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Scott Walter Named President of Capital Research Center


Scott Walter, former Special Assistant for Domestic Policy to President George W. Bush, has been named President of the Capital Research Center (CRC).

Established in 1984, CRC is an investigative think tank based in Washington, D.C., known for connecting the dots between the radical Left and activist groups, labor unions, foundations, and other nonprofits. It specializes in exposing cronyism and corruption. Notably, CRC first exposed the activities of the “community organizing” group ACORN, leading to ACORN’s defunding by Congress and bankruptcy.

“We are excited to bring Scott aboard as our new president,” said former Attorney General Edwin Meese, a member of CRC’s Board of Directors. “His experience and depth of knowledge as well as his long history of success in nonprofit leadership make him the perfect person to lead the Capital Research Center and expand its impact.”

Walter succeeds Terrence Scanlon, who is retiring after having served as chairman of the Board as well as President. Meese added, “I was proud to serve with Terry in the Reagan Administration, where he chaired the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The board thanks Terry for his two decades of service.”

Michael Franc, Director of D.C. programs and Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, succeeds Scanlon as Chairman of CRC’s Board. Franc said, “CRC will continue to champion America’s unsung heroes in the nonprofit world and to expose the groups that are eager to grow the power of government at all levels.” Prior to joining Hoover, Franc served as policy director and counsel for House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. He also served as the Vice President of government relations for the Heritage Foundation from 1997-2013, managing all the think tank’s outreach with Capitol Hill and the Executive Branch.

In addition to serving in the Bush (43) White House, Walter was Vice President of the Philanthropy Roundtable, where he edited Philanthropy magazine as well as guidebooks for donors on such topics as public policy research, school choice, and assistance to the poor. Walter writes regularly for and previously served as a senior fellow at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and as senior editor of the American Enterprise Institute’s flagship publication. A native of Knoxville, Tenn., he is a graduate of Georgetown University.