McCrory Campaign Incorrectly Listed Columnist Christensen as Contributor

From McCrory's Third Quarter Report:

10/9/2008 $100
ROBERT CHRISTENSEN, COLUMNIST, THE NEWS AND OBSERVER
Individual Contribution, Check

Seems to me that's a no-no in the journalism world. Now it could be a payment to get in to cover a fundraiser but he made no similar payment to Perdue.

LATEST UPDATE: As you can see this unfolding in the comments and at Ryan's post Under The Dome: N&O columnist did not give to McCrory

The McCrory campaign said the listing is an error. The contribution came from a Robert James Christensen of Sherrills Ford, N.C. When the other Christensen failed to include his employer and occupation, a McCrory staffer called the house in Sherrills Ford. Failing to reach the contributor, they Googled "Rob Christensen" and found the columnist instead.

Just the sort of administrative skills we need in a Governor's administration.

EARLIER TODAY:
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UPDATE from Ryan at The Dome:

I just spoke with Rob. He said that he has not given a donation to any political campaign and does not sign his name as Robert on checks. We're not sure what this is about at this point, but we'll keep you posted.

SECOND UPDATE:

This contribution appears to be the work of a prankster who is also named Rob Christensen, or the result of a mistake (or wishful thinking) on the part of the McCrory campaign. Stay tuned.

James

Unfrontpaged for now

THIRD UPDATE

This is indeed another Robert Christensen and someone seems to have filled in the Occupation/Employer for the N&O columnist Rob Christensen.

Full Name: ROBERT JAMES CHRISTENSEN
Street Address: 7154 CHANNELVIEW DR
City: SHERRILLS FORD
Zip Code: 28673
County: LINCOLN
Gender: Male
Race: White
Ethnicity: Not Hispanic or Not Latino
Voter Reg. Number: 000000051780
Registration Date: 11/03/1998
Party: REPUBLICAN
Precinct: DENVER
Eligible To Vote?: Yes

Comments

There's no excuse.

No respectable journalist would pay to cover a fundraiser.
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Doubts about Dole?

Wow

I'm kinda shocked.

But it does reinforce my perception that a lot of longtime political reporters are leery of Perdue.

No, this wasn't a matter of paying to cover a fundraiser. As James said, a journalist wouldn't do that as a journalist.

As an individual, though, I think Christenson has done nothing unethical, since I don't think that people who are journalists are thus deprived of their rights to support a given candidate.

But I'm still kind of shocked.

People get fired for this

Although it appears to be a mixed bag in terms of policies for different media.

The bottom line appears to be one of full disclosure and transparency. Some might argue that the disclosure in campaign reports is sufficient (I wouldn't) and others might say it's totally up to the individual company. Would be interested to know if McClatchy has a policy on this and whether Christensen conformed to the policy. I would hazard to guess that he did conform, because he must certainly have known that Greg Flynn would ferret out his political check-writing biases.

Most journalists I know use their position of impartiality to decline contributions of all kinds. "I can't give," they say. "It puts the perception of my impartiality at risk." I'd like to have that excuse!

One can only conclude that Rob is a rabid McCrory supporter - or that there is bad blood between him and the Perdue campaign. In any case, there's certainly bad blood now. When Perdue gets elected, it'll be interesting to watch Mr. Christensen's descent into journalistic irrelevance when it comes to covering the governors office.
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Doubts about Dole?

Rob says he didn't give

I just spoke with Rob. He said that he has not given a donation to any political campaign and does not sign his name as Robert on checks. We're not sure what this is about at this point, but we'll keep you posted.

— RTB

Thanks.

Man, it would totally suck if someone is playing a dirty trick on this. Seriously.

Thanks for the update, Ryan. We'll update our post as we hear the straight skinny.
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Doubts about Dole?

WHEW

That's a danged relief.

Ditto





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Doubts about Dole?

Shouldn't we amend the headline"

Some people might not read down to the clarification.

I changed it, just to protect the innocent.

"You could say, 'Look, is this guy, Laden, really the bad guy that's depicted?' Most of us have never heard of him before." John McCain, following Clinton's strikes on al Qaeda camps

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Another Rob Christensen?

The address listed is 7154 Channel View Drive, Sherrills Ford, N.C. That's near Charlotte. Our Rob lives here in Cary.

— RTB

According to "anywho.com"

There is a Robert Christensen in Sherrills Ford. I doubt he is also columnist for the News & Observer.

I've seen checks donated at political events and folks have forgotten to either fill out a donation form (that would have employment information). I wonder if this is a matter of someone later seeing the form and making assumptions about the donor based on his name, instead of making a phone call to get the proper information.

Greg

sorry for mucking up your post ... I didn't know if you'd be around today and I didn't want to let this ferment unattended. It's all yours ... feel free to undo anything I did.
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Doubts about Dole?

Duke PAC

One more comment, I hope this flurry of inquiries over Christensen draws attention to the report showing over $40K in contributions from Duke Energy PAC and employees.

Duke will do just about anything to get its oily hands on the keys to the governor's mansion.

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Doubts about Dole?

He's a used car salesman,

who says of McCrory, "That boy is slick, I tell you--he's sold the same junk-heap to the people of Charlotte seven times, and nary a single one of them has filed a lemon-law complaint."

Okay, I made up the conversation, but he is a used car salesman. ;)

Thanks again, Ryan.

Based on Hudson's comment, it looks like the McCrory campaign was more than happy to do a little wishful thinking.


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Doubts about Dole?

Uhmmmmm......I think that's illegal isn't it?

My limited recollection was that Edwards had a team that called, sent letters, sent forms to people who gave incomplete information. I don't think they could just ADD stuff after the fact. Maybe that is the difference between federal and state. But, it kind of makes you wonder what else they might be adding or subtracting from forms?

"You could say, 'Look, is this guy, Laden, really the bad guy that's depicted?' Most of us have never heard of him before." John McCain, following Clinton's strikes on al Qaeda camps

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Something to Fix

I think that is something to fix after November. As far as I know there is no required method for obtaining employer information on the state level. You are simply required to show that you made an effort to obtain the information from them if they don't provide it through calls or letters.

But if I put down the wrong information there is no way for anyone to check into that, and I don't know if there is any requirement for people to amend reports later.

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

Creative Inquiry

Thanks to everyone who participated in this. I had to post and run. I knew something was hinky about the entry in the finance report. Just couldn't put my finger on it. I figured it would be teased out faster in public.

To Ryan, thanks for being a pro
To RobP, thanks for being a sport

Let's just call my post creative inquiry, which is my new definition of political blogging.

Creative Inquiry!

That is the best description yet.