Richard Zombeck is creating Freelance Political Writer and Podcaster Funding
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Since October 2009 I have been writing about the financial crisis, Wall Street, Corporate America, politics and social issues in America. I have been fortunate for the past seven years to have been published and featured on the front pages of Huffington Post. As a result I have been asked to appear on various TV, radio shows, and podcasts.

I worked as a newspaper reporter in the mid to late 90s covering local and national politics and later went to work in the booming software industry as a technical writer for a few years. When the financial crisis hit in 2008/2009, taking millions of dollars in savings, investments, and homes from hardworking Americans, I was inspired to once again take to writing about social and political issues. In 2010 I was asked by a handful of consumer protections agencies to travel with them to Washington D.C. and help lobby for what was to become our current financial regulation.

Since those days I’ve continued to write about, discuss, and advocate for equal treatment, financial regulation, a political system that works for regular people as well as social and economic change that is inclusive and fair. It’s become evident in the last few years how important information and fact based opinion is.
 
Gone are the days when writers were paid $1.00 per word, so my writing and podcasting until now has been unpaid. Unfortunately, I don’t have a trust fund and I do have bills. The writing and podcasting takes time to ferret out facts, good content, and then put it in a digestible form.

I was inspired recently by an article in Vox by Scott Santens, who wrote about his own crowdfunded efforts to promote basic income. Like him, I feel that the work I did to survive was an impediment to the work I needed to do to inform which needs 100 percent attention. Worrying about how the mortgage, car payment, or internet bill is going to get paid doesn’t lend itself to creativity or whether your work is valued.

Donations and support from people who have seen and benefited from the work – the writing, the information, the podcasting, and the activism – are proof that what I do and have been doing has value.

The goal amount I've set is slightly above the poverty line and covers basic needs such as housing and utilities. Any amount over that will be pledged away to other Creators here on Patreon who are also creating content in support of their own basic incomes.

If you’re interested in reading more of me or about me, here are some places I can be found:

Huffington Post
T&Z Talk Podcast
Liberals Unite
Zombeck.com
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Since October 2009 I have been writing about the financial crisis, Wall Street, Corporate America, politics and social issues in America. I have been fortunate for the past seven years to have been published and featured on the front pages of Huffington Post. As a result I have been asked to appear on various TV, radio shows, and podcasts.

I worked as a newspaper reporter in the mid to late 90s covering local and national politics and later went to work in the booming software industry as a technical writer for a few years. When the financial crisis hit in 2008/2009, taking millions of dollars in savings, investments, and homes from hardworking Americans, I was inspired to once again take to writing about social and political issues. In 2010 I was asked by a handful of consumer protections agencies to travel with them to Washington D.C. and help lobby for what was to become our current financial regulation.

Since those days I’ve continued to write about, discuss, and advocate for equal treatment, financial regulation, a political system that works for regular people as well as social and economic change that is inclusive and fair. It’s become evident in the last few years how important information and fact based opinion is.
 
Gone are the days when writers were paid $1.00 per word, so my writing and podcasting until now has been unpaid. Unfortunately, I don’t have a trust fund and I do have bills. The writing and podcasting takes time to ferret out facts, good content, and then put it in a digestible form.

I was inspired recently by an article in Vox by Scott Santens, who wrote about his own crowdfunded efforts to promote basic income. Like him, I feel that the work I did to survive was an impediment to the work I needed to do to inform which needs 100 percent attention. Worrying about how the mortgage, car payment, or internet bill is going to get paid doesn’t lend itself to creativity or whether your work is valued.

Donations and support from people who have seen and benefited from the work – the writing, the information, the podcasting, and the activism – are proof that what I do and have been doing has value.

The goal amount I've set is slightly above the poverty line and covers basic needs such as housing and utilities. Any amount over that will be pledged away to other Creators here on Patreon who are also creating content in support of their own basic incomes.

If you’re interested in reading more of me or about me, here are some places I can be found:

Huffington Post
T&Z Talk Podcast
Liberals Unite
Zombeck.com

Recent posts by Richard Zombeck

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Pledge $1 or more per month
0 patrons
$1.00 per month from a lot of people will get me to my goal of keeping me off the street and not having to suffer impending doom.
Pledge $5 or more per month
0 patrons
Provides five times the assurance as the $1.00 goal and puts me further away from living on the streets and pursuing a life of crime and writing sleazy romance novels.
Pledge $10 or more per month
0 patrons
This goes a long way to helping the work and you have my love and admiration. It's clear that you have a big heart, deep pockets, and an appreciation for good work.
Pledge $25 or more per month
0 patrons
Let's talk swag. How about a t-shirt or mug of your choice from my collection on Redbubble?
Pledge $50 or more per month
0 patrons
Come on the T&Z Talk and let's discuss current events and affairs. We'll talk about your favorite progressive organization or cause.
Pledge $100 or more per month
0 patrons
Oh, wow. I don't know what to say.
You get the guest appearance: Come on the T&Z Talk and discuss current events and affairs. I'll throw in a t-shirt or mug too.