If you like what LouisianaVoice is doing in stories like the one below, please help us during our semi-annual fund drive.
We just turned five years old and in those five years, we have received more and more requests to look into irregularities and outright corruption at the state, parish and municipal levels.
Today, we are inundated with leads to stories, good stories. Unfortunately, as a one-man operation, and as much as I would love to, I do not have the financial resources or the time to devote to every story out there.
With your help, that could change. I would love to recruit good investigative reporters to help cover these stories. But to ask them to contribute their time and resources, I would need to be able to offer some type of stipend.
If you like what LouisianaVoice has been doing over the past five years, think how effective we could be with five or six regular writers!
To accomplish that, your help is needed. There are legal filing fees for our lawsuits, copies of documents we are required to pay for (We have our own portable scanner, but clerks of court do not allow you to scan their documents; in fact they got their own special law passed to that effect a few years ago to protect their cash cow), and vehicle upkeep.
I know the timing is awful considering Monday is federal tax deadline day. But with some 3,000 regular subscribers, if only a few hundred gave $5 or $10, it could make a tremendous difference.
I have been advised that I should charge a subscription fee and perhaps I should. It would probably be more profitable in the long run. But I am determined that the content of LouisianaVoice shall be available to everyone, not just to those who can afford a monthly subscription fee.
Moreover, I don’t want to be beholden to any sponsor who might be offended by one or more of our posts. That is why I allow only one advertisement on my Web page: that of Cavalier House Books. That’s because the owner, John Cavalier, built this Web page for me and even then, I had to virtually twist his arm to get him to put his ad on our page.
So, you see, like Blanche DuBois of Streetcar Named Desire, I depend on the kindness of strangers.
Please make your contribution of whatever amount you are comfortable with by pressing the yellow “donate” button to the right of this post. Or you may send a check to:
Capital News Service/LouisianaVoice
P.O. Box 922
Denham Springs, LA. 70727
One more thing: My book about the disastrous eight years of misrule by Bobby Jindal entitled Bobby Jindal: His Destiny and Obsession is scheduled for release on Monday, April 18. (Is the irony lost on anyone that the book about the man who took the Grover Norquist no-tax pledge is coming out on Federal Tax Day?)
You can pre-order a copy personally signed by yours truly by clicking on the image of the book cover (also to the right of this post). You will be placing your order with Cavalier House Books which will mean you will also be supporting a local mom and pop business as opposed to some big box store or Amazon. John Cavalier will summon me to his store (about three blocks from my home) when he receives his shipment of books so that I may sign your copy before he mails it to you.