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September 15, 2005
Air America: More Than One Connection To Gloria Wise

When the news first broke about Air America's executive Evan Cohen using his paid position at the nonprofit Gloria Wise Boys & Girls Club to funnel government funds into his liberal radio netlet, people found it strange that Cohen worked both jobs at the same time, drawing significant salaries at each. It turns out that Cohen had company, as Michelle Malkin and Brian Maloney report in their latest installment on the scandal that threatens to derail Air America:

What Air America has failed to disclose is that at least one other of its officials held a key job at Gloria Wise. Yesterday, we confirmed with Martta Rose of Rubenstein Public Relations, which is representing the Boys & Girls Club branch, that Air America's Vice President of Finance, Sinohe Terrero, worked at the inner-city charity as finance director from 2000-2002 under Cohen. Though he left Gloria Wise for Air America before the controversial loan scheme was initiated, it strains credulity to believe that Terrero was completely in the dark about what kinds of things Cohen and his former colleagues were doing.

The city Department of Investigation has undoubtedly explored these ties by now.

But somehow, Air America neglected to mention Terrero's employment with Gloria Wise in its public statements addressing the deepening scandal and the two government probes of the financial transactions between the two parties. Go figure.

Terrero has made himself scarce these days, refusing to comment and apparently resigning from Piquant Media and Air America. If so, he again follows Cohen, who dropped out of sight for months until Michelle and Brian turned him up in their last installment of this expos. Terrero may want to get out before having to figure a way to meet payroll while a big chunk of their operating cash sits in an escrow account -- one apparently the DOI still cannot access to pay off Gloria Wise.

Make sure you keep up with the ongoing saga!

UPDATE: Don't forget to also read David Lombino's excellent New York Sun coverage of Air America as well.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at September 15, 2005 5:07 AM

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