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The First Mate and I completed the first leg of our Judiciary Tour today, flying into Washington DC and driving to Philadelphia to report on the Justice Sunday III rally nearby on Broad Street tomorrow evening. I'll be live-blogging the event while the FM soaks up the atmosphere inside. We're going to try to squeeze in a visit to Independence Hall and the Betsy Ross House tomorrow morning, if possible, but it's going to be tight.
In the spirit of full disclosure, CQ readers should know that my flight and my room expenses have been covered by the Family Research Council. I'm neither rich enough nor fortunate enough to travel without checking the finances first, and they want to have bloggers play a major role in debating the effectiveness of their approach. No one has asked me to endorse or shade my opinions in return for this -- in fact, they've treated me all along as though I was doing them a favor by being here -- but just as with the last time, you are entitled to know where the money originated. I am not being paid for my blogging, and I will reimburse the FRC for the FM's flight when I return. I'm paying for my own rental car, and I was lucky enough to get a free upgrade to a Jeep Cherokee, too. Very nice ride from DC, thanks to Enterprise ...
As far as the live-blogging event for the committee hearings themselves, that has been arranged by Patrick Ruffini at the Republican National Committee. The RNC will not be covering any expenses on this trip, so that portion of the trip comes right out of my pocket -- really, just the hotel and the car rental, since we're flying in and out of DC for the JSIII event. No one at the RNC has asked me to slant my coverage at all in return for access at their HQ.
Have I covered all the disclosures? Hmmm ... no animals were hurt in the filming of this blog. Now I think I'm finished. Back to work.Sphere It View blog reactions
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