Small think tank has multiple ties to White House, Congress

By Laurie Bennett

December 21, 2013 at 8:43am

The American Security Project’s connections to the White House couldn’t go much higher.

Chuck Hagel

John Kerry

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Secretary of State John Kerry were, until this year, directors.

ASP operates as a relatively low-budget Washington think tank, with 2012 revenues of $1 million.

The group’s mission is to educate the public about “the changing nature of national security in the 21st Century.”

Through its advocacy arm, the American Security Action Fund, it lobbies the administration and Congress. Last year, it spent $160,000 through two lobby shops - K&L Gates and ADS Ventures.

ASP has a tradition of congressional connections. Its lobbyists at K&L Gates include former Reps. Bart Gordon (D-TN) and James Walsh (R-NY). Former Sen. Gary Hart (D-CO) chairs the group.

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