Report: 748 Lobbyists Donate to Romney Campaign

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Mitt Romney’s campaign and joint victory committee with the Republic National Committee have received $1.87 million in campaign contributions from 748 registered Washington lobbyists and dozens of corporate PACs, according to Huffington Post analysis of records filed with the Secretary of the Senate.

The report notes that the lobbyists work for financial firms like Barclays and Goldman Sachs, oil companies like Exxon Mobil and BP, and defense contractors like Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin.

These donations, as the report points out, get “donor perks from the campaign” that include “invitations to important fundraisers, one-on-one meetings with the candidate, VIP access to the campaign and discussions with policy advisors.”

So why does this matter? Over the past few weeks, the Romney campaign has been attacking President Obama for what they see as favors for campaign donors and bundlers—but the Romney campaign has not provided one policy suggestion as to how they’d reduce this sort of "crony capitalism," as they call it.

Or, as I said to the reporter who wrote this story, “These lobbyists make their careers because of their close ties to elected officials so they can secure favorable policies for their clients. There's no reason to think that a Romney administration backed by these lobbyist contributions would be anything but business as usual."

On Saturday, one of the lobbyists mentioned in the piece—Charlie Black—is co-hosting a Romney fundraiser in Indiana.