Bloggers on Dean Payroll Part of Long Dem History
Friday, Jan. 14, 2005 7:13 a.m. EST
In a deal reminiscent of Armstrong Williams' arrangement with the Bush administration, Howard Dean's presidential campaign has admitted that it paid two pro-Democrat Internet bloggers to keep them from supporting other candidates.
The two bloggers hired by the former Vermont governor were Jerome Armstrong, who publishes the blog MyDD, and Markos Zuniga, who publishes the popular DailyKos, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. They were paid $3,000 a month for four months.
During the presidential campaign, the DailyKos received as many as 1 million hits daily.
The deal was revealed earlier this week by Zephyr Teachout, the former head of Internet outreach for the Dean campaign, on her own Web log, Zonkette.
While Armstrong and Zuniga never expressly committed to support Dean in exchange for the cash, Teachout explained that favorable coverage "was very clearly, internally, our goal."
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