Heartland Institute loses donors over stupid billboard ad

The Heartland Institute, an astroturf organization that has consistently attacked the freedom of communities to set up their own broadband networks, has gotten into a heap of trouble with its corporate sponsors over a billboard ad that compares climate change believers to serial killer, Ted Kaczynski. According to The Guardian, “[t]wo dozen insurance companies, including US giant State Farm, announced an end to support for Heartland because of the billboard. The ad, which ran for just a day on a Chicago expressway, featured an image of the Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, and the caption: “I still believe in global warming. Do you?” The drop-off in funds could wreck Heartland’s ambitious plans of increasing its fundraising by 67% in 2012, from $4.6m to $7.7m.”

By the way, FreePress has an interactive tool at www.freepress.net/astroturf that allows you to track astroturf (fake grassroots) organizations and the massive amounts of money that phone and cable companies spend on lobbyists and campaign contributions. It puts a spotlight on the sleazy activities of groups like FreedomWorks, Americans for Prosperity, NetCompetition and the Heartland Institute.