The following letter from BHI Executive Director David G. Tuerck was sent to the Suffolk Environmental Club on November 20, 2014:
Concerning your comments in the Suffolk Journal about Koch money “influencing … scientific results,” I find it appalling that a group of students at Suffolk – or any student anywhere – would sign on the idea of banning money that goes to support research without even the slightest attempt to confer in advance with the authors of the work being condemned.
You say you have “questions about what the [Koch] money is being used for exactly.” Well, I have already told the Journal that almost all the money from Koch has gone to support faculty salaries, student scholarships and a speaking program.
As for the funds that go to the Beacon Hill Institute or its research, you, in my opinion, violated generally-accepted standards of academic integrity when you allied yourselves with the “Koch-free” people without first talking to me and my staff. I have to wonder how you would blindly attach yourself to what is a blatant, anti-free-speech, radical-left political campaign without first finding out what you are talking about. Where, I have to ask, was your faculty advisor when you did this?
What you do when you sign on to that the anti-Koch campaign is ally yourself with a political operative who is using her Suffolk connection to advance her career. It seems to me that you might want to reconsider allowing yourselves to be used as pawns in her game.
I have a suggestion: Contact Frank Conte, our Director of Communications, and ask for an appointment to meet with my staff to discuss our work. Then you can reach your own conclusions about the quality of our research and whether you want it banned from Suffolk.
David G. Tuerck
Executive Director, Beacon Hill Institute
Professor of Economics
Related: Letter to the editor, Suffolk Journal, November 19, 2014