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Oct 23, 2009



Mr. Thompson, since you're taking questions. When did you guys stop taking tobacco money? Just asking because I noticed that Bonner Cohen was doing tobacco advocacy when he worked with you at the Lexington Institute.

Also, are you guys still taking Exxon Mobil money for your climate change advocacy? Just wondering, since you're answering questions and all.

Loren Thompson

I keep telling you guys, all you have to do is ask me! Here's the bottom line on my support for the F-35 alternate engine:

I decided two years ago that the Bush Administration was right about the alternate engine being a waste of money. So I started writing that. As a result, Rolls Royce cut off funding to my think tank and Pratt & Whitney came on board. The amounts of funding lost and gained were roughly the same -- and not large in either case.

Oddly enough, people who agree with what I'm saying are more likely to give our organization money than people who disagree. If you ever find me writing anything about the engines that is inaccurate, though, just let me know and I'll fix it.

-- Loren T.

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