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Robin Hood and Air America - ($480K transferred from public funds to Franken's Air America!)
WASHINGTON TIMES.COM ^ | JULY 29, 2005 | Editor

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections; US: New York
KEYWORDS: airamerica; airamericasteals; alfranken; bronx; center; charlesrosen; community; evancohen; franken; malkin
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1 posted on 07/28/2005 9:49:42 PM PDT by CHARLITE
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To: CHARLITE

BUMP!!


2 posted on 07/28/2005 9:51:39 PM PDT by Just mythoughts
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To: CHARLITE
Anything anti-American, anti-Bush or anti-military has no need to worry about a little half a million dollar thievery.
3 posted on 07/28/2005 9:52:46 PM PDT by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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To: CHARLITE

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.


4 posted on 07/28/2005 9:54:16 PM PDT by vpintheak (Liberal = The antithesis of Freedom and Patriotism)
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To: CHARLITE

They can't steal a laugh, either.


5 posted on 07/28/2005 9:54:18 PM PDT by SmithL (There are a lot of people that hate Bush more than they hate terrorists)
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To: CHARLITE
"One source claims that $480,000 was wrongly transferred"

Did anybody not see this coming?

6 posted on 07/28/2005 9:54:21 PM PDT by Senator Goldwater
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To: CHARLITE

Moonbats


7 posted on 07/28/2005 9:55:17 PM PDT by benjaminjjones
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To: Senator Goldwater

Oops! $480,000 no harm no foul.......


8 posted on 07/28/2005 9:55:24 PM PDT by stocksthatgoup (http://www.busateripens.com)
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To: CHARLITE

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.


9 posted on 07/28/2005 9:55:49 PM PDT by Echo Talon (http://echotalon.blogspot.com)
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To: CHARLITE

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.


10 posted on 07/28/2005 9:55:49 PM PDT by Theresawithanh (As long as Dean's the head of the D-N-C, it just looks better for the G-O-P!!)
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To: CHARLITE

Well, there's half of Air America's financing. Now, where to find the other half...


11 posted on 07/28/2005 9:56:19 PM PDT by kingu (Draft Fmr Senator Fred Thompson for '08.)
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To: CHARLITE

bttt


12 posted on 07/28/2005 9:56:54 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: CHARLITE; Liz; Grampa Dave
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.

Right smack dab in the NYT's back yard, and they have nothing to say.


13 posted on 07/28/2005 9:57:03 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: CHARLITE
Most of the mainstream newspapers have ignored this story.

They must have just overlooked it. No bias here.

14 posted on 07/28/2005 9:58:55 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative (France is an example of retrograde chordate evolution.)
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To: CHARLITE

How is it that rich liberals can't support their own radio station with their own money?


15 posted on 07/28/2005 10:00:39 PM PDT by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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To: CHARLITE
Calling Eliot Spitzer! Paging Eliot Spitzer!
16 posted on 07/28/2005 10:00:51 PM PDT by concerned about politics ("A people without a heritage are easily persuaded (deceived)" - Karl Marx)
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To: CHARLITE


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?


17 posted on 07/28/2005 10:00:55 PM PDT by Fido969 ("The story is true" - Dan Rather)
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To: CHARLITE

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.


18 posted on 07/28/2005 10:01:57 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: CHARLITE
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.

No one wants their liberalism. They have to steal to survive.

19 posted on 07/28/2005 10:02:50 PM PDT by concerned about politics ("A people without a heritage are easily persuaded (deceived)" - Karl Marx)
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To: CHARLITE

Any Rush subscribers out there? I'm sure he'd love to play with this news a little.


20 posted on 07/28/2005 10:05:58 PM PDT by concerned about politics ("A people without a heritage are easily persuaded (deceived)" - Karl Marx)
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To: CHARLITE

Yep, the media isn't interested in covering stuff like this, they're too busy making things up about Rove and Bolton.


21 posted on 07/28/2005 10:09:00 PM PDT by McGavin999
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To: CHARLITE
Air America's new logo......


22 posted on 07/28/2005 10:09:39 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. )
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To: coconutt2000

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...


23 posted on 07/28/2005 10:11:43 PM PDT by hardworking (Libs re terroism and a tooth ache: Pretend it doesn't hurt and it will go away.)
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To: CHARLITE
...the Gloria Wise Boys and Girls Club, a nonprofit organization that runs mentoring programs for children and day care for Alzheimer's patients...

Does this mean that the Left can no longer accuse Republicans of starving children and killing the elderly?

-PJ

24 posted on 07/28/2005 10:13:21 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (It's still not safe to vote Democrat.)
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To: CHARLITE
To the Left, the ends have always justified the means, even if the means is stealing money from underprivileged children and the poor, handicapped elderly.
25 posted on 07/28/2005 10:15:13 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee
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To: hardworking

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26 posted on 07/28/2005 10:16:30 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion: The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: CHARLITE

bump


27 posted on 07/28/2005 10:17:43 PM PDT by concerned about politics ("A people without a heritage are easily persuaded (deceived)" - Karl Marx)
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To: CHARLITE
Well, as everyone knows, Air America performs an incredibly useful public service that far surpasses what those taxpayer dollars could have done with inner-city youth.

What jerks.
28 posted on 07/28/2005 10:21:49 PM PDT by ConservativeMind
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To: CHARLITE

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.


29 posted on 07/28/2005 10:24:21 PM PDT by soycd
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To: CHARLITE

Charles Rosen

“Our stakeholders are the children and families and seniors that we serve,” says Rosen.

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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.

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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."

30 posted on 07/28/2005 10:25:37 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: concerned about politics

yup , "Eliot , baby , yer gonna be hounded until we see you at least sniff sniff this case"


31 posted on 07/28/2005 10:30:52 PM PDT by Dad yer funny
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To: Dad yer funny

32 posted on 07/28/2005 10:32:22 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: kcvl

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!


33 posted on 07/28/2005 10:32:47 PM PDT by NickatNite2003
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To: CHARLITE
Air America is struggling to find listeners, leaders and reliable funding. But should it take money from children and the ailing elderly? Al Franken and Randi Rhodes, ever the defenders of the "little guy," should explain this one.
34 posted on 07/28/2005 10:37:19 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: GeronL
'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.'

You got it.

...As I mentioned on a previous thread about two or three years ago, who in their right mind wants to listen to three hours of nonstop Liberal whining and gnashing of teeth? The Left is forever saying they need a 'Liberal Rush Limbaugh' in order to compete with the Original and his counterparts. This is where they fail dismally. What we have on this thread and specifically on Right-leaning talk radio is the Marketplace of Ideas. That's a concept that is completely alien to your average Leftist Moonbat.
35 posted on 07/28/2005 10:42:42 PM PDT by T Lady (The American Left: Useful Idiots for Terrorist Regimes)
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To: kingu
"Well, there's half of Air America's financing. Now, where to find the other half..."

According to Rush Limbaugh, George Soros does most of the funding.

Char

36 posted on 07/28/2005 10:43:43 PM PDT by CHARLITE (I propose a co-Clinton team as permanent reps to Pyonyang, w/out possibility of repatriation....)
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To: concerned about politics; ThreePuttinDude; Beth528; SMARTY; CyberAnt; nothingnew; Cornpone; ...
"Any Rush subscribers out there? I'm sure he'd love to play with this news a little."

See my reply # 36.

Char :)

37 posted on 07/28/2005 10:48:18 PM PDT by CHARLITE (I propose a co-Clinton team as permanent reps to Pyonyang, w/out possibility of repatriation....)
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To: CHARLITE
I hope Err America spent all the purloined money and have zilch funds to pay it back.

Next stop......BANKRUPTCY.

See ya later, Al Frankentraitor !

Leni

38 posted on 07/28/2005 10:52:22 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: CHARLITE

Contributor

Occupation

Date

Amount

Recipient

COHEN, EVAN
BROOKLYN,NY 11201

 

12/1/2003

$2,000

Kerry, John

COHEN, EVAN
ANN ARBOR,MI 48104

ST. JOSEPH MERCY HOSPITAL/PSYCHOLOG

7/22/2004

$300

Kerry, John


39 posted on 07/28/2005 10:53:19 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: CHARLITE
"One source claims that $480,000 was wrongly transferred."

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...

40 posted on 07/28/2005 10:55:49 PM PDT by JRios1968 (The C-5 Galaxy (http://www.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet.asp?fsID=84)...sometimes, size DOES matter!)
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To: concerned about politics
Calling Eliot Spitzer! Paging Eliot Spitzer!

Bump.

41 posted on 07/28/2005 10:56:09 PM PDT by GVnana
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To: Political Junkie Too
Does this mean that the Left can no longer accuse Republicans of starving children and killing the elderly?

..Good Points...but, they'll still be bitchin' about the GOP.

42 posted on 07/28/2005 10:59:13 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you :^)
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To: All
A search on google ("where 'quality' news sources are put at the top of the list") news found nothing but the Washington Times stories and a couple of blogs -- no "quality" news sources like NYT, Washington Post, LA Times, democraticunderground,. Al Gorezeera

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.

43 posted on 07/28/2005 11:01:11 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (Hillary is the she in shenanigans.)
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To: GeronL
[ 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. ]

Right..
And repubicans WON'T cut their funding..

44 posted on 07/28/2005 11:10:03 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been ok'ed by me to included some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: hosepipe

The GOP has controlled Congress for how long now?? 1994 ring a bell?? How much smaller is the federal budget now?? ha!


45 posted on 07/28/2005 11:12:20 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Squantos; Brad's Gramma

46 posted on 07/28/2005 11:15:02 PM PDT by glock rocks (give a man a program - frustrate him for a day... teach a man to program - frustrate him for life.)
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To: Echo Talon

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.


47 posted on 07/28/2005 11:15:11 PM PDT by CyberAnt (President Bush: "America is the greatest nation on the face of the earth")
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To: glock rocks; Eaker

Is that Eakers Crapper ?

Too Kewl !...Well done GR !


48 posted on 07/28/2005 11:20:11 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. )
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To: Squantos

Ok, that's just creepy.


49 posted on 07/28/2005 11:26:12 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (John 6: 51-58)
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To: GeronL
[ The GOP has controlled Congress for how long now?? 1994 ring a bell?? How much smaller is the federal budget now?? ha! ]

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..

50 posted on 07/28/2005 11:28:12 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been ok'ed by me to included some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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