Kurtz: "Fox executives told Huckabee to stop plugging the Web site on the air after learning that it linked" to his PAC


From Howard Kurtz's December 21 Washington Post column:

To the untrained eye, Mike Huckabee appears to be running for president again.

Looking into the camera, he unloads on President Obama: "He's never done this kind of work before. He's never run a state or a private company, or as best we can tell even a Sno-Cone stand. So running the whole country, that's a big leap from community organizer."

But the former Arkansas governor is just doing his Fox News show -- and, what's more, insists he may pass up the 2012 race. Although if he were plotting another White House campaign, what better route than by pounding home a conservative message on television?


Huckabee hasn't exactly abandoned Republican politics, either. On Sunday, he headlined a Nebraska rally staged to oppose the Democrats' health care bill. His HuckPAC has been involved in local races, raising $305,000 in this campaign cycle. His Web site urges followers to "Vote No Against Senate Health Care Bill" and invites fans to join him and his wife, Janet (for just $3,999!), on a tour of Israel next month. Fox executives told Huckabee to stop plugging the Web site on the air after learning that it linked to his political action committee, which the network deemed a conflict of interest.


Huckabee used Fox News show to collect email addresses for his PAC, recruit volunteers for GOP-backed candidates

Huckabee sends viewers to his PAC under the guise of signing a petition

Fox News Channel, The Washington Post
Howard Kurtz, Mike Huckabee
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