Even as a government agency, the Smithsonian must depend on donations to survive but that doesn’t mean they have to accept all donations.

The nation’s museum is questioning a $5 million grant from the American Petroleum Institute and putting the donation on hold.

A question of ethics over greed?

Smithsonian Questions $5 Million In Oil Money – The Smithsonian Institution has taken the rare step of putting on hold a $5 million donation from the American Petroleum Institute after two members of the museum complex’s Board of Regents, including a U.S. senator, balked at accepting oil-industry money for a major initiative on the world’s… [Washington Post Political News]