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Full Disclosure, Please

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A person named Malcom Glenn has an overwrought and almost laughably cliched essay on this site promoting the primary campaign of Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) against former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff (D-CO). I have no dog in that primary fight ... except for journalistic integrity.

What Glenn does not disclose in his own Huffington Post biography or in his post -- and what he should disclose -- is that (according to his own LinkedIn profile) he works for a Washington, D.C. polling firm called Greenberg, Quinlan Rosner. As Greenberg, Quinlan Rosner's website notes (and as anyone in D.C. Democratic politics knows), one of the firm's big clients is the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee -- a fundraising operation that has endorsed Bennet and is raising money for him. Put another way, Glenn is employed by a company with a political/financial interest in Bennet's campaign.

Glenn -- and anyone else -- has a right to back whichever candidate they want. But readers also have a right to know the political/financial interests of those writing on a site as public as the Huffington Post. Glenn's attempt in his Huffington Post bio to hide exactly who he works for (he says only "a Democratic polling/strategic consulting firm") at the same time he is writing essays in support of candidates politically/financially connected to his employer is, to say the least, deceptive.