With Corporate's funding, the Gannett Foundation quietly set aside hundreds of thousands of dollars so top company executives could pretend to be generous -- without actually spending their own money. Lately, Gannett has been raising money for its charity arm by selling newspapers. Last year and in 2006, the company sold two, after first donating them to the foundation. CEO Craig Dubow wrote in his annual letter to shareholders that proceeds from last year's sale of the Chronicle-Tribune in Marion, Ind. -- which Gannett had owned for 36 years -- were "used to make grants to support our communities and to match employees' charitable gifts.'' The paper wound up in the icy grip of Paxton Media Group, a corporate chop shop in Paducah, Ky.
[Image: yesterday's Chronicle-Tribune, Newseum]