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July 06, 2015

Money From Rockefeller Fund Backs Effort to Forge Iran Deal

A Rockefeller family philanthropy has taken a major role both financially and organizationally in backing U.S. attempts to reach an agreement on nuclear security with Iran, Bloomberg reports.

The Rockefeller Brothers Fund has spent $4.3 million on the effort since 2003 and co-created the Iran Project, a nonprofit that conducted a back-channel dialogue with highly placed Iranians and kept the George W. Bush and Obama administrations abreast of its work.

The Rockefeller fund launched the Iran Project with the nonprofit United Nations Association of the USA as part of an effort to consider new approaches to the Muslim world in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

The philanthropy has given millions of dollars to the Ploughshares Fund, a San Francisco-based disarmament group that has marshaled think tanks and peace organizations to promote a deal with Iran.