Monday, December 3, 2012

MacIver Receives Award For Breaking The Law

You can file this one under "Things wrong with Corporate America."

It turns out that the MacIver Institute has won an award from a group of their peers (emphasis mine):
The Madison-based John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy has been honored by the State Policy Network (SPN) for its excellent work in defense of free markets.

MacIver Institute President Brett Healy accepted the "Network Award" at SPN's annual conference in Florida earlier this month.

"It was important to celebrate the pivotal role Brett Healy and the MacIver Institute played in Wisconsin's recent victories," said SPN President Tracie Sharp. "Our network recognizes that Wisconsin is gaining ground toward becoming the freest and most prosperous state in the country."

This year marked the first time that SPN has awarded one of its member organizations with this distinction.

"We at MacIver are truly humbled and honored to be recognized by our peers and free market advocates nationwide who have looked to the recent successes in Wisconsin for inspiration in their own fight to reform governments all across our country," said Healy. "Our work is far from over, but I believe we have created a blue print in our state for fiscal responsibility and economic growth."
Gee, doesn't that give you a warm fuzzy feeling?

Before the gentle reader gets an upset stomach in their rage and/or depression at how low our country has sunk, remember that this award is like a gangster being feted by a group of gangsters.

Also remember that what they are doing is illegal, as I had written for the Shepherd Express:
In March, the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign (WDC) announced that it had filed a complaint with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service against the MacIver Institute, the Heartland Institute and Americans for Prosperity (AFP), another group that has received funding from the Koch brothers and the Bradley Foundation. In its complaint, WDC accuses AFP and MacIver of violating their 501(c)(3) status by creating their "It's Working Wisconsin" project, which spent $1.2 million on advertising alone, urging people not to sign the recall petitions. In addition, WDC accused these groups of holding public meetings and other activities to try to influence the outcome of the recalls. WDC also alleged that the Chicago-based Heartland Institute's planned "Operation Angry Badger"—a public relations effort to support Walker in the recall—would violate the group's tax-exempt status.
They say there is no honor among thieves.

A good corollary would be that tax frauds do honor each other, even as they dishonor the people of this state and this country.

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