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  •  I have a suspicion... (2+ / 0-)
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    captainlaser, Meteor Blades

    Although it may not be directly provable, the following properties are strongly suggestive of Chicago industrialist Barre Seid:
    - A general eagerness to donate gigantic piles of money for right-wing pseudoscience
    -- A specific association with Joe Bast. (Apart from being a known recipient of Seid Foundation largesse in the past, Bast was one of Seid’s chosen goons in the attempted takeover of Shimer College — Chicago’s stubbornly and still very much independent Great Books college — in 2009-2010)
    - A general fetish for anonymity, even when donating to organizations that are already known recipients of Seid Foundation grants. At Shimer, too, Seid was known as the “Anonymous Donor” (with caps).
    - A specific preference for using Donors Capital/Donors Trust to hide his identity

    I would also note that lies and intimidation are Joe Bast's stock in trade, as people associated with Shimer had a chance to see close-up in 2009-2010; all the bluster currently coming out of Heartland about supposedly "forged" documents, etc., is therefore extremely difficult to take seriously.

    •  You should chase this one down. (1+ / 0-)
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      shenderson

      Supposedly a person doesn't give $4M away to a 503c organization without trying to take it off his taxes.  There should be a tax accountant with the dope.

      Does he have a corporate balance sheet that is posted somewhere?

      "Don't dream it, be it" - Brad, Janet and Frank

      by captainlaser on Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 08:00:12 PM PST

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      •  Not too easy... (1+ / 0-)
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        captainlaser

        If it was via the Seid Foundation, it would show up in their 990s -- which, however, contain no disbursements of this magnitude -- but if it's a personal payment via Donors Trust (which is specifically set up to conceal the origin of these donations), I don't think it'll necessary show up anywhere public, even if it was claimed as a tax deduction.  

        There's undoubtedly a smoking gun out there somewhere (assuming Seid is actually the guy), but it might take an awful lot of shoe-leather work to find it.   With the Shimer incident, we got lucky on several fronts -- most of the staff weren't part of the scheme, for one thing, so information slipped out here and there -- and that's not likely to be replicated when the recipient is an outfit like Heartland.  

        •  So does Seid attend the parties that Heartland (0+ / 0-)

          throws.

          There are a lot of perks in their balance sheet.  I suppose there must be a plane ticket there somewhere.

          "Don't dream it, be it" - Brad, Janet and Frank

          by captainlaser on Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 08:38:09 PM PST

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