Nearly eight 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 willing to explain why it wouldn’t. That’s what I thought, but that’s not what happened. On the day I asked my question about a Safe Money Pledge, the open line of communication Harris promised me went stone cold dead.
The pledge I’ve asked Unity08 corporate executives to agree to should be a simple pledge for them to agree to 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 and not for their own enrichment, they’d have no problem agreeing to it.
More than four 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. The collective finger of Unity08 has been falling heavily upon the “delete” key lately. 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 one hundred and eleven days since then, and I haven’t heard another word from Unity 08 Vice President Bob Roth. It’s been nearly six months, and I haven’t heard another word from Unity 08 Chief Operating Officer Anya T. Harris or Communications Director Shane Kinkennon. Kinkennon has an excuse — apparently Unity08 is looking for his replacement. Anya T. Harris has gone suspiciously silent. But VP Bob Roth is all over his own website and others. We know from Bob Roth’s comment posting behavior that he regularly reads Irregular Times, at least scanning it for its postings on Unity08. He’s read this message. Bob Roth, when will you keep your promise?