Thursday, January 12, 2006
ROMNEY EXPLAINS Via Atrios, the Boston Globe reports:
Days after calling on his party to exhibit higher ethical standards, Gov. Mitt Romney said the Republican Governors Association would divest $500,000 in contributions it received from a donor entwined in the investigation of Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff...Glad we've finally got that straight.
Romney refused to swear off future contributions from lobbyists or their corporations to replace the lost funds.
He also said he would continue to travel occasionally on corporate aircraft, as he did in December when he flew to an RGA meeting in California on a Gulfstream jet owned by Pfizer Inc...
Romney said groups like the RGA and its equivalent, the Democratic Governors Association, are designed to be funded by corporations. He also noted the aircraft travel is reported to the IRS, as are cash and other in-kind donations.
"It's not a form of corporate largesse," he said. "It's a form of corporate contribution."