Power corrupts…and corporations corrupt through sponsorship

There are some “well-respected” institutions in Maryland that must be examined because of their record of corporate sponsorship. These include the National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center, the Maryland Humanities Council and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

Maryland Humanities Council

This organization puts on events like Maryland History Day, living history events and other cool events. However, according to page 7 of the 2012 annual report, they note a number of corporate sponsors (Constellation Energy, T. Rowe Price, Verizon, M&T Bank, PNC Bank, Columbia Gas, and Hewlett-Packard, among others). Luckily this corporate sponsorship has not corrupted them in a fully encompassing way like the others I’m going to write briefly about in this article. They seem to have used the money to put on wonderful events that help the community while not compromising their integrity. The list of partner programs they have shows this as many schools and libraries have already partnered with them.  Still, it is important to keep an eye on them if the War of 1812 celebration in 2014, or any celebrations of such nature before that date ends up being a bit too nationalistic and pro-corporate. Lets hope they don’t partner with this Star-Spangled 200 people/

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

We all like a clean bay, right? Well, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation or the CBF is hoping it tricks us. It tries to act all environmental, but then they say “much of the good work that CBF does is made possible through the generous support of a diverse and unique group of companies that are committed to the Bay and our communities. Those companies that support CBF’s Bay-saving work are a unique and diverse group that are committed to clean water and our communities.” What are these companies? Well here’s the full list:

AGL Resources


Alban Tractor Company

Allegis Group Foundation, Inc.

Amerigroup Foundation

Annapolis Cars, Inc.

Annapolis Subaru


Bank of America


Beam, Inc.

Bill Me Later, Inc.

Birdsong Peanuts

Boatyard Bar & Grill

Bowman and Brooke LLP

The Brick Companies

Campbell & Company, Inc.


Capital One

CarMax Laurel Toyota

Chesapeake Life Magazine

Choice Hotels International

Coastal Design & Construction, Inc.




Devils Backbone Brewing Company

Diamond Rock Hospitality Limited Partnership

Dixon Hughes Goodman

Eastern Shore Nursery of Virginia

Entercom Norfolk, LLC

Farm Fresh

First Potomac Realty Trust

Fortune Brands Home & Security

Gallagher, Evelius & Jones Attorneys At Law

Google, Inc.

Haven Harbour Marina At Port of Rock Hall

Hilton Worldwide

Host Hotels & Resorts


Landmark Media Enterprises, LLC

Legg Mason

Lockheed Martin

Marriott International


MEB General Contractors, Inc.

Norfolk Southern

Northrop Grumman Corporation

Portfolio Recovery Associates, Inc.

Potomac Electric Power Company

RBC Blue Water Project


The Rimm-Kaufman Group, LLC

Ruane Cunniff & Goldfarb, Inc.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Starbucks Coffee Company

SuperValu Inc.

T. Rowe Price


The Hershey Company

The Orvis Company, Inc.


Turner Sculpture



Virginia Port Authority

Vulcan Materials Company & Affliliates

WalMart Foundation

Waste Management

Wells Fargo Bank

What’s Up? Inc.

World Bank

Good luck trying to justify this, CBF. Fuck you as a corporate leech of an organization and your dirty greenwashing to deceive all Marylanders!

National Aquarium

This place has cool exhibits but doesn’t tell you who sponsors their “conservationist” ethic. Its the most evil companies of them all  which they say “delivers the benefits of two world-class attractions, a passionate and environmentally conscious audience, and the reach of a global conservation organization that engages millions of people around the world.” They also note scarily “the National Aquarium works hand-in-hand with our corporate partners to build customized, integrated marketing programs that leverage two venues, which host more than a million visitors every year, along with events, print, web, e-mail, social media, and more to meet our partners’ marketing objectives.” That doesn’t sound good. Here’s all of their sponsors:


I end just saying that the Maryland Science Center seems corrupted as well, but is hard to know how because they don’t list the sponsors on their website but that there is still hope. Museums like the American Visionary Art Museum are great and don’t have corporate funding, the ones that must be promoted. Just remember to watch your back and be careful of who is sponsoring what.


About bhermannview

I'm a person interested in politics in general. I want to make a change and have a more just world for all.
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