The pressure placed on leading US think tanks by The New York Times is starting to have an effect. On September 7, the Times, on the basis of extensive investigative research, accused the Atlantic Council, Brookings, CSIS – all think tanks with major output on energy security issues – and 25 other institutions of accepting money from foreign governments (e.g. Qatar, Norway) totaling at least 92 million US dollars, without however declaring this to be the case. Although the reasons for this are understandable – the assumption of impartiality and objectivity is one of the most important forms of capital these institutions posses, empowering them for example to deliver testimony before the US Senate – failure to declare overseas financial sources constitutes a violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938. The Times today cites legal experts and members of Congress, all of whom agree that the need for such disclosure is essential.