Fact: Bob Shrum, the media consultant for John Kerry in 2004, was paid $150,000,000 for his campaign services.
Fact: Maverick Media, media consultants for George W. Bush in 2004, were paid $177,000,000 for their campaign services.
A large number of the Unity08 Founders, of the members of the Rules Committee, and of the executives of the Unity08 corporation itself are professional media consultants. What are the intentions of these individuals behind the development of Unity08? Potential donors should not have to wonder. For that reason, I have asked the leaders of Unity08 to sign the SAFE MONEY PLEDGE. The SAFE MONEY PLEDGE simply reads:
We pledge that no Unity08 corporate leader, member of the Unity08 Foundersâ€™ Council, or member of the Unity08 Rules Committee will pursue or accept payment or other compensation for any work in the campaign of a Unity08 nominee, or for work in the administration of a Unity08 White House.
On February 19, 2007, I directly contacted Unity08 Director of Communications Shane Kinkennon and Unity08 Chief Operating Officer Anya T. Harris, asking if they, the Unity08 Founders Council and the Unity08 Rules Committee would agree to this Safe Money Pledge.
To date, despite prior commitments by Ms. Harris to engage in dialogue, I have not received any response.
As of yesterday, I have waited eight weeks for a private response. I think that’s long enough to wait. So today I’m posting a message directly on the Unity08 boards, publicly asking Unity08 to agree to the pledge.
If the members of the Unity08 corporate leadership, Founders Council, and Rules Committee are really in this for the pursuit of ideals, and not for the collection of hundreds of millions of dollars in election-year consultants’ fees, then they shouldn’t have any problem agreeing to the pledge.
I am, sadly, confident that Unity08 won’t agree to the Safe Money Pledge. I think that’s telling. But I may be wrong. Watch and see for yourself. I have posted my request to the Unity08 Founders here.