January 29, 2004


Dean Suspends Advertising

Howard Dean "has chosen to forgo further advertising in this round," the Washington Post reports.

The New York Times says the campaign "has upended its advertising strategy. Dr. Dean, who last June was the first candidate to advertise, is now the only major candidate to be off the air right now, and his strategists said Wednesday night that they were in no hurry to return." Furthermore, Dean campaign officials "said they were only confident of having enough money to compete through next week."

But the kicker, sure to anger Dean contributors, is buried later in the article: Joe Trippi "forfeited a salary as a campaign manager but collected commissions -- said to be as high as 15 percent in some cases -- based on advertising buys."

Udpate: Dan Conley wonders "How can a Presidential campaign justify paying its campaign manager a 15% commission for placing ad buys? Didn't the phrase conflict-of-interest enter into anyone's head?"










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