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Will Glen Johnson (at AP) Get The Last Laugh? (Romney and Lobbyists)
Captain's Quarters ^ | Jan. 19, 2008 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 01/19/2008 7:29:06 AM PST by jdm

Earlier this week, AP reporter Glen Johnson acted unprofessionally by essentially heckling Mitt Romney during a press conference when Romney said that he would not be beholden to lobbyists if elected President. Even a bystander called Johnson "rude and ugly", a moment caught on YouTube. However, the Boston Herald -- a paper with a rightward bent -- believes that Johnson may have won on the facts while losing on the visuals (via Joe Gandelman at TMV):

Former Bay State Gov. Mitt Romney, who has cast himself as a Washington outsider and blasted his opponents’ ties to lobbyists, has more than a dozen federally registered lobbyists raising money for him and several others advising his campaign, records show.

At a Nashua event the day before the New Hampshire primary, Romney said, “I don’t have years and years of favors to repay, lobbyists who have raised all sorts of money for me.”

But at least 13 lobbyists work as so-called bundlers - those responsible for prodding deep-pocketed donors and generating vast sums of money for the candidate - according to records compiled by nonprofit Washington watchdog Public Citizen.

Does this make Johnson look any better? No, but it makes Romney look a little worse. Politicians like to deride lobbyists and claim that they will have no favors to repay when they get to Washington, but it's hard to make that argument when more than a dozen of them raise funds for the candidate. Regardless of whether they "run" the campaign, these lobbyists have helped fund it, and that makes the anti-lobbyist rhetoric somewhat hypocritical, regardless of the parsing of the word "run".

It would be refreshing, if politically suicidal, for a candidate to point out what lobbyists do. They represent legitimate interests of people around the country on policies that impact them. Lobbying is not inherently unethical or dishonest. Just like any other profession that exists at the intersection of power and money, enormous opportunities exist for corruption that have to have vigilant oversight to prevent.

Mitt, with his massive self-financing, had the standing to make that point rather than the banal attack on lobbyists in general that left him vulnerable to yet another data point for those who consider him disingenuous. Of all of the candidates, he has relied least on outside financing, which makes him less beholden to special interests in terms of grubby paybacks. Why not say that, rather than making a fairly debunkable claim that he has no ties to lobbyists?

Even better yet, why not say this: "Because of the massive size and intrusive scope of the federal government, it requires a lobbying industry to make sure that everyone's voice gets heard on the blizzard of legislation and enforcement initiatives that arise in Washington each year. Those lobbyists working for my campaign want to reduce the federal government and shrink that burden. We want a Washington DC that doesn't require an entire industry of lobbyists, one which the individual voice can reach to the Beltway and effect change. If you want that kind of federal government, one that stops interfering with states, communities, and individuals and focuses on its actual assigned responsibilities, vote for me!"

That would be a winning and honest message.


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1 posted on 01/19/2008 7:29:08 AM PST by jdm
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To: jdm

Which one of these 13 lobbyists is running Romney’s campaign?


2 posted on 01/19/2008 7:31:55 AM PST by Hoodat (The whole point of the Conservative Movement is to gain converts, not demonize them.)
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To: Hoodat

How many lobbyists does it take to change a perception?


3 posted on 01/19/2008 7:33:34 AM PST by jdm (A Hunter Thompson ticket would be suicide.)
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To: jdm

Romney is still right. He does not have lobbyists “running’ his campaign. So what did Johnson get right? Perhaps if he would have phrased his objection some other way, but he just stepped in it. Romney never said he did not have lobbyists raising money, they just don’t call the shots. Johnson should have been more specific.


4 posted on 01/19/2008 7:36:10 AM PST by Goreknowshowtocheat
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To: jdm

” .... making a fairly debunkable claim that he has no ties to lobbyists?”

That’s not what he said. He said his campaign wasn’t being run by lobbyists. Any candidate who doesn’t have lobbyists working for his campaign would be a naive fool. The extend of a lobbyist on a campaign is a whole other question.

It would be nice to see one media outlet where they understand what is said, instead of twisting and spinning to achieve their ends.


5 posted on 01/19/2008 7:37:12 AM PST by EDINVA
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To: jdm

This “right” newspaper endorsed mccain.
I have had all the stinking straightalk express i can handle, puke.


6 posted on 01/19/2008 7:37:28 AM PST by libbylu (Why vote for a democrat with an R next to his name? Proud MITTen.)
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To: jdm

Let me guess, you’re a Fred Thompson supporter. Right?


7 posted on 01/19/2008 7:38:10 AM PST by Hoodat (The whole point of the Conservative Movement is to gain converts, not demonize them.)
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To: EDINVA

you meant to say: “The extent of a lobbyist’s influence on a campaign ...” doofus


8 posted on 01/19/2008 7:39:10 AM PST by EDINVA
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To: Hoodat
Let me guess, you’re a Fred Thompson supporter. Right?

Aren't we all?

9 posted on 01/19/2008 7:42:26 AM PST by jdm (A Hunter Thompson ticket would be suicide.)
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To: Goreknowshowtocheat
Romney never said he did not have lobbyists raising money, they just don’t call the shots.

"Regardless of whether they "run" the campaign, these lobbyists have helped fund it, and that makes the anti-lobbyist rhetoric somewhat hypocritical, regardless of the parsing of the word "run"."

10 posted on 01/19/2008 7:42:39 AM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (GIANT SUCKING SOUND AT LAMBEAU FIELD)
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To: EDINVA

From http://www.bizzyblog.com/2008/01/17/semantics/ :

Romney specifically said “I don’t have lobbyists that are TIED to my –” before being interrupted. Obviously the missing word is “campaign.”

Romney then admitted that Ron Kaufman is TIED to his campaign by when he acknowledged that Kaufman is an “adviser,” and again later when he agreed that Kaufman has been in debate preparation(s).

But then, Romney tried to pretend he only said “running,” when everyone in the room, and now every video viewer, clearly saw him say “tied to.”

AP reporter Johnson is right. He caught Romney red-handed.


11 posted on 01/19/2008 7:43:06 AM PST by Mojave
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To: jdm

Interesting. You condemn Romney for allowing a lobbyist to work for his campaign, while at the same time support a candidate who is actually a lobbyist. Nice.


12 posted on 01/19/2008 7:44:59 AM PST by Hoodat (The whole point of the Conservative Movement is to gain converts, not demonize them.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
"Regardless of whether they "run" the campaign, these lobbyists have helped fund it, and that makes the anti-lobbyist rhetoric somewhat hypocritical, regardless of the parsing of the word "run".

And Romney said "tied", not "run". He's not just parsing his remark, he's falsifying it.

13 posted on 01/19/2008 7:45:14 AM PST by Mojave
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To: Mojave
AP reporter Johnson is right.

AP reporter Johnson made himself the center of attention. Mission accomplished.

14 posted on 01/19/2008 7:47:01 AM PST by frankenMonkey (101st Army Dad)
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To: frankenMonkey
Romney specifically said “I don’t have lobbyists that are TIED to my –” before being interrupted.

Busted.

15 posted on 01/19/2008 7:50:20 AM PST by Mojave
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To: Hoodat
You condemn Romney for allowing a lobbyist to work for his campaign

For lying about the lobbyists tied to his campaign.

16 posted on 01/19/2008 7:55:11 AM PST by Mojave
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To: Hoodat
Let me guess, you’re a Fred Thompson supporter. Right?

Let me guess, you're a subject-changer right (whenever the MSM catches Romney in yet another lie)

17 posted on 01/19/2008 7:55:36 AM PST by Colofornian
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To: Goreknowshowtocheat; Hoodat
Romney is still right. He does not have lobbyists “running’ his campaign. So what did Johnson get right? Perhaps if he would have phrased his objection some other way, but he just stepped in it. Romney never said he did not have lobbyists raising money, they just don’t call the shots. Johnson should have been more specific. [Goreknowshowtocheat]

Right. (And if your new hybrid vehicle only took "corn-y" gas from a special pump at a gas station chain called Lobbyist, we all know that Lobbyist wouldn't be "running" your hybrid, either, eh?)

18 posted on 01/19/2008 7:59:14 AM PST by Colofornian
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To: Mojave
For lying about the lobbyists tied to his campaign.

Really? What was the lie, exactly?

19 posted on 01/19/2008 7:59:37 AM PST by Hoodat (The whole point of the Conservative Movement is to gain converts, not demonize them.)
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To: jdm

Complaining about lobbyists is nothing more than thinly veiled class envy these days. Lobbyists have a purpose and because of some famously unethical lobbyists hooking up with some famously unethical legislators and bureaucrats the whole lot gets treated like scum.

By this logic FRed should be tarred and feathered... he was a lawyer, a lobbyist, and then played a lawyer on TV! OMG! I wonder if he is a member of the Screen Actors Guild.... a UNION!


20 posted on 01/19/2008 8:00:19 AM PST by nhoward14 (Fred Thompson will get it DUN DUN in 2008!)
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To: Hoodat
You condemn Romney for allowing a lobbyist to work for his campaign, while at the same time support a candidate who is actually a lobbyist.

Fred isn't being hypocritical about it though. He defended his career as a lobbyist.

I don't have a problem with lobbyists, but politicians shouldn't be using them as the boogeyman when in fact they create the very conditions that allow lobbying to become a necessity.

21 posted on 01/19/2008 8:00:55 AM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (GIANT SUCKING SOUND AT LAMBEAU FIELD)
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To: Mojave
AP reporter Johnson is right. He caught Romney red-handed.

BS, AP reproter Johnson is a lobbyist for the left wing in America. Neither he nor you know what the rest of that sentence was going to be.

The author has one thing right though, Romney should have told Johnson to read the First Amendment and kiss his ass rather than arguing with the leftist putz about the influence of the evil lobbysists on the body politic.

22 posted on 01/19/2008 8:01:10 AM PST by jwalsh07
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To: Colofornian
Let me guess, you're a subject-changer right (whenever the MSM catches Romney in yet another lie)

Subject changer? Heavens no. I was simply pointing out an egregious example of blinding hypocrisy. As for the subject, what was the lie that Romney allegedly told? Please provide the exact quote.

23 posted on 01/19/2008 8:01:28 AM PST by Hoodat (The whole point of the Conservative Movement is to gain converts, not demonize them.)
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To: Mojave
And Romney said "tied", not "run". He's not just parsing his remark, he's falsifying it.

Give him time, he'll have another death-bed conversion.

24 posted on 01/19/2008 8:02:10 AM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (GIANT SUCKING SOUND AT LAMBEAU FIELD)
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To: Hoodat

It depends on what the meaning of the word “is” is.


25 posted on 01/19/2008 8:03:36 AM PST by nhoward14 (Fred Thompson will get it DUN DUN in 2008!)
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To: Colofornian
A better analogy would be that you raise money from the bank to run your business. Does the bank run your business? It never ran mine but that's exactly what you are claiming in your hybrid analogy that the leftist loon Johnson would embrace with both arms.

I never thought I'd see the day when Boston Globeites, Johnson, were supported over Republicans here at FR.

Live long enough and you see anything I suppose.

26 posted on 01/19/2008 8:05:07 AM PST by jwalsh07
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To: jdm

The Conservative ones are...

Except for Duncan folks of course...


27 posted on 01/19/2008 8:07:12 AM PST by ejonesie22 (Mike Huckabee, Tithing via Taxation, the Christian Democrat way...)
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To: jwalsh07
I never thought I'd see the day when Boston Globeites, Johnson, were supported over Republicans here at FR.

Sad, isn't it?

28 posted on 01/19/2008 8:09:23 AM PST by Hoodat (The whole point of the Conservative Movement is to gain converts, not demonize them.)
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To: jwalsh07
“I don’t have lobbyists that are TIED to my –”

Neither he nor you know what the rest of that sentence was going to be.

I'm waiting for one of the Romney shills to fill it in. My front porch? My car bumper? My talking points writing staff?

29 posted on 01/19/2008 8:10:53 AM PST by Mojave
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To: jdm

So what? All you have done is point what all politicians rely on. That is ALL! Can Government run without them, no. Do they have a legitimate function, yes. Do some overstep, yes and some do not. But it is the way it is. Are there criminal activity in some, yes. Are there good and important lobbyist, yes.


30 posted on 01/19/2008 8:11:51 AM PST by Logical me (Oh, well!!!)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

that may be true, but that’s not what the AP reporter issue was about. the ap reporter said he had a lobbyist running his campaign, which is false.


31 posted on 01/19/2008 8:12:29 AM PST by enough_idiocy (Thompson/Romney '08)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
Give him time, he'll have another death-bed conversion.

Maybe Romney can do a Clinton. Maybe something like: "I did not have ties with those lobbyists, they had ties with me."

32 posted on 01/19/2008 8:15:02 AM PST by Mojave
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

I understand your concern. However, accepting help from lobbyists is not the same as being beholden to lobbyists. Mitt Romney is a self-made man. He is not encumbered with the financial restrictions that would allow a lobbyist to gain a controlling influence over him.


33 posted on 01/19/2008 8:16:47 AM PST by Hoodat (The whole point of the Conservative Movement is to gain converts, not demonize them.)
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To: enough_idiocy

Romney was lying about the “running” part too.

From the Associated Press
January 18, 2008

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Republican Mitt Romney said Thursday he could govern in the country’s best interest because “I don’t have lobbyists running my campaign.” But Washington insiders are on his senior staff and registered lobbyists are top advisors.

One advisor, Ron Kaufman, chairman of Washington-based Dutko Worldwide, regularly sits across the aisle from Romney on his campaign plane, participates in debate strategy sessions and last week accompanied Romney to a lunch in Myrtle Beach, S.C., with Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.).

Another advisor, former Rep. Vin Weber (R-Minn.), is chairman of Romney’s policy committee. He also is chief executive of Clark & Weinstock, and his corporate biography says he “provides strategic advice to institutions with matters before the legislative and executive branches of the federal government.”

A third advisor, former Sen. Jim Talent (R-Mo.), who was at Romney’s victory party in Michigan on Tuesday, is co-chairman of Fleishman-Hillard Government Relations and also is a registered lobbyist, according to federal records compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.


34 posted on 01/19/2008 8:22:14 AM PST by Mojave
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To: Mojave
"From the Associated Press"

That from your new best friend Glen Johnson?

35 posted on 01/19/2008 8:24:05 AM PST by frankenMonkey (101st Army Dad)
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To: Hoodat
I think the article has a point. Romney criticizes MCCain for lobbyists who raise money for him. Yet Romney apparently does likewise.
36 posted on 01/19/2008 8:24:55 AM PST by tortdog
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To: tortdog

If that’s the case, then Romney certainly should have worded it better. The difference being that McCain has spent two decades in the Senate deeply enmeshed in lobbyist politics while Romney has not. However, I would definitely be interested to know if there is any evidence to indicate that any of these lobbyists have undue influence over Romney.


37 posted on 01/19/2008 8:34:11 AM PST by Hoodat (The whole point of the Conservative Movement is to gain converts, not demonize them.)
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To: jwalsh07
I never thought I'd see the day when Boston Globeites, Johnson, were supported over Republicans here at FR.

When a "Globeite" is right, I'm willing to admit it. Liberals are not always wrong, nor are "Republicans" always right. Maybe Romney wins some style points but Johnson wins big on substance. No amount of word parsing is going to change that.

As far as I am concerned, real conservatives do not have a dog in this fight.

38 posted on 01/19/2008 8:37:38 AM PST by CommerceComet (Mitt Romney: boldly saying whatever the audience wants to hear.)
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To: frankenMonkey
"From the Associated Press"

No rebuttal to the published facts, naturally. Waiting for the new talking points fax?

39 posted on 01/19/2008 8:39:47 AM PST by Mojave
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To: jdm

Another lie by the Mitt man. He is one scary candidate.


40 posted on 01/19/2008 8:40:07 AM PST by Afronaut (Press 2 for English - Thanks Mr. President !)
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To: Afronaut
This is more of a worry, a Romney Thompson Ticket can beat the dems. If Hillary wins heres what you all have to look forward to. To see the shocking Scandal Index of the Clinton years, as compiled by the liberal Progressive Review (http://prorev.com) is to appreciate the Clinton's 24/7/365 belief that any progress in their leftist domestic and foreign affairs agenda could only be realized through the most nefarious activity – much of which fit neatly into the criminal category. Under the listing of "Records Set'" by the Clinton administration (read: co-presidency), Progressive Review cites the following, of which I will only list a sampling: ▪ Most number of convictions and guilty pleas by friends and associates. ▪ Most number of cabinet officials to come under criminal investigation. ▪ Most number of witnesses to flee country or refuse to testify. ▪ Most number of witnesses to die suddenly. ▪ First president sued for sexual harassment. ▪ First president accused of rape. ▪ First president to be held in contempt of court. ▪ First president to be impeached for personal malfeasance. ▪ First first lady to come under criminal investigation. ▪ Largest criminal plea agreement in an illegal campaign-contribution case. ▪ Greatest amount of illegal campaign contributions. ▪ Number of Starr-Ray investigation convictions or guilty pleas to date: one governor, one associate attorney general and two Clinton business partners: 14. ▪ Number of Cabinet members who came under criminal investigation: 5. ▪ Number of individuals and businesses associated with the Clinton machine that were convicted of or pleaded guilty to crimes: 47. ▪ Number of these convictions during Clinton's presidency: 33. ▪ Number of indictments/misdemeanor charges: 61. ▪ Number of congressional witnesses who pleaded the Fifth Amendment, fled the country to avoid testifying, or (in the case of foreign witnesses) refused to be interviewed: 122. ▪ Guilty pleas and convictions obtained by Donald Smaltz in cases involving charges of bribery and fraud against former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy and associated individuals and businesses: 15; acquitted or overturned cases (including Espy): 6. ▪ Clinton machine crimes for which convictions were obtained: drug trafficking, 3; racketeering, extortion, bribery, 4; tax evasion, kickbacks, embezzlement, 2; fraud, 12; conspiracy, 5; fraudulent loans, illegal gifts, 1; illegal campaign contributions, 5; money laundering, 6; perjury, et al. ▪ Number of times that Clinton figures who testified in court or before Congress said that they didn't remember, didn't know, or something similar: Bill Kennedy, 116; Harold Ickes, 148; Ricki Seidman, 160; Bruce Lindsey, 161; Bill Burton, 191; Mark Gearan, 221; Mack McLarty, 233; Neil Egglseston, 250; John Podesta, 264; Jennifer O'Connor, 343; Dwight Holton 348; Patsy Thomasson, 420; Jeff Eller, 697; and Hillary Clinton, 250. Believe it or not, this exhaustive list omits even lengthier lists – on public record – of crimes investigated, public officials and reporters intimidated, threatened and muzzled, and the raft of dead people associated with the Clintons who died by guns, knives, alleged suicides, etc. See http://members.tripod.com/~rcjustice/pres.html and http://prorev.com/legacy.htm.
41 posted on 01/19/2008 8:41:28 AM PST by OPS4 (Ops4 God Bless America!)
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To: Mojave

This so-called reporter, Johnson, is a worthless piece of human excrement that should be “re-educated” behind the nearest barn. The entire incident wasn’t about what Romney said. It’s about left wing propagandists pretending to be journalists trying to damage a non-left wing candidate.


42 posted on 01/19/2008 8:44:27 AM PST by Oklahoma
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To: Mojave
I'm not a Romney shill. Nor am I a Thompson shill. McCain and Giuliani are not worth shilling for.

Basically I'm a reality check these days and here's the reality.

Left wing shills like Johnson abuse their positions as reporters to mock Republican Presidential candidates and contingents on FR applaud his shilling.

Some more reality:

McCain or Romney will be the Republican nominee.

McCain is totally unacceptable, Romney I may have to live with.

But you'll never find me taking the side of leftist shills in the news media over Republican Presidential candidates no matter what their species of RINO.

43 posted on 01/19/2008 8:47:21 AM PST by jwalsh07
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To: tortdog; Hoodat; jdm; libbylu; Mojave; Goreknowshowtocheat; Extremely Extreme Extremist; Spiff; ...
How did Fred Thompson get his start up money?

There is a GREAT different in being paid lobbyist campagin manager and running one'S campaign, than having a non paid advisor!

Refresher; Fred was a Lobbyist and so are his Sons Lobbyist But don't forget that Thomson has been lifetime lobbyist and his campaign is full of lobbyists. Posted by Fredo | July 31, 2007 4:40 PM

Thompson Raises $3.4M, Spends $625,700 (Tom Collamore tobacco lobbyist)

31 Jul 2007 03:05 pm

$3.4m is more than enough to start up a campaign -- and a not un-impressive sum for a non-candidate to raise. Too bad that unnamed Thompson aides had set expectations for $5M. Heading into July, when he expanded his staff significantly, Thompson had about $2.7M on hand.

Some details, courtesy of the campaign (er, the committee)

The biggest single expense: web hardware, at $66,750. 7,500 or so donors contributed a total of $771,783 through the web. Payroll accounted for $106K. The average donation was $469.8. 148 donors were from Florida, 111 from Georgia, and 780 were from Tennessee -- about 30% of his itemized total. About $282,000 came from lawyers and lobbyists, though only three donors listed their occupation as "lobbyist."

Thompson reimbursed himself $2800 for travel. Departed campaign manager Tom Collamore was paid more than $14,000. The firm employing Michael Toner, Thompson's legal counsel received about $25,000. Jeri Thompson did her work for free.

Google Tom Collamore, tobacco lobbyist

Jihad Spence: Fred Thompson's Pan-Islamist Campaign Manager

An Interview With Fred Thompson's Campaign Manager, Bill Lacy (current)

44 posted on 01/19/2008 8:47:53 AM PST by restornu (Understanding that Grace and Mercy is what one receives after all they can do!)
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To: Oklahoma
This so-called reporter, Johnson, is a worthless piece of human excrement that should be “re-educated” behind the nearest barn.

For exposing Romney as a hypocritical liar?

45 posted on 01/19/2008 8:48:00 AM PST by Mojave
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To: CommerceComet
The Golbeite was wrong in both style and substance. He asserted that "lobbyists" were running Romney's campaig, That is a lie, the woman running the campaign is not a lobbyist.

So, support whoever the hell you want. In this case, I'll support Romney over the lying leftist sack of shit.

46 posted on 01/19/2008 8:50:24 AM PST by jwalsh07
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To: restornu
Fred was a Lobbyist and so are his Sons

And Romney is a liar and so are his shills.

47 posted on 01/19/2008 8:51:11 AM PST by Mojave
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To: jwalsh07

Romney was lying about the “running” part too.

From the Associated Press
January 18, 2008

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Republican Mitt Romney said Thursday he could govern in the country’s best interest because “I don’t have lobbyists running my campaign.” But Washington insiders are on his senior staff and registered lobbyists are top advisors.

One advisor, Ron Kaufman, chairman of Washington-based Dutko Worldwide, regularly sits across the aisle from Romney on his campaign plane, participates in debate strategy sessions and last week accompanied Romney to a lunch in Myrtle Beach, S.C., with Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.).

Another advisor, former Rep. Vin Weber (R-Minn.), is chairman of Romney’s policy committee. He also is chief executive of Clark & Weinstock, and his corporate biography says he “provides strategic advice to institutions with matters before the legislative and executive branches of the federal government.”

A third advisor, former Sen. Jim Talent (R-Mo.), who was at Romney’s victory party in Michigan on Tuesday, is co-chairman of Fleishman-Hillard Government Relations and also is a registered lobbyist, according to federal records compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.


48 posted on 01/19/2008 8:51:58 AM PST by Mojave
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To: Mojave
Right, Romney discussing strategy with movement conservatives supports the lefitst's contention.

Cripes.

49 posted on 01/19/2008 8:53:33 AM PST by jwalsh07
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To: Hoodat
As for the subject, what was the lie that Romney allegedly told? Please provide the exact quote.

Romney: “I don’t have lobbyists that are tied to my—” and then adds "I don’t have lobbyists at my elbows that are arguing for one industry or another industry" while the Boston Herald points out that Romney has: more than a dozen federally registered lobbyists raising money for him and several others advising his campaign, records show.

See both the article & also the first post at: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1956258/posts

50 posted on 01/19/2008 8:55:20 AM PST by Colofornian
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