21 May '12, 5pm

Heartland Institute going broke due to dickish billboard campaign

Heartland Institute going broke due to dickish billboard campaign

After a year fraught with hardship, the climate-denialist Heartland Institute is being rapidly abandoned by its friends and supporters, doomed to wind up friendless and alone, wandering the streets clad only in rags, hawking matches to indifferent passers-by. It would be straight-up Dickensian if they weren’t such jerks. But most of this ill will is coming from the organization’s over-the-line billboard campaign comparing climate scientists and other global warming believers to legendary mass murderers. The organization has lost at least $825,000 in donations — 35 percent of its projected corporate funding — and has been forced to publicly take coal industry money in order to keep afloat. It’s hemorrhaging staff, speakers, and support as well. Its entire Washington DC office, barring one staffer, decamped, taking Heartland’s biggest project, involving the insurance industr...

Full article: http://grist.org/list/heartland-institute-going-broke-due...

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