Did Microsoft get zapped by the climate wars? by Alex Konrad @FortuneMagazine March 7, 2012, 10:49 AM EST E-mail Tweet Facebook Google Plus Linkedin Share icons FORTUNE — When greenie blogs posted leaked internal documents saying that the nonprofit Heartland Institute, funded by the conservative Koch brothers, had a program to teach global-warming skepticism in the classroom, few were more surprised than Microsoft MSFT . That’s because the leaks also revealed that the software giant, which has strong corporate policies to combat climate change, was a donor too, giving Heartland $60,000 in software. It turns out Microsoft doesn’t vet its donees’ causes. Any group recognized as a nonprofit can apply for free software. Last year Microsoft gave away $844 million in licenses to 44,000 nonprofits. It does indeed seem that no good deed goes unpunished. –Alex Konrad This article is from the March 19, 2012 issue of Fortune.