From the Chinese government to the Koch Brothers, outside donors receive scrutiny at Texas universities - 2018-04-24
Appearing almost a dozen times, next to donations that total $5.5 million over four years, is the Charles Koch Foundation. The conservative-leaning John Templeton Foundation, which gave nearly $1.7 million, is also listed amid a catalog of mostly redacted names that The Texas Tribune obtained through an open records request.
University leaders and the funders themselves say donors exercise no influence over the institute's research or academic programs. Benjamin Powell, the institute's director, said it's staffed with "highly productive scholars" who "compare favorably with other faculty on campus and at peer institutions on standard, non-ideological, scholarly metrics."