Give Me Money, Please
The Nation extends a hand in face of $1 million deficit.
$40 would buy a pizza and a cheap bottle of wine for me to share with my girlfriend.
$150 would buy a bigger LCD monitor for our new Canon HD videocam.
$300 would buy the roundtrip airfare I recently booked to Puerto Rico (I found a great deal).
$850 would set me up for a good weekend at the casino.
Wishing people would donate money to me? Priceless.
OK, enough about me. The Nation apparently is having a rough go in this â€śhostileâ€ť publishing environment. According to a note from Washington editor Christopher Hayes, the left-leaning political magazine has a $1 million deficit and needs your financial help! (According to its Web site, at least $500,000 of that is from postal rate hikes, thanks in part to â€śTime Warner lobbyists.â€ť)
The magazine often relies on donations and has set up an â€śAssociatesâ€ť donation group with special membership benefits, like discussion groups and members-only monthly conference calls, depending on how much you fork over. In fact, Hayes says donations make up more than 20 percent of The Nationâ€™s revenues.
And if you really want to know what your hard-earned donation dollars go to, Hayes is upfront about how it helps:
$35 buys me dinner with a confidential source in New York
$75 pays for an interpreter for a reporter researching a story in Afghanistan
$150 covers an Amtrak ticket to Washington so a writer can testify before Congress
$300 buys a labor reporter's ticket to Detroit for a piece on unemployment
$500 (expenses extra) rewards a brilliant article by a young journalist on Tehran dissidents
Click here to make a donation to The Nation. Iâ€™ll let you know when I get the donation form up for that casino weekend Iâ€™ve been dreaming about.
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