Monday, January 29, 2007

Incestous Activist groups

I didn't know the Ecological Rights Foundation, Californians for Alternatives to Toxics and Klamath Environmental Law Center were connected, but alot of you did. Thanks for the heads up.

Turns out Fred Evenson/Ecological Rights Foundation's litigation consultant, Patty Clary/Californians for Alternatives to Toxics AND her partner Bill Verick/Klamath Environmental Law Center all coincidentally show up as having DONATED $5,000 OR MORE to the "Center for Ethics and Toxics" in the same time period ... Now - is this over and above whatever ERF PAID for the study they commissioned? Or is this HOW they PAY for the study that aids them in their lawsuit(s)?

Does this mean they SPLIT the $15,000 OR MORE cost? Or they each commissioned separate studies? Or were they just all simultaneously donating out of the goodness of their hearts?

Where does this money they donate come from? Your donations? Lawsuit settlements? Grant money?

Explain to me how this works.

Because at this point, I think activistcash has nailed it:
"...With dozens of wealthy foundations bankrolling radical activist groups, a good deal of public philanthropy has become a shell game. The money flows freely, largely undetected, thanks to Tides’ innovative funding vehicles. The many groups that Tides “incubates” (and which operate under Tides’ umbrella) are smart, fierce, and built to last -- their targets in industry are just now beginning to learn the size of this organized opposition and its institutional bankroll..."

The Friends of the Center for Ethics and Toxics (CETOS) listed generous benefactors giving $5000 & Above as:
- California for Alternatives to Toxics (CATS) (incidentally they spelled it right in another newsletter)
- Klamath Environmental Law Center
- Jennifer Altman Foundation (also donated $201,350.00 to the Tides Foundation & Tides Center which funds CETOS between 1992 – 2002)
- Ecological Rights Foundation
- As You Sow Foundation

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Someone should go back and check every donation John Wooley has recieved. As he publiclly stated,he is proud to represent these groups.

Anonymous said...

This would hurt him in his district in what way? So what?

Anonymous said...

His distric is whipped because of an impression. The truth is they have the lowest voter turn out. If voters who have given up knew the truth of Wooley and his radical supporters it just might get them back to the polls. I know these socialist try to stamp out decent but even Russia couldn't do that for ever. If we work hard and balance the board of supervisors with honest reps. we can render Wooley a moot point in Hum. Co.

Anonymous said...

Your analysis is way off base.

Rose said...

These are questions:
Are these $5,000(+?) over and above whatever ERF PAID for the study they commissioned? Or is this HOW they PAY for the study that aids them in their lawsuit(s)?

Does this mean these three groups SPLIT the $15,000 OR MORE cost? Or that they each commissioned separate studies? Or were they just all simultaneously donating out of the goodness of their hearts?

Where does this money they donate come from? Your donations? Lawsuit settlements? Grant money?

Explain to me how this works.

Anonymous said...

You are an idiot so no amount of explanation would help.

Anonymous said...

Not only is the analysis spot on but the analsist is a genious. One may be ignorant of the facts or dishonest. Which are you ann.1:14? One of course can never underestimate the economic clout from the newbe's in a cult! To have that young fresh source of coverts from HSU must be like morphine to a junkie.

Anonymous said...

Wooley should be put to pasture for his ridiculous pursuit of the railroad.

Rose said...

Well, 2:44, there are some pretty sharp people who are following what is going on here, many with knowledge of the law, and some from out of the area - I'm sure they would be able to 'understand' your explanation about these 'donations.' Gee, maybe the answer is so straightforward, even I will get it.

How much was paid to CETOS for the study that was commissioned?
How was that bill paid?
Where did that money come from?
Why did these three groups each simultaneously donate $5,000 or more to CETOS?
Were these donations payment for the study?
If so, does that mean the cost of the study was shared?
And why?
Does any of the Ecological Rights Foundation's money come from Tides or any affiliates of Tides that funnel money into key projects?
Does the Ecological Rights Foundation receive any money from any big granting Foundations, and if so, which ones?
And if you are a true believer who sends in your $20 donation to one of these groups believing they need your help, are you aware of how well funded they are?
Since the Ecological Rights Foundation garnered $700,000 from their threatened lawsuit, are they using that "go-away" money to birth Humboldt Baykeeper and set the stage for another round of lawsuit threats designed to bring in even more money?
How much of that money goes back into restoration of the Bay?

And those are just SOME of the questions that need answering.

Funny, though. I couldn't find the Ecological Rights Foundation listed in the Humboldt County Phone Book.

Which, you know, leads to more questions.