Well isn’t this something:
In interviews with National Journal and the New York Times, representatives for Carly for America have said the group doesn’t coordinate with Fiorina’s campaign. They say its staff members learn about Fiorina’s events online through a public calendar and show up with super PAC materials and signup lists.
But an International Business Times review of documents from two public universities and one college where Fiorina attended events suggests it’s not so simple.
The super PAC appears to have played an active role in helping organize a September event at Winthrop University in South Carolina, according to a review of emails between the school’s employees, staff for the Fiorina campaign and Carly for America.
When a Winthrop University employee could not reach a Fiorina about correcting details on the Eventbrite website for the event, she reached out to Taylor Mason, a super PAC staff member listed as a contact on the Eventbrite page.
“I have a few questions about the location,” Mason wrote back after fixing the details. “What is the address of the building? Where should people park? Is there handicap parking available? Do y’all plan on putting something out to your students to let them know she’ll be there?”
Soon, the super PAC received an advance walkthrough of the event location, after Mason arranged a meeting between a university employee and his group’s field director. The school staff member wrote in a subsequent email to the Fiorina campaign, “The PAC rep who toured the space yesterday said CNN and Fox News was traveling [with] the campaign.”
Make sure you read the whole thing.
What’s great about this report to me is that it really didn’t take anything special to write it, and I don’t say that as an insult, but I mean it with the highest praise. They didn’t need to spend thousands of dollars and stand around a candidate with other pool reporters. They didn’t need to file a bazillion Freedom of Information Act requests.
All they needed was some common sense and to care enough to actually read what was publicly available, to roll up their sleeves and spend the time to understand the campaign laws, analyze what Fiorina was doing, and then describe and prove in detail what her campaign was doing, how it was a violation, and explain it to people.
In other words, what it took was caring and having some self respect and just doing your god damned job and actually spending the time to know your subject matter and speaking about it in an informed way. The boring, mundane work that far too many journalists don’t do while they seek splashy headlines or judge whose “zinger” at the debate was most effective.
So good work, Andrew Perez. Wish there were more like you out there.