Bill Spadea is a Fox News journalist, and an on-air host for New Jersey 101.5, a radio station operating under license from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). He is also a candidate for Congress. Well, yes, officially Spadea still maintains a congressional campaign committee, according to the Federal Elections Commission (FEC). According to the FEC website, Spadea's committee has a debt of $231,236.67 and cash-on-hand of $80,881.18.
Why is someone in the news business maintaining a political campaign committee to which interests can make donations and from which Spadea can write checks?
The Society of Professional Journalists suggests the following way to avoid conflicts of interest like the one now faced by Bill Spadea: " The SPJ Ethics Committee gets a significant number of questions about whether journalists should engage in political activity. The simplest answer is 'No.' Don’t do it. Don’t get involved. Don’t contribute money, don’t work in a campaign, don’t lobby, and especially, don’t run for office yourself."
It is time for Spadea to either close down his political campaign committee or give up journalism. He can't do both and keep the confidence of the public