Monday, May 12, 2014

Clintons Take Control of Think Tank Land

The Clintons are cozying up to some of the most powerful think tanks in Washington, making sure that influential think tanks are on their side should Hillary Clinton decide to run for president.

Brookings recently announced that it will host former President Bill Clinton on Thursday (May 15) for the inaugural Robert S. Brookings President's Lecture.  He will speak on the the global economy.

Bill Clinton is also set to headline the Center for American Progress (CAP) annual fundraiser on May 14.

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton will be a keynote speaker this week at New America Foundation's (NAF) annual conference focusing on "Big Ideas for a New America."

Here is a previous Think Tank Watch post about Hillary Clinton speaking at CAP's 10th anniversary event.  Here is another previous Think Tank Watch post about CAP founder John Podesta convening meetings for a Hillary run.

CAP was recently ranked as the 30th best think tank in the US by the annual University of Pennsylvania think tank rankings.  CAP was also ranked as the 10th best think tank in the US.

And to prepare for a 2032 presidential run, Chelsea Clinton has become a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).  Bill Clinton is also a CFR member, but Hillary is not.  But she has given CFR some love.  Hillary used the foreign policy-focused think tank to give her final speech as Secretary of State.