By | Farrell Keough
The University of Maryland Carey School of Law Environmental Law Clinic’s pro bono legal services for the Waterkeepers Alliance are supporting organizations that would qualify as 1 percenters if they were individuals. Associate Dean Teresa LaMaster defended this action in a recent radio interview, stating that the Waterkeepers Alliance “don’t really have the resources to fund a case,” and their “local organizations are not well funded and don’t really have the resources to bring a case like this.”
The evidence portrays a very different scenario. The 2010 tax returns from the Waterkeepers Alliance confirm that their New York organization had over $400,000 in cash, generated $3.6 million in revenue, and over $16 million in contributions over the last five years. They also provide their organizations, including Assateague Coastal Trust (co-plaintiffs in this suit), “with a wealth of resources including a team of experts in environmental law.” The New York organization also spent over $300,000 in 2010 on one of their annual conferences in La Paz, Mexico. The group’s annual fundraiser is Skifest — a celebrity filled event hosted in Deer Valley, Utah. This fundraiser brings in $435,000 for the title sponsor and $135,000 for corporate sponsors. The 2010 tax forms for Assateague Coastal Trust shows over $333,000 in cash and investments and $336,057 in revenue generated.
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