Three conservative columnists have now confessed to being paid by Bush to promote his programs. However, what I found most incredible:
HHS had paid syndicated columnist and marriage advocate Maggie Gallagher $21,000 to write brochures and essays and to brief government employees on the president’s marriage initiative. Gallagher later wrote in her column that she would have revealed the $21,000 payment to readers had she recalled receiving it.
Hereís the direct quote from her column:
But the real truth is that it never occurred to me. On reflection, I think Howard is right. I should have disclosed a government contract when I later wrote about the Bush marriage initiative. I would have, if I had remembered it. My apologies to my readers.
To get paid $21,000 for a job, and a couple years later forget that it happened…I hope someday I’m earning enough for that to happen.