Not long after “Who Is Carl Barney?” appeared on ARI Watch the leadership of the Ayn Rand Institute doubled down associating themselves with their most generous donor. ARI’s Annual Report for 2017 prominently displayed a photograph of Barney along with a statement by him. In February 2018 ARI uploaded a video of a talk he had given at OCON 2016, titled – believe it or not – “The Objectivist Ethics Applied to Life and Business.” On 3 July 2018 he was part of the Entrepreneurship and Business Leadership Panel at OCON 2018. 
By that time the leadership of ARI probably knew Barney’s true history, a history rather different from the history he pretends to have. Yaron Brook has read at least some of ARI Watch because he mentioned the website on one of his podcasts, mentioned it without mentioning it you might say. While discussing Trump’s belligerent attitude toward media criticism Mr. Brook says that he himself never gets upset when people criticize him. Why just:
Mr. Brook is a little narcissistic here. ARI Watch examines all of ARI’s output not just Mr. Brook’s, but because he is ARI’s chief spokesman he does get a lot of ink. He seems to think that a website dedicated to watching ARI is reprehensible just for existing and that being meticulous is somehow a defect.
Perhaps he pines for the good old days. Imagine what ARI would be getting away with if the Internet did not exist. True, they use the Internet to spread their lies but at least you can talk back to them on webpages they don’t themselves control.
Another reason the leadership of ARI knows the truth about Barney is that Yaron Brook and most of the others are active on Twitter and they have received dozens of tweets about Barney along with a link to ARI Watch. The tweets, which the recipients suffer in silence, point out that Carl Barney was a Scientologist for at least 12 years and a top executive in the Church of Scientology for nine of them, during which he ran five Church missions. And he didn’t leave on his own, L. Ron Hubbard kicked him out for alleged financial improprieties (if true the pot called the kettle black). The tweets also point out that Barney’s success and wealth depend on the poorly managed federal student loan program – the federal government is the source of 90% of his tuition revenue, which money he can keep even if a loan goes into default. The tweets point out that changing to a nonprofit was Barney’s way to continue getting federal subsidies after a change in the law. That he lied to Patricia Cohen of the New York Times in her May 2016 interview. That Yaron Brook has no business giving lectures on integrity when he allows Barney on the board of the “Ayn Rand Institute” and when he is on the board of Carl Barney’s “Center for Excellence in Higher Education.” (Update: Mr. Brook left the board of CEHE in 2018 and Mr. Barney silently disappeared from the ARI website’s list of board members in March 2019. Mr. Barney continues to be associated with ARI affiliate The Objective Standard.)
Now either (1) ARI had been ignorant of Carl Barney’s deceit about his past and of his current questionable business practices, and only found out after reading ARI Watch, or (2) ARI knew about these things all along but believed no one else did. In either case (1) Now they know, (2) Now they know you know. In either case you would expect some sort of public statement from them.
Why does the Ayn Rand Institute continue to associate itself with Carl Barney though aware, for example, of his long and extensive work for L. Ron Hubbard’s Church of Scientology?
Followers of ARI who hoped to find out when Yaron Brook answered a question about Scientology during his BlogTalkRadio show of 26 April 2018, titled “Ask Me Anything,” were disappointed. He never mentioned Barney, at least not out loud. He begins by reading the question: 
Mr. Brook continues with the second part of the question:
That’s concludes Mr. Brook’s answer, about as shallow an analysis as is possible. He himself doesn’t think too deeply about the world.
The important thing to observe is that Mr. Brook completely ignores the elephant in the ARI boardroom, Carl Barney. But Barney almost certainly was in the background of Mr. Brook’s thoughts because, as we argued, Mr. Brook almost certainly knows about Barney’s Church of Scientology past. Given this opportunity to speak about it on his radio show, why didn’t he ?
In a way perhaps he did. The purpose of Mr. Brook’s whitewash of Scientology might have been to excuse Carl Barney. The next time Mr. Brook opens himself up to uncensored questions, questions that he cannot choose himself, in a forum where the audience can respond with another question, ask him about Carl Barney. Ask Mr. Brook about Barney misrepresenting his past, about the complaints against his business practices both in lawsuits and from students on college review websites. Ask Mr. Brook what he was doing on the board of Barney’s “Center for Excellence in Higher Education.”
Likewise for Barney. The next time he speaks of Objectivist ethics applied to life and business ask him about his past association with the Scientology racket. Ask him how he got the money to invest in real estate and then colleges. Ask him if his CEHE enrolls homeless bums so long as they can get a federal guaranteed loan.