Celebrating the Independence Institute’s Silver Anniversary This Evening

This evening the Independence Institute celebrates its 25th anniversary with a sold-out Founders’ Night dinner featuring keynote speaker P.J. O’Rourke. It should be a good family reunion of sorts. Count me as one of the crazy, freedom-fighting cousins.

No one in the area is better at leveraging the media spotlight than my boss Jon Caldara. Witness today’s perfect-pitch feature by the Denver Post‘s Jessica Fender:

Asked what has allowed Colorado’s free-market think tank, the Independence Institute, to live long enough for a 25th-anniversary celebration tonight, the organization’s famously bawdy president offers a joke.

“Embezzlement,” says Jon Caldara. “Embezzlement and glossy black-and-white photographs of politicians in compromising positions.”

It only gets better from there.

A fine follow-up to last week’s Westword slap-happy animated paean. Really, it’s all the attention a mindless sock puppet could ask for.

(School supplies? I can take ‘em or leave ‘em. But if you want to divert your union dues to my children’s college fund, I’m all ears….)

Hope to see some of you at the Founders’ Night dinner. It should be an excellent time. The rest of you can plan to sign up early for next year’s soiree.

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