HOUSES OF LEARNING – AT 9:21 A.M. ET: We note this because it is one of several stories coming in about improprieties in colleges relating to the presidential campaign. The profs are back in 2008 mode. Despite a spectacularly failed presidency, the academy is still passionately behind Obama. He remains their sixties dream, their leftist American Idol. From the Daily Caller:
A public university in Colorado may have violated state law by offering students course credit if they volunteered with President Obama’s re-election campaign. A blog post on the Adams State University website billed the opportunity as a “12 week long organizing internship for the Obama Campaign.”
Both the blog post and the course are now gone. The course was canceled due to lack of interest, according to the university. The blog post was taken down earlier this week after a conservative student blog, Campus Reform, reported on it.
That's the good news here. Conservative student groups are becoming increasingly active and brave.
The course may have been in violation of the Colorado Fair Campaign Practices Act, which prohibits the use of public resources toward “campaigns involving the nomination, retention, or election of any person to any public office.” Oliver Darcy, the editor at Campus Reform who first reported the story, said the course struck him as a likely violation of state law.
“They are definitely using a few professors at least to help these students with the campaign process, so I don’t understand how it doesn’t use public resources for campaign purposes,” he said in an interview with The Daily Caller News Foundation.
A spokesperson for the university said the blog post was mistaken about the nature of the course, and that students would have been allowed to volunteer with any campaign.
“This is an independent study course that would be available to any student in any campaign,” said Julie Waechter, a spokesperson for ASU, in an interview with TheDC News Foundation.
Would have? Then why didn't they say it?
Waechter declined to give the name of the employee who authorized the course. Dodie Day, the administrator who posted the blog entry, declined to comment.
COMMENT: There are also reports about another university where English professors have asked permission for Obama spokesmen to come into their classes to recruit. Expect more abuse as the campaign progresses. Remember, the left has an investment in Obama that goes beyond politics. The left is a secular religion, and its deity is in danger of losing his job.
August 31, 2012