Nearly five months ago, I asked Unity08 Chief Operating Officer Anya T. Harris and Unity08 Communications Director Shane Kinkennon whether they and the rest of the Unity08 corporate leadership would agree to a Safe Money Pledge. After all, they had demanded that other presidential candidates agree to their Clean Money Pledge to take no more than half their money from donations of over $250, even though Unity08 hasn’t met that mark. If Unity08 asks others to make ethical pledges, I thought, surely it would be willing to make ethical pledges itself, or at least to explain why it wouldn’t. That’s what I thought, but it’s not what happened. I’ve heard not a word in reply. Unity08 COO Anya Harris promised me to keep open a line of communications — until I asked my question about a Safe Money Pledge. Since that day, my line with Harris has gone dead.
The pledge I’d like Unity08 leadership to agree to should be a simple pledge if they are really building a movement for the country’s sake, and not building a movement in order to line their own pockets or advance their own careers. The pledge is called the Safe Money Pledge, and it goes like this:
SAFE MONEY PLEDGE
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.
A very simple pledge, and if those members of the Unity08 corporate leadership and associated councils were really doing their bit for the best of the country, they’d have no problem agreeing to it.
If, on the other hand, Unity08 staffers and council members were interested either in a vault to personal political power, or in their “fair” share of the hundreds of millions of dollars in consulting contracts handed out during a presidential campaign, they wouldn’t want to touch the Safe Money Pledge with a ten foot pole. And that, by the way, would be a pretty good indication that your money wouldn’t be safe with them.
More than two months ago, worried at not having received a response from either Harris or Kinkennon, I posted my Safe Money Pledge question on the Unity08 message boards. But as of today, if you try to follow a link to the Safe Money Pledge on the Unity08.com web site, you will only find a page that reads “Not Found.” That’s because Unity08 deleted my post rather than respond to it. On Unity08.com, you can find a wide variety of posts calling for white nativist supremacy, christian theocracy, deportation of American babies, and all sorts of other wild-eyed policy positions. But when I asked Unity08 staffers and council members to commit to not using Unity08 as a vehicle for their personal ambitions, they deleted the request. You’ll have to ask them why.
On June 27, new Unity08 Vice President Bob Roth promised to respond to my question about whether Unity08 leadership will take the Safe Money Pledge. I took Mr. Roth’s promise seriously, and I looked forward to receiving that answer and sharing it with you.
It has been eleven days now, and I haven’t heard a word.