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Romney Campaign Paid $33 Million to Two Consulting Firms With Ties to Key Staffers
breitbart.com ^ | 11-29-12 | Michael Patrick Leahy

Posted on 12/08/2012 6:26:41 PM PST by bimboeruption

The Romney campaign spent an estimated $356 million between January 1, 2011 and October 17, 2012 in its unsuccessful effort to defeat incumbent President Barack Obama.

According to Federal Election Commission documents, as reported by OpenSecrets.org, $33 million of this amount was paid to two consulting firms with ties to key staffers at both the Romney campaign and the RNC.

Targeted Victory LLC, a Minnesota company with executive offices in Virginia, was paid $17 million for digital communications by the Romney campaign. FLS Connect LLC, an Arizona corporation with headquarters in Minnesota, was paid $16 million for voter contact and telemarketing services. Again, this is through October 17th, the final amount is likely much higher.

Based on press reports and publicly available business incorporation documents, it appears that three individuals had control of these funds: Tony Feather and Michael Beach at Targeted Victory LLC; Tony Feather and David James at FLS Connect LLC.

Significantly, key staffers at both the Romney campaign and the RNC have close recent ties with both firms.

One prominent figure at the Romney campaign -- Political Director Rich Beeson -- and one prominent figure at the RNC -- Chief of Staff Jeff Larson -- were both until recently partners at FLS Connect LLC. It's unclear what, if any, ongoing relationship they may have with the company. A second prominent player in the Romney campaign -- Digital Director Zac Moffat -- has not fully disclosed what, if any, ongoing business relationship he maintains with Targeted Victory LLC. Press reports have referred to Moffat as the co-founder of Targeted Victory LLC.

Given Romney's loss to President Obama, the return on investment for this $33 million paid to a handful of well connected consultants has come under harsh questioning from many quarters.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012electionanalysis; campaign; corruption; cronyism; gop; romney; romneycampaign; rove
I'm so glad I didn't send Romney or the RNC one, single dime.

(I know this article is from 11-29. I did a search on the title and it didn't come up. I apologize if this has already been posted.)

1 posted on 12/08/2012 6:26:54 PM PST by bimboeruption
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To: bimboeruption

Pat Caddell says the corrurtion in the Romney campaign was a major factor in the loss, and he especially loathes Rove.


2 posted on 12/08/2012 6:30:38 PM PST by gusopol3
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To: bimboeruption

Pales in comparison to the Obama machine


3 posted on 12/08/2012 6:32:28 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: bimboeruption

4 posted on 12/08/2012 6:33:55 PM PST by Theoria (Romney is a Pyrrhic victory.)
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To: al baby

Done is done.......no changing the past.

These were the worst choices for president in my lifetime.


5 posted on 12/08/2012 6:35:22 PM PST by basil (Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: bimboeruption

Didn’t get his money’s worth.

Links to the liberal Republicans in the party hierarchy wouldn’t surprise me. People like Karl Rove??

I suspect someone wanted to lose...pushed for the worst Republican candidate and then ensured he would lose. Maybe a “double agent” working for the Communists (Democrats)?


6 posted on 12/08/2012 6:35:27 PM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: al baby

Pales in comparison to the Obama machine

“our guy’s not quite as corrupt as yours” isn’t a winning slogan and it’s not worth fighting for. Conservatives aren’t slimy crooks. They actually work for what they get.


7 posted on 12/08/2012 6:35:43 PM PST by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: gusopol3

Caddell is very perceptive...Poppin’ Fresh has always been bad news.


8 posted on 12/08/2012 6:41:17 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: bimboeruption

Just how many people do you think are in politics at this level? Chances are they all know each other and have connections.

People do business with people they know and trust.


9 posted on 12/08/2012 6:41:37 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: bimboeruption

Well, I am glad that I DID make donations to the Romney campaign and if tomorrow the choice was between Romney and Obama, I’d do it all over again.

(I could be wrong, but it seems to me that Obama just ain’t wiring out.)


10 posted on 12/08/2012 6:50:20 PM PST by Gator113 (**WHO in the hell gave the damn order to NOT rescue our men in Benghazi?**)
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To: basil
These were the worst choices for president in my lifetime.

Well at least the one that we ended up with was the worst disaster creep in my life time...born in 1969 so you can imagine how sick I was that the voters picked a complete and utter disaster and repulsive individual with ZERO principles to represent us. Of course FREEPERS were saying I was wrong from months, but I ended up with a “I told you so”. Some people are just plain STUPID! And there is no cure. We will be hearing from these idiots in 2016 when they pick the next creep in line who won't win. Even some here loath a conservative winning. It is stunning to say the least.

11 posted on 12/08/2012 6:51:07 PM PST by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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To: bimboeruption

You took the words right out of my mouth. I kept my thin dime too, knowing that big money floats socialists, but conservatives are shut out four years in advance from presidential elections.


12 posted on 12/08/2012 6:52:36 PM PST by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: napscoordinator

Well, my lifetime has lasted 30 years longer than yours—so far, and I can tell you, that in all the years, these were the worst 2 presidential candidates that I can remember.

I know there is something going on-be it the “New World Order”, or something else as nefarious.

I never thought I would live to see the day when American born and bred citizens would want to destroy this once great land-—IMO, the greatest country that ever was.


13 posted on 12/08/2012 7:01:05 PM PST by basil (Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: al baby

Actually the Obama campaign spent their money quite smartly and efficiently.


14 posted on 12/08/2012 7:03:43 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: basil

How lucky for you to live in a time when America was absolutely patriotic and wonderful. I had a good childhood luckily but overall America has gone down from my birth on.....it is a dang shame. I wish you the best and Merry Christmas!


15 posted on 12/08/2012 7:03:49 PM PST by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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To: bimboeruption

One of the (several) reasons for my gaping lack of enthusiasm towards Romney was my suspicion that his crowd was filled to the brim with this kind of sleazy, crony-esque corruption. Never once did his campaign express any genuine interest in “reform” or confronting the whole professional political class.

Although I obviously wanted Romney to perservere over Obama’s gates-of-hell agenda for America, there was no way on Earth I was going to give a single penny to his campaign and the kind of rotten bastard operatives that surrounded him. The same ones that slimed Palin and her family for years, and then wouldn’t even allow the words “tea party” to be mentioned at the GOP convention. Damn them all to hell.


16 posted on 12/08/2012 7:09:51 PM PST by greene66
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To: Gator113

It’s your money...if you want to flush it down the crapper, be my guest.


17 posted on 12/08/2012 7:10:50 PM PST by bimboeruption (Clinging to my Bible and my HK.)
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To: fatnotlazy

When he got the nomination I came to the conclusion that Romney was the one who could have done the job best - all his experience with business, having been in government, etc. He had an exceptional track record in business.

Newt would never have been elected although he would have fought back better IMO. Santorum too whiney or something. I sent $ to Newt and Herman Cain - and although Herman was a good idea and had interesting ideas in reality was he prepared to do the job? I would have done anything for Sarah but she was going against the corruption establishment of both parties ...disgusting that they made sure she wouldn’t run.

Which bring me to this. Seems that the powers that be - a group that I imagine doesn’t care that much about which party is in power - are making sure their gravy trains are not disrupted. The rest is a little play to make We The People think we actually have an effect on the whole rotten system.

My one question is - are they really ok with Obama essentially turning us into a communist system??? Or is Obama’s refusal to eliminate loopholes in the tax system something they required to get around the charade of taxing the “rich”?


18 posted on 12/08/2012 7:11:15 PM PST by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - both were a coup d'etat.)
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To: basil

I dunno, I think McCain and Obama were the two worst that ever ran.

McCain saying what a great guy Obama was during the campaign was the most stupid remark ever made by a Candidate.


19 posted on 12/08/2012 7:12:28 PM PST by Venturer
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To: bimboeruption

I think that we all need an explanation of how this guy breezed in and took over the party in just 19 years, with only a track record of being to the left of William Weld, and with only a single term as a failure in public office, whose only legacy will be RObamacare and gay marriage as a Governor, and to be the highest ranking religious figure to ever run for office, and the first cult leader.

What was this Romney thing about, what did he represent to the powers that be, not just the GOP powers, but the media as well.

Who created and nurtured this freak from Massachusetts, and how did they manage to do it while at the same time doing everything thing they could to destroy, the 2008 vice-presidential candidate who is a true, lifelong, Reagan republican, and a loyal party member who helped keep the party together after 2008?


20 posted on 12/08/2012 7:12:28 PM PST by ansel12 (A.Coulter2005(truncated)Romney will never recover from his Court's create of a right to gay marriage)
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To: bimboeruption

How did someone so stupid make so money. He was conned out of a lot of money.


21 posted on 12/08/2012 7:19:01 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: basil

You’re right, basil. Libs are growing bolder every day.

There’s no doubt is my mind that they’d exterminate Christian Conservatives if they could. Life would be so much more pleasant for them if we weren’t here to cramp their style.

IMHO, the ONLY thing holding them back is the 2nd. Amendment.


22 posted on 12/08/2012 7:20:04 PM PST by bimboeruption (Clinging to my Bible and my HK.)
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To: Aria

Newt has something that Romney doesn’t, Newt could speak from the heart and knows how to change things and to fight, he very well may have totally reshaped both campaigns, and the national dialogue, Obama’s image, invigorated the race and defeated Obama.

Romney was having to run against his own internal politics and beliefs, he was running against a man that he largely agreed with.

Romney has fluxuated between the two parties during his life, he only settled on republican, for political expediency.


23 posted on 12/08/2012 7:23:45 PM PST by ansel12 (A.Coulter2005(truncated)Romney will never recover from his Court's create of a right to gay marriage)
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To: bimboeruption

We could have given him better advice right here for a lot less money!


24 posted on 12/08/2012 7:26:59 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment,a Matter of Fact,Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Venturer

i’d like to nominate carter & ford in ‘76. bubba & dole, were a pantload,too.


25 posted on 12/08/2012 7:27:43 PM PST by stickywillie
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To: napscoordinator
We will be hearing from these idiots in 2016 when they pick the next creep in line who won't win.

Yep, and they'll be telling us the third time is the charm.... (eyes rolling)

The Independent Party's numbers must be swelling with Bohner's ouster of conservatives on the finance committee(s). RINOs are the problem, not the fix.

26 posted on 12/08/2012 7:28:51 PM PST by MamaDearest
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To: bimboeruption

-—And I’ve got that one covered-—LOL!


27 posted on 12/08/2012 7:29:06 PM PST by basil (Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: gusopol3

From the article: “FLS Connect, LLC was founded on July 27, 1999 in Arizona by Tony Feather, a KARL ROVE protege and the political director of George W. Bush’s 2000 Presidential campaign; Jeff Larson, another KARL ROVE protege who has served as Chief of Staff to RNC Chairman Reince Priebus since January, 2011...”

The Fat Man really gets around.


28 posted on 12/08/2012 7:34:19 PM PST by bimboeruption (Clinging to my Bible and my HK.)
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To: ansel12

The only thing I can come up with ansel, is the leaders of both parties are in cahoots...just one, big, happy, back slappin’, palm greasin’, power/$$$ hungry club.


30 posted on 12/08/2012 7:40:38 PM PST by bimboeruption (Clinging to my Bible and my HK.)
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To: Venturer

You are absolutely right.

When two lousy senators get the nominations for their respective parties it does spell doom, and now proven.

It’s going to take a century to clean that mess up.

The US Senate is NOT the body to find presidents.


31 posted on 12/08/2012 7:45:13 PM PST by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: bimboeruption

So the turn around business wiz was just a crook. Like Obama.


32 posted on 12/08/2012 7:50:43 PM PST by HereInTheHeartland (Witty saying goes here...)
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To: ansel12

Oh I think Romney never would have sent 90B to cronies with bad ideas ...he never would have vetoed the Keystone pipeline, he would be doing everything he could to help small business, never would have taken over GM.
Also, there was a story that the other side hoped would mean something - about Romney counseling someone not to have an abortion - like there was something wrong with that.

No one is perfect but in a normal world I think he would have been a POTUS who could have done a lot of good. But we are no longer in a normal American world. Stunningly, Obama has succeeded.


33 posted on 12/08/2012 7:54:33 PM PST by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - both were a coup d'etat.)
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To: Aria

You posted that to the wrong person, this was my post to you.

I was correcting you about Newt.

“Newt has something that Romney doesn’t, Newt could speak from the heart and knows how to change things and to fight, he very well may have totally reshaped both campaigns, and the national dialogue, Obama’s image, invigorated the race and defeated Obama.

Romney was having to run against his own internal politics and beliefs, he was running against a man that he largely agreed with.

Romney has fluxuated between the two parties during his life, he only settled on republican, for political expediency.”


34 posted on 12/08/2012 8:02:07 PM PST by ansel12 (A.Coulter2005(truncated)Romney will never recover from his Court's create of a right to gay marriage)
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To: ansel12

Well I suppose you are right, I didn’t really address the Newt issue.

For sure he would have fought! And no question that he’s brilliant. I just thought that the rats would have made mincemeat about him over his past - they already took him out once over nothing. Bastards.


35 posted on 12/08/2012 8:06:45 PM PST by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - both were a coup d'etat.)
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To: Aria

Unfortunately, instead of having to deal with a firebrand, history making, right winger, who changed America in his 1994 house version of the Reagan Revolution, (both adamantly opposed by Mitt, who even left the party for many years), who had deeply converted to Catholicism since his scandal.

Instead they had the Mormon Bishop, who disliked Reagan and left his party, was against the Contract with America, who gave us obamacare and gay marriage and gun control, who was pro-abortion, for homosexual Scout leaders and military, and who turned the entire republican brand into the most white bread, out of touch bunch of socially liberal, indiferrent to Christianity, rich guys imaginable.

We have been hurt badly by this Romney debacle and we are in deep trouble, his image as the face of the GOP is the worst one imaginable, he even hurt our own image of ourselves, as we now wonder about our own platform, Romney’s liberalism has deeply penetrated the GOP.


36 posted on 12/08/2012 8:23:31 PM PST by ansel12 (A.Coulter2005(truncated)Romney will never recover from his Court's create of a right to gay marriage)
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To: ansel12

I appreciate your well thought out opinion.

The one I really want - if I could be the one to choose - is Sarah. But at this point it’s just wishful thinking.


37 posted on 12/08/2012 8:34:35 PM PST by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - both were a coup d'etat.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
We could have given him better advice right here for a lot less money!

Man, if that's not the TRUTH I'll buy you a new Mercedes. Well said.

38 posted on 12/08/2012 8:41:58 PM PST by VideoDoctor
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
We could have given him better advice right here for a lot less money!

We could of? As I remember, we actually DID!

39 posted on 12/08/2012 8:43:44 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Aria

Same here, the giant, Palin.

I only was using Gingrich because of what was in the primary, which was slim pickings because it had a well-funded machine, 800 pound gorilla who had been keeping out serious competition since 2006.

Romney has controlled the nomination process, as much as is possible, since 2006, which kept his opponents to relatively unfunded, small time challengers.


40 posted on 12/08/2012 8:47:28 PM PST by ansel12 (A.Coulter2005(truncated)Romney will never recover from his Court's create of a right to gay marriage)
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To: bimboeruption
Targeted Victory LLC

That's actually the firm's former name now changed to Flummox Miss, LLC.

41 posted on 12/08/2012 8:48:02 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: bimboeruption

You will note that all this consultant firms are LLCs which means ‘Limited Liability Corporation’, that is to say ‘we ain’t responsible for our advice!’


42 posted on 12/08/2012 8:49:46 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: bimboeruption

You will note that all these consultant firms are LLCs which means ‘Limited Liability Corporation’, that is to say ‘we ain’t responsible for our advice!’


43 posted on 12/08/2012 8:49:56 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: bimboeruption

It is almost as though they didn’t care if they won or not. Rather, was an opportunity just to give jobs to all the beltway wankers.

Conservatives won’t win again until is a real grass-roots movement.


44 posted on 12/08/2012 8:53:46 PM PST by PGR88
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To: bimboeruption

Romney ran THE WORST web media campign! In the weeks/months prior to the electiom, you could Google any term “health, cancer, diabetes, women, etc” you name it...and EVERY TIME the first 5-10 top returns were linked to Obama care or his freaking campaign!!!!
Made me insane. but no one one on Romney’s camp listened to me!! Same thing for Spanish language searches!! These people were idiots! My stupid neighbor with 3 missing teeth could have run a better internet media campaign!!


45 posted on 12/08/2012 9:18:34 PM PST by Cookies4ever (6? That's like)
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To: Revolting cat!

Maybe if we charged they would listen.


46 posted on 12/08/2012 10:56:02 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment,a Matter of Fact,Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: gusopol3
I believe Pat Caddell on this one. Karl “Tokyo” Rove and Steve Schmidt (McCain's campaign guy) must’ve made millions.
47 posted on 12/09/2012 12:41:58 AM PST by MasterGunner01
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To: PGR88
“It is almost as though they didn’t care if they won or not. Rather, was an opportunity just to give jobs to all the beltway wankers.”

How correct you ARE! This is about jobs for GOPee consultants who don't give a damn about principles. They're there for the money.

48 posted on 12/09/2012 1:07:26 AM PST by MasterGunner01
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