Ed Crane (political activist)
|Born||Edward Harrison Crane
August 15, 1944
Los Angeles, California
|Institution||Cato Institute (1977–2012)|
|Field||Economics, Politics, Social Science, Culture|
|Alma mater||University of California, Berkeley
University of Southern California (MBA)
|Influences||Ludwig von Mises, F.A. Hayek, Milton Friedman|
In the 1970s, he was one of the most active leaders within the Libertarian Party. He directed the Party as its National Chair from 1974 to 1977, worked on John Hospers's Presidential bid and managed Ed Clark's 1978 campaign for Governor of California. In 1980, Crane served as Communications Director to the Libertarian Party Presidential ticket of Clark and Vice Presidential candidate David Koch. In 2012, Ed Crane stepped down from Cato's board.
Crane has been a member of the board of various political organizations, including Americans for Limited Government, a group that assists grassroots efforts throughout the country, and the Center for Competitive Politics. Crane is also a member of the Mont Pelerin Society.
Tenure at Cato Institute
While at Cato, Crane grew the organization: from a staff of 10 and a budget of $800,000 when it first opened in San Francisco, to a staff of 127 and a $21 million budget in a newly renovated building in Washington, DC. He retired from Cato in 2012.
- "Cato Institute Welcomes New CEO, Announces Changes to Board". Cato Institute.
- Weigel, David. "Ed Crane steps down to end the Koch brothers' attempted coup at Cato, and libertarians cheer". Slate.com. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
- Morin, Richard (May 9, 2002). "Free Radical; Libertarian—and Contrarian—Ed Crane Has Run the Cato Institute for 25 Years. His Way". Washington Post. Retrieved December 10, 2012.
- Jackovich, Karen G. (September 22, 1980). "Ed Clark Is the Libertarian Party's Headstrong Candidate for the White House". People. Retrieved December 10, 2012.
- Staff Editorial (October 23, 2012). "Ed Crane's Freedom Legacy". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved December 10, 2012.
- In 2012, a shareholder dispute arose between Crane and Charles and David Koch. Crane accused the Kochs of trying to take control of the organization. The Kochs contended that the shares of deceased shareholder William Niskanen should have been offered to the Institute first, and not passed to his widow. Crane later said that he spoke to New Yorker reporter Jane Meyer that he was a source on her article condemning the Koch brothers. Weigel, David (March 22, 2012). ""Who the Hell is Going to Take a Think Tank Seriously If It's Controlled by Billionaire Oil Guys?" Cato's President Speaks". Slate. Retrieved December 10, 2012. As part of the dispute settlement, the Cato shareholder agreement was dissolved and Crane agreed to retire. Vogel, Kenneth P. (June 26, 1980). "Cato, Koch brothers settle ownership fight". Politico. Retrieved December 10, 2012.
|Party political offices|
|U.S. Libertarian Party Executive Committee Chair
1974 – 1977