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Carolab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 03:25 AM
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Third columnist caught with hand in the Bush till
http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2005/01/27/mcmanus/in...

Third columnist caught with hand in the Bush till
Michael McManus, conservative author of the syndicated column "Ethics & Religion," received $10,000 to promote a marriage initiative.

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By Eric Boehlert



Jan. 27, 2005 | And three makes a trend.

One day after President Bush ordered his Cabinet secretaries to stop hiring commentators to help promote administration initiatives, and one day after the second high-profile conservative pundit was found to be on the federal payroll, a third embarrassing hire has emerged. Salon has confirmed that Michael McManus, a marriage advocate whose syndicated column, "Ethics & Religion," appears in 50 newspapers, was hired as a subcontractor by the Department of Health and Human Services to foster a Bush-approved marriage initiative. McManus championed the plan in his columns without disclosing to readers he was being paid to help it succeed.




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imenja Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 03:31 AM
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1. This is already on the home page.
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murielm99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 03:34 AM
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2. How much of this stuff went on while * was campaigning
for the election?

I wonder if someone could get to him under campaign finance laws. If members of his administration paid columnists while he was running, it could be said that, by promoting his policies, they were campaigning for him.

I don't know enough about the campaign finance laws. It might be a stretch. But nobody disclosed the money being spent to support * policies. And it was taxpayer money.
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 06:14 AM
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4. Depending on when the articles appeared and
in what papers they ran, the FEC could make a ruling that government funds were used for campaign purposes.

That is, if I am not mistaken, a minor felony......

could this be the tipping point......
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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 03:43 AM
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3. Third time this has been posted
:eyes:
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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 06:16 AM
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5. I think this is still just a snow flake in on the mountain.
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Moderator DU Moderator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 06:39 AM
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6. duplicate
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