Cape project's foes tap big spenders

William I. Koch, the yachting enthusiast, donated $500,000. Paul Fireman, the former chief of Reebok, gave $250,000. Michael Egan, the son of the founder of EMC Corp., kicked in $150,000.

Far from the humble world of $10 bills handed to door-knocking environmentalists, these wealthy benefactors have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to The Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, the group trying to block construction of 130 wind turbines in the pristine waters off Cape Cod.

An internal fund-raising guide never intended for publication offers a revealing glimpse into how the organization has swelled its coffers with flattery, house parties, and repeated visits with some of the wealthiest residents in the country, many of whom are homeowners and summer residents on the Cape and Islands.

In this crowd, donations of $5,000 are frowned upon as ''token gifts" and fund-raisers are expected to net pledges of at least $250,000.

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