It seems that the Heartland Institute’s monumentally idiotic and slanderous billboard campaign comparing global warming advocates of being like Charles Manson and Osama Bin Laden is backfiring on them in a big way. Three more corporate donors have now pulled their support for the organization.
In statements to advocacy groups, pharmaceutical giant Eli Llily, BB&T bank and PepsiCo confirmed they would not fund Heartland in 2012 – dealing a blow to the thinktank’s plans of building long-term relationships with major corporations.
The three were the latest in a rush of companies to distance themselves from Heartland after the ad campaign featuring Unabomber Ted Kaczynski.
“Lilly is not funding Heartland in 2012 and has no plans to do so in the future,” David Marbaugh, communications director of Corporate Responsibility for Eli Lilly informed Forecast the Facts by email. “That type of ad is not consistent with how Lilly engages in public debate.”
Keep it coming. I hope this whole group has to disband for lack of funds.