- The Obama campaign
got mad and dropped advertising in black newspapers due to letter
about its lack of spending in black newspapers, the
Newspaper Publishers Association Chairman Cloves Campbell said.
The Obama campaign had been asked to spend as
much as $20 million with black newspapers, Campbell told this
reporter's Redding News Review radio program. The administration
only ended up spending about $1 million of its $999 million in
advertising budget with black newspapers - compared to President
Clinton's estimated $3 million when he was running.
Campbell said when he wrote a letter called "Show
me the money" the Obama campaign pulling all the
money from black newspapers that were not in swing states.
"They told me that I should apologize for
writing the article," he told Redding News Review.
The allegations come as the country is
experiencing an extremely high unemployment rate in the black
community and as the administration has been fending off reports
of his cabinet being nearly all white and male.
Obama is still far behind other
administrations in cabinet diversity - Obama 4; Clinton 9 (in 8
years); Bush 6 (in 8 years).
On Friday, President
Obama gave two blacks bigger titles within his administration,
following criticism from the
press about appointing blacks
to key positions.
came as Obama just made permanent B. Todd Jones, who is black,
as head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
Explosives. The appointment is a non-cabinet level job.