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Fri Sep 21, 2012, 01:34 AM

Mitt Romney Campaign Gave Bonuses To Top Staffers, Disclosure Records Show

Source: Huffington Post

Mitt Romney's presidential campaign gave bonuses to four top staffers, according to new disclosure records released Thursday.

The campaign handed out a total of $112,500 in bonuses on August 31, one day after Romney formally accepted the Republican presidential nomination at the party convention in Tampa. The Washington Post reports:

Richard Beeson, Romney’s national political director, received a $37,500 payment on Aug. 31, in addition to his monthly salary of $13,750, according to records filed with the Federal Election Commission.
In addition, campaign manager Matt Rhoades, policy advisor Lanhee Chen and communications director Gail Gitcho each received $25,000 payments on the same date, filings show. The trio are also paid at the same rate as Beeson, which works out to an annual equivalent of $165,000.


Earlier this week, the campaign confirmed that it took out a $20 million loan in August to fund the campaign prior to the Republican National Convention. Although Romney had beat Obama in fundraising from May through July, much of that money was designated for the general election. When primary funds ran low, the campaign took out the loan to make do until Romney was officially nominated and the full campaign coffers could be tapped.


Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/20/mitt-romney-campaign-bonuses_n_1902266.html

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Reply Mitt Romney Campaign Gave Bonuses To Top Staffers, Disclosure Records Show (Original post)
trailmonkee Sep 2012 OP
AllyCat Sep 2012 #1
jberryhill Sep 2012 #2
trailmonkee Sep 2012 #4
JI7 Sep 2012 #3
goclark Sep 2012 #5
Spitfire of ATJ Sep 2012 #7
jberryhill Sep 2012 #8
mazzarro Sep 2012 #15
6000eliot Sep 2012 #6
elleng Sep 2012 #9
davidpdx Sep 2012 #10
tomm2thumbs Sep 2012 #11
Bernardo de La Paz Sep 2012 #12
Liberal_Stalwart71 Sep 2012 #13
grantcart Sep 2012 #14
Lasher Sep 2012 #16
tclambert Sep 2012 #17
athena Sep 2012 #18

Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Sep 21, 2012, 01:38 AM

1. Guess I'm in the wrong line of work.

And what is a "bonus" exactly? I've never heard of one before now

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Sep 21, 2012, 01:39 AM

2. Breaking News: Cows Eat Grass!

Of COURSE they gave bonuses. That's what these people DO!

There is a lot of political campaign money swirling around a raft of acquisitive loophole-finders. Hell, they probably pay bonuses on hiring consulting firms they own, in order to reccomend management firms in which they share a half interest with a Bahamian trust owned by an insurance company in which they are all directors.

If that money buys a single TV ad, I'll be shocked they let a dollar get out the door alive.

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #2)

Fri Sep 21, 2012, 01:49 AM

4. yes it is and yes they are...but are those same cows also running for president?

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Sep 21, 2012, 01:45 AM

3. Bonus for What ?

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Response to JI7 (Reply #3)

Fri Sep 21, 2012, 01:54 AM

5. Bonus for what ?

???? They didn't do a good job

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Response to JI7 (Reply #3)

Fri Sep 21, 2012, 02:07 AM

7. Bonus for What ?

Attitude.

As in, being "Yes Men".

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Response to JI7 (Reply #3)

Fri Sep 21, 2012, 02:09 AM

8. For being awesome successful guys!

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Response to JI7 (Reply #3)

Fri Sep 21, 2012, 07:04 AM

15. For club membership

They are all part of the same club - to move money into their various accounts in pretense of doing some kind of work for society - be it board membership of corporations or other things. They set themselves up to enjoy the largesse of the society and then turn around to call us - unlucky ones - "slobs".

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Sep 21, 2012, 02:04 AM

6. And look at how well it's worked out!

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Sep 21, 2012, 02:13 AM

9. Such a good CEO

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Sep 21, 2012, 03:58 AM

10. The bonuses are rediculous

But so is the fact that he can borrow money before the convention and then turn around and pay it back after the convention. It's a form of money laundering.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Sep 21, 2012, 04:07 AM

11. Rewarding Mediocrity -- it's the Romney Way!!


I wonder if Ann got a new Cadillac too?

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Sep 21, 2012, 06:16 AM

12. Old habits die hard. nt

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Sep 21, 2012, 06:54 AM

13. Wait a minute...

Isn't that illegal?

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Sep 21, 2012, 06:59 AM

14. I fucking knew it! I am guessing that he is going to gut his campaign finances

and throw money at his own people.

His campaign revenue stream is going to be history.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Sep 21, 2012, 07:08 AM

16. Romney the venture capitalist

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Sep 21, 2012, 07:16 AM

17. He's just looking out for his soon-to-be unemployed staffers. As of Nov. 7, they'll be out of work.

He can tell them, each and every one, "You're gonna be my new Secretary of State," but they know by now it ain't gonna happen.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Sep 21, 2012, 06:08 PM

18. This is truly obscene.

Can you imagine being a working-class Republican and donating a hard-earned check for $50 or $100 to Romney's campaign, only to find out that he gave $192,440 in bonuses to his senior staffers?

Incidentally, the amount according to the NYT article was $192,440:

Another set of expenditures is likely to draw grumbles from Mr. Romney’s allies given his campaign’s current struggles: The day after accepting the Republican nomination, Mr. Romney gave what appeared to be $192,440 in bonuses to senior campaign staff members. At least nine aides received payments on Aug. 31 well in excess of their typical biweekly salaries, including $25,000 each for Matthew Rhoades, the campaign manager; Lanhee Chen, a policy adviser; and Katie Biber, the general counsel. Rich Beeson, the political director, received $37,500.

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