Koch-Funded PR Agency Aided Great Barrington Declaration Sponsor - 2020-10-13
he organisation sponsoring the Great Barrington Declaration, which advocates a 'herd immunity' approach to the COVID-19 pandemic, has received PR support from an agency bankrolled by the Charles Koch Foundation to the tune of $1.4 million to support a range of climate science denial groups.
Documents seen by Byline Times reveal that the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) – the libertarian, free market think tank in located in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, that has published the declaration created by Oxford University epidemiologist Professor Sunetra Gupta, Professor Martin Kulldorff of Harvard University and Stanford Fellow Jay Bhattacharya – has been given PR and marketing support from Emergent Order LLC, based in Austin, Texas.
The latest available corporate records filed with the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) confirm that, in 2018, AIER paid $510,000 to Emergent Order for "marketing consulting services". This included production of a viral YouTube video, 'The March of History: Mises vs Marx – The Definitive Capitalism vs. Socialism Rap Battle', which began production in May 2019 and was released in December.