The latest bulletin from the Clearinghouse for Educational Advocacy and Research (CLEAR) features an elegant crique of the National Committee for Public Policy Research (NCPPR), a right-wing front group that campaigns for tobacco and Republicans and against the environment. While attacking the environmental movement as an "ecoterrorist fundraising machine," NCPPR director Amy Ridenour herself rakes in a fat salary raised through deceptive fundraising appeals, including one "that targeted the elderly, leading them to believe their social security benefits would be cut off if they did not send money. ... NCPPR mailed 160 appeal letters over four months to an 86 year old woman who stayed awake nights worrying about whether she would continue to receive social security if she didn't send money.
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