With slight-of-hand and a lot of misdirection Mitt the Magnificent has won over the Republican electorate with the performance of his Washington D.C. outsider act. Romney has polished his rhetoric, waved his right hand to distract his audience while his left hand rakes in money eagerly offered by influential Washington D.C. lobbyists.
Nearly 390 registered lobbyists and lobbying political action committees (PACs) have contributed more than $1.5 million to Romney’s campaign and Restore Our Future, the independent Super PAC that backs Romney, according to a Reuters analysis of filings with the Federal Election Commission and the Senate Office of Public Records.
And how many K Street lobbyists are supporting Santorum, Gingrich and Paul? According to a Thomson/Reuters article, Report: Romney Is Clear Favorite of Washington Lobbyists,
Gingrich, a former U.S. House of Representatives speaker who was a consultant to lobbyists after leaving office in 1999, received $73,000 from 42 registered lobbyists and two lobbying PACs.
Long-time Texas Congressman Ron Paul has received just $750 in donations from two registered lobbyists.
Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, took in less than $20,000 from 18 registered lobbyists and one lobbying organization.
Romney’s three rivals for the Republican nomination all have ties to Washington, but the Reuters analysis found that, combined, their campaigns have received less than $94,000 from registered lobbyists.
And the Super PACs supporting Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul do not appear to have received any donations from registered lobbyists, the analysis found.
Romney claims to be a Washington D.C. outsider while he enjoys the support of the Republican establishment and the K Street lobbyists. He performs his political mind tricks as he waves his hand before you saying, “You didn’t hear me say what I just said or see me do what I just did. I’m not the political wanker you see before you.”
As we look behind the Romney campaign curtain we can see that he is the opposite of what he pretends to be. Let’s take another look at this political creature.
Romney says that he’s severely conservative while he performs like a progressive. That makes him another Progressive Conservative or to put it another way — a political oxymoron.
- GOP campaigns lean on super PACs for ad buys as race drags on – Boston Globe (bostonglobe.com)
- Relentless (thepage.time.com)
- Romney’s outsider message at odds with deep D.C. connections (firstread.msnbc.msn.com)
- Super PAC Hate-Spending (slate.com)
- Romney: The Prohibitive Favorite? Yes. (turnergpa.wordpress.com)
- Romney Camp Full of Lobbyists (newser.com)
- Gingrich shunned lobbying but hired lobbyists (sfgate.com)