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Gore Scores

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, June 26 2007

Al Gore is probably not running for president, but that hasn't stopped some supporters of his from starting a "one-stop news portal for all things Al Gore" that they're calling On it you can find:

* The latest Al Gore headlines and blog posts, automatically updated continuously.
* links to take action for the Draft Gore campaign
* tips and resources for starting a Draft Gore group
* a Gore Campaign Volunteer signup -- to be given to Al if and when he announces
* a combined feed from all Al's official websites
* And a complete links list to all the major Gore sites and groups, links to Al Gore in various search engines and social media sites, links to Gore merchandise -- all the Gore information links you can handle!

The site's founder Dylan Hassinger also reports that he is starting Al Gore Video Library at YouTube. The project, he says, is a collaboration with the Bloggers for Gore group. Using Google, RSS and Yahoo! Pipes, he was able to put the whole thing together in "less than a week." Pretty impressive.

Hassinger might want to check out Fast Company magazine's new cover story on Gore, which is titled "Al Gore's $100 Million Makeover." Reporter Ellen McGirt details how, in addition to being early and right about many ideas and issues ranging from the internet to global warming, Gore has also "become a millionaire many times over, bringing him, in financial terms, shoulder to shoulder with the C-suite denizens he used to hit up for campaign cash."

According to McGirt's research, the Gore family wealth went from $1-2 million before the 2000 election to a net worth in excess of $100 million today, thanks to $30 million in Google stock options and $6 million in Apple stock options, plus big paydays from positions he holds in investment and asset management firms, plus his ability to command six-figure speaking fees.

A lot of this, Gore tells McGirt, comes from being prescient, and it's fair to say that in 2001, when he joined Google's board, it wasn't yet the powerhouse it is today. "In the business world, particularly at a time when things are moving so swiftly, if you can see it early, you can make a business opportunity out of it," he told her. "For whatever reason, the business world rewards a long-term perspective more than the political world does."

Reading McGirt's piece, it's hard to imagine Gore getting back into politics, and very hard to see that happening this year. "What politics has become," Gore told her, "is something that requires a kind of tolerance for artifice and manipulative communications strategies that I just find I have in very short supply. I just don't have the patience for things that seem to be greatly rewarded in today's political system."

But he does leave the door open, enigmatically: "I do think that the Internet is bringing revolutionary transformation. I have not ruled out the possibility of getting into politics sometime in the future," he concluded, "but I don't expect to. Because I don't expect things to change. If they did change, then I would feel differently."