One of the earlier targets I had here on this blog was a group we used to call “firebaggers,” or the left’s equivalent of the Tea Party. They had similar tactics and a lack of facts, without the political organizing and voter mobilization the Tea Party had. The term came about because most of them inhabited a site called Firedoglake, egged on by it’s owner, Jane Hamsher.
I have spent more time than I wanted on things she and her minions have done, including delving into some of her finances.
Late in 2011, I wrote a post here called “Jane Hamsher’s Running out of Sheep.” The gist of it was that she tended to tie her various ventures together, in ways that weren’t always what her donors thought was being done. Her FDL Action PAC turned out to be mostly … funding FDL and her “media company,” CommonSense Media. One of the things I noted was this:
FDL Action’s fundraising wasn’t quite as good:
Total Receipts $2,440
Total Spent $2,690
Begin Cash on Hand $3,191
End Cash on Hand $2,941
In other words, the cash donations weren’t flowing in.
Which made this story in today’s Huffington Post unsurprising.
NEW YORK — CommonSense Media, a digital advertising network co-founded by film producer and Firedoglake publisher Jane Hamsher, has filed for bankruptcy to liquidate its assets.
and the creditors?
Hamsher is known as a leading figure in the progressive blogopshere and left-leaning pundit. CommonSense Media’s creditors, however, span the political spectrum and include Daily Kos, Raw Story, AlterNet, Talking Points Memo, MyDD, The New Republic, Crooks and Liars, The Drudge Report, National Review Online, RedState, Human Events, Eagle Publishing, Town Hall, Salem Communications , Five Thirty Eight, The Hill, CQ-Roll Call, Taylor Marsh, John Aravosis (AMERICAblog), and Duncan Black (Eschaton).
Not quite as … progressive … as she’d have liked us to think, at least when it comes to money. It’s very much a case of “Do as I say, not as I do.“
Yes, she’s seriously hardcore about being progressive. She wanted Democrats and progressives to boycott Fox. Except when she thinks she’s not getting what she wants, then she’ll team up with the far right and make appearances on Fox. Yes, Ms Hamsher is not one to let principles stand in the way when she’s after something. She’s scathing in her denunciations of progressive groups that accept some corporate funds, unless of course, it’s her corporation which receives those same corporation’s funds.
So now, her advertising firm is in bankruptcy. Gosh, how do I feel about that?
Maybe you guessed from the title?