Skip to comments.Fred Thompson Thrived as [EVIL implied] Lobbyist
Posted on 06/25/2007 12:34:59 PM PDT by PlainOleAmerican
Republican Fred Thompson, who likes to cast himself in the role of Washington outsider, has a long history as a political insider who earned more than $1 million lobbying the federal government.
As a lobbyist for more than 20 years, billion-dollar corporations paid Thompson for his access to members of Congress and White House staff. During that time he was close to two Senate majority leaders, both from his home state of Tennessee - his political mentor Howard Baker and, more recently, his former colleague Bill Frist.
During Baker's tenure, Thompson lobbied for a savings-and-loan deregulation bill that helped hasten the industry's collapse and a failed nuclear energy project that cost taxpayers more than a billion dollars.
More recently, while Frist led the Senate, Thompson earned more than $750,000 lobbying for a British reinsurance company that wanted to limit its liability from asbestos lawsuits.
That history as a Washington insider is at odds with the image Thompson has sought to convey to voters. When he first ran for the Senate in 1993, Thompson cast himself in the part of the gruff, plainspoken everyman, leased a red pickup truck and drove around Tennessee in his shirt sleeves.
Now, as he considers an expected run for president in 2008, the actor-politician continues to position himself as a political outsider.
(Excerpt) Read more at newsmax.com ...
Associated Press released the DNC attack piece on Fred Thompson as some original work of art, only days after DNC newsletters set the stage for the assault.
Now NewsMax (Rudy central) is pretending like there is something news worthy in here somewhere!
How sad! and how typical of today's RINO community!
The more I hear about Fred, the more I want to vote for him!
RUN FRED - save the GOP!
Bring back some principles!
Oh, they’re gittin scared !
RUN FRED RUN !
I thought it was Guilienza. Causes fever and difficult breathing.
Campaign reform advocate finds himself in hot water
More competition in banking is fine with me! I don’t want the GOVERNMENT regulating it.
Since when did the “industry collapse”?
Nuclear energy is the WAY TO GO! While Fred didn’t “manage” it he is for it as I am. Odd how even France uses nuclear power ... even the STUPID French see the value of NUCLEAR POWER as the wave of the FUTURE.
“Lobbying clients paid him about half a million dollars between 1975 and 1993, when he started his campaign for the Senate. He released 20 years worth of tax returns during the race.”
Yes, he is honest - what a handicap! Never saw Clinton’s tax returns ... he “lobbies” for issues I AGREE WITH!
“One of his clients at the time was the Tennessee Savings and Loan League, on whose behalf Thompson lobbied for a bill to deregulate the industry. Experts say the final version of that bill played a large role in the savings-and-loan crisis of the late 1980s, opening the door to widespread fraud and mismanagement.”
SOUR GRAPES looking to BLAME someone else for their OWN MISMANAGEMENT! Fred wasn’t IN THE BANDS “mismanaging” and promoting “fraud” - this was done by folks RUNNING THE BANK!
On and on and on it goes. Twisted lies to blame Fred for the mistakes of others. All a politician can do is LOBBY for the RIGHT DIRECTION!
What’s with NewsMax? Are they on Hillary’s campaign payroll?
This is a disgraceful smear campaign against Fred.
REAL conservatives LIKE candidates who have a track record of helping to keep capitalism alive and are looking for alternative sources of energy.
I love how folks even allegedly on my side of the aisle, make NO distinction between “legal lobbyist” efforts (as in the case of Thompsons lobby clients) and “campaign funding fraud” as in the case of those Thompsons senate committee investigated and attempted to prosecute.
It’s awful when even people on my own team can’t tell the difference any more...
Kinda like the difference between “legal immigrants” and “illegal invaders”... Only a HUGE difference...
Lobby work has a simple fix. Get Washington out of BUSINESS and free enterprise, and I’m sure you’ll find no corporation wasting money on lobbying congress for anything.
Retire politicians willing to extract bribes from lobbyists, and lobbyists will return to legal lobby work.
Start with the Democrats!
OMG, an EVIL lobbyist! But Fred’s not quite evil enough: he’s semi-evil, quasi-evil, the margarine of evil; he’s the Diet Coke of evil - just one calorie, not evil enough!
IMHO, Fred’s critics just need to zip it!
$1 million over 20+ years lobbying isn’t exactly a fortune. Sounds like just an income supplement to me.
If this is the worst that the Rudy or Romney people can come up with, then they might as well leave the race right now - and pursue a lobbying career.
I wonder what some digging would uncover about the other candidates?
This attack piece came straight out of Howard Deans letter to DNC contributors...
SHAME on NewsMax!!!
Should we look for legal lobby work on their resume’, or accepted lobby money and favores in their political histories?
Ones right - ones not, in case anyone asks...LOL
(yes, I’m shouting :) )
Amen right back atcha!
It's like the IQ of the average "conservative" has dropped to the level of a Democrat :-(
See post #7 - he said it GREAT!
Since when did “legal” lobby work become a form of “corruption”? I mean besides when Clinton sold nuclear technology to China for a mere $300,000 in campaign contributions from the Chinses Army....
I’m sorry, I can’t follow you.
This advent is what scares me most about the future of this country!
I thought conservatives stopped reading DNC talking points in the MSM years ago... I’m learning that some are still reading and regurgitating...
Tell me what’s wrong with Thompson’s part time lobby work? I mean, specifically...
Then you’ll be able to follow me soon...
Don't forget Hillary's war room. Democrats are as afraid of Thompson running as the Republican candidates.
I have not read up on his lobby work.
I'm beginning to think that they inadvertantly allowed themselves to be brainwashed. That's the only explanation for the "believe as I do or else" crew around here.
That’s where the NewMax/ASS press story originated.
From a DNC letter to supporters last week...
“Remember the Republican culture of corruption? The revolving door of Republican politicians moving in and out of top political offices and Washington D.C. lobbying firms?
That’s Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson.
For years, acting wasn’t the Law & Order star’s profession — it was a hobby. In the real world, Thompson has made a fortune in a decades-long career as a Washington lobbyist.
And just this month, as part of his role as the ultimate Washington insider, Thompson offered to host yet another fundraising event for Scooter Libby’s legal defense fund. Thompson has been vocal in his support of Libby, saying that he would “absolutely” pardon him.
As he runs for president, he’ll try his hardest to hide the truth from the American people. And we need to stop him.
Support our efforts to get the truth out about Fred Thompson:”
You should then... Read his Thompson Report on Clinton campaign fraud too, that was buried by Reno, the DNC and the press.
But for starters, is Lobby work evil or wrong in your mind?
No thank you.
Which includes all of the Ron Paul "supporters", like the ones who started making dark accusations about Thompson probably being "a globalist" who will refuse not to tariff imports.
I guess $1 million sounds more excessive than $50k a year.
John Edwards must have made all his money building wheelchair ramps for the poor.
For me, it’s down to Tom Tancredo, Duncan Hunter or Fred Thompson.
AH YES, the Rockwell memo...it worked so well against the Bush administration, they’ll use it against all political rivals from now on. It’s like final version of the DNC Art of Warfarin - bleeding a rival’s character dry via the media. Nature of the charges and all that.
Is NewsMax really in the Rudy corner? [I really don’t know. NewsMax always put out such garbage, I quit reading it a good while back.]
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Just heard a tirade from a Ron Paul supporter that sounded much more like Michael Moore or Rosie O’Donnell...
Your original post was intended to say what then?
Whatever it was, you won’t back it up now...
Sounds like he sucked as a lobbyist to me!
No, just good old fashioned ambulance chasing...
Not Ron Paul? LOL
>>>Your original post was intended to say what then?
>>>Whatever it was, you wont back it up now...
Back what up?
Yes...amazing coincidence, no?
One from the DNC playbook in reverse...
“So, how hard was it to give up lesbian prostitution Mrs. Clinton?”
NewsMax and Hannity...
The implications in your link...
Yeah, I knew the (Catholic) Mr. Hannity was Rootie Frootie. I disregard NewsMax and can only tolerate so much of Mr. Hannity. He’s just such a cheerleader (and not much else).