Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson has earned more than $8.5 million in compensation since 2005 from a web of private sector companies that includes a prominent Washington lobbying firm, a medical device manufacturer and a globally recognized consulting firm, according to public filings and reports.
Thompson’s work in the private sector is getting fresh scrutiny as he mounts a bid for a political comeback, running for the U.S. Senate seven years after he left his last public post, as President George W. Bush’s Secretary of Health and Human Services, and more than 13 years since he last faced voters.
American Bridge 21st Century, a Democratic political group that researches Republican candidates and proposals, provided documentation of all of Thompson’s publicly disclosed earnings to The Associated Press. They were then reviewed and independently verified.
Democrats in and out of Wisconsin have been critical of Thompson’s work. They say it shows he cashed in on his government experience.
“The speed with which Tommy Thompson cashed in his years of public service to the industries he formerly regulated is astounding,” said Ty Matsdorf, a spokesman for 21st Century American Bridge. “Voters will and should have serious questions about his commitment to Wisconsin and whose side he will be on.”
Published: Jan 25, 2012