Just two days into HA’s $25,000 Fund Drive, 47 loyal readers have already contributed a total of $2,225. Combine that with SEIU 775’s $2,500 sponsorship pledge, and we’re nearly one fifth of the way toward our target. Thank you all for your generosity.
As expected, the comment threads on these fund raising posts are filled with angry trolls telling me to quit my begging and just go get a job. Of course, they’d like nothing more than to see HA shut down; you don’t think they put so much time and effort into disrupting my comment threads because they welcome a vigorous, informed debate? But in fact, a blog like HA, if done right, is a full time job… just not one that provides much of an income.
I spend hours a day, most holidays and weekends included, researching and writing posts, and while my prose may often sound conversational or even improvisational, I’m actually a very careful, deliberate and excruciatingly slow writer. But the time it takes to write a post is nothing compared to the time I’ve invested in the several dozen videos I’ve created over the past few years.
Take for example the Susan Hutchison video above, which effectively eviscerates her attempt to explain away her $500 donation to Mike Huckabee as an impulse of somebody new to the world of political giving. Just figuring out how to fit the content to the 1:26 musical clip I’d picked out was a chore in itself; the entire video production took the better part of a night before it finally felt right. And this was my second video swipe at this particular Hutchison obfuscation.
The point is, keeping HA relevant, informative, effective, engaging and entertaining takes a helluva lot of work, and it’s just not something I can maintain anywhere near it’s current form on top of a 9 to 5 job. So if you enjoy HA, and want me to continue doing the job I do helping to keep our journalists and politicians honest, then I need more than your kind words. I need your financial support. So please give today.