I don’t like writing these solicitations any more than you enjoy reading them.
But the facts are I am retired and on a fixed income. The work of generating stories for LouisianaVoice is a fast-paced and sometimes expensive proposition that more and more often involves travel to places like Lake Charles, New Orleans, Shreveport, Monroe, and sometimes even to Mississippi to wrap up the loose ends for stories.
Also, there are times when I am forced to file lawsuits to obtain public records that state agencies, notably the Division of Administration and the Department of Education, should make readily available. And while the legal work does not cost me up front, the filings of legal documents (court costs) certainly does—usually several hundred dollars a pop.
These expenses add up. With the exception of a single book store in Denham Springs, I do not accept advertising (and even that is at no charge because the book store owner built this web page). Likewise, I do not charge a subscription fee (I want these stories available to anyone who wants to keep up with stories about state government that other news outlets do not cover).
Accordingly, last year (after four years of doing this absolutely free) I initiated twice yearly fundraisers to help defray expenses. This month, I am conducting my second and final fundraiser of 2015 and I need your help. LouisianaVoice has nearly 3,000 subscribers. If each gave only a dollar, that would certainly help. (Of course, some subscribers wouldn’t pour water on me if I were on fire, but that’s okay.) Five dollars each would easily put the fundraiser way over the top.
Realistically, however, only a handful usually contribute. Many are in no financial condition as they also are on a fixed income and I certainly understand that.
But to sweeten the pot I’m offering a free signed copy of Louisiana Rocks: The True Genesis of Rock & Roll to those contributing $50 to $149. Those chipping in $150 to $250 will get a signed copy of my upcoming book on the eight-year Bobby Jindal train wreck (as yet untitled but completed and now in the hands of the publisher and due for publication in early February). Anyone contributing $250 or more will get signed copies of both books.
Those who have already contributed in those amounts for this fund drive are qualified and will receive the book(s). If you have already given any of those amounts, please email me at email@example.com and give me your mailing address.
To contribute, please click on the yellow “Donate” button at the upper right to pay by credit card or you may mail checks to:
Capital News Service/LouisianaVoice
P.O. Box 922
Denham Springs, Louisiana 70727
As always, a sincere and humble thanks to all of you for making LouisianaVoice a success.