PASSING THE STOVEPIPE HAT. The Harrisburg-based Lincoln Institute is going through some trying times.Here's Lowman's full message, in the event you wanted to read it. In it he blames the economic downturn (the one that started in the Bush Administration and that happened because of precisely the economic policies pushed by think tanks like the Lincoln Institute) for his financial woes. Poor guy.
First, Albert Paschall, the conservative think tank's co-founder, died last month at age 58. Now, institute CEO Lowman Henry is acknowledging the organization is experiencing financial difficulties.
"The cost of polling, producing and distributing our radio programs and maintaining our websites are all paid for by voluntary contributions," he wrote in an email to institute supporters. "I've done everything I can to cut expenses. But the plain facts are costs are going up."
Henry is asking folks to pony up for the Lincoln Institute cause.
Now why is this odd?
Because over the past 2 decades or so the Lincoln Institute received more than a half million dollars support by way of the Richard Mellon Scaife-controlled Allegheny Foundation.
So why are they using the Scaife-owned Tribune-Review to beg for more money?