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Wisconsin Now Apportioning Budgets Using Roulette Wheel

Via Althouse, some hauntingly familiar echoes in Wisconsin. “Collegians for a Constructive Tomorrow” just received under 1% of their requested budget.

Now, while I’d like to shout Southworth at the top of my lungs, there’s too little detail to go on at the moment, although there are some tantalizing hints: “the decorum in the room was appalling”, etc. Also, CFACT were requesting nearly four hundred thousand dollars – three times the budget of those scrounging pinkos at WISPIRG. This is a hell of a lot of money, and I have no clue what they could conceivably need it all for. (Yes, they have 50+ interns. So what? Suck it up, interns.) While the decision doesn’t appear to be predicated on any mealy-mouthed nonsense about “cultural well-being” of students, the “insufficient itemization” charge is one we’ve dealt with ourselves – last year, the final, pitiful attempt by Eden Cortez to dismiss our budget was on the grounds that we had a general “office supplies” line item instead of separate sections for pens, pencils, envelopes, etc. So, this might be one to keep an eye on.

  1. Tyler says:


    Didn’t you come into the office the other day and admit that you only work eight or so hours a week?

    Sorry, I’m not trying to be a dick. Your love of anorexic girls on facebook makes me smile.

  2. Andy D says:

    Sorry I’m not a grammer nazi – I work for a living.

  3. Ian says:

    I don’t see why “insufficient itemization” is an invalid charge in the case of CFACT or, here at UO, OSPIRG. Remember OSPIRG’s unwillingness to itemize over $100,000 in funds? Massive line items are, particularly with organizations such as these, highly suspicious. Is CFACT anything more than a conservative PIRG?

    Just asking questions… it wouldn’t surprise me at all if it were a purely political move on the part of SSFC.

    This is different, of course, from Eden Cortez’s silly complaint that we go into more detail as to what the OC was going to spend ~$300 in office supplies on.

    Also, $385,000 is a shit-ton of money.

  4. Ian says:

    I’m sure he would’ve had he seen them on facebook.

  5. At least, Andy, you didn’t call the interns “large”.

  6. Andy D says:

    While the budget is large, so is the number of interns they have. We have to know what they had been previously funded, and it sounds like it was a whole hell of a lot more than 3k!

  7. Timothy says:

    Wow, I hadn’t heard about the “insufficient itemization” thing. Nice to know that every other student group is allowed “office supplies” but we aren’t. Heh.

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