From Politico, Rob Simmons is starting his fundraising where he left off, with lobbyists and Washington insiders:
Former GOP Rep. Rob Simmons has been positioning himself as a clean -hands alternative to Senate banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd, who has been mired in mini-scandals surrounding his mortgages and the AIG bonus fiasco.
But Simmons has own connections to the banking and real estate sectors. An example — his March 31st “Meet-and-Greet” event at the National Senatorial Campaign Committee, which will be hosted by a handful of industry-connected lobbyists.
Listed on the invite: Quinn Gillespie & Associates execs Marc Lampkin and Dave Lugar, who both represent TARP recipient Bank of America, and Allison Giles, who works with the National Association of Realtors.
Plus there’s Breaux Lott lobbyist Bret Boyles, who represents Arsenal Capital Group, Chevron and Shell Oil.
The idea that Simmons is trying to portray himself has an outside reformer is almost laughable. As an incumbent, in the 2002, 2004, and 2006 cycles, he took more money in from PACs ($3,459,658) than he did from individuals (3,383,407)! His campaigns were a creation of lobbyists, PACs, and Washington insiders.