Wrong on both fronts, I think. Lautenberg's most likely GOP challenger right now is Assemblyman Bill Baroni, who seems to be betting that running statewide in New Jersey alongside John McCain in 2008 will help with fundraising.
Some of the labor was volunteer, some was not, and much was somewhere in between. Either way, this comment is exactly right. This is a really important netroots-born project that needs to be supported, both with blog posts like this and with donations (however small) from people who believe in fundamental equal rights for all.
For what it's worth, the pro-Menendez "excerpt" that's offered up for me came from a diary -- not a front page story -- posted at MyDD, Daily Kos, and Blue Jersey titled, "Menendez For Senate - Kicking Off The Campaign."
It's pretty clear from both the title and the post itself that I was on payroll with the Menendez campaign. I haven't looked at all of the other examples, but I'd be willing to bet that it was pretty much the same story all around -- that full disclosure was offered.
What, I wonder, is Glover's point? That bloggers are "for sale"? As Steve Gilliard pointed out this morning, "not every blogger has the same rules." I consider myself an activist first and an ideologically-driven citizen journalist second. That's just how I've defined my role. It's something I think I've been pretty clear about. If I believe in a candidate, I'm willing to work for that candidate. If I don't, then I'd take a pass. At no point would I ever fail to disclose my work for that candidate.
Also, it's worth mentioning that at the Menendez campaign, I was paid to be the internet director. I did some blogging, but that wasn't the main thrust of my job. I was not paid the amount that he listed "to blog." A number of my jobs have involved management of intranet/internet sites. I know for a fact that that experience was just as much if not more of a factor in my hiring than my experience blogging.
I remember when I was young, getting really annoyed at the kids who would get A's on their tests without studying, or who would hit home-runs without spending hours at the batting cages. I can't help but sense some of that same irritation here on Glover's part. He seems to be frustrated that some of us have found a way to make a living out of our love of writing about politics without going through the traditional, established channels. I tend to think that's something to be proud of, not something we should have to apologize for.