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Fred Thompson Thrived as [EVIL implied] Lobbyist
NewsMax ^ | June 25, 2007 2:49 p.m. EDT | Ass. Press

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 ...


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NewsMax (Rudy central) blasts Howard Dean "EVIL LOBBYIST" shtick all over the free world!

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!

1 posted on 06/25/2007 12:35:00 PM PDT by PlainOleAmerican
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To: PlainOleAmerican
I’m against frivolous law suits too!

The more I hear about Fred, the more I want to vote for him!

RUN FRED - save the GOP!

Bring back some principles!

2 posted on 06/25/2007 12:37:33 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) .)
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To: PlainOleAmerican
Rudiphilia nervosa is a tragic, horrible disease.
3 posted on 06/25/2007 12:39:09 PM PDT by Petronski (imwithfred.com)
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To: All

Oh, they’re gittin scared !

RUN FRED RUN !


4 posted on 06/25/2007 12:42:27 PM PDT by TaxxMann (Can't put a dollar sign on citizenship - oh wait, they just did !)
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To: Petronski

I thought it was Guilienza. Causes fever and difficult breathing.


5 posted on 06/25/2007 12:43:55 PM PDT by TaxxMann (Can't put a dollar sign on citizenship - oh wait, they just did !)
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To: PlainOleAmerican

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1855923/posts
Campaign reform advocate finds himself in hot water


6 posted on 06/25/2007 12:44:36 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: PlainOleAmerican
“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 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.

7 posted on 06/25/2007 12:47:07 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) .)
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To: PlainOleAmerican

REAL conservatives LIKE candidates who have a track record of helping to keep capitalism alive and are looking for alternative sources of energy.

RUN Fred!


8 posted on 06/25/2007 12:49:40 PM PDT by cake_crumb (May I never live to see the day America has a 'popular war'. God bless our troops.)
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To: TaxxMann
Fred hasn’t even announced yet however polls by Republicans have him LEADING those that announced. Something to be VERY SCARED OF. Fred will run. He’s just going through the required motions and then announce. It’s long over due that we cleaned out the GOP, had principles and values - the other candidates truly are the bottom of the barrel. We can’t afford another RHINO.
9 posted on 06/25/2007 12:52:24 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) .)
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To: Calpernia

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!


10 posted on 06/25/2007 12:52:46 PM PDT by PlainOleAmerican
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To: PlainOleAmerican

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!


11 posted on 06/25/2007 12:53:21 PM PDT by Gtown
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To: cake_crumb

Amen !!!


12 posted on 06/25/2007 12:54:18 PM PDT by PlainOleAmerican
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To: PlainOleAmerican

$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?


13 posted on 06/25/2007 12:55:23 PM PDT by Ancesthntr
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To: PlainOleAmerican
Can you be a little more clear with what semantics you are taking issue with?
14 posted on 06/25/2007 12:55:42 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Gtown

This attack piece came straight out of Howard Deans letter to DNC contributors...

SHAME on NewsMax!!!


15 posted on 06/25/2007 12:56:02 PM PDT by PlainOleAmerican
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To: Ancesthntr

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


16 posted on 06/25/2007 12:58:14 PM PDT by PlainOleAmerican
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To: PlainOleAmerican

#10

THANK YOU!

(yes, I’m shouting :) )


17 posted on 06/25/2007 12:59:12 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) .)
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To: PlainOleAmerican
"It’s awful when even people on my own team can’t tell the difference any more..."

Amen right back atcha!

It's like the IQ of the average "conservative" has dropped to the level of a Democrat :-(

18 posted on 06/25/2007 12:59:14 PM PDT by cake_crumb (May I never live to see the day America has a 'popular war'. God bless our troops.)
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To: Calpernia

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....


19 posted on 06/25/2007 1:01:20 PM PDT by PlainOleAmerican
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To: PlainOleAmerican

I’m sorry, I can’t follow you.


20 posted on 06/25/2007 1:03:40 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: cake_crumb

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...


21 posted on 06/25/2007 1:04:05 PM PDT by PlainOleAmerican
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To: Calpernia

Tell me what’s wrong with Thompson’s part time lobby work? I mean, specifically...

Then you’ll be able to follow me soon...


22 posted on 06/25/2007 1:05:29 PM PDT by PlainOleAmerican
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To: Ancesthntr
"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."

Don't forget Hillary's war room. Democrats are as afraid of Thompson running as the Republican candidates.

23 posted on 06/25/2007 1:05:45 PM PDT by cake_crumb (May I never live to see the day America has a 'popular war'. God bless our troops.)
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To: PlainOleAmerican

I have not read up on his lobby work.


24 posted on 06/25/2007 1:09:08 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: PlainOleAmerican
"I thought conservatives stopped reading DNC talking points in the MSM years ago... I’m learning that some are still reading and regurgitating..."

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.

25 posted on 06/25/2007 1:13:21 PM PDT by cake_crumb (May I never live to see the day America has a 'popular war'. God bless our troops.)
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To: cake_crumb

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:”

Tom McMahon
DNC


26 posted on 06/25/2007 1:16:54 PM PDT by PlainOleAmerican
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To: Calpernia

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?


27 posted on 06/25/2007 1:19:04 PM PDT by PlainOleAmerican
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To: cake_crumb

Noted!


28 posted on 06/25/2007 1:19:54 PM PDT by PlainOleAmerican
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To: PlainOleAmerican

No thank you.


29 posted on 06/25/2007 1:20:21 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: PlainOleAmerican
"This attack piece came straight out of Howard Deans letter to DNC contributors..."

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.

30 posted on 06/25/2007 1:20:57 PM PDT by cake_crumb (May I never live to see the day America has a 'popular war'. God bless our troops.)
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To: PlainOleAmerican
who earned more than $1 million lobbying the federal government. As a lobbyist for more than 20 years,

I guess $1 million sounds more excessive than $50k a year.

31 posted on 06/25/2007 1:23:34 PM PDT by SampleMan (Islamic tolerance is practiced by killing you last.)
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To: PlainOleAmerican

John Edwards must have made all his money building wheelchair ramps for the poor.


32 posted on 06/25/2007 1:24:55 PM PDT by Democratshavenobrains
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To: nmh

For me, it’s down to Tom Tancredo, Duncan Hunter or Fred Thompson.


33 posted on 06/25/2007 1:25:48 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: PlainOleAmerican

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.


34 posted on 06/25/2007 1:26:07 PM PDT by cake_crumb (May I never live to see the day America has a 'popular war'. God bless our troops.)
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To: PlainOleAmerican
Oh No! queue the Anti-Fred Trolls. Entrance stage right errrrr or maybe it stage left as I think some are posing as supporters for for other GOP candidates.
35 posted on 06/25/2007 1:31:44 PM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: PlainOleAmerican

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.]


36 posted on 06/25/2007 1:42:20 PM PDT by Clara Lou (Fred Thompson, '08)
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To: PlainOleAmerican

So?


37 posted on 06/25/2007 1:45:48 PM PDT by onedoug
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38 posted on 06/25/2007 1:49:12 PM PDT by Politicalmom ("Mom, I'll be old enough to vote for Fred when he runs for his second term." -My Son. (I'm proud))
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To: nmh
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39 posted on 06/25/2007 1:56:53 PM PDT by davidlachnicht ("IF WE'RE ALL TO BE TARGETS, THEN WE ALL MUST BE SOLDIERS.")
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To: cake_crumb

Just heard a tirade from a Ron Paul supporter that sounded much more like Michael Moore or Rosie O’Donnell...


40 posted on 06/25/2007 2:16:57 PM PDT by PlainOleAmerican
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To: Calpernia

Your original post was intended to say what then?

Whatever it was, you won’t back it up now...


41 posted on 06/25/2007 2:18:07 PM PDT by PlainOleAmerican
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To: SampleMan

Sounds like he sucked as a lobbyist to me!


42 posted on 06/25/2007 2:19:09 PM PDT by PlainOleAmerican
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To: Democratshavenobrains

No, just good old fashioned ambulance chasing...


43 posted on 06/25/2007 2:20:17 PM PDT by PlainOleAmerican
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To: TexasCajun

Not Ron Paul? LOL


44 posted on 06/25/2007 2:21:03 PM PDT by PlainOleAmerican
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To: PlainOleAmerican

>>>Your original post was intended to say what then?

Topic linking.

>>>Whatever it was, you won’t back it up now...

Back what up?


45 posted on 06/25/2007 2:21:03 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: PlainOleAmerican
"Just heard a tirade from a Ron Paul supporter that sounded much more like Michael Moore or Rosie O’Donnell..."

Yes...amazing coincidence, no?

46 posted on 06/25/2007 2:24:31 PM PDT by cake_crumb (May I never live to see the day America has a 'popular war'. God bless our troops.)
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To: cake_crumb

One from the DNC playbook in reverse...

“So, how hard was it to give up lesbian prostitution Mrs. Clinton?”


47 posted on 06/25/2007 2:25:41 PM PDT by PlainOleAmerican
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To: Clara Lou

NewsMax and Hannity...


48 posted on 06/25/2007 2:27:35 PM PDT by PlainOleAmerican
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To: Calpernia

The implications in your link...


49 posted on 06/25/2007 2:29:34 PM PDT by PlainOleAmerican
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To: PlainOleAmerican

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).


50 posted on 06/25/2007 2:32:28 PM PDT by Clara Lou (Fred Thompson, '08)
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