Concerns Raised About Koch Donation To University Of Utah
A group from the University of Utah is raising concerns about a $10 million donation from the conservative billionaire Koch brothers.
They say in a letter released Tuesday that Koch donations are aimed at supporting academic work in line with their views, so accepting the money could make the university into a vehicle for political goals like climate change skepticism.
Political science professor and letter author Mark Button says 85 faculty members and others have signed it.
University spokesman Chris Nelson says the agreement with contains strict limits to protect autonomy of hiring and research.
The Charles Koch foundation says it supports a wide range of viewpoints in education, and disputes that it supports climate change skepticism.
Charles and David Koch are known for pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into backing conservative and libertarian causes.