by Amanda Witherell
It's no secret that the San Francisco Sentinel has really slipped since Luke Thomas struck out on his own with Fog City Journal , but an article this past weekend represents a new low. "Has Anti-Incumbent Fever hit San Francisco?"  makes reference to three polls showing Rob Black leading Chris Daly in the District 6 race for Supervisor. The author of the piece, Sam Lauter  links to an article in the Chron about the polls, but he could have just linked to the raw data -- at least one of the polls was commissioned through his political consulting firm, Barnes, Mosher, Whitehurst, Lauter(ahem) and Partners .
This lobbying firm is also a liason for much of the thousands of dollars being spent by independent expenditure committees on anti-Daly hit pieces. Before messing around in local elections, Lauter had a career in governmental relations at PG&E, though a Sentinel reader wouldn't know it -- there's no bio included with the author's "article," except that it was formerly printed in a "Red Meat for a Blue State"  online publication. Meanwhile, another unauthored Sentinel article  criticizes Daly for supposed contributions from lobbyists, though fails to mention that the anti-Daly movement is controlled by a similar crowd of money-runners.