Fri 8 February 2008, The Daily Telegraph

£2,000 a day for Gordon Brown's favourite think-tank

By Christopher Hope
Good news for the Smith Institute, the independent think-tank which is being investigated by the charities watchdog for its close links to Gordon Brown and his circle. Its latest accounts show donations were pouring into the charity's coffers at the rate of more than £2,000 a day (the charity raised £740,000 in the 12 months to the end of March 2007, down from £860,000 the previous year). The Smith Institute insists on its 'plurality' The charity's trustees use their annual return to comment on the ongoing year-long investigation by the Charity Commission in a section headlined "External Factors Affecting The Achievement Of Our Objective General". Read more...
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