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OSPIRG Addendum

As Editor Emeritus Ossie “Spiderweb” Bladine noted in a comment thread below, we’ve actually been sticking it to OSPIRG since our very first issue. This is from the inaugural edition, October 24, 1983:

[Editor Richard] Burr argued that OSPIRG’s political activities such as lobbying for state legislation violates a principle Thomas Jefferson voiced in 1777: “To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.”

To put it in context, the article was about the ASUO Constitution Court striking down OSPIRG’s request to have its budget reviewed every two years instead of one. The decision was largely due to the protest of Burr.

As you can see, OSPIRG always has and always will try to shield itself from actual scrutiny. That’s why it tried to have a bi-annual budget, and that’s why it recently moved to be an ASUO contracted service. Contracted services aren’t required to have a line-item budget, meaning OSPIRG doesn’t have to show exactly how it spends its money.

  1. Matt says:

    Vincent, you should pull an RIAA and track down the person posting from that IP address. I’ll bet then we’ll find where they hid our $120k.

  2. Vincent says:

    Both “ASUO Insider” and “Sam” are the exact same person posting from the exact same IP address.

  3. ThunderLove says:

    both ASUO insider and Sam need to learn how to spell

  4. Sakaki says:

    Whoever wrote as “Sam”, you probably need a refresher course in HOW TO SPELL.


  5. ASUO Insider says:

    Don’t defund OSPIRG beofre the election! They will provide valuable coverage and unbiased insight into tha candidates for aSUO office

  6. OSPIRG is what actually first got me involved ins tudent politcs and I appericate the effort that they put into environmental iussues. I hope that the DFC doesn’t defunt heem, becuae thehn I wouldfeel like a hypocrtiea and a defective president.

  7. OSPIRG says:

    Hey it’s me OSPIRG. Let me tell you something, YOU WILL NEVER CUT ME! I will have loads of money for years! I laugh at students trying to take control over their own money, because I am here forever, to waste and poop your money away!

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