Mitt Romney Has an Awful Lot of Lobbyists Working on His Campaign

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Mitt Romney might be the Establishment candidate, but he — or at least the super PACs supporting the Romney campaign — has tagged his GOP competitors as that deadliest of things: Washington insiders. Romney himself might have built his career outside the Beltway, but, reports the Times, he's surrounded himself with plenty of campaign operatives who could rattle off the twelve best steak places within ten minutes of K Street without even blinking.

His kitchen cabinet includes some of the most prominent Republican lobbyists in Washington, including Charles R. Black Jr., the chairman of Prime Policy Group and a lobbyist for Walmart and AT&T; Wayne L. Berman, who is chairman of Ogilvy Government Relations and represents Pfizer, the drug manufacturer; and Vin Weber, the managing partner for Clark & Weinstock.

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Other lobbyists serve on one of Mr. Romney’s policy advisory teams, have hosted fund-raisers for his campaign or have joined the many influential Republicans whose endorsements Mr. Romney’s campaign has hailed. Among them are David Wilkins, a former United States ambassador to Canada who lobbies for the Canadian oil industry, and Stephen Rademaker, a former State Department official who lobbies for the defense contractor General Dynamics.

But lobbyists aren't a symbol of Washington insideriness, right?