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Bloggers Paid to Praise, Slam Politicians...

December 4, 2006 12:07 PM

...so where's my cash?

Yes, the New York Times has an interesting article out on the money that politicians paid to bloggers in the last election cycle.

But this year, candidates across the country found plenty of outsiders ready and willing to move inside their campaigns. Candidates hired some bloggers to blog and paid others consulting fees for Internet strategy advice or more traditional campaign tasks like opposition research.

And the money the big bloggers made wasn't that bad.  John McCain paid Patrick Hynes from Ankle Biting Pundits $37,000.  For praising John McCain.

Here in Ohio, Jesse Taylor of Pandagon and the Strickland for Governor blog was paid $2,050 a month.  For writing things like "Ted is fighting to take back the statehouse for all Ohioans." 

Sherrod Brown paid $17,000 to Tim Tagaris of Grow Ohio, MyDD and Daily Kos.

From the politician's perspective, this is money well-spent.  But it sure makes bloggers appear a lot less sincere.

Comments

The heck with praising them, but I'll slam them for free. :-)

largebill   ·  December 6, 2006 11:06 PM

And why would FEC rules not require disclosure of a paid political message? You know, the part where they say: "I'm Sherrod Brown and I approved this message."

Anton   ·  December 9, 2006 06:57 AM

Anton, that's actually a very good question. I am not sure why FEC rules would not apply to paid political messages. I do know that the reason we even know that some bloggers have been paid is because it was reported on candidate's expenditure forms. But it is still hard to draw conclusions from that. For example, if I were on the take, who would know?

NBS   ·  December 9, 2006 10:18 AM

I guess the reason can be found here:

http://www.fec.gov/agenda/2006/mtgdoc06-20a.pdf

Maybe it makes sense, maybe not.

Anton   ·  December 9, 2006 10:44 PM

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