When Will Media Report That Corporate Cash is Behind Green Activism?

light bulb/moneyPolitico reported yesterday that “it’s not easy being green anymore,” allegedly because of environmental groups’ failure to score political victories even when news events are in their favor, such as the BP Gulf of Mexico oil disaster and the Japan nuclear reactor drama. And initiatives such as cap-and-trade failed despite the environoiacs’ having a Democrat-dominated Congress and executive branch in 2009 and 2010. From the news story:

“I don’t understand how these guys, the funders, don’t ask for their money back or start suing for political incompetence,” a longtime Democratic strategist said of the Washington-based environmental movement. “You’re judged by how many campaigns you win, lose or come damn close. They haven’t gotten anywhere with that.”

I guess the EPA’s implementation of a greenhouse gas regulation structure under the Clean Air Act doesn’t count. Nor does the fact that the Obama administration severely curtailed leasing for oil and gas drilling …

John Kerry’s Yacht: Another Tax on Rich Republicans

Kerrry boatSen. John F. Kerry has just passed another tax onto wealthy Republicans – by having his wife pay half-a-million dollars in back taxes on his yacht.

Kerry has been docking his $7 million, 76-foot yacht, Isabel, in Rhode Island, which has no yacht tax, since he purchased it in March. However, Massachusetts has a 6.25 percent “use” tax on any item bought elsewhere for use in Taxachusetts. State officers regularly track down those purchasing tires, alcohol, or other consumer goods in neighboring states, such as tax-free New Hampshire.

Keeping the boat stashed out-of-state saved Kerry more than $500,000, including “$440,000 in Massachusetts sales taxes and $70,000 in annual excise taxes.” However, the Department of Revenue had begun investigating claims the sloop had been seen off the Nantucket coast.

The senator insisted to the press that the matter was “not an issue,” and testily demanded, “Can I get out of