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Companies Challenged over Membership in ALEC and Heartland Institute

Walden Asset Management spearheads a letter-writing campaign by shareowners urging corporations to review their memberships in the controversial organizations.

Tim Smith of Walden Management was instrumental in getting Bank of America to quit ALEC.

SocialFunds.com — Following the US Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision in January, 2010, the years-long campaign by investors to pressure corporations to disclose their direct political contributions was expanded to include payments to activist trade associations like the US Chamber of Commerce. Sustainable investors and other governance advocates recognized that inconsistencies between a company’s stated position on sustainability issues and the lobbying activities of trade associations left it exposed to reputational and business risks.

Following a number of highly publicized incidents, investor concerns have now widened to include corporate membership in partisan More →

The climate change deniers: influence out of all proportion to science

The Heartland Institute’s recent shaming has put the denialist camp on the defensive. But they’ve already done massive harm….

In other words, a small cadre of fervent climate-change deniers took control of the Republican Party on the issue. This, in turn, has meant control of Congress. And since the president can’t sign a treaty by himself, it’s effectively meant stifling any significant international progress on global warming. Put another way, the various rightwing billionaires and energy companies who have bankrolled this stuff have gotten their money’s worth many times over.

One reason the denialists’ campaign has been so successful, of course, is that they’ve also managed to intimidate the other side. There aren’t many senators who rise with the passion or frequency of James Inhofe, but to warn of the dangers of ignoring what’s really happening on our embattled planet.

To read more about the influence of the climate deniers, please click here.

Heartland Institute Compares Climate Science Believers And Reporters To Mass ‘Murderers And Madmen’

The Heartland Institute has launched one of the most offensive billboard campaigns in U.S. history. The Chicago-based anti-science think tank is comparing all those who accept climate science — and the journalists who report on it accurately — to Charles Manson, the Unabomber, and Osama Bin Laden.

Leo blog : The Heartland Institute conference billboard in Chicago…Heartland’s detailed rationalization for its hate speech confirms the very worst views of this right-wing group.

To read about this insidious attack on scientists and reporters, please click here.