(DAILYCALLER) — The main climate scientist behind a letter asking President Barack Obama to prosecute those who question global warming may have been cheating taxpayers by illegally “double-dipping” — he was paying himself and his wife millions of dollars while running a taxpayer-funded research group while collecting a paycheck from his state-funded academic job.
“Since 2001, as President of IGES, Dr. Shukla appears to have paid himself and his wife a total of $5.6 million in compensation — an excessive amount for a non-profit relying on taxpayer money,” Texas Republican Rep. Lamar Smith sent to the inspector general of the National Science Foundation.
“The public expects non-profit organizations that receive taxpayer money to exercise responsible stewardship of their tax dollars,” Smith wrote. “In this case, it appears that grants provided to IGES did not serve the intended purpose of providing services to the public. Instead, taxpayers picked up the tab for excessive double dipping salaries, nepotism, and questionable money transfers.”
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