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JobKeeper accuses Bigger Pie of using public money to oppose Kemper

KEMPER COUNTY — A group opposing Mississippi Power’s $4.7 billion power plant under construction in Kemper County finds itself on the defensive.

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JobKeeper Alliance, a union-linked group based in Montgomery, Ala., claims the nonprofit Bigger Pie Forum is using public money held by the private Institute for Technology Development to oppose the plant. ITD was created to exploit research from Mississippi universities and has received millions of dollars in state and federal money.

JobKeeper Alliance wants state Auditor Stacey Pickering to investigate whether public money is being funneled into ITD subsidiary Bigger Pie’s opposition to Kemper in violation of any laws.

Bigger Pie says it has spent up to $400,000 since 2012, but not all on opposition to Kemper. The group says funding came from technology licensing proceeds and was spent legally.

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  1. I saw this one on the Clarion Ledger but the piece was a lot longer. It looks like MBJ trimmed it to make it more favorable to Mississippi Power. The longer article talks a lot more about the character assassination tactics used by the Alabama unions probably backed by Southern Company (owns MS Power). But Southern or the unions at JobKeepers have yet to say the Bigger Pie guys are wrong about the Kemper plant.

    Is the MBJ also in the pocket of the power company?

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