Wednesday, 16 April 2008

IS SEAN HANNITY LEAVING CITADEL - ABC RADIO?

Ken Berwitz

If Brian Maloney (www.radioequalizer.blogspot.com) has this right, Citadel-ABC Radio is thisclose to going under altogether:

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Fed-Up Hannity Exiting Troubled Citadel - ABC Radio

*** EXCLUSIVE TO THE RADIO EQUALIZER ***

Apparently unhappy with the recently- merged company's political and business direction, talk radio syndication biggie Sean Hannity is exiting Citadel - ABC Radio (NYSE:CDL) for a yet- to- be- disclosed rival. The move could dramatically reshape programming lineups on a number of major stations.

According to a highly- placed source inside the company, Hannity is unhappy with Citadel - ABC for two reasons: its dismal financial performance and the liberal ideological leanings of CEO Farid Suleman and COO Judy Ellis, which are said to have interfered with good relations between the parties.

Rumors of the move were first reported yesterday by the
New York Radio Message Board and independently confirmed with a key insider by your Radio Equalizer late Sunday evening. Rumblings of a Hannity exit from Citadel were first revealed in late 2006 by yours truly, but the situation has apparently deteriorated markedly since then.


For the struggling Citadel - ABC operation, this news couldn't come at a more inopportune moment:
it has recently reported huge losses and shares have fallen by 88% over the past three years.

Syndicated in over 500 markets nationwide, Hannity's afternoon drive show is said to bring in $35m in annual revenue, which will now be lost as Sean jumps ship. The program is considered to be the second- biggest cash generator in ABC Radio's network lineup, with his compensation at a reported $5m per annum.

As for ratings, in New York City under the new Portable People Meter system, he pulled an impressive 5.4 12+ share for February. That was just shy of Rush Limbaugh's blockbuster 5.6. Nationally, Hannity's audience is second only to Limbaugh's.

The move comes on the heels of a recent round of massive layoffs at Citadel - ABC, which saw a
number of talk hosts canned, while management ranks at some outlets remain bloated.


Beyond Citadel's sagging stock price, Hannity is said to be concerned with the leftist political bent of its corporate suits, which has created some awkward moments. In particular,
COO Ellis has been reluctant to even be seen near the FOX News Channel host.

And since they took the reins of the merged company, Suleman and Ellis have made a number of peculiar decisions, including an emphasis on the 65+ audience rather than younger, more advertiser- friendly demographics. That has included a mega- deal with talk fossil Don Imus.

Also highly questionable were baffling decisions to remove Rush Limbaugh from WPRO-AM in Providence and fire nationally- known conservative morning talker Melanie Morgan from KSFO/ San Francisco.


The impact of Sean's departure will be significant for all parties involved: Citadel - ABC loses millions, while his show will be pulled from key ABC Radio stations in some major cities. At the same time, it will have to compete against his new program, most likely to be syndicated by Clear Channel's Premiere Radio Networks, home to Rush Limbaugh.

Will Hannity's exit hasten the demise of this troubled company? How will buyout king Teddy Forstmann,
whose firm owns 30% of CDL, respond to this latest setback? And what will be done to save some of the nation's biggest news- talkers from collapse?


UPDATE: Could this story change the outcome? We're hearing reaction has been intense within the radio industry and may have lit a firecracker or two over at Citadel's HQ. Will this rude awakening lead to a renewed interest in keeping Hannity in the fold? Is it about resources, ideological conflicts, or something else?

Either way, time is of the essence: Hannity is free to exit as of 12 June 2008.

Simply stated, Citadel-ABC would have trouble withstanding this kind of loss if it wasn't in bad shape.  The fact that it is in bad shape (to say the least) makes for a real possibility that if Hannity leaves, so does the company; at least in its current form.

Do stay tuned.  This could get real interesting.


ZIMBABWE: AS THE UN AND AU SIT BY AND WATCH......

Ken Berwitz

It certainly is no surprise that robert mugabe, the impossibly depraved, corrupt head of state who has destroyed Zimbabwe in every imaginable way, is subverting the election he lost in order to retain power.

What should be a surprise is that the rest of the world is sitting on its rumps, like a spectators at a soccer game, watching it happen without doing a thing about it. 

Lamentably, however, that is exactly what is happening.  And the organizations which most reasonably should be expected to act, the United Nations and the African Union (formerly the Organization of African Unity), are in the front row munching on a hot dog and sucking up a brewski instead of acting.

Here is the current state of affairs in that hopelessly lost country, courtesy of excerpts from an Associated Press report (which you can read in full by clicking here):

Whites under siege hunker down in Zimbabwe election crisis

By ANGUS SHAW, Associated Press Writer Wed Apr 16, 4:03 AM ET

HARARE, Zimbabwe - With his 28-year grip on power slipping, President Robert Mugabe's government has again lashed out at Zimbabwe's white community, calling his black opponents tools of former colonial master Britain and stoking anger against the nation's whites.

In the past, such attacks struck a chord in a country that suffered under white minority rule until 1980 and where whites controlled much of the economy even decades later.

But after repeated attacks, the seizure of most white-owned farms and the near collapse of the economy, the white community's size and power have dwindled. It may no longer be effective to use whites as a scapegoat for the nation's ills.

Attacking the nation's whites is "the last card" Mugabe has in his fight for political survival, analyst John Makumbe said. "He has nothing else to offer."

Mugabe's past programs to seize white wealth might have been too effective, Makumbe said, and may have deprived the president of his most valuable tactic. Now, with just a handful of whites left controlling businesses and farms, offering to seize white property may not be seen as a rich prize to the poor blacks suffering the worst of the economic hardships, Makumbe said.

Following the vote, which he reportedly lost though the results have yet to be released, Mugabe again turned to the racial issue, telling Zimbabweans that the land taken from the white farmers was under threat.

"This our soil, and the soil must never go back to the whites," he said.

Since then, ruling party militants have invaded scores of the farms still owned by whites. The opposition says the attacks are part of a wave of intimidation by Mugabe loyalists meant to ensure that the president does not lose an expected runoff.

"Looting is taking place. It is a free-for-all. Farmers are being told they are enemies of the state. There is no more discussion than that," said Trevor Gifford, head of the mainly white farmers' union.

Television footage of wealthy whites giving donations to the MDC reportedly infuriated Mugabe, who felt it violated his tacit agreement with whites that they could retain their economic power as long as they didn't meddle in politics.

"A lot of whites naively thought the MDC offered a new democratic dispensation they could openly support. Since then, they've had to wind their necks in," said Ian Stokes, an executive employment consultant. "Mugabe set out to punish the people he said spurned his hand of reconciliation."

Now, there are only 30,000 whites left out of a population of about 12 million though an estimated 5 million Zimbabweans, black and white, have fled as economic fugitives and political exiles.

Many of the remaining whites are retirees finding it nearly impossible to live on their meager pensions with the official inflation rate of 100,000 percent, the highest in the world. Independent financial firms say real inflation is closer to 290,000 percent.

One white retiree in the Alexandra Park suburb of northern Harare said his monthly pension does not buy him a loaf of bread, and he survives on handouts from relatives abroad.

The man asked not to be identified because of the widespread fear of retribution.

Meanwhile, many black farm workers seen as opposition supporters are being intimidated, and several black-owned farms have been raided, witnesses said.

One white community leader who asked not to be named said whites holding British and other foreign passports are asking their embassies about possible evacuation plans.

"We are telling people not to panic and keep their heads down," he said..

Before continuing, it should be pointed out that, in previous generations, White populations came to this land, named it Rhodesia and usurped the best land for farming and other activities.  Then, when independence was achieved in 1980 and the name was changed to Zimbabwe, Whites continued to control most of these assets.

These are historic facts and, predictably, have created enormous racial enmity within the country - a racial enmity which mugabe has exploited in the past and is attempting to exploit again now.

But does it make sense to destroy the country to redress White usurpation of the land?

Just as you were told in elementary school not to cut off your nose to spite your face, mugabe has allowed the most productive of the White-owned farms to be expropriated by Black citizens without even the remotest capability of running them successfully.  So what used to be the "breadbasket" of Africa went, in just a few years, to the empty basket. 

However justifiable taking this land back might have been, it resulted in both the end of agricultural exports from Zimbabwe (a key source of hard currency) and the starvation of its domestic population.

(At this point, to answer readers who took the previous paragraphs to be racist, let me assure you that I know there are Black people capable of running farms successfully.  My comments are specific to this situation - i.e. where Blacks who could not do so were suddenly in control.)   

Bottom line:  between the decimation of Zimbabwe's formerly-thriving agricultural sector and the takeover of virtually all other enterprise by mugabe's inept, corrupt government, the country has quickly degenerated into a horror show of epic proportion.

But would the UN raise a hand or do a thing about it?  Yeah, right.

This is the same UN that will not call what is happening in Darfur "genocide" because, if it did, the UN charter would require it to DO something about that genocide.  This is the same UN that can find reasons to condemn Israel for any and every act against palestinian Arabs but finds virtually nothing problematic about civilian targets in Israel being shelled daily from Gaza and southern Lebanon.

And would the African Union lift a finger?  Nope.  robert mugabe is an African leader, so he can't be criticized.  Nothing to see here sheeple, just move along, move along.

Meanwhile the people of Zimbabwe starve in the streets and have no hope of any kind that their situation can improve -- even as the "man" who orchestrated this catastrophe goes merrily along stealing an election so that he can continue to starve them.

And, incredibly, while mugabe perpetrates his textbook example of man's inhumanity to man, his crimes are nothing more than a spectator sport for the relentlessly uninvolved -- also known as the UN and the AU. 

What a terrible, sickening, depravity they are committing.


SHARPE JAMES: (? - NJ)

Ken Berwitz

Here we go again.

Sharpe James, the five-time mayor of Newark New Jersey was convicted on all five counts of fraud he was charged with.   

Now:  see how far you have to read down the Newark Star-Ledger Article to find out his party affiliation:

Newark ex-mayor Sharpe James is convicted of fraud

by Jeff Whelan and John P. Martin/The Star-Ledger
Wednesday April 16, 2008, 10:02 AM

A federal jury today convicted former Newark Mayor Sharpe James of fraud for conspiring to rig the sale of nine city lots to his mistress, who quickly resold them for hundreds of thousands of dollars in profit.

Former Newark Mayor Sharpe James and one of his lawyers, Alan Zegas, leave the federal courthouse in Newark.

Ending a five-week trial, the jury returned its verdict in a courtroom just a block from the City Hall office that James occupied for two decades. Less than an hour into its sixth day of deliberations, the jury found James guilty on all five counts he faced.

James' co-defendant and former girlfriend, Tamika Riley, was also found guilty on those five counts and eight others, including tax evasion.

Both James and Riley face between four- and seven-year prison terms under federal sentencing guidelines, Judith Germano, the Assistant U.S. Attorney and lead prosecutor, said after the verdict. U.S. District Judge William Martini allowed both to remain free on bail until sentencing, which was set for July 29 at 10 a.m.

James' lead attorney, Thomas Ashley, said he intends to appeal the verdict, but did not say on what grounds. Riley's attorney, Gerald Krovatin, said he and his client "are deeply disappointed" in the verdict and also plan to appeal.

Tamika Riley and her attorney, Gerald Krovatin, leave the federal courthouse this morning.

"Justice has finally been served," U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie said at a post-verdict news conference on the front steps of the federal courthouse. "There is no one beyond the reach of the law."

As the verdict was read just after 10 a.m., the defendants stared ahead, showing no emotion. Ashley clasped his hands over his head and looked downward. Christie, who was sitting in the front row, congratulated Germano with a handshake and kiss on the cheek.

James' wife, Mary, missed the reading of the verdict and met him outside the elevator on the first floor. They kissed on the cheek, and he repeated "no comment" to reporters as they left the building.

"It was deathly quiet in the elevator," said Jeffrey Bacon, 50, who worked under James at city hall and rode down to the lobby with the former mayor and his two lawyers after the verdict. "No one could believe it."

Riley also left the courtroom minutes after the verdict was read. Wearing sunglasses and with her head bowed, Riley was escorted by Krovatin, her attorney. Riley drove away in a black GMC Yukon with Krovatin and two other women.

The jurors, six men and six women, were protected from the post-verdict media frenzy by U.S. Marshals. Huddled together, the jurors were shepherded out of the courthouse to their cars, with reporters held at bay.

The verdict tarnishes the legacy of Newark's most towering political figure, the onetime gym teacher with an oversized personality who led the state's largest city as it tried to rise from decades of blight and derision. News of his conviction today drew a mix of celebration and lament from city streets.

James, 72, served five terms as mayor, two also as state senator and wielded influence as one of the state's top Democratic powerbrokers, all the while sidestepping graft investigations that snared some friends and political allies. He left office two years ago, choosing not to seek re-election, which cleared the way for current Mayor Cory Booker.

Booker said the verdict marks "a sad day for Newark."

"My prayers are with Sharpe James and his family," Booker said at a ribbon-cutting this morning for a Subway restaurant. "He was mayor for 20 years and accomplished a lot of things in that time. I hope that the citizens of Newark stay focused on the future and the great things that are happening now."

During the trial, the prosecution called nearly three dozen witnesses, from police bodyguards to city officials to developers, to suggest the mayor secretly manipulated the government approval process to give his girlfriend a real estate windfall.

Riley, a 39-year-old publicist from Jersey City with no development experience, paid the city $46,000 for six parcels in a redevelopment zone between 2001 and 2005. She resold them, often just weeks later, for $665,000.

James' attorneys countered that Riley got the same treatment as many other developers -- at a time when the city was trying to spur investments in some of its most devastated neighborhoods. They also argued the city council - not James - had the ultimate authority over land deals.

Neither James nor Riley testified.

James could still face another trial, over allegations that he billed the city for $58,000 in personal expenses, including lavish vacations with Riley and other women. Prosecutors reserved their decision on those charges until this case was done.

James joins a long list of New Jersey politicians convicted of corruption in recent years, including former State Senate President John Lynch, county executives James Treffinger of Essex and Robert Janiszewski of Hudson and dozens of mayors, freeholders and council members.

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Let me help.  There is no mention at all of Mr. James' political affiliation in the headline.  Within the article there is a total of one mention, in passing, buried in the middle of the 13th paragraph.

In other words, the Star-Ledger told you plainly that Sharpe James is a Democrat.

Why do I say that?  Because if he were a Republican you would have read it either in the headline or the first paragraph of the article, that's why.  

But listen to them squeal like stuck pigs if you call them biased.


GORDON BROWN'S LAST REFUGE

Ken Berwitz

Question:  What do you do when you have replaced a (supposedly) unpopular Prime Minister, and after a few months in office you make that former Prime Minister look like God incarnate by comparison?

Answer:  You try to cover for your disastrous peformance by attacking George Bush.

Let me show you what I mean, via excerpts from two articles published in Monday's London Daily Telegraph:

Gordon Brown is to urge the next American president to re-engage with the world and show the kind of leadership America demonstrated in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War.

His message will be conveyed to all three candidates for the White House in back-to-back meetings during his trip to the United States this week.

He will tell Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, and the Republican John McCain, that America must re-connect with the international community as the George W Bush era draws to a close.

The Prime Minister, who is travelling with his wife, Sarah, and a big team from No 10, will meet President Bush at the White House, but his message is tailored to those who might replace him.

 So Gordon Brown thinks that President Bush is disengaged from the rest of the world?  Nice of him to say....and just before coming here and meeting with Mr. Disengagement too.  Apparently, in Prime Minister Brown's world, that is just the right tone to set for a warm, fuzzy, successful meeting between heads of state.

So why would Brown make a comment like this?  What good could it do him?  Well, maybe this second excerpt explains it:

Gordon Brown's personal support among voters has fallen faster and further than that of any Prime Minister since political polling began, it has emerged.

In a double blow for the Government, the Conservative lead over Labour has stretched to 16 points - more than at any time since the Tories lost power in 1997.

With the Prime Minister's authority collapsing as rumours surface of a scramble to replace him from Cabinet colleagues and senior Labour MPs, the poll shows the public has also fallen out of love with Mr Brown.

His personal rating is now minus 37, down from plus 48 in August, a plunge even more severe than that suffered by Neville Chamberlain in 1940 after Germany's invasion of Norway.

The YouGov poll for the Sunday Time puts the Conservatives up one on 44 per cent, with Labour down one point on 28 per cent, and the Liberal Democrats also up one on 17 per cent.

It is the best rating for the Conservatives since the summer of 1992, just after John Major's shock election victory and shortly before Black Wednesday.

To make matters even worse for Mr Brown, the poll shows that voters would be more likely to support Labour if his predecessor Tony Blair was still in office.

Six out of 10 complain the Prime Minister has a tendency to "dither" and only 26 per cent believe he has shown decisive leadership.

Just 14 per cent agree he is "in control of events," while 57 per cent say he is "floundering".

Worse still for the man who built his reputation as the steward of the economy as chancellor, 61 per cent of those poll said they blamed Mr Brown for the current financial crisis and two-thirds said they did not trust the Prime Minister and the current Chancellor, Alistair Darling, to steer the country out of it.

Samuel Johnson said that "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel".  Sam had a point, but Gordon is trying to trump him with "Dumping on President Bush is the last refuge of an amazingly failed turn as Prime Minister"

It isn't going to work.  The British people may have their problems with George Bush, but they don't blame him for Gordon Brown.  Brown is their mistake, one they will remedy soon enough.


OBAMA AND FOOD STAMPS

Ken Berwitz

I am not making this up.  I swear.

I just took a look at the invaluable web site, www.sweetness-light.com, and saw its reference to this Associated Press Story, which I am excerpting below:

EVANSVILLE, Ind. - Michelle Obama fought back Wednesday against criticism that her husband is elitist, painting the presidential candidate as an ordinary man whose family once lived on food stamps and saying they both understand the plight of working America.

Barack Obama has drawn fire from rival Hillary Rodham Clinton since he told donors at a private San Francisco fundraiser that blue-collar voters "cling to guns or religion" because of bitterness about their economic lot.

Obama has said he chose the wrong words to characterize the economic insecurity many people face, a theme his wife played up in her stop at Harrison High School in Evansville Wednesday.

Michelle Obama, 44, drew heavily on her upbringing in a working-class family in Chicago. She said her family lived on her father's city salary while her mother stayed home.

"There were no miracles in my life," she said. "The thing that I saw that many of us still see is hard work and sacrifice."

Wednesday's appearance was Michelle Obama's first in Indiana as her husband and Clinton battle for the state's 72 pledged delegates in the state's May 6 primary. She was scheduled to speak at a middle school in Indianapolis and at Anderson University later in the day.

Barack Obama is an ordinary man whose family once lived on food stamps??????

What am I missing here?  Was his father not a big shot in Kenya?  Was his father not a Harvard graduate?  Was his mother not running around the world, including four years with her next husband and Barack in Indonesia? 

Do they give food stamps for plane tickets too?

I don't know about you, but I would love to know when, and under what circumstances, I was subsidizing the Obama family.

I wouldn't have believed it possible, but Michelle Obama's comment has the potential to supplant Barack Obama's "bitter and frustrated" dismissal of small town American as the most damaging of them all.

GG Obama's claim of growing up on food stamps is misleading. In an interview with Joe Klein in 2006, Obama said the following: "I was going to a fancy prep school, and my mother was on food stamps while she was getting her Ph.D." In his book on Obama (Obama: From Promise to Power, see page 36-38) Chicago Tribune reporter David Mendell gives the following description of the elite prep school: "Barry was sent to live with his grandparents back in Hawaii, where he was enrolled in the private Punahou School. Founded in 1841 by missionaries, Punahou had evolved into a prestigious college preparatory academy that served Hawaii’s upper crust.... Obama’s grandparents maneuvered him into Punahou; his grandfather’s boss, an alumnus, intervened to have Obama accepted. And Madelyn’s job at the bank helped pay the steep tuition. ... The campus itself was an island on an island, a fenced-in tract of several scenic acres largely hidden from public view. Under the silvery morning sunshine, Maya gave me a tour of her alma mater. A misty rain sprinkled on us from the lone cloud in an otherwise clear blue sky, giving the day a perfect tropical feel. On his first visit to Punahou, Obama’s grandfather described the school campus as 'heaven', and it would be hard to disagree with that assessment. The school featured elegant theaters and stately buildings set amid shady palm trees, verdant fields and neatly sculpted walking paths. High, tree-covered hills served as backdrop to the campus. The scene was so idyllic that it resembled a Hollywood set. That landscape, in conjunction with the surrounding fence, provided visitors and others with a feeling of safe insularity. And after a long day of hectic travel, it provided me with a sense of calm. ... As the tour concluded and we headed to our domestic rental cars, which were parked amid Saabs and Volvos and Lexuses, Obama’s introduction to his memoir flashed to my mind. I realized that the Manhattan publisher who turned down Obama’s book idea was correct on one account—Obama certainly had not come from an underprivileged background." Someone writing into the history channel pointed out: "Obama was born in 1961 and lived with both his mother and father until they divorced in 1965. So no food stamps during that period as they were not available then. She then moved back in with her parents until she remarried in 1967 but the food stamp program was not available in Hawaii during those years. In 1967, after her second marriage she moved to Jakarta and there were no food stamps available to her in Jakarta. In 1971, Obama moved in with his grandparents so his mother was absent, remaining in Jakarta, and he was being raised by his grandparents who sent him to a private prep school that was quite expensive. She did not move back to Hawaii until 1974 but by then she was employed. And she returned to Indonesia in 1977 and stayed until long after Obama had graduated and so she would have not been eligible for food stamps at any period during that time." Obama's mother, Ann Dunham, returned to Hawaii in 1974 to pursue a PhD. All of this fits with what Obama said back in 2006. If his mother actually did receive food stamps, it would only have been while she was getting her PhD (1974-1977), and while the family was sending Obama to an expensive private prep school (Madelyn Dunham, Obama's grandmother, was during this time Vice-President at the Bank of Hawaii). (04/17/08)


AL FRANKEN, THE LAUGHABLE CANDIDATE

Ken Berwitz

Al Franken is a comedy writer and former Air America talk show host.  He is also a candidate for United States senate from Minnesota, hoping to unseat Republican Norm Coleman.

But there is a problem. 

Franken, who is as arrogant and moralizing a person as you're likely to find anywhere, has a terrible history of financial dealings. 

Here are two of them, both of which I pulled from www.michellemalkin.com.  And there are others:

Al Franken finally admits he failed to comply with workers comp, disability benefits laws

By Michelle Malkin    April 11, 2008 10:02 PM

More than a month ago, investigative GOP blogger Michael Brodkorb in Minnesota first broke the news that Al Franken had violated New York states worker compensation laws. The Franken campaign finally fesses up:

DFL Senate candidate Al Franken acknowledged today that his New York-based business wrongly failed to provide workers compensation insurance for nearly three years, his campaign said.

According to campaign manager Andy Barr, after five weeks of investigation the accountant for Alan Franken Inc. (AFI) was unable to figure out the exact circumstances that led to the oversight.

However, the accountant has determined that, in fact, AFI was not in full compliance during the period in question, Barr said, in a statement released this morning. Therefore, no further attempt will be made to contest the resolved judgment.

New York state fined Franken $25,000 nearly three years ago for failing to provide workers compensation insurance for his business employees. After the state did not hear from Franken, the judgment was entered in the New York Supreme Court last summer.

But Franken and his wife, Franni, said they were not aware of the penalty before it was reported in a Republican blog early last month. The Frankens paid the fine immediately, along with a separate $833 penalty for also failing to provide disability benefits insurance for two years.

Another Man of the People.

At least I can say Al Franken has finally made me laugh.

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MDE EXCLUSIVE: ALAN FRANKEN INC. DESIGNATED FORFEITED BY STATE OF CALIFORNIA

By Michael B. Brodkorb | April 16, 2008

During a debate last Sepetmber at Augsburg, Al Franken said: I love corporations that play by the rules, and we have to make them play by the rules. After paying fines of almost $26,000 in the last few weeks for failure to provide workers compensation insurance and disability insurance for his corporations employees, it appears Frankens own corporation still isnt playing by the rules.

According to public information from the state of California obtained by Minnesota Democrats Exposed, Alan Franken Inc, has been forfeited since August 1, 2007. The Certificate of Status, which certifies that Frankens corporation was forfeited, was filed by California Secretary of State Debra Brown six months after Franken announced he was running for the U.S. Senate in Minnesota.

Frankens corporation was incorporated in California on June 8, 1998. Public records from the state of California, list Al Franken as CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) and CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO) of Alan Franken Inc.

Unfortunately for Franken, he is listed in the documents in California as the CFO for Al Franken, Inc, which clearly takes away his claim of ignorance of his California problems.

The California Secretary of States website defines a forfeited as a corporation that has:

lost all corporate rights and powers for failure to meet statutory filing requirements in either the Secretary of States office or the Franchise Tax Board. Information regarding the type of forfeiture can be obtained by requesting a status report. Source: California Secretary of States website

According to the California Franchise Tax Boards website, the forfeited designation strips Franken and his corporation of the ability to function, operate and do business of any kind in California.

Can we all agree that this is not good? 

And in addition to what you just read, there is Mr. Franken's knowledge of, and apparent indifference to, almost a million dollars that was taken as a malodorous "loan" from the Gloria Wise charitable foundation in New York, largely to pay his salary and the salary of his producer.  Franken knew about the loan.  But he took the money anyway.  The foundation was forced to close and leave countless children and senior citizens in the lurch.  You can read all about this scandal by clicking here.  

I don't often read the Minneapolis Star-Tribune or the St. Paul newspapers, so I don't know how, or even if, they are covering Franken's dealings.  But I do know media's past performance and how coverage has a tendency to differ based on the culprit's political affilation.

For this reason, I am hoping that the voters will luck out and media will mistakenly think Franken is a Republican.  Then I guarantee the whole story will be there for them.


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