Hard to know where to start with this one. Seattle Weekly, which I'd guess is an "alternative" newspaper, has an annual "Best Of" issue. Not uncommon, but I'd guess that few of those alternative papers have a "Best Political Donor"
Their choice is Rob Glaser, the founder of Real Networks, which makes the ubiquitous Real Player for internet streaming of audio and video. But get why they give him the award:Glaser gave most of his political donations, $1.9 million, to America Coming Together (ACT), a get-out-the-vote group run by Harold Ickes, President Bill Clinton's former deputy chief of staff, and Steve Rosenthal, former political director for the AFL-CIO. Last December, after President Bush's re-election, Glaser did not despair. Instead, he became chair of the board and a key investor in Air America, a provider of progressive talk radio programming to stations nationwide. Both investments demonstrate Glaser's political smarts.
Well, let's see. ACT closed its doors yesterday
, and Airhead America
is on the ropes (except in Denver!