Storified by 89.3 KPCC · Sat, Aug 11 2012 18:14:49
Really? That @nationaldebt must be a heck of a Twitter feed.I go there, look at recent tweets and it’s just a daily number of the size ofthe national debt. Click on the @nationaldebt profile link to see who’s postingit.
The site is chock full of info aboutthe causes and peril of our national debt. Nice looking web site, appears to benon-partisan. I’m interested. I want to learn more. And these are some reallytransparent folks. They put their federal nonprofit tax exemption report — called a Form 990 — right on their "About Us" page.
Now, you need to know this about me — Icannot resist looking at Form 990s. It’s like looking at a tax return, butbecause nonprofits are exempt from taxes, they have to tell the governmentand public about all the things they are doing to deserve that exemption. Thatincludes disclosing income, big donors in some cases and the highest-paidemployees.
That is a big bunch of money, I think. Wow, their public relations person makes a few hundred thousand per year more than I do. I gotta know more aboutthese people and this foundation.
The website also lists an advisory board. It’s got bignames you’d recognize, including journalist Leslie Stahl. She wouldn’t plasterher name on just anything, right?
By now, I’m pretty sure I’m the only journalist in Americawho doesn’t know who Peter G. Peterson is. Gonna look him up on Google.
Well, now I know who Peterson is, I want to know how he’srelated to Paul Ryan. Simple Google search turns up a video of Ryan at Petersonpolicy conference last year.
Okay, well clearly Peterson and Ryan are in agreement. I goback to the Form 990 and read more, curious to know how the PetersonFoundation is carrying out its mission, a.k.a. spending its money.
The Comeback America Initiative got a big share of it. Theorganization also gets some nice billing on the Peter G. Peterson Foundationhomepage.
Why does the phrase Comeback America seem so familiar today?
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