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