"Three-Quarters Of Money Raised By Top Romney Bundlers Come From Lobbyists For Big Energy, Financial Services"
New disclosures filed Friday show that the Romney campaign has now received about $3 million in “bundled” contributions collected by registered lobbyists. And about three-quarters of that total was collected by lobbyists who represent either polluter interests (oil, gas, and coal — or the energy companies that burn them), financial sector interests, or both.
Though Romney has not voluntarily disclosed any campaign bundlers who are not lobbyists, federal law requires that he identify major bundlers who are. To date, the campaign has identified 22 lobbyist bundlers who each raised $17,000 or more.
A ThinkProgress analysis of the data shows that 13 represent Big Energy and Big Finance — and between them, they collected more than $2.2 million in donations. They are:
- Patrick Durkin Sr. ($927,160), a lobbyist for British banking giant Barclays.
- Wayne Berman ($424,825), a lobbyist for Ogilvy Government Relations. His polluter clients include Chevron, Hess, and Kosmos Energy and his finance clients include Visa, Marwood Group, and The Travelers Companies.
- T. Martin Fioerentino Jr. ($325,045), a lobbyist for The Fiorentino Group. He represents Lender Processing Services, a prominent mortgage and consumer loan processing company.
- Austin Barbour ($210,700), a recent Romney campaign hire who, in 2011, worked as a lobbyist for Capitol Resources LLC. His clients included polluter Gulf LNG Energy. Barbour is the nephew of former Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS).
- Paul Mattera ($64,200), a lobbyist for Liberty Mutual Insurance.
- Drew Maloney ($56,750), a lobbyist for Ogilvy Government Relations. His polluter clients include GenOn Energy, Exelon Business Services, and Sempra Energy and he represents National Bank of Canada.
- Joseph Wall ($47,437), a lobbyist for Wall Street behemoth Goldman Sachs.
- David Tamasi ($39,785), a lobbyist for Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communication. His polluter clients include GDF Suez and his financial clients include Next Street Financial and the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association.
- Michael McSherry ($30,200), a lobbyist for Mercury Public Affairs. He represents Peabody Energy and Stifel Financial Corp.
- Kent Burton ($26,510), a lobbyist for National Environmental Strategies. His polluter clients include Murray Energy, Marathon Oil, Pacific Gas & Electric, and, as of recently, Shell Oil.
- Tom Boyd ($26,350), a lobbyist for DLA Piper. His financial sector clients include Experian Group, Charles Schwab & Co., and Discover Financial Services.
- Andrew Wheeler ($17,000), a lobbyist for Faegre Baker Daniels. His polluter clients include Murray Energy.
- Mark Isakowitz ($17,000), a lobbyist for Fierce, Isakowitz & Blalock. His polluter clients include Noble Energy and BP America and his many finance clients include Hartford Financial Services Group, JPMorgan Chase, the Managed Funds Association, Mutual of Omaha, and Zurich Financial.
Romney’s strong support from powerful Wall Street and energy lobbyists is unsurprising given his proposals to repeal the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and undo environmental protections — and his support for continuing subsidies for Big Oil.
As ThinkProgress previously reported, Romney’s lobbyist-bundler list also includes Ignacio E. Sanchez ($86,700) of DLA Piper, a registered foreign agent for the United Arab Emirates and a birther presidential candidate in the Dominican Republic.
President Obama does not accept campaign contributions donated or bundled by federal lobbyists or foreign agents. His campaign voluntarily discloses all of its major bundlers, as did Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and President George W. Bush (R) in their 2000, 2004, and 2008 races.