Air America Under Investigation- Possibly funded with Non-Profit Grant Money

Evidently the Former CEO of Air America, Evan Cohen took almost half a million dollars in grant money earmarked for the Gloria Wise Boys and Girls Club in Bronx, New York to help start up the failing liberal talk radio network.

And needless to say the mainstream media is saying nothing about it!

The Radio Equalizer, Bob Maloney and conservative commentator Michelle Malkin are pursuing the story that was origionally reported in a local newspaper, The Bronx News:

The Bronx News has learned, through informed sources, that the diversion of hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Gloria Wise Boys & Girls Club in Co-op City to the liberal Air America Radio is at the center of the city’s probe of corruption at the local club.

The money, which was reportedly paid to Air America as a loan, was supposed to be paid back with interest, two unidentified informed sources told the News. One source added that Air America officials, led by an official of the Gloria Wise Club, agreed to help the local club by publicizing its activities.

To date, there is no evidence that this money was ever repaid. But what is even worse is that this money may have been diverted from government grant money earmarked to benefit the community.

The city’s DOI is pursuing the probe because the Gloria Wise Club depends heavily on city funding for its operations. These funds are subject to extensive audits, as are funds received through the state and federal governments.

The Co-op City-based club, which Rosen has built into an empire in the Co-op City community, reportedly has 19 contracts and at least one grant with the city, worth a total of $9.7 million.

Over the last year, Rep. Joseph Crowley has secured two major federal grants for the Gloria Wise Club, one for a day-care program for Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers and the other for the community’s NORC program for senior citizens. The grant for the program for Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers was for $250,000, while the grant for the NORC program was for $99,410.

In 2003, Crowley secured a $218,500 grant for a mentoring program that the Gloria Wise Club runs.

So let me get this…

A Non-Profit 501c(3), tax-exempt organization which is funded by Federal, state and local grant monies invested almost half a million dollars into a failed, politically driven radio talk network.

And the mainstream media doesn’t think there is a story worth reporting? Figures!

Thank you Bob Maloney and Michelle Malkin for holding their feet to the fire.

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Craig DeLuz

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