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Conflicts of interest appear at think-tanks

In chase for funds, they are pushing agendas important to corporate donors

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BUSINESS INFLUENCE: Internal memos and confidential correspondence between Brookings and donors show that financial support often came with assurances from Brookings that it would provide "donation benefits".

Washington

AS Lennar Corp, one of the nation's largest homebuilders, pushed ahead with an US$8 billion plan to revitalise a barren swathe of San Francisco, it found a trusted voice to vouch for its work: the Brookings Institution, the most prestigious think-tank in the world.

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