It’s official. The Ronald George who contributed to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2008 is not California’s chief justice. So says Clinton campaign treasurer Shelly Moskwa, who emailed me today.
"This was an inadvertent clerical error on the Hillary Clinton for President FEC reports," Moskwa wrote. "We are in the process of amending our reports to correct the error."
The conservative FlashReport blog launched the George-supports-Clinton hoopla Monday with an item concluding, erroneously, that the chief justice had violated a canon barring sizable contributions to nonjudicial candidates. Links to the item made the rounds on Twitter.
On Tuesday, FlashReport publisher John Fleischman wrote that he was a "victim" of Clinton campaign “misreporting.”
"There are a couple of important take-aways from this experience," Fleischman wrote. "The first is that I should endeavor, whenever possible (and there was no tight deadline for this piece on the Chief Justice) to contact the subject of a story. The second is to remind everyone that just because it's on the FEC website doesn't mean it is true."