This evening I wrote a quick e-mail to Ben Goddard of The Hill regarding his fawning articles about Unity08, the political corporation that proclaims its grassroots status while filing suit to evade limits on the dollar amount of political contributions:
Dear Mr. Goddard,
Why didn’t you disclose your relationship to Unity08 in your articles of January 18, 2007 and June 22, 2006 which praised Unity08 in the most glowing terms? You are a founding partner of the political advocacy firm Goddard Claussen. Carolyn Tieger, who is a central enough player in Unity08 to be named as one of six named plaintiffs in a Unity08 lawsuit in DC District Court (filed 1/10/07, 1:07-cv-00053-RWR UNITY08 et al v. FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION), was also a founding partner of the political advocacy firm Goddard Claussen.
I am publishing this question at Irregular Times (irregulartimes.com). I will also publish the answer to this question at Irregular Times.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
I was very much looking forward to his response. But when I sent my e-mail to him at firstname.lastname@example.org, I got the following response:
18.104.22.168 does not like recipient.
Remote host said: 550 5.1.1 Mailbox [email@example.com] does not
Giving up on 22.214.171.124.
Does anyone have another way in which we might get in touch with Mr. Goddard? No, of course The Hill does not entertain comments to posts by its contributors. That would be tres declasse. But I would so very much like him to read the letter and have a chance to respond — and The Hill’s phone switchboard has no mention of Ben Goddard on its phone directory.
If you, as I’m sure is true of most “grassroots” Americans, share some personal connection to Ben Goddard, please pass this message along to him.
[Update, 1/25/07: I’ve asked around at TheHill.com and been helpfully given an alternate e-mail address of Ben Goddard’s at his Goddard Claussen workplace. The message to him has been sent. Let’s see what kind of response it gets…
… ah, dear. This e-mail address ALSO bounces right back to me, with the same response as e-mails sent to firstname.lastname@example.org:
A message that you sent could not be delivered to one or more of its
recipients. This is a permanent error. The following address(es) failed:
SMTP error from remote mail server after RCPT TO: [email@example.com]:
host mail.gcsa.com [126.96.36.199]: 550 5.1.1 User unknown
This is what happens when an e-mail inbox gets stuffed beyond capacity. Is that what’s happening here? I do not know.]
If you, as Iâ€™m sure is true of most â€œgrassrootsâ€ Americans, share some personal connection to Ben Goddard, please pass this message along to him.
Yes, there must be a simple explanation for all this — and I am very eager to hear it.
And don’t worry: Ben Goddard can certainly handle the questions. He is the man behind the “Harry and Louise” advertisements that killed universal health care in the 1990s. He, like most people related to the Unity08 organization, is a wealthy and powerful person.