Audacious Epigone looks through the federal campaign contribution database to find out whom individuals identifying their occupations as "lobbyist" have donated to:
|Presidential candidate||Lobbyist $|
|1. Rick Perry||$25,500|
|2. Tim Pawlenty||$11,770|
|3. Newt Gingrich||$11,500|
|4. Mitt Romney||$8,000|
|5. Rick Santorum||$3,000|
|6. Herman Cain||$2,500|
|7. Barack Obama||$1,150|
|8. Jon Hunstman||$500|
|9. Michelle Bachmann||$250|
|10. Charles "Buddy" Roemer||$100|
So, the smart money, the professional insiders whose stock in trade is knowing which way the political winds are blowing, have invested most heavily in Rick Perry and longtime iSteve favorite
T-Paw. Heckuva job, lobbyists!
By the way, is it too late for Mitch Daniels to jump in? I`ve got another anecdote about the famously sensible Indiana governor`s lifelong love affair with drugs that I haven`t used yet, and it would be a shame to have to wait until the next Presidential Timber rounds in 2015.