By Dave Kent
I have a question for readers: If you saw the following graph of a company’s sales, would you be likely to describe 2010 in the following way?
"Company X nets a flood of sales!"
I didn’t think so. You’d probably be more likely to say something like:
“Company X has finally halted an alarming downward trend in sales”
Of course, the above graph doesn’t describe the sales of a company. Rather, it describes the fundraising of that inveterate Cape Wind enemy, the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound. The first Company X statement above was inspired by the silly title of Friday’s fawning Boston Herald article: “Cape Wind Foes Net Flood of Donations”. In case you missed it, the Alliance’s never to be believed Audra Parker is making the rounds gushing breathlessly to anybody who will listen about the Alliance’s remarkable 2010.
Well, let’s give credit where credit is due: Congratulations to the Alliance for its 2010 fundraising. Congratulations, that is, for reversing an ugly downward trend in contributions …. at least for now.
There are, of course, a couple of less favorable items in the Alliance's 2010 Tax Return: Its expenses and its burgeoning debt as shown in this graph:
The Alliance began the year just over a half million dollars in the hole and ended the year a whopping $1.3 million in the red! In other words, during a year of supposed robust success the Alliance slipped over three quarters of a million dollars further into debt! I hope that, when Ms. Parker attended business school, she learned that that is not normally considered to be the hallmark of a solid year. Then we have 2009, when - according to the that year's tax return - world class anti-environmentalist Bill Koch paid Parker's salary!
As I always say: Never believe anything from Audra Parker. Heck, perhaps it’s time to strengthen this into an 11th Commandment:
Thou Shalt Never Believe Audra Parker
* Source: The 2010 Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound IRS form 990: Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax. Line 22.