The next time you see some blog post supporting Barbara Comstock or trashing her opponents with silly arguments, make sure you ask yourself this question: is the person writing this article on Barbara Comstock’s payroll? Or is the local self-styled pundit who is clogging up a comments thread being paid to do so by a campaign? In many, if not almost all cases of late, the answer to that question is yes.
To the extent that political consultants might fail to hide that they are getting money from a campaign by funneling it through third parties, campaign finance reports for the 10th District race won’t be coming out until April. Apparently the hope is that by the time any of that information comes out, nobody will care very much since Comstock is hoped to have sealed the deal by then. That gives a lot of free reign for paid bloggers to move the needle before anyone catches on that their motives might be a little different than what their readers might think, and by the time any of this becomes public information it’ll be too late for anyone to do anything about it.
Yes, I do work for campaigns as well, in photography, video and commercials production. It’s darned obvious when I do a piece, as my style is pretty recognizable by now and I tend to run them on this blog as soon as they’re public anyways. I’ve done work for Howie Lind, Stephen Hollingshead, and Bob Marshall just to name past clients who are current candidates in the 10th Congressional District, and I’d be happy to do more for them and others. When I do it’ll be obvious. I can’t hide my work product. So when write about this race, my motivations should be pretty clear, especially since I’ve worked with more than one of these candidates at some point.
I’ll hold off for a bit from naming names on this, but I think folks fond of handing out lectures to others on the subject of ethics should be given the opportunity to live up to the standards they set for others. I’d appreciate if the truth came from them. It’s better that way, and I don’t relish the idea of calling them out, especially when some of these folks I consider to be friends.
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