Mike Huckabee and Meg Whitman

For sale: Conservative bloggers and (possibly) Mike Huckbaee

Are bloggers getting extra "advertising" cash from campaigns? And is Mike Huckabee's endorsement for sale?



Alex Pareene
August 24, 2010 2:01AM (UTC)

Tucker Carlson's "Daily Carlson" reports that conservative blogs are taking money from Republican candidates and campaign consultants for positive coverage.

Jonathan Strong's Journolist stories demonstrated a propensity for exaggeration and occasional outright invention, so I take this with a grain of salt. But an unnamed campaign operative does call it "standard operating procedure" to pay for good coverage.

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According to Strong, a strategist for former California gubernatorial candidate Steve Poizner hired a blogger named Aaron Park as a "consultant," although Park did not disclose this fact at "Red County," the conservative blog he wrote for. Which was smart, considering Red County had, in fact, received $20,000 from the campaign of Poizner's opponent, Meg Whitman.

Apparently a number of small-market, barely read political blogs are seeking -- receiving -- extremely inflated sums of money for "advertising." But on the whole, the DC's article seems to be sexed up beyond the point of usefulness, as I have no idea how common the practice is or if it even happens outside of a few isolated incidents.

Meanwhile, someone working for Florida gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott has alleged that Mike Huckabee offered to endorse Scott, if Scott gave Huckabee $250,000. Huckabee, obviously, denies the charge, which doesn't actually make that much sense. He has endorsed Scott's opponent, Bill McCollum.

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Alex Pareene

Alex Pareene writes about politics for Salon and is the author of "The Rude Guide to Mitt." Email him at apareene@salon.com and follow him on Twitter @pareene

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