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September 15, 2006
By: Kevin Drum

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Ok, you got me to subscribe. Following in my family tradition, I guess, as my dad had a subsription when I was in HS and College;>

Posted by: Martin on September 15, 2006 at 3:19 PM | PERMALINK

Hey Kevin -- you claim to be a nonprofit organization. I have two questions for you:

1. Does the IRS know you all practice politics? You may not, if you want to keep your tax exempt status.

2. Why do you have a .com domain?

Posted by: Norman Rogers on September 15, 2006 at 4:17 PM | PERMALINK

But what exactly has Washington Monthly done to serve the goals of an independent, liberal media holding the administration and conservatives accountable? I mentioned giving this issue over to the latter and the bizarre slant of its college ratings. But when I try to think of other inspiration, I come up with things like Amy Sullivan's lambasting liberals as godless and intolerant. (Well, sometimes I wish she were even close to right, . . . .) Even TNR sometimes does more.

Look, if it were a fund to keep Kevin in business, we might consider it, but running a blog is a lot cheaper. Web hosting, after all, can be $100/year.

Posted by: artcrit on September 15, 2006 at 4:23 PM | PERMALINK

I'll donate if you bring back Friday Cat Blogging.

Posted by: Apot on September 15, 2006 at 4:28 PM | PERMALINK

I agree with Apot - I miss Friday Cat Blogging - but artcrit and Norman are just plain selfish, enjoying all this good stuff for free and acting insulted when asked for a contribution. What does your mortgage banker say when treat her that way? BTW, Subscriber for more than 20 years, financing two gift subscriptions for five years, and just made a donation. My conscience is clear.

Posted by: Yellow Dog on September 15, 2006 at 4:51 PM | PERMALINK

Web hosting, after all, can be $100/year.

Senator Lieberman, you were asked not to post here.

Posted by: shortstop on September 15, 2006 at 5:02 PM | PERMALINK

Norman, an entity can be a non-profit and not be tax-exempt. And I want to know if all the churches that host "Justice Sunday" events or that offer up their members as GOP recruting targets are also prepared to give up their tax exempt status.

Posted by: Doug-E-Fresh on September 15, 2006 at 5:16 PM | PERMALINK

I just made a small donation.

Why?

No other site offers commentary and analysis that is both provocative and well-reasoned -- besides being clearly written, balanced, and nicely presented. Also, no other site offers a comparable forum for posting one's own opinions and reading the insights of others -- which themselves are often funny and informative.

Thanks, Mr. Drum, for expanding the bounds of "the best that is known and thought" in the virtual world.

P.S. And, question me this: what site is so gracious that it offers a forum for those who like to bitch and blog but still not donate!

Posted by: Hotspurs on September 15, 2006 at 6:12 PM | PERMALINK

Doug, the whole point of being a non-profit is to soak up government largesse. In addition to the IRS benefits (donors can claim tax exemptions), the organization itself is exempt from local property taxes and sales tax.

But such organizations usually choose a .org domain.

I'm curious -- just what is the business and tax status of the Washington Monthly? Does anyone know? Is Kevin claiming that donations are tax preferenced?

Posted by: Norman Rogers on September 15, 2006 at 6:47 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin, can you also set up one of those Amazon donation buttons? I really like donating with those amazon buttons, and avoiding paypal.

Posted by: Joe on September 15, 2006 at 7:21 PM | PERMALINK

I just want to reitterate how much I like the Amazon donation button.

Please put one up.

Posted by: Joe on September 15, 2006 at 7:24 PM | PERMALINK

There are a lot of people who do shopping on Amazon. Many of us use the 1-click shopping. And that's how easy it is to donate using Amazon's donate button. You can click and donate. It's that simple and that's why I love it.

Posted by: Joe on September 15, 2006 at 7:25 PM | PERMALINK

I've been asking: How much would it cost me to get one enttry of cat blogging with new photos? I miss catblogging, and I'm willing to pay for it. How much? It's like you don't want my money...

Posted by: American Hawk on September 15, 2006 at 8:24 PM | PERMALINK

I agree with joe - i have an amazon account already and that'd be much easier. I hate putting my CC info in anywhere I don't have to.

The one click thing is awesome.

I did just subscribe though, first time sub. can't wait for the first issue. But I clicked the "bill me" box...

Posted by: Smurfyhoser on September 15, 2006 at 9:48 PM | PERMALINK

I think American Hawk may be onto something.

Why doesn't Political Animal break new fundraising and catblogging ground by hosting readers' cat pictures on Fridays? I see no harm in that. It's not exactly renting the Lincoln bedroom, is it? Say something like $100 per picture or per cat image or something like that. $50 to mention the animal's name. $100 more for a one-sentence adoring description of the moment depicted. $1,000 for subliminal political messages in the picture (if Kevin catches them). All in a good all-American business spirit.

Posted by: JS on September 15, 2006 at 10:38 PM | PERMALINK

Norman, you're an idiot. Not-for-profit status is simply another way to organize a business. Non-profit does not mean tax exempt. It means profits of the business are not distrubeted to shareholders. That's really about it.

Posted by: fromer on September 15, 2006 at 11:57 PM | PERMALINK

WHO WILL WIN?!?!?

Posted by: anonymous on September 16, 2006 at 12:05 AM | PERMALINK

JS, that is brilliant.

Posted by: American Hawk on September 16, 2006 at 9:16 AM | PERMALINK

"P.S. And, question me this: what site is so gracious that it offers a forum for those who like to bitch and blog but still not donate!" I hate to tell you guys, but the request for money was the first time I have used this space in months and months, and I don't need it. Look, I dropped my subscription to the Atlantic Monthly when I saw no interest any longer in Robert Kaplan's apologies for raw power, James Fallows's odd predictions like his praise for Bush's debating skills and Murdoch's being above politics, and other not exactly liberal but bizarre things not worth reading. How many obligations to support magazines do you guys think I have? Shall I send cash to the National Review every time a liberal blogger links to it?

Now, there's a case to be made that Kevin's blog deserves funding. Not a huge case. I'm not kidding when I say it's not that expensive. Lots of people blog and you're not paying them. But regardless, it is NOT the case that Kevin made. Did you actually read him? He said that we're to fund the magazine as a necessary, critical voice in the war against Bush. So what's wrong with my believing it's not and taking my readership and money elsewhere? I thought it was liberal wackos who the DLC types think can't tolerate disagreement. So is it really the center right? No skin off my back if I don't ever read or post again.

Posted by: artcrit on September 16, 2006 at 9:50 AM | PERMALINK

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Posted by: dd on September 17, 2006 at 8:57 AM | PERMALINK

I told myself that when I graduated and moved somewhere semi-permanent, I'd get myself a subscription to a magazine. It was either you guys or the economist. Kevin, you put me over the line, you're getting my money...

I'm curious: how many people give/subscribe based on donation week?

Posted by: Andrew Cory on September 17, 2006 at 12:11 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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