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Liberal think tank to stop taking UAE funding

Liberal think tank to stop taking UAE funding
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The Center for American Progress (CAP), a liberal think tank, will stop accepting money from the United Arab Emirates. 

“With a rising undemocratic tide around the world, and serious questions about which side of that struggle our own President stands on, it seemed clear that all Americans should take extra steps and leave no doubt where they stand,” a CAP spokesman told the Hill. 

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The spokesman added, “This funding never impacted any CAP position or policy, but everybody here agrees it’s just the right thing to do.”

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The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates gave between $500,000 and $1 million to CAP in 2017.

CAP started talking about refusing the UAE money in June and finalized the decision in December. The center fired two staffers earlier this month over leaking internal company emails that they thought showed UAE had an influence on the center. 

The center was founded in 2003 by John Podesta, President Clinton’s former chief of staff.