Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Advises Koch-Funded University Center - 2019-02-27

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F0.png Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Advises Koch-Funded University Center February 27, 2019, Alex Kotch, Sludge

Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who announced her candidacy for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination in January, is one of 12 advisors of a foreign policy center at the Washington, D.C.-based Catholic University of America. The Center for the Study of Statesmanship (CSS) was founded in 2017 with a $2.65 million grant from the Charles Koch Foundation, which gives tens of millions of dollars to American colleges and universities each year, usually to fund ideological, free-market academic programs.

The position is not listed on Gabbard's 2017 financial disclosure, the most recent available. The center, which "considers how American constitutionalism, with its emphasis on limited and decentralized power, virtue, and deliberation, relates to statesmanship in foreign and domestic affairs," brings in professors and visiting fellows, sponsors conferences, seminars, and lectures.

Gabbard, a military veteran, has often opposed U.S. engagement in overseas conflicts, including in war-torn Syria, so she is not out of place among anti-interventionists. "Having experienced first-hand the true cost of war," states her 2020 campaign website, Gabbard "made a personal vow to find a way to ensure that our country doesn't continue repeating the mistakes of the past, sending our troops into war without a clear mission, strategy, or purpose."

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