Atlas Network

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MottoTo strengthen the worldwide freedom movement by identifying, training, and supporting individuals with the potential to found and develop effective independent organizations.
FounderAntony Fisher
Typethink tank
Sponsored byCarthage Foundation, Koch family foundations

The Atlas Network, formerly known as the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, aims, in the colourful terms used by John Blundell (president from 1987 to 1990), "... to litter the world with free-market think-tanks." [1]

Atlas promotes international development of free market think tanks and provides support and networking opportunities for existing organizations. Atlas brings "freedom to the world" through workshops, publications, awards, and a global directory of conservative/free market think tanks. Atlas is a member of both the Cooler Heads Coalition and the State Policy Network. Atlas is funded by conservative foundations, including the Sarah Scaife Foundation, Earhart Foundation and the Carthage Foundation



On 2 August 2002, AERF wrote to President Bush, discouraging him from attending the UN Summit on Sustainable Development. Bush did not attend.[2]


Atlas Economic Research Foundation has received $680,000 from Exxon Mobil since 1998.

Year Amount Donor Name Purpose Source
1998 $65,000 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving global climate conference and other support ExxonMobil 1998 grants list
2000 $50,000 ExxonMobil Foundation General Support ExxonMobil Foundation 2000 IRS 990
2001 $150,000 ExxonMobil Foundation General Support ExxonMobil 2001 Annual Report
2002 $50,000 ExxonMobil Foundation   ExxonMobil 2002 Annual Report
2003 $190,000 ExxonMobil Foundation   ExxonMobil 2003 Corporate Giving Report
2004 $75,000 ExxonMobil Foundation   Exxon Giving Report 2004
2005 $100,000 ExxonMobil Foundation   ExxonMobil 2005 DIMENSIONS Report (Corporate Giving)

Founders, directors and Staff



ExxonMobil 2005 DIMENSIONS Report (Corporate Giving) XOM Foundation and Corporation donations in 2005 to worldwide organizations.



Carthage FoundationPart of the Scaife Foundations overseen by the late right-wing billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife, whose wealth was inherited from the Mellon industrial, oil, aluminum and banking fortune.
Koch family foundationsControlled by the billionaire Koch brothers, who finance the 'right' in US politics when they say the right things.


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  2. "Corporate-funded Lobbyists Aimed to Sabotage Johannesburg Summit," Africa News, 19 August 2002.