Romney draws on think tank expertise

By Laurie Bennett

May 23, 2012 at 10:29am

Mitt Romney is leaning heavily on several think tanks, including the Hoover Institution, the Heritage Foundation and the Center for Security Policy, to advise his presidential campaign.

Five members of the campaign’s education policy advisory group, announced Tuesday, have Hoover connections.

Four of the education advisers shown in our Muckety map sit on the Hoover Institution’s task force on K-12 education, which has recommended that the federal government pass school oversight to the states and school districts.

Those advising Romney on foreign affairs and national security include people with links to the Heritage Foundation and the Center for Security Policy.

Heritage experts include former Sen. Jim Talent (R-MO), who is now a fellow at the think tank; Nile Gardiner, director of the foundation’s Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom; and Kim Holmes, vice president of foreign and defense policy studies.

The Center for Security Policy is headed by Frank J. Gaffney Jr., an assistant secretary of defense during the Reagan administration.

The group has been sharply critical of Obama. A posting on its web site last month, for example, was titled “Wanted: A Competent Commander-In-Chief.”

The three organizations aren’t the only think tanks tapped by the Romney campaign.

Others supplying multiple advisers include the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the National Endowment for Democracy, the Atlantic Council of the United States and the American Enterprise Institute.

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