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Mon Apr 16, 2012, 12:11 AM

Romney Sells Inauguration Access, Nine Months Early

Source: BuzzFeed

Former Governor Mitt Romney is already offering top donors access to a special "Presidential Inaugural retreat," planned on the assumption that he will be elected president this November.

The offer, in a fundraising email circulated by a top Georgia supporter to fellow Republicans and obtained by BuzzFeed, is one of several goodies offered to those who contribute more than $50,000 to the joint fundraising committee known as "Romney Victory."

Those donors will be named "Founding Members" of Romney Victory and invited to a California retreat with Romney and offered "yet to be determined access at the Republican National Convention in Tampa in August."

They will also "have preferred status at the first Presidential Inaugural retreat," the email says.

The copy of the email obtained by BuzzFeed was forwarded by Richard Stormont, a former executive at the Marriott hotel chain, on whose board Romney sat.

Access to official and quasi-official presidential events has been a running source of scandal since well before President Bill Clinton offered top donors the opportunity to spend the night in the Lincoln bedroom. Presidents typically balance access with propriety, but the New York
Times reported Sunday that the Obama White House has also opened its doors to top donors.

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/bensmith/romney-sells-inauguration-access-nine-months-earl

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Reply Romney Sells Inauguration Access, Nine Months Early (Original post)
MindMover Apr 2012 OP
freshwest Apr 2012 #1
Odin2005 Apr 2012 #2
MindMover Apr 2012 #3
Rosa Luxemburg Apr 2012 #22
DonCoquixote Apr 2012 #18
DallasNE Apr 2012 #4
MindMover Apr 2012 #5
truthisfreedom Apr 2012 #11
Brigid Apr 2012 #17
K8-EEE Apr 2012 #6
MADem Apr 2012 #7
RFKHumphreyObama Apr 2012 #8
MADem Apr 2012 #9
truthisfreedom Apr 2012 #10
fasttense Apr 2012 #12
JoePhilly Apr 2012 #13
Javaman Apr 2012 #14
Alcibiades Apr 2012 #15
goclark Apr 2012 #16
npk Apr 2012 #19
Incitatus Apr 2012 #21
npk Apr 2012 #23
KamaAina Apr 2012 #20

Response to MindMover (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 12:27 AM

1. Selling the chickens before they're hatched, or the eggs laid? He can't be running out of money.

That's just creepy.

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Response to MindMover (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 01:15 AM

2. Does he know something we don't???

Is the fix in???

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Response to Odin2005 (Reply #2)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 01:17 AM

3. After living in Florida during the last Bush takeover/buyout.....

I do not put anything past our overlords......

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Response to MindMover (Reply #3)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 07:08 PM

22. Rove and Romney have got all the voting machines rigged already

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Response to Odin2005 (Reply #2)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 04:58 PM

18. Oh, Florida

has been fixed for a while, else why do you think they would have the convention here? That is why they have done everything to ensure that women and minorities do not vote, and why all the gun shops are stuffed with people ready to "stand their ground" with guns. However, fear not, because even though Northern people spit on us and hate us, we prgressives down here intened to do damage, just like we did when we made this a BLUE state in 2008.

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Response to MindMover (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 01:34 AM

4. Romney Again Uses The Nixon Playbook

With each passing day Romney reminds me more and more of Richard M. Nixon. The secrecy, the pushing the limits of the law, now his own version of the "Pioneers". DNC headquarters better double lock the doors.

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Response to DallasNE (Reply #4)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 02:06 AM

5. Bring on the mud wrestlers......

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Response to MindMover (Reply #5)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 04:48 AM

11. Refreshing.

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Response to DallasNE (Reply #4)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 04:41 PM

17. And have Lisbeth Salander double check the security on their computers too.

God only knows what the GOP is up to.

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Response to MindMover (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 02:44 AM

6. Compare this to Obama offering a chance to have dinner with supporters who donate $5

Interesting compare and contrast......at least we know who Mitt will be representing!

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Response to MindMover (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 03:39 AM

7. What do they get if he loses? A tuna fish and pasta dinner, made by Ann, in a basement apartment?nt

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Response to MADem (Reply #7)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 04:04 AM

8. If Romney loses

They will get two options
(1) The one you suggested above
(2) The option of being tied to the roof of Mitt's car while accompanying the Romney family on their next driving holiday

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Response to RFKHumphreyObama (Reply #8)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 04:23 AM

9. Number Two sounds like fun, if they call it "Seamus Windsurfing!" nt

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Response to MindMover (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 04:31 AM

10. Foundling members...

Romney offers little chicks and baby bunnies blood offerings...

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Response to MindMover (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 07:08 AM

12. The first Presidential Inaugural retreat?

You too can attend the 1st Presidential Inaugural retreat for $50,000.

Wow, turning a national event into nothing but a hokey corporate retreat. Only a RepubliCON uber rich corporate lackey would have thought that one up.

What next? A 10% discount on your next bribe, err campaign contribution; free limo service for the rest of your life (provided by the tax payers no doubt); a chance to win at the raffle of the Great Smokey Mountains National Park?

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Response to MindMover (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 09:24 AM

13. Mitt Romney places "For Sale" sign on the White House. nt

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Response to MindMover (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 10:37 AM

14. He just named his character Conan.

what am I referring to?

once upon a time I was a D&D geek.

And it was the popular belief that once you name a new character Conan, it will soon die.

mitten's just named his new character Conan by selling these tickets.

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Response to MindMover (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 11:41 AM

15. The word for this is hubris

Sure to anger the gods.

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Response to MindMover (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 11:53 AM

16. Hello Mitt ~ what about getting to your Tax Returns?


Got enough time to do all kinds of things but just can't seem to get to it.

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Response to MindMover (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 05:13 PM

19. Do they also get to travel on Air Force One instead of flying coach.

How about a free stay in the Lincoln bedroom. Gee what an ass.

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Response to npk (Reply #19)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 07:06 PM

21. Of course not

Those perks require much larger donations

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Response to Incitatus (Reply #21)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 07:44 PM

23. +10000.

While this is funny and certainly demonstrative of the GOP in general, the sad thing is that I am sure Romney would accept large donations to use the perks of the office. Hell he did it when he was the Governor of Massachusetts so he would have no problem doing it if he were to become president.

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Response to MindMover (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 05:24 PM

20. He better be prepared to give refunds

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