Heartland Institute’s AGW denier Fred Singer lied to the IRS
The IRS should be all over this.
Richard Littlemore at DeSmog Blog:
“Dr. S. Fred Singer, who [the Heartland Institute] keeps on a $5,000-a-month retainer to spread disinformation about climate change, claimed Dr. Frederick Seitz as the chair of the Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP) for two full years AFTER Seitz died.”
[John] Mashey’s report, Fake science, fakexperts, funny finances, free of tax, documents the following conclusions:
1. Fred Singer committed perjury in his tax filings to the IRS by claiming that Fred Seitz continued to chair Singer’s own tax-protected SEPP for two years after Seitz death in 2008.
2. Singer made other representations in his 990 tax filings that either skirted the rules or, at the very least, let him shelter his own investments from taxation.
3. Singer is a lobbyist, not a scientist (at least, he has not produced any significant work of science in several decades) and is therefore in violation of limits to undeclared lobbying activity.
…more at link…
10. While insisting in its tax filings that it is a think tank, Heartland constantly advertises among potential donors its ability to reach and influence US legislators in apparent violation of lobbying rules.
John Mashey’s report:
Free speech allows people to express opinions, even lie about facts, but tax-free operation is a revocable privilege. Spreading factual untruths and confusion about smoking or climate science is neither research nor education in the public interest.
Read the report, at least the first 21 pages, backed by nearly 200 of detailed backup.