformation.
Till Bruckner, Transparify’s advocacy manager, told DeSmog UK that think tanks are responsible for “a lot of influence in the US, UK and other countries, and a lot of that influence is benign. But a minority of players are giving think tanks a bad name and devaluing the label and brand”.
In some people’s minds, ‘think tanks’ are now synonymous with any other sort of lobby group, he said.