One of the terms you often see thrown around over at various “progressive” (quotes intended) sites like FireDogLake is “ObamaBots.” The term is usually applied to those who support the President even if he’s offended Jane Hamsher, Glenn Greenwald, or one of the other bloggers/commenters at the site. Being offended by the President is their usual state, because after all, they have to have something to do. The implication is that they are “independent-minded” people who are not just repeating talking points like a robot, all appearances to the contrary. The most shrill is the owner, Jane Hamsher. Recently, she’s been getting more and more out there (which is saying something), and it recalled an … interesting … exchange I had over at Rooted Cosmopolitan at the end of June .
My comment was that Jane had a history:
It’s been her pattern for a while, and after watching her in action, it’s pretty apparent that she regards the various “purity” groups on the Left as a cash cow and a way to promote herself, rather than a means for political action
Which was replied to by bmull, who had been busily defending Jane at various blogs:
She’s not and never has been “lining her pockets.” She was doing all right off her producer earnings before she got into the blogging business and as far as I can tell it’s been a money pit. Are FDL Action PAC and Accountability Now PAC funds spent with an eye toward synergies with FDL? Wouldn’t surprise me. Has any donor ever complained about it? Not to my knowledge.
What made that reply interesting was that I’ve been looking through FEC documents for a few years now. I’m weird that way, when someone piques my interest. I’m not the only one, because other people have also examined Accountability Now, which Jane and Glenn Greenwald launched with great fanfare a few years ago. Ostensibly it was to recruit progressive candidates, but it seemed to end up putting money into Jane and Glenn’s pockets.
Accountability Now collected $113,695 in donations during 2009, as it reported to the FEC, and spent $169,992 that year on nine consultants … including Hamsher ($24,000) and PAC cofounder Glenn Greenwald ($24,000)….
But it’s not Jane’s only PAC. Although most of the scrutiny has been on Accountability Now, when you look at FDL Action PAC’s FEC summary, you see something very interesting:
|1||Fire Dog Lake||$90,063|
|2||McMahon, Squier & Assoc||$39,923|
|3||Abar Hutton Media||$36,924|
|5||JJB Media Ecology||$13,388|
|6||Actblue Technical Services||$12,692|
|8||Target Marketing Usa||$11,197|
Hmm… it looks like there’s about $100K of “synergy” going on. FireDogLake may be a “money sink,” but it doesn’t look like it’s Jane’s money sink. No one’s complained about it? Maybe they haven’t looked? Or maybe they have. You see, recently Jane had a little blow-up, right after OFA announced what the President had raised:
President Obama‘s campaign will report raising a staggering $47 million in the past three months, his campaign manager said in a web video released early Wednesday morning.
FDL Action’s fundraising wasn’t quite as good:
|Begin Cash on Hand||$3,191|
|End Cash on Hand||$2,941|
No wonder she’s pissed! Apparently all the previous donors have been thoroughly shorn, and new sheep aren’t lining up. Maybe “the dumbest motherfuckers in the world” aren’t as dumb as she thinks.