Exxon Watching out for the Public Interest


Public Interest Watch (PIW) " was established in 2002 in response to the growing misuse of charitable funds by nonprofit organizations" and spends its time going after shady organizations like Doctors without Borders, The American Heart Association and Greenpeace. Normally we would ignore such things but we read (in the Wall Street Journal of all places) that the major corporate sponsor (like, 98% of its funding) of this charming group is none other than Exxon (Esso in the rest of the world) . According to the Journal, Greenpeace has labeled Exxon Mobil the "No. 1 climate criminal" so PIW started agitating with the IRS to do an audit, accusing it of "blatant self-dealing," money laundering and other illegal activities." We are certain that the IRS is unbiased and fair, but "I believe organizations should be scrutinized and audited, but I just don't believe you should get targeted because ... you're a critic of Exxon Mobil," said John Passacantando, executive director of Greenpeace USA. So drive right by that Exxon Mobil Station and visit ::Stop Esso or ::ExposeExxon. Hugs to the Journal for doing this story- We look forward to Holman Jenkins' spin on it.

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UPDATE: Commenter Ben introduces us to the verb astroturfing- "formal public relations projects which deliberately seek to engineer the impression of spontaneous, grassroots behavior. The goal is the appearance of independent public reaction to a politician, political group, product, service, event, or similar entities by centrally orchestrating the behavior of many diverse and geographically distributed individuals." We love it.

UPDATE II here is a link to the original article.