University of Utah

$10M Koch donation to University of Utah raises concerns

A group from the University of Utah is raising "serious concerns" about a $10 million donation from the conservative billionaire Koch brothers to help establish an economics institute.

They say in a letter that Koch donations are aimed at funding academic work and student activities that support their views, so accepting the money could make the school into a vehicle for political goals like climate change skepticism. A total of 85 faculty members, students and alumni had signed a letter outlining the concerns as of Tuesday, political science professor Mark Button, who authored the letter, said in an email.

The Charles Koch Foundation says they support a wide...