It seems some bloggers aren’t quite as interested in their readers knowing the truth as I am, so as much as I don’t want to write this, I really feel I have no other choice.
If you’re a reader of Bearing Drift, which has been doing a lot of heavy lifting to promote Barbara Comstock’s candidacy of late, you’ve probably been reading articles from these contributors:
Norm Leahy, Managing Partner, Virginia Line Media, LLC, fundraising, messaging, branding and creative communications
Shaun Kenny, K6 Consulting Group, Consulting, fundraising & social media
Jason Kenny, K6 Consulting Group, Consulting, fundraising & social media
Stephen Spiker, Mercury LLC, Communications and Political Consulting
Brian Kirwin, Rourk Public Relations, Political Consultants
Brian Schoneman, General Counsel & Board member, Virginia Line LLC
Shaun Kenny pretty much runs the day-to-day operations of Bearing Drift these days, when he’s not busy as a “Principal” at K6 Consulting Group. K6’s biggest clients right now are Barbara Comstock and Eric Cantor, who also gets plenty of love on BD’s pages lately, despite his recent voting record that has a lot more in common with Democrats than fellow Republicans. Have you ever noticed a disclaimer on any of the articles on Bearing Drift that the subject of the article happens to be paying the author for political consulting services?
Nope, I thought not. Me neither.
Behind the scenes, this Bearing Drift crew has been busy trying to push Comstock’s candidacy to other opinion leaders in Virginia and secure blog endorsements, also without any disclosure to these “friends” that they’re actually working for the candidates they’re pushing for privately. Their relationship with Comstock, to the extent it won’t be hidden behind third parties in campaign finance reports, won’t become public until April, after the filing deadline for Republican candidates in the 10th Congressional District, and right up against the April 26th firehouse primary when everyone is supposed to bury all hatchets and support whoever the nominee is.
A cynic among us might have lots to say about such a strategy.
I really wish these bloggers would just tell us when there’s a conflict of interest. Many of them are friends. K6 is a great outfit, they do really good work and I’d strongly recommend any campaign, or business for that matter, to contact them. I can’t say enough good things about the quality of their work - it’s really top notch. When you’re a blogger and a political consultant though, those conflicts are going to be frequent and highly material to the content you write and readers really ought to be able to know when you’re dishing up paid-for propaganda and when you’re honestly providing unbiased information.
Otherwise, the only realistic conclusion anyone can ever draw is that everything on Bearing Drift is the product of a hidden business transaction. That’s not a good thing.
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