MIT Lobbied Against Reviewing Foreign Funds Flowing Into Universities, Emails Show

MIT Lobbied Against Reviewing Foreign Funds Flowing Into Universities, Emails Show

  • January 26, 2024

James Lynch, Daily Caller

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) pushed the Biden administration to oppose increased scrutiny of large foreign donations to colleges and universities, newly released emails show.

MIT’s Washington, D.C., office Director David Goldston emailed the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in October 2021 with a list of “talking points” advocating against the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) being allowed to review university gifts and contracts.

The emails were released Friday by Protect the Public’s Trust (PPT), a conservative watchdog that obtained the emails through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) public records request.

“The outbreak of blatant antisemitism on many college campuses, including those considered among the most elite, in the wake of an attack against Jewish people revealed something very disturbing at the core of our most revered institutions,” said PPT Director Michael Chamberlain in a statement. “That they have also for years resisted scrutiny from federal overseers prompts a broader discussion about the integrity of our system of higher education.

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