As the date of Pacifica treasurer Tracy Rosenberg‘s recall nears, her defenders are hailing her purported financial acumen and leadership at the nonprofit she heads, Media Alliance. So, how’s it actually doing?
We’ve charted the financial data Media Alliance reports on the publicly-available IRS form 990. The numbers begin in 2006, the year before Rosenberg took over the once-vibrant media organization. Since then, revenues at Media Alliance have dropped by a whopping 76%, and the amount of cash in the organization’s bank account has dropped to just over $21,000 — suggesting Rosenberg’s spent down 83% of the organization’s cash.
The backstory: Media Alliance was for many years a strong progressive institution in the San Francisco Bay Area — supporting freelance journalists with a health care plan (since discontinued), running regular skill trainings for media workers (there are none currently posted on its website), and helping to organize public FCC hearings on the effects of de-regulation and consolidation (none lately). Today, pretty much all that’s left is an electronic newsletter sent out by Rosenberg. | SEE BIGGER CHART