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22 March 2015

An Open Letter to David Wickert & the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Stop Stealing My Stories

"I will not allow her to sell my goods when she cuts me out of the profits."

-Frank Underwood

Early, the morning of Sunday, 22 March 2015, I was alerted to an article appearing in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution focused on the campaign finance disclosures of a former Fulton County Commissioner.

As I read the story, titled "Thousands vanished from official’s campaign report — and no one noticed," I became incensed.

No, I wasn't angry at the AJC report of missing money from former county Commissioner Bill Edwards' campaign accounts. I've long accepted that Bill Edwards is a crook. That isn't news. My outrage is directed at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and their reporter David Wickert for trying to sell my goods while cutting me out of the profits.

You see, I wrote the same story over a year ago.

On 21 February 2014, I published an article, "$100,000 Goes Missing from Fulton County Commissioner's Campaign Accounts," here on Georgia Unfiltered. This piece was subsequently shared on the Reform Fulton Now Facebook fan page.

And now, the AJC is peddling my story as their own original reporting.

Some say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Well, I am sincerely not flattered.

I want the credit, plain and simple. That is my profit -- the credit. I want the credit for researching and writing a story about thousands of dollars of missing campaign money when no one else would.

I will not allow the Atlanta Journal-Constitution to sell my goods when they cut me out of the credit. Bad form.