Skip to comments.Robin Hood and Air America - ($480K transferred from public funds to Franken's Air America!)
Posted on 07/28/2005 9:49:40 PM PDT by CHARLITE
Did Al Franken's liberal radio network Air America divert city money for the elderly and inner-city children to itself? That's the question people should be asking this week after the revelation that the New York Department of Investigation is looking into whether hundreds of thousands of dollars were illegally transferred from a Bronx community center to Air America.
Only a community paper and a few Internet bloggers seem interested in what could be an egregious case of illegal funneling of tax dollars to a private, partisan organization.
In late June, city officials designated the Gloria Wise Boys and Girls Club, a nonprofit organization that runs mentoring programs for children and day care for Alzheimer's patients, a "non-responsible city contractor." Investigators found "significant inappropriate transactions and falsified documents that were submitted to various City agencies." The city subsequently suspended the club's contracts, which run well into the millions.
It turns out, according to sources quoted anonymously by the Bronx News, that the mishandled money went to Air America. One source claims that $480,000 was wrongly transferred. The city investigation is concentrating on Charles Rosen, the club's president for 15 years, and Evan Cohen, the development director, who is a former chairman of Air America. Mr. Cohen resigned from Air America in May after the network's leasing plans in Chicago, San Francisco and elsewhere fell through.
Most of the mainstream newspapers have ignored this story. We only found out about it through the reporting of Brian Maloney, who pieced a story together on his blog "The Radio Equalizer" which was picked up by syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin.
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I guess this is the lieberal version of the "fairness" doctrine. Hey they want to steal our money away for causes they deem fit anyway. New Yorkers, you reap what you sew. My apologies to NY FReepers.
They can't steal a laugh, either.
Did anybody not see this coming?
Oops! $480,000 no harm no foul.......
I was listening to XM America Right today Channel 166 and heard a commercial for something about a rerun of LIVE 8 concert I believe they said it was going to be on channel 167(That is Air America) Guess they are trying to get ratings from music.
No, Al, say it isn't so!!!! Not cool, dude.
I heard on talk radio about this a few days ago. They had the interesting comment that the only Air America listeners were Republicans who wanted to keep tabs on what they were doing. I'm surprised they're still around, they can't even get a good share of listeners in NYC.
Well, there's half of Air America's financing. Now, where to find the other half...
Right smack dab in the NYT's back yard, and they have nothing to say.
They must have just overlooked it. No bias here.
How is it that rich liberals can't support their own radio station with their own money?
Man, the MSM touted Hot Air America twice a week when they were getting launched - and blathered Rush and O'Reilly's bad news non-stop when that came up.
Anyway, HAM is tanking in the ratings - anything in the MSM on that? And anything in the MSM on this story?
Liberalism as we know it today doesn't seem able to survive without public funding. Most leftist protest groups get public support through one venue or another.
No one wants their liberalism. They have to steal to survive.
Any Rush subscribers out there? I'm sure he'd love to play with this news a little.
Yep, the media isn't interested in covering stuff like this, they're too busy making things up about Rove and Bolton.
How is it that rich liberals can't support their own radio station with their own money?
They may be libs but they aren't financially stupid. They can recognize a bad investment as fast as anyone. Besides, they contact their Republican stock broker to double check before investing in anything anyway...
Does this mean that the Left can no longer accuse Republicans of starving children and killing the elderly?
All jokes aside. . . if these Airheads purloined tax monies
to promote their treasonist radioscam then I want their heads
on a federal platter. Hopefully franken and that nasal witch rhodes will serve major time in the gitmo they so fakefully
proclaim as unjust.
I confronted my senator leahy for appearing on "morning
sedition" and the traitor has not made a repeat of that
moranic mistake since. Thankfully I'm not a postal worker.
Our stakeholders are the children and families and seniors that we serve, says Rosen.
Evan Montvel Cohen (born 1966) is a former resident of Guam who gained national notariety when he and his partner Rex Sorensen founded Air America Radio.
Cohen was born and raised on Guam. Cohen attended Beloit College in Wisconsin, eventually returning back to Guam. During the 1990s, Cohen owned several advertising agencies and a market research company on Guam as well as advertising agencies in other Pacic Rim areas. Guam was also an executive and shareholder at Latte Magazine, a Guam publication which featured articles on local culture.
In mid 2004, Cohen became involved in the Air America radio network concept through a meeting arranged by David Goodfriend, a former Clinton aide and Beloit College classmate of Cohen. Goodfriend intoduced Cohen to Anita and Sheldon Drobny, a wealthy Chicago couple who had conceived the idea of starting a progressive talk radio network. Shortly thereafter Cohen and Rex Sorensen created Progress Media, Inc., which was the parent company for Air America Radio. Rex Sorensen is the the founder of Sorensen Pacific Broadcasting Inc., a network of five radio stations in Guam and Saipan.
Air America was started as part of Progress Media, which said it had amassed $30 million in venture capital prior to its debut, a claim which later turned out to be untrue (only $6 million was initially collected). Two individuals from Guam, Rex Sorensen and Evan Montvel Cohen, were involved in raising the capital but denied any wrongdoing.
Cohen says it started as a "gentlemanly dispute," but it got out of hand. Cohen repeated the charge that Liu "stole money" from Air America. He said the amount was "significant" and that Liu thought he could intimidate Air America by shutting down the LA and Chicago stations. He describes the current business relationship btwn AAR and Liu as "non-existent."
yup , "Eliot , baby , yer gonna be hounded until we see you at least sniff sniff this case"
HeY! their Seed money was stolen by one of
their own, and they dared not admit it..They had
to get it back *somehow*..What's a Democrat to
*do* but steal *more* tax money?
Robin Hoods??? Nope! *Robbing* Hoods!
According to Rush Limbaugh, George Soros does most of the funding.
See my reply # 36.
See ya later, Al Frankentraitor !
ST. JOSEPH MERCY HOSPITAL/PSYCHOLOG
Is that the new PC term for "STOLEN"??? I guess, in the same vein, Algore wanted to "wrongly transfer" the state of Florida in 2000...
..Good Points...but, they'll still be bitchin' about the GOP.
Folks, imagine life without the Internet or modern talk radio on hundreds of stations.
No cable either. Just the three network TV's "news."
Cities were becoming more and more one-newspaper towns starting the second half of last century.
I remember. Looking for sources to find the spiked stories and to find the rest of the covered stories was not easy.
Don't ever let 'em take it away from us. Liberals harassed and threatened the licenses of many radio station owner who dared permit conservative opinion throughout the 1960s and 70s.
Gone is the "Fairness Dcotrine" but now a new tactic. A court in Seattle ruled that opinion on talk radio is "political contributions." The station, KVI, must calculate the value and report it. Many (most?) campaigns have limits on amounts which are permitted. End of talk radio?
No. Maybe the end of some courts, though.
And repubicans WON'T cut their funding..
The GOP has controlled Congress for how long now?? 1994 ring a bell?? How much smaller is the federal budget now?? ha!
They probably didn't get enough donations because nobody was allowed to bash Bush. Geldof put out the word prior to the concert. The hard lefties probably were not happy.
Is that Eakers Crapper ?
Too Kewl !...Well done GR !
Ok, that's just creepy.
Exactly.. remember on FR when the RINOs were saying just wait until we get a republican congress and republican President.?...
Some fell for it then.. and are STILL FALLING for it..
Rinos really are not very smart..
Thank God for Ann Coulter the leanest meanest RINO exposer of all time..
Course many current FR Rinos have learned to keep their yaps shut..
When she chimes in.. Some(me) are just waiting to out them AGAIN...
The girl has some kind of power over them.. LoL..