The non-profit corporation Gowen Strong, Inc., created Jan. 3 to “educate the public about the role and importance of the ID national guard,” filed to dissolve the entity on May 17–just nine days after the GUARDIAN posted a story exposing the corporation as a shell organization of Boise City with airport director Rebecca Hupp as agent and board member. Apparently there is no longer a need to educate the ignorant Boise masses.
Close examination shows Gowen Strong claimed to have voted to dissolve itself on February 10, 2017. A staffer at the Secretary of State’s office said the board of a corporation can list any date they choose to dissolve and file the articles of dissolution at anytime.
The dissolution is the latest in a series of moves to attract the F-35 using public assets to manipulate public opinion. To be clear, it is difficult to hold local government accountable, but a case can certainly be made that Boise City is violating the Idaho Constitutional prohibition against loaning its assets to a private entity. This would include staff salaries and time, computers, cell phones, copiers, vehicles, and all the other city assets used to promote Gowen Strong.
In short, it certainly looks suspect that the private non-profit with the city airport director at the helm was created to manipulate public opinion for a specific cause. When it was exposed as the alter ego of the city, the entity was dissolved to avoid claims of using public assets for a private cause.
Section 4. County, etc., not to loan or give its credit. No county, city, town, township, board of education, or school district, or other subdivision, shall lend, or pledge the credit or faith thereof directly or indirectly, in any manner, to, or in aid of any individual, association or corporation, for any amount or for any purpose whatever, or become responsible for any debt, contract or liability of any individual, association or corporation in or out of this state.
Spokesman Mike Journee has previously claimed Gowen Strong has no credit card and no bank account. We find it interesting he knows the details of a private corporation. It also begs the question, “Who the heck is paying for all the radio, newspaper, and internet ads touting Gowen Strong?” The site claims to be sponsored by entities including the Boise airport and Boise City.
KTVB Channel 7 broadcast this REPORT Thursday.
STATESMAN’s Sven Berg filed this REPORT with more details from the city folks.
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