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March 05, 2015

Obamacare Case Puts Spotlight on Libertarian Think Tank

The Competitive Enterprise Institute, a relatively small Washington, D.C., research group with ties to major conservative and corporate donors, had a star turn Wednesday as the Supreme Court heard a high-profile challenge to the Affordable Care Act, writes The New York Times. The institute organized and bankrolled the suit challenging federal subsidies to some 7.5 million newly insured people on the basis of a phrase in the health-reform law.

The 31-year-old libertarian organization is best known for its small-government advocacy and criticism of what it calls “global warming alarmism.” It raised $5.4 million in grants and gifts in 2013, according to a recent audit, and its donors have included the foundations of Exxon Mobil, General Motors, Verizon, and billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch.