Got a letter from Stace Nelson today. A fundraising letter which came from zip code 20678 in Prince Frederick Maryland.
Care to read it?
I started perusing it, and stopped dead at about page 3.
Wait a minute…. that’s MY photo I took at Hobo days.
From back in October, the note I sent to the webmaster where I groused at them privately about originally using it on their web site without permission or attribution…
I noticed this morning that a photo I had taken this weekend was posted by Travis – I’m assuming yourself – on the Stace Nelson for US Senate web site under a post (Supporters Represent Stace Nelson at Hobo Days) without a prior request being made for its use.
I’m ok with that, but I would request as a courtesy that photo credit be given, and a link back to the post where it originated be provided with the photo.
Thank you for your understanding.
and the reply I received from Stace:
Thank you for your understanding, and permission. My apologies for our campaigns over-step.
Maybe it’s just me, but I didn’t construe that to constitute any permission to be raising money using it in publication.
In the intervening months, because I haven’t gushed over what they refer to as a campaign, or I might bring up points I’ve expressed disagreement with, Stace has not necessarily been full of praise. He’s publicly referred to stories I’ve written or myself using such terms as “underhanded” or “dishonest” via twitter or other forums.
Plus, he also called the editor of a paper one of my columns ran in, and wasn’t exactly truthful. Or you could say he “flat out lied” about me, claiming I was on the Rounds payroll, which, despite what the anonymous commenters try to portray, I’m not.
And that’s fine. I’m not seeking his adoration. I’m writing as I’ve always written. But when it suited Stace Nelson’s purposes to use my work to raise money for his campaign, amazingly, those derogatory things were all forgotten.
So, lies and slander when I don’t write favorably about candidate Nelson, but, nevermind that he likes to use my work without permission when he needs to.
Funny how a photo can tell you a thousand things about someone.