Recently in one of his podcasts Yaron Brook said that ARI had lost a large donor and about a third of the staff had been laid off. He didn’t mention it but layoffs included the head of Archives, Jeff Britting, who’d been one of the few productive people there.
ARI’s three largest donors had been Carl Barney, the Koch brothers, and John Allison.
A few days ago a reliable source (go ahead laugh, LOL) told me that the donor who bailed was Carl Barney.
Still, ARI and Barney continue to associate. If their websites are up-to-date he and Yaron Brook are still on each other’s boards (ARI and CEHE). July’s OCON featured Barney on a panel discussion, and he was seen talking with ARI’s new executive director, the Israeli Tal Tsfany.
I don’t know why Barney bailed donor-wise. Perhaps his CEHE isn’t doing well financially.