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Fri Feb 17, 2012, 11:28 PM

Heartland Institute (Exposed By Whistleblower) faces fresh scrutiny over tax status

Heartland Institute faces fresh scrutiny over tax status
Whistleblower made complaint to IRS over climate science attack machine's tax-exempt status, Guardian learns

The Heartland Institute, the libertarian thinktank whose project to undermine science lessons for schoolchildren was exposed this week, faces new scrutiny of its finances including its donors and tax status.

The Guardian has learned of a whistleblower complaint to the Internal Revenue Service about Heartland's 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.

There was also a call from a group of climate scientists who have personally been on the receiving end of attacks from Heartland and bloggers funded by the thinktank, and whose email was posted online after a notorious 2009 hack, for Heartland to "recognise how its attacks on science and scientists have poisoned the debate about climate change policy," in a letter made available exclusively to the Guardian.

The unauthorised release of internal documents indicated Heartland had received $14m over several years from a single anonymous donor as well as tobacco and liquor companies and corporations pledged to social responsibility, including the General Motors Foundation.

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/feb/17/heartland-institute-fresh-scrutiny-tax

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Sat Feb 18, 2012, 12:08 AM

1. this is the most important fallout from the email leak

these people have been way overstepping the boundaries of their non profit status.
and now that their key donors are being exposed, many of them
leading corporate citizens who are embarrassed to be associated with
these climate denialist tobacco-trough troglodytes - fundraising
could get a lot tougher next year.

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Sat Feb 18, 2012, 01:47 AM

2. k&r

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Sat Feb 18, 2012, 04:22 PM

3. This story just keeps getting better and better...

Not a peep about it on from ANY U.S. news reporters.
Including:

Thom Hartmann
Amy Goodman
Cenk the Turk
Keith Oberman
Rachel Maddow

What does this tell us?

Why do we have to turn to alternative and foreign print to follow this story?

BHN

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