The columnist, Charles D. Chieppo, started working yesterday with the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs.
His job calls for writing op-ed pieces and internal documents ''to support the efforts of senior management to promote education, awareness, and acceptance of major policy initiatives" on the environment.
Chieppo will work two days a week until at least June 30. He also plans to continue writing op-ed columns for the Herald, where he is paid for each article.
There were more than one person bidding for the payola contract, these people have no shame.
Bob Zelnick, who chairs Boston University's journalism department, said in an interview yesterday that the Chieppo contract raised ethical questions.
At least, Mitt Romney believes in the "free market" rather than White House giving contracts without any competition.
Bush, Delay now Romney, GOP has become the ethically challenge Republican party.
The Boston Herald will continue the services of Charles D. Chieppo.
''We have an agreement that he'll stay clear of that stuff," Gage said.
It's not unusual for reporters to move to government jobs and sometimes back into journalism. In the past month, Herald political reporter David Guarino left the paper to become communications director for Attorney General Thomas F. Reilly.
But Zelnick said that situation is different from being paid by the government while remaining a paid op-ed writer.
This is wide spread, who is going to be next on the pay roll of the government?