Skip to main content

Mitt Romney doesn’t want to be president of the United States, he wants to be CEO of the United Corporations of America. Hence, he’s surrounded himself with “special,” nameless people with deep pockets and no identity.

Well, that all changes this week because of a lead AP story that was just posted on USAToday of all places.  Check this out:

“More than a month after becoming his party's presumptive presidential nominee, Republican Mitt Romney has not publicly identified most of the fundraisers helping him collect the millions of dollars he needs to win the White House, even as he promises them special access perks.

Mitt Romney is bucking the practice of other GOP candidates and not naming bundlers of large amounts of campaign money.

Romney is not required by law to disclose the identities of his fundraisers with the exception of those who work as federal lobbyists. Releasing the names of bundlers, however, has been standard in presidential campaigns for more than a decade.”

Okay, nothing to see here; he doesn’t want you to know which sleazy CEOs are bankrolling his failed presidential aspiration---no big deal.

Well, just like Anthony Weiner, the cover-up is always worse than the crime.  So in our group-think lazy media, I’m expecting him and his surrogates to be swarmed by the paparazzi-like political scrum.  Helicopters need to be flying over with grainy live camera feeds—reporting his every movement in a soothing musky voice:

Mitt, who are your bundlers?

And then, every cable TV channel parades out hundreds of experts; weeks of analysis that forces Romney to make a speech — sorta like Obama did when he had to defend some other something—someone else said a some other time. Or that other time when he had to have a beer summit or the time when Hilliary Rosen had to apologize for telling the truth.

And then Rachel could diagram a chart with these facts from the article:

1. "Republican George W. Bush established the pattern in the 2000 election, revealing the names of fundraisers who collected at least $100,000. He repeated the practice in 2004."

2. "Arizona Sen. John McCain, the Republican nominee four years ago, had disclosed his fundraisers by this point in the 2008 campaign, releasing a list of 106 bundlers on April 18 of that year."

3. "President Obama has released his fundraiser list every three months during this campaign. His most recent disclosure, in mid-April, identified more than 530 individuals and couples who have raised at least $106 million. He reports their fundraising in broad ranges only."

But it won’t happen.


Romney told the USAToday to kiss-off--which might be why this is their lead story. lol

Why can't dems make big scandals out of little stuff?

Because Cory Booker will trot his big-head to the cameras to say it doesn’t matter.  Harold Ford will also explain it away while Billo, the “Keeper-of-America’s-Moral Compass” will also swat it down.  Kos will write two articles about it and so will Thinkpro and a few others but this once-promising scandal will die on the vine.

Progressives, sometimes we suck at hard-ball politics.

We’re too pure, too sane and politically righteous.  We need to learn the lessons from Weiner who got hounded and fired by Brietbart for sending a picture.  We need to learn how the right absolutely silenced so many of our warriors for doing the same things they always do.

Am I asking us to become muckrakers?

Um, yup…during this election season.

I want to see a big ole count-down clock on Big Ed tonight with “who’s your donors” scrolling across the bottom.  I want to see us asking about this so much until when you Google Romney “who’s your donors” will pop up.

And when he’s forced to finally relent, I want to see research on every bundlers with accusations of secrecy, improprieties, pay-to-play, pay-for-access and all the other stuff we know he’s probably doing.

So is this story really a scandal?

It can be if progressives decide it to be.

Hey Mitt?

Who are your bundlers?


Just in the time it took me to share my thoughts, I Googled this story and found an additional 40-50 stories about this in the last few minutes.

Originally posted to joelgp on Fri May 25, 2012 at 11:15 AM PDT.

Also republished by Realistrati.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

skybluewater, Angie in WA State, buffalo soldier, DeminNewJ, Alma, Joe Willy, Sean Robertson, fcvaguy, Chi, Odysseus, grollen, teacherken, deben, ORDem, askew, Debby, Shockwave, Sherri in TX, Pescadero Bill, Wintermute, Aspe4, Voodoo, WI Deadhead, frisco, bookbear, Bugsby, regis, JLFinch, INMINYMA, tyler93023, Boston Boomer, bronte17, TravnTexas, EricS, Wee Mama, annrose, whenwego, CoolOnion, mkfarkus, mrblifil, sngmama, jalbert, fumie, Southern Bell, revsue, Quege, tomephil, psnyder, Nag, yet another liberal, BMarshall, mnguitar, dwahzon, Chirons apprentice, defluxion10, Timbuk3, riverlover, sandyknauer, bwintx, ybruti, tomjones, TheOrchid, Josiah Bartlett, Sybil Liberty, sebastianguy99, Frank Vyan Walton, sawgrass727, Skennet Boch, G2geek, maybeeso in michigan, Simian, 3goldens, Treg, v2aggie2, LarisaW, revbludge, OpherGopher, Big River Bandido, KnotIookin, kitchen sink think tank, Dobber, eru, lennysfo, Sun Tzu, BayAreaKen, sunbro, kaliope, SBandini, Savvy813, joeotter, coolbreeze, Rogneid, Box of Rain, Alan Arizona, kathny, begone, Mother Mags, esquimaux, buddabelly, BachFan, myboo, BlueInARedState, hungrycoyote, dopper0189, HoundDog, Gorette, Dvalkure, pengiep, AnnCetera, twigg, Crashing Vor, JVolvo, ZombyWoof, tommyfocus2003, myrealname, Unitary Moonbat, doinaheckuvanutjob, MBNYC, onionjim, democracy is coming, doingbusinessas, Clive all hat no horse Rodeo, BB10, fiddlingnero, means are the ends, Dreaming of Better Days, Friend of the court, markthshark, daeros, cpresley, tegrat, Msanger, out of left field, donnamarie, Cronesense, tgypsy, Deadicated Marxist, devis1, yoduuuh do or do not, edsbrooklyn, DvCM, la urracca, david mizner, terabytes, joedemocrat, bnasley, malharden, jayden, redhaze, millwood, hopi13, uciguy30, journeyman, leonard145b, Aynsley, BasharH, spearfish, TomP, Empower Ink, JDWolverton, Clio2, JeffW, BobBlueMass, wayoutinthestix, OleHippieChick, jamess, mikeconwell, monkeybrainpolitics, Calamity Jean, Lujane, rssrai, hwmnbn, dewley notid, Jeff Y, Gemina13, luckylizard, psilocynic, Mayfly, tristan57, dmhlt 66, watercarrier4diogenes, LKC, Louisiana 1976, Bule Betawi, christine20, Fogiv, DontTaseMeBro, ceebee7, greengemini, Dopeman, bsmechanic, banjolele, Mislead, WakeUpNeo, shopkeeper, CamillesDad1, DefendOurConstitution, followyourbliss, elziax, Rick in Oz, IreGyre, sfarkash, PoliticalJunkessa, Little Flower, Tortmaster, Laffy, jfromga, MizKit, Larsstephens, BlueOak, Railfan, Its the Supreme Court Stupid, smileycreek, mamamorgaine, awcomeon, roadbear, Captain Marty, NJpeach, marcus38, estreya, Observerinvancouver, piers, fidellio, eb23, Crabby Abbey, VickiL, ATFILLINOIS, Benintn, laserhaas, Egalitare, itswhatson, rja, DrTerwilliker, BlueFranco, ericlewis0, Floande, cocinero, soaglow, StatDoc, Wisdumb, Pakalolo, Onomastic, praying manatheist, kerflooey, MidwestTreeHugger, Bluefin, mama jo, slowbutsure, sostos, jardin32, UtahLibrul, FarWestGirl, cleduc2, Alice Olson, molunkusmol, trumpeter, mrsgoo, griffin459, Haf2Read, marleycat, zukesgirl64, laurnj, Adama D Brown, thomask, looking and listening, BarackStarObama, KVoimakas, SueM1121, Grandma Susie, rexymeteorite, peregrine kate, chira2, sound of progress, Andrew F Cockburn, Mets102, blue aardvark, SteelerGrrl, Anthony Page aka SecondComing, Mentatmark, BoulderStevo, ChiTownDenny, bassinduo, DEMonrat ankle biter, too young to give up, ArtemisBSG, YaNevaNo, absdoggy, Only Needs a Beat, jacey, stormicats, Liberal Granny, JTinDC, OldDragon, efraker, IndieGuy, James Renruojos, a2nite, FloridaSNMOM, FreeSpeaker, Horace Boothroyd III, stellaluna, This old man, mapamp, Syoho, MartyM, doroma, Victim of Circumstance, ItsaMathJoke, databob, Robynhood too, CalBearMom, Hammerhand, Panacea Paola, argomd, kickthecan, idbecrazyif, broths, goodpractice, leeleedee, Icicle68, katiekitteh, Mannie, BitterEnvy, Smoh

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site