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That's a fairly sharp claim. Do you have any evidence to back it up? If it's really that common there should be plenty of evidence laying around. People who've been approached to pay to play, email archives, chat logs, payments. It shouldn't be that hard for someone to come up with something that shows that it's going on. And if someone wanted to earn their muckraking journalism merit badge that would be a very meaty story indeed.

I doubt you'll find anything that obvious, not that Arrington is some sort of paragon of virtue; but my impression is that he's smart enough not to do dumb things like that; and that his main motivation has more to do with being a kingmaker than making money off of his blog.

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