61 readers have now given over $2,000 during the first two days of the first annual HA Pledge Week, bringing me more than halfway towards my $3,500 goal with five days remaining. That’s a very encouraging start, and I thank you all for your generosity.
It is particularly gratifying to see so much grassroots support, but I have noticed that my list of contributors does not yet include a single elected official, potential candidate or representative of a high-profile progressive organization. Hmm. These are of course the people who have the most to lose should I some day be forced to give up blogging. You’d think they’d want to help me sustain and expand my efforts.
I suppose one explanation might be that these public figures want to avoid the appearance of impropriety. For example, if I were to write something good about them — or nasty about their opponent — it might not look so good for it to be known that they had previously given me money.
Well, first of all, nobody needs to know. This is not a charitable contribution, and HA is no PAC. I am not required by law to reveal my donors, and I have no intention of doing so. Anybody who fears some repercussion from contributing to HA may rest at ease. I will not reveal your identity.
In fact, I don’t even need to know who you are. I’ve been encouraging donors to give through PayPal because there are no preset contribution limits, but you may completely shield your identity from me by making a donation via the Amazon Honor System. Personally, I think I’m at least as capable as the Seattle Times of maintaining editorial independence from my advertisers and subscribers/donors, but if you want to avoid even the possibility of influencing my future coverage, you can always give anonymously.
So there you have it. No ethical quandaries. No more excuses. If you think HA is worthy of support, then please give what you can today.