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Heartland Institute Internal Docs Leaked

Papers show conservative climate plans

The conservative think-tank Heartland Institute said on Wednesday that it was the victim of theft and forgery after an environmental blog posted documents that may detail the institute's climate strategy. One set of documents, which Heartland says are forged, detail a $100,000 scheme to pay a former U.S. Department of Energy employee to rewrite the K-12 school curriculum with a bias against global warming. Heartland spokesman Jim Lakely said that a staff member mistakenly sent a number of documents to a person claiming to be a board member, but that at least one of the documents posted is a "total fake." The Heartland Institute receives donations from prominent groups, including Charles and David Koch, Microsoft, and RJR Tobacco. The institute said Thursday that it may sue journalists who publish or quote from the documents.

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