cite as: F. Bi. 2009. E pluribus
unum sponsoribus vicenos. 2:6–7
Remember the Heartland Institute’s call for sponsorship — of a non-monetary, non-tangible kind — for their next climate inactivist conference, the self-styled “2009 International Conference on Climate Change”?
Well, Heartland has now put up a list of their sponsors, though they’ve removed all mention of how the whole “sponsorship” scheme works, leaving only this:
All of the event’s expenses will be covered by admission fees and individual and foundation donors to Heartland. No corporate sponsorships or dollars earmarked for the event were solicited or accepted.
(Yes, yes, we understand.)
The list of sponsors has 37 names on it. Now, according to the sponsorship scheme, each sponsor contributes 20… um, 20 units of sponsorship towards the conference, among other things. So unless I missed something, this adds up to 37 × 20 = 740 units of sponsorship. This is just 1,000 – 740 = 260 units short of their target — a target which I’m sure Heartland will attain pretty easily. :-B
Update 2009-01-16: Make that 38 × 20 = 760 units of sponsorship (add the John Locke Foundation).
Update 2009-01-17: Add the Heritage Foundation. 39 × 20 = 780 units of sponsorship.
Update 2009-01-20: 41 × 20 = 820 units of sponsorship, thanks to IceAgeNow.com and Liberales Institut.
Update 2009-01-21: 42 × 20 = 840 units of sponsorship, with the Young America’s Foundation.
Update 2009-01-22: 44 × 20 = 880 units of sponsorship, with the European Center for Economic Growth and (no, I kid you not) the Grassroot Institute.
Update 2009-01-28: The Tennessee Center for Policy “Al Gore is Fat!” Research is now a sponsor too. That makes a total of 45 × 20 = 900 units of sponsorship.
Update 2009-01-30: Heartland’s getting tantalizing close to its goal, or maybe it’s already reached it, because the conference now has 49 × 20 = 980 units of sponsorship: the Climate Skeptics Party, the Congress of Racial Equality, the F. A. v. Hayek Institute, and the New Zealand Centre for Political Research are now in.