February 17, 2008
Although Ms. Shen is more clear in the email than she is on the flier about "in house," she makes clear that St. Barack's friends did not use our money to fund their campaign. Other members of the group concede that it is unethical to use all of our money for their campaign.
I am the current chapter coordinator of the Claremont Colleges Students for Barack Obama. I was informed recently of one of your blog postings on Feb. 2nd titled "Did St. Barack's Friends Use Our Money To Fund Their Campaign?" in which you suggest that our organization's flyers were paid for with school money and thus imposed a cost to other students. This is completely untrue. There is no "ethical quandary" as you raise because our organization bore all of the expenses internally (aka "In-House"). This fact was stated explicitly on every flyer.
Also, the stamps from Pomona and Scripps College are in no way a political endorsement, but are a standard administrative part of allowing any flyer to be posted across the 5Cs. Officially, every 5C flyer is required to have at least one stamp and are generally only rejected if the flyers advertise alcohol. The same stamps were also present on flyers advocating other presidential candidates.
I would appreciate a correction of the original post so that the truth of the matter is made unmistakable and these speculations you now know to be false are explicitly rejected or disposed of.
Readers of this blog will no doubt know that St. Barack sometimes plays dirty politics. But his supporters might be engaged in something closer to home. They apparently printed fliers
in house" and distributed them all over the 5 Cs to rally support for the great Barack Obama.
Now given that they printed them here and no doubt used Claremont college printers, does this not present an ethical quandary? They, after all, used school facilities and school money to endorse a candidate. If Pomona College and Scripps College approved their content, as the seals indicate, does this not constitute an endorsement of St. Barack?
Colleges need to stay non-partisan, even if their members do not.
Hat tip: ConfusedMinority