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Sat May 7, 2016, 11:34 AM

Anti-Bernie op-ed falsely cited Atlanta mayor as author, the real author was a corporate lobbyist

Atlanta Mayor’s Column Ripping Bernie Sanders Drafted by Lobbyist, Emails Show
Lee Fang
May 6 2016, 10:07 a.m.


A FEW DAYS BEFORE the Georgia primary, influential Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed published a column on CNN.com praising Hillary Clinton and ripping her opponent, Bernie Sanders. Reed attacked Sanders as being out of step with Democrats on gun policy, and accused him of elevating a “one-issue platform” that ignores the plight of the “single mother riding two buses to her second job.”

But emails released from Reed’s office indicate that the column, which pilloried Sanders as out of touch with the poor, was primarily written by a corporate lobbyist, and was edited by Correct the Record, one of several pro-Clinton Super PACs.

Anne Torres, the mayor’s director of communications, told The Intercept this week that the column was not written by the mayor, but by Tharon Johnson, a former Reed adviser who now works as a lobbyist for UnitedHealth, Honda, and MGM Resorts, among other clients. The column’s revisions by staffers from Correct the Record are documented in the emails.

Johnson, Torres told us, is a “capable writer,” who managed Reed’s first campaign. Reed “provided verbal edits and feedback to Tharon, but other than that, no one from my office or the mayor’s office wrote this op-ed,” Torres said.


https://theintercept.com/2016/05/06/hillary-super-pac-draft-oped/

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Sat May 7, 2016, 11:43 AM

1. Just another Clinton Stooge...

 

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