Climate Denial Funder Michael Hintze Gave £100K to Vote Leave Campaign Day Before Brexit Vote

Climate Denial Funder Michael Hintze Gave £100K to Vote Leave Campaign Day Before Brexit Vote
on

A significant financial boost was given to the Vote Leave campaign by climate science denial and Tory Party funder Michael Hintze the day before Britain headed to the polls to vote in the EU Referendum.

The Australian hedge fund manager donated £100,000 to the Vote Leave campaign group on 22 June, according to the most recent Electoral Commission July update.

On 23 June, the country successfully voted 52 to 48 percent for the UK to leave the European Union.

This was the first donation made by Hintze to the Vote Leave campaign group. But as DeSmog UK revealed last month, Hintze forms part of the close-knit ‘Brexit climate denier’ network operating out of 55 Tufton Street – his donation therefore serves to further entrench this connection.

Known for funding Lord Lawson’s climate science denying Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), Hintze has also in the past made donations to leading Brexit figure Boris Johnson, and the current frontrunner for Prime Minister Theresa May.

Hintze, however, wasn’t the only individual to make a donation to Vote Leave on the eve of the Brexit vote.

Lord Howard Stanley Kalms, life president and former chairman of Dixons Retail, gave £10,000 to the Vote Leave campaign, bringing his total donations to the group to £40,000.

Kalms, a long-time Tory donor, is no stranger to the neoliberal Brexit climate denier web either. Between 1991 and 2001 he was the director of the Centre for Policy Studies, which is located at 57 Tufton Street. And in 2002, he received an honorary degree from the University of Buckingham, which has close ties to Lawson’s GWPF.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons / Flickr

Get Weekly News Updates

Climate Denial Funder Michael Hintze Gave £100K to Vote Leave Campaign Day Before Brexit Vote
Kyla is the Managing Editor for DeSmog. She is also a freelance writer and editor with work appearing in the New York Times, National Geographic, HuffPost, Mother Jones, and Outside. She is also a member of the Society for Environmental Journalists.

Related Posts

on

Even the best-performing retailer, Co-op, nevertheless only scored 45 percent in the analysis.

Even the best-performing retailer, Co-op, nevertheless only scored 45 percent in the analysis.
on

Dozens of events on four continents hope to turn up the pressure on the insurance industry that underwrites Canada’s Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline.

Dozens of events on four continents hope to turn up the pressure on the insurance industry that underwrites Canada’s Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline.
on

Last week, the government said it would keep issuing new oil and gas exploration licences, contradicting recommendations from a recent high-profile report by the International Energy Agency.

Last week, the government said it would keep issuing new oil and gas exploration licences, contradicting recommendations from a recent high-profile report by the International Energy Agency.
on

The so-called "Green Nobel Prize" recognizes the environmental justice efforts of Lavigne in her quest to prevent further polluting industry from coming to her region of Louisiana.

The so-called "Green Nobel Prize" recognizes the environmental justice efforts of Lavigne in her quest to prevent further polluting industry from coming to her region of Louisiana.