Left: U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a statement on Iran at the White House in Washington, January 17, 2016. Obama signed an executive order on Saturday lifting sanctions on Iran related to its nuclear program after Tehran fulfilled requirements under a nuclear agreement with world powers, the White House said. Photo by Yuri Gripas/Reuters.
Other recipients of grants to publish analysis and briefings supporting the Obama deal with Iran, include the Arms Control Association $282,500; the Brookings Institution, $225,000; and the Atlantic Council, $182,500. Princeton University got $70,000 to support former Iranian ambassador and nuclear spokesman Seyed Hossein Mousavian’s “analysis, publications and policymaker engagement on the range of elements involved with the negotiated settlement of Iran’s nuclear program. The ‘Gulf 2000 Project’, Columbia University received $75,000,” To support analysis, reporting and other efforts to inform the debate about Iran’s nuclear program and international diplomatic approaches to verifiably prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.” The Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies ($50,000).
On its website, Ploughshares outlined its broader objective of “ensuring regular and accurate coverage of nuclear issues in reputable and strategic media outlets” such as The Guardian, Salon, the Huffington Post or Pro Publica.” Since earlier “efforts failed to generate enough coverage,” Ploughshares offered “funding reporters at The Nation and Mother Jones and a partnership with The Center for Public Integrity [!?] to create a national security desk, using web videos, podcasts, photo-based stories” and other “attention-grabbing formats” for “creatively reframing the issue.” The Center for Public Integrity’s CEO, Peter Bale, who confirmed receiving $70,000, declared “None of the funding received by Ploughshares was for coverage of the Iran deal.” Other recipients also denied the funding from Ploughshares affected their reporting, as if money was not fungible.
On its website, Ploughshares Fund describes itself “a global security foundation” that for more than thirty-five years, “have helped provide more than $100 million to support the smartest people with the best ideas on global security.”
Among its 2015 donors of more than $100,000, are the Carnegie Corporation of New York; The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; George; Soros’s Open Society Foundations and Policy Center; Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Lesser amounts were given by The Nasir Foundation; Tide (which receives grants from Soro’s Open Society); GE Foundation, as well as some 22 anonymous donors in different categories.