The Hill Corrects Pro-Payday Op-Ed, Now Notes Conflict of Interest

 

Last month, Allied Progress noted that The Hill published an op-ed column by a small businessman billed as a payday lending success story. The author’s bio included at the end of the piece failed to note that a majority of the man’s business revenue comes from a payday lending company — a clear, undisclosed conflict of interest. Today, The Hill corrected the error by updating the author’s bio to note that his business “gets a majority of its revenue from a cleaning contract with [a] local payday lender.” [The Hill: “Sherrill Op-Ed: What Payday Loans Mean to Me,” 7/7/16]

Author’s Bio Initially Read:

Robert Sherrill is a minority business owner and the CEO of Imperial Cleaning Systems, Inc. in Nashville, Tennessee.

Author’s Bio Now Reads:

Robert Sherrill is a minority business owner and the CEO of Imperial Cleaning Systems, Inc. in Nashville, Tenn. Sherrill’s Imperial Cleaning Services gets a majority of its revenue from a cleaning contract with local payday lender Advance Financial. (Emphasis added.)

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