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KILLER_CLOWN
09-21-2011, 02:34 PM
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First Posted: 8/10/11 01:44 PM ET Updated: 8/10/11 04:29 PM ET

You will notice that Ron Paul doesn't even make the list as his contributions come strictly from the people.

WASHINGTON -- While other GOP presidential candidates race to win Saturday's Ames Straw Poll, Mitt Romney is quietly racking up support among Washington power brokers and heavyweights in the Republican party. His early lead in fundraising with lobbyists, Wall Street donors, and bundlers who raised money for George W. Bush and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is testament to this strategy.

According to disclosure reports filed at the end of July, 61 registered lobbyists and five lobbyist-linked political action committees contributed $137,650 to Romney's campaign between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2011. The former Massachusetts governor raised more money from lobbyists during this period than all of his competitors combined.

The other Republican candidates who received contributions from lobbyists in the first half of 2011 were, in order of most money received, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty ($63,204), former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman ($31,600), former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) ($25,500), former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum ($8,800), and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn) ($125). The Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) do not accept contributions from registered lobbyists.

Craig Holman, legislative representative for the watchdog group Public Citizen, told HuffPost that Romney's lead in lobbyist cash "strongly suggests that Romney is the favored candidate for wealthy special interest groups, especially K Street. They clearly think that they can get their foot in the door with Mitt Romney."

Among Romney's supporters are some of the biggest Republican lobbyists in Washington, including Ogilvy Government Relations' Wayne Berman and Drew Maloney and seven lobbyists working for Dutko Worldwide. Berman and Maloney contributed a combined $14,500 to Romney's campaign and his political action committees. They are also helping to raise money for Romney's campaign; Berman and Maloney have reported bundling more than $100,000 and $50,000, respectively. Berman previously raised hundreds of thousands of dollars as a bundler for both the Bush and McCain campaigns.

Ogilvy is one of Washington's largest lobbying firms with the seventh-highest revenue among firms so far in 2011. They also boast the largest lobbying contract currently held by a Washington lobbying firm. The massive private equity investment firm The Blackstone Group paid $2.5 to Ogilvy, a sum that accounts for more than a quarter of the total lobbying revenue reported by the firm. Both Berman and Maloney are listed as lobbyists on the Blackstone lobbying disclosures.

Recently, Ogilvy's lobbying for Blackstone has focused on the Dodd-Frank financial reform regulation writing process. Ogilvy reports lobbying the Treasury Department, the Securities Exchange Commission, and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission on the regulation of derivatives, private equity, and FDIC financial institution rules.

Additionally, Ogilvy reported lobbying for Blackstone on the taxation of carried interest, an issue about which Blackstone head Stephen Schwartzman has made pointed comments. In 2010, Schwarzman, a supporter of McCain in 2008, compared President Barack Obama's proposal to tax carried interest at the personal income tax rate to Hitler's invasion of Poland. "It's a war," Schwarzman said. "It's like when Hitler invaded Poland in 1939."

Romney, who has received a portion of his fortune from the lower-taxed carried interest, has long opposed taxing carried interest at the personal income rate.

The Blackstone Group is not the only one of Ogilvy's clients in the financial sector. The lobbying firm, and its two Romney supporters, also lobby for CME Group, Investment Company Institute, MBIA, and Visa.

Many of the lobbyists backing Romney's candidacy also lobby for the financial services industry. They include JPMorgan Chase lobbyist Nathan Gatten, Barclay's lobbyist Patrick Durkin, Credit Suisse lobbyist Joseph Seidel, and Goldman Sachs lobbyist Joseph Wall. Durkin is also bundling money for Romney's campaign and has already raised over $160,000. All of these financial firms have focused their lobbying efforts over the past year on the financial reform bill and resulting regulatory process.

Romney has toed both the Republican Party line and the line pushed by financial sector lobbyists on the Dodd-Frank financial reform law. "It’s 2,000 pages," Romney said about the Dodd-Frank bill. "I’m sure there’s something in there that’s good. I’ll be happy to take a look and perhaps line-by-line at some point lay out the provisions that I think are unfortunate. But it is so massive that many of the people in the financial industry simply don’t know what it will entail when all the regulation is completed."

Another major lobbying firm providing prominent support to Romney's bid is Dutko Worldwide. Seven currently registered Dutko lobbyists are supporting Romney's campaign and have contributed $14,750 so far this year.

Dutko Chairman Ron Kaufman, who has not registered to lobby in 2011 despite registering every year for the past twelve years, contributed $2,500 to Romney's campaign. In 2008, Kaufman's work as an unpaid advisor to Romney's campaign became a point of controversy after Romney declared, "I don't have lobbyists running my campaign."

Clients for Dutko include a number of organizations that conservative activists may not look too kindly upon. These include General Motors, the recipient of a government bailout derided by conservatives; Google, one of Obama's biggest donors and supporter of the net neutrality policy pushed by the White House; US-Japan High Speed Rail, a seller of high-speed rail in the United States, viewed as a boondoggle by many Republicans; and CITGO, the state-owned oil and gas company of Venezuela, headed by the leftist firebrand Hugo Chavez.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/10/mitt-romney-lobbyists_n_923323.html

BucEyedPea
09-21-2011, 02:46 PM
You need to combine the red and blue parts since RINO Pawlenty has endorsed Mitt.

KILLER_CLOWN
09-21-2011, 02:47 PM
You need to combine the red and blue parts since RINO Pawlenty has endorsed Mitt.

I guess that is how you define a "Top Tier" candidate.

BucEyedPea
09-21-2011, 02:49 PM
I guess that is how you define a "Top Tier" candidate.

I always said his support was corporate and not the deep—meaning with the grassroots.

Brainiac
09-21-2011, 02:58 PM
Since Romney is strongest candidate with the best chance to beat Obama in the general election, this is all excellent news.

Chocolate Hog
09-21-2011, 03:20 PM
The Republican John Kerry doesn't stand a chance.

go bowe
09-21-2011, 05:51 PM
i don't think any of the republican candidates will beat obama even though obama is so weak that billay could beat him...

the pubs need to come up with somebody i could vote for and it ain't romney or perry...

if ron paul wins the nomination (and fairy dust makes us all rich), i could see myself voting for him versus obama and i don't even think ron paul would ever be able to implement his somewhat wacky policies...

SNR
09-21-2011, 07:20 PM
i don't think any of the republican candidates will beat obama even though obama is so weak that billay could beat him...

the pubs need to come up with somebody i could vote for and it ain't romney or perry...

if ron paul wins the nomination (and fairy dust makes us all rich), i could see myself voting for him versus obama and i don't even think ron paul would ever be able to implement his somewhat wacky policies...
Jon Huntsman?

His biggest problem is he's a fucking tool

go bowe
09-21-2011, 08:28 PM
Jon Huntsman?

His biggest problem is he's a fucking tool

as a relative moderate, he is appealing in a way, but his personality doesn't excite me and i question his sanity for trying to win the pub nomination...

if you're not a wild-eyed "conservative" or the darling of the religious right or from texas, you have no hope of gaining the pub nomination...

go bowe
09-21-2011, 08:31 PM
i'm a little tough on ron, but in truth i do like some of his positions...

diverting funds from ever-lasting wars and overseas bases to domestic uses seems like a good idea to me (and it didn't before i heard ron give the same speech about it fifty-eleventy times)...

who says repetition doesn't work?

patteeu
09-21-2011, 11:18 PM
He's obviously seen as the strong horse.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_8YiNPAK2zKw/TR1Z5_51wEI/AAAAAAAAABw/FgAa0bG1SPA/s1600/black-horse-running-in-green-meadow.jpg


Meanwhile, Ron Paul appears to be the kind of horse that requires a little imagination:

http://images.tribe.net/tribe/upload/photo/db7/0dc/db70dc06-e78e-4ff4-b32b-af72c6673108

KILLER_CLOWN
09-21-2011, 11:28 PM
He's obviously seen as the strong horse.

Meanwhile, Ron Paul appears to be the kind of horse that requires a little imagination:

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patteeu
09-21-2011, 11:33 PM
If Ron Paul doesn't realize that corporations are made up of people, he's less qualified for the Presidency than I thought. Of course, I think he really knows what Romney was talking about and he's just trying to deceive people like he's been known to do.

KILLER_CLOWN
09-21-2011, 11:35 PM
If Ron Paul doesn't realize that corporations are made up of people, he's less qualified for the Presidency than I thought. Of course, I think he really knows what Romney was talking about and he's just trying to deceive people like he's been known to do.

Yes Ron Paul is a Deceiver, I think you have that backwards.

ROFL

SNR
09-21-2011, 11:42 PM
i'm a little tough on ron, but in truth i do like some of his positions...

diverting funds from ever-lasting wars and overseas bases to domestic uses seems like a good idea to me (and it didn't before i heard ron give the same speech about it fifty-eleventy times)...

who says repetition doesn't work?Definitely.

The thing that I try to tell my liberal friends about Ron Paul is that if he is president, he will kill fewer brown people than any president of the past 100 years. Guaranteed. And we'll save money in doing it.

mikey23545
09-21-2011, 11:44 PM
i don't think any of the republican candidates will beat obama even though obama is so weak that billay could beat him...

Do you get down on your knees with your hands clasped together when you say this?

the pubs need to come up with somebody i could vote for and it ain't romney or perry...

Yeah, I'm sure the Republican's chances hinge on some Obamabot's vote...

if ron paul wins the nomination (and fairy dust makes us all rich), i could see myself voting for him versus obama and i don't even think ron paul would ever be able to implement his somewhat wacky policies...

So you think Obama will be able to implement some of his insane communist policies with a second term?

Jaric
09-22-2011, 08:16 AM
Definitely.

The thing that I try to tell my liberal friends about Ron Paul is that if he is president, he will kill fewer brown people than any president of the past 100 years. Guaranteed. And we'll save money in doing it.
Awww....

But we've got all these freedom bombs laying around.

/pout

BucEyedPea
09-22-2011, 08:20 AM
Yes Ron Paul is a Deceiver, I think you have that backwards.

ROFL

OMG an arch NeoCon calling Ron a Deciever. That is hilarious to the extreme! LMAO ROFL
While being a deception in itself.