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July 27, 2005

Air America Radio: Built on the backs of the poor?

Reportedly Evan Cohen - AAR's co-founder and original chairman - convinced the Gloria Wise Boys & Girls Club and Pathways for Youth Boys and Girls Club (based in the Bronx) to loan AAR $500,000 that they'd received in NYC grants. Whether the loan was ever paid back remains unclear.

Those organizations recently had their funding cut off by the NYC Department of Investigation. From this:

On Friday, June 24th, New York City's Department of Investigation announced that Gloria Wise and Pathways for Youth had been determined "Non-Responsible City contractors" based on an on-going investigation "concerning allegations that, among other things, officials of Gloria Wise Boys & Girls Club approved significant inappropriate transactions and falsified documents that were submitted to various City agencies."

Some leaders of those groups have resigned.

Thankfully, the programs were transferred to other groups: "Key kids, senior programs saved".

Go here for the details and the latest reports on what I'm tentatively calling AARGate.

UPDATE: "BronxGate"? "CharityGate"? "GrantGate"? "LoanGate"? "It was for the children"?

Posted in Meta at July 27, 2005 12:00 PM


I thought conservatives only did things like this.

Posted by: gregd at July 28, 2005 03:11 PM

Monitoring Air America Radio [TM] so you don't have to.


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