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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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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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