Strata Policy, a 501 (c)3 non-profit research organization for environmental, energy, and public land issues is located in Logan, Utah. The organization is connected to the Utah State University’s Institute of Political Economy, also located in Logan, by Dr. Randy Simmons. Simmons was the “Charles G. Koch Professor of political economy” at Utah State from 2008 through 2013 and is the President and Director of Research for Strata. In addition to serving as the Koch Professor at Utah State, Simmons also runs the “Koch Scholars” Program, which receives an annual grant from the Charles Koch Foundation.
And in 2014, Strata received a single $1.1 million contribution from the Charles Koch Foundation in addition to receiving $26,600 from the Charles Koch Institute.
Utah State University, which houses Strata research and publications, has also received funding from both Charles and David Koch – at least $1.6 million. This funding has made Utah State the fifth-biggest recipient of money from Koch-linked foundations among all colleges since 2012.
In 2015, Strata was awarded a contract by the Utah state government to help with “public relations work” around the state’s attempt to seize 31 acres of America’s public lands to the state.
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