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Tuesday, Feb 14 2012

Boston Globe: Mitt Romney And Rick Santorum Fight Over Each’s Record Getting Earmarks From Washington

On February 13, 2012, the Boston Globe  reported:

But Romney’s opponents are using Romney’s record against him. “Mitt Romney criticizing Rick Santorum over requesting earmarks is so blatantly hypocritical it is outright laughable,” said Ty Matsdorf, spokesman for the Democratic group American Bridge 21st Century. “As both governor and head of the Olympics, Romney actively and aggressively pursued federal funding, which makes this line of attack nothing more than a cheap political shot.”

Tuesday, Feb 14 2012

Lugar’s Longstanding Love Affair With Earmarks

As the primary battle for the Republican Senate nomination heats up, Dick Lugar has come under increased scrutiny for his record on earmarks. And it is quite the record. Aside from sponsoring over $300 million in earmark requests in just the last 4 years, he has also actively opposed efforts to reform the system. “No matter how much he would like to forget his big-spending past, there is no doubt that Dick Lugar is a champion earmarker. Maybe that is acceptable to his neighbors in Virginia, but I doubt he would hear much support from Hoosiers,” said Matt Thornton, spokesman for American Bridge 21st Century. See the research below.

Monday, Feb 13 2012

NY Times: Romney Runs As An Outsider But Makes Room For Lobbyists

On February 12, 2012, the New York Times reported:

They have hosted fund-raisers and raised millions of dollars for his campaign. They employed some of his top operatives after his first White House run, helped create the platform for his second bid and have deployed regularly to attack his Republican rivals on the campaign trail. For a candidate running against the entrenched interests of Washington, Mitt Romney keeps an awful lot of lobbyists around.

Sunday, Feb 12 2012

Evansville Courier & Press: Lugar's 'Home' To Be An Issue In Senate Campaign

On February 11, 2012, the Evansville Courier & Press reported:

Instead of owning a home in the Hoosier state, Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar lives in Virginia and stays in hotels when he visits the place he has represented for 36 years.

Saturday, Feb 11 2012

POLITICO: Lugar "In Defense" Of Country From Virginia

On February 10, 2012, POLITICO reported:

This is a terrible news clip for Indiana Sen. Dick Lugar even without his campaign's head-scratching comment.

Friday, Feb 10 2012

The Hill: Hoekstra Campaign Pulls Website Tied To Controversial Super Bowl Commercial

On February 9, 2012, The Hill reported:

 Former Rep. Pete Hoekstra’s (R-Mich.) campaign removed a website tied to his controversial Super Bowl ad Thursday, although his spokesman insists the Senate hopeful stands by — and will continue to air — the accompanying television spot.

Thursday, Feb 9 2012

WISH-TV: Where Does Sen. Lugar Live?

On February 9, 2012, WISH-TV reported:

Indiana Senator Richard Lugar lives in Virginia.  It’s not a legal problem according to the Indiana Attorney General.  It may be a political problem, however, if Democrats and Tea Party supporters get their way.  They are all trying to make the case that Dick Lugar is disconnected from Indiana. A new web video from a Republican political action committee, American Bridge, points out that Dick Lugar is registered to vote at an Indianapolis home he sold 35 years ago.

Thursday, Feb 9 2012

Journal Sentinel: Thompson To Amend His Financial Disclosure Report

On February 9, 2012, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported:

Documents obtained by the Journal Sentinel from American Bridge 21st Century, a self-described progressive research and communications organization, and independently verified by the Journal Sentinel show that Thompson listed eight different companies or groups on his 2012 form but did not list them on his 2007 form even though his affiliation with the groups fell under the required reporting period.

Thursday, Feb 9 2012

Think Progress: Mitt Romney Is Financially Invested In The Birth Control He Seeks To Restrict

On February 8, 2012 Think Progress reported:

Now, an examination of Romney’s financial investments reveals that the very same GOP frontrunner who is now petitioning the White House to extend the regulation’s conscience clause and exclude more women from the benefits of birth control is himself invested in and profiting from pharmaceutical companies that produce the frequently prescribed and extremely common medication:

Thursday, Feb 9 2012

POLITICO: Romney As Cartoon Millionaire

On February 8, 2012, POLITICO reported:

Meet Mitt Romney, the parody. He’s really rich, worth between $150 million and “$200-odd million,” as he memorably put it. He thinks “corporations are people,” but doesn’t much worry about real people if they’re “very poor.” Homes? Three. Tax returns? None of your business. He invests in the same exotic places a James Bond villain might, the Cayman Islands and a Swiss bank account.

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