This is Naked Capitalism fundraising week. 215 donors have already invested in our efforts to shed light on the dark and seamy corners of finance. Join us and participate via our Tip Jar or another credit card portal, WePay in the right column, or read about why we’re doing this fundraiser and other ways to donate, such as by check, as well as our current goal, on our kickoff post.
Thanks to our loyal weekend readers and early risers! You’ve gotten us past our first target, which was $10,700 for hosting, ongoing battles with spambot and trying to minimize how that affects the comments section, and getting us out of Google hell (a recent change in Google’s algos has effectively blacklisted this site. I can put search strings from recent posts in the search field. I can find the post in Bing, Yahoo, DuckDuckGo, but all that comes up in Google is scraper sites that have ripped off our work, and not the original.)
As of 6:30 PM are over $1200 toward our second goal, which is $7800 for travel and conferences. Note that we get lots of invites to conferences, and right now we go to almost none of them, even when we are asked to speak and the sponsor will cover our travel costs. The reason is that I’ve learned over time that it’s just too physically punishing to go to a conference and try to keep the blog going at its normal standard too, particularly if I am also having to prepare to sit on a panel or give a short presentation. Yet conferences are useful: the help get our point of view out, allow us to make useful contacts and meet allies in the flesh, and best of all, let us see fresh information and research (which can be legitimate or artfully packaged propaganda, but either way, it’s useful to see it early). So we need to pay our regular writers like Lambert and Dave Dayen to provide extra blog coverage while we attend these events.
And there are places we should go regularly that we don’t most importantly Washington, DC. As you may know, even going to Washington DC on a day trip and having a few meetings (as in cabbing around a bit) is close to a $500 item. We went there only once last year and would like to go there more often. And next year, INET (the Institute for New Economic Thinking) will be having its session in Toronto. We skipped last year due to reasons of time and expense, but the year before that, we went and had the opportunity to ask Larry Summers a question and see him evade it, so I’m sure we’d learn something, or if not, at least cause trouble.
Your donations last year not only helped support my participation in conferences and other out-of-town meetings, but that of travel by Lambert, who came to New York City to attend a weekend Occupy Data event and meet briefly with me. I’d like to fund travel for Lambert and Dayen if they see conferences they’d like to attend.
There are multiple ways to give. The first are here on the blog, the “Donate” and “Subscribe” buttons in the upper right, both of which take you to PayPal or the button lower in the right column which will take you to WePay (for all of them, the charge will be in the name of Aurora Advisors).
You can also send a check (or multiple post dated checks, if you want to spread out payments) in the name of Aurora Advisors Incorporated to
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Please also send an e-mail to email@example.com with the headline “Check is in the mail” (and just the $ en route in the message) so we can count your contribution in the total number of donations.
Thanks again for your generosity and your speedy responses!