Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) may have resigned from his position, but his past scandals continue to resurface amid a string of sexual harassment allegations. In one such scandal, Franken and former Air America chairman Evan Montvel Cohen signed a confidential agreement that said the network would repay $875,000 in ill-gotten loans from the Gloria Wise Boys & Girls Club in New York.
According to The Washington Times, Franken first denied being aware of the transfers, and then later called it a mistake. Either way, the Air America radio personality was caught in a loans-from-children scandal that will be added to the growing list of Franken’s transgressions.
Al Franken’s Past Resurfaces
In late 2003 and early 2004, documents show that the Bronx-based non-profit organization transferred $167,000 and another $708,000 to Air America. Franken’s signature appears on a page that was stamped by State of New York Notary Public Wallis Northworth.
Following probes into the taxpayer-subsidized group by the city’s Department of Investigation and the state attorney general into “inappropriate transactions” by Wise, Air America quickly repaid the money that Franken claimed was a “moral obligation.” But Franken’s role in the loans-from-children scandal is what plagues his career.
When the reports came out, Franken first told listeners:
I didn’t know anything about this until late last week.
I am not an investor, and I didn’t see this thing.
Many had believed Franken, especially after Air America CEO Danny Goldberg told the New York Sun that on-air talent “never had any responsibility for this loan.” This appeared to be untrue.
Not only did Franken’s signature appear on a notarized document, he was well informed of the total sum, where the money came from, and the dates of the transfers. Franken was also one of the signers of a confidential agreement in November 2004.
Unscrupulous dealings with a center for children and the elderly? That’s pretty low.
Other elements of his past are coming to light. For instance, in 1976, Franken said, “I just don’t like homosexuals.”
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In mid-November, the first in a myriad of sexual misconduct allegations came to light against Senator Franken. Accusations ranged from sexual assault to harassment to inappropriate behavior.