Thursday, July 19, 2007

Oh That Fred!

What a scamp! NYTimes, via BalloonJuice:
"Billing records show that former Senator Fred Thompson spent nearly 20 hours working as a lobbyist on behalf of a group seeking to ease restrictive federal rules on abortion counseling in the 1990s, even though he recently said he did not recall doing any work for the organization.

According to records from Arent Fox, the law firm based in Washington where Mr. Thompson worked part-time from 1991 to 1994, he charged the organization, the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, about $5,000 for work he did in 1991 and 1992.

Records Show Ex-Senator’s Work for Family Planning Unit

"The records show that Mr. Thompson, a probable Republican candidate for president in 2008, spent much of that time in telephone conferences with the president of the group, and on three occasions he reported lobbying administration officials on its behalf."

Billing records. Huh. Just as good as a cancelled check. And at $250.00 an hour, very nice indeed for the early '90s.

A trip down memory lane, for those who may have missed it. LATimes (07.07.07):

"Thompson spokesman Mark Corallo adamantly denied that Thompson worked for the family planning group. 'Fred Thompson did not lobby for this group, period,' he said in an e-mail."

Thompson lobbied for abortion-rights group, it says



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