You may have noticed some bloggers touting Dean on their own sites and leaving comments hyping him on other blogs. It turns out a lot of them were paid.
Dean has done other things to maximize his online fundraising punch, like reinvesting money into expanding donor lists and paying “bloggers” or professional Internet surfers to keep the enthusiasm up on his website.
Now, I'm not saying there's anything unethical about that. However it does cast things in a different light; it means that what appeared to be a grass roots effort probably wasn't.
(Link via BushBlog)
Correction: I had interpreted this story to mean that Dean was paying bloggers other than those on his own webpage. It hadn't even occurred to me that the author meant anything else.
Since then I have seen several people state that they believed that only those bloggers on Dean's page were being referenced here and that appears to be the correct interpretation.
All of that means that this post is pretty much worthless. Sorry.