Mr. Thompson, I Do Believe Your Pants are on Fire

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

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.

…Earlier this month, Mr. Thompson disputed accounts by the group’s former president and others, saying through a spokesman that he had “no recollection” of doing anything to aid the group’s efforts to overturn a rule banning federally financed clinics from dispensing information about abortion to pregnant women.

…The billing records from Arent Fox show that Mr. Thompson, who charged about $250 an hour, spoke 22 times with Judith DeSarno, who was then president of the family planning group. In addition, he lobbied “administration officials” for a total of 3.3 hours, the records show, although they do not specify which officials he met with or what was said.

In addition to the old “no recollection” chestnut, Thompson had also offered up “lawyer-client confidentiality” in a column published on Powerline (!!!) as a reason why it wouldn’t be appropriate for him to respond, despite the client having confirmed the relationship.

I guess in the end, Thompson’s just another huge fucking GOP liar, who had no ethical qualms about making phat cash off the pro-choicers when he thought no one was looking. Big surprise.

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4 responses to “Mr. Thompson, I Do Believe Your Pants are on Fire

  1. Paul the Spud

    In addition to the old “no recollection” chestnut, Thompson had also offered up “lawyer-client confidentiality”

    Someone’s been on Law & Order too long.

  2. I know it’s hard for most Democrats to get away from the sure knowledge of our complete and utter defeat at the hands of the almighty GOP, but their current field of candidates is hilariously pathetic.

    I think it’s great that Thompson got recruited into the race. His poll numbers will continue to rise for a bit, until the news of things like this really sinks in with Republicans. By that time they’ll be looking for another New Jesus – thanks for your post on that, Jeff! – to come in and save them.

    I keep thinking Hagel will declare and take the nomination. But my conservative friends assure me that Hagel is widely despised, and one friend of mine who is from Nebraska and still has relatives there tells me that Hagel will run for President because he knows he won’t even win reelection to the Senate.

    So I don’t know anymore, except that even the hapless Democrats can probably pull this one off.

  3. Gee, what a stand up guy. What principles. What scruples.

    Oh, wait. Thompson, you said? Forget what I said, then.

  4. DBK

    I guess in the end, Thompson’s just another huge fucking GOP liar, who had no ethical qualms about making phat cash off the pro-choicers when he thought no one was looking. Big surprise.

    Yup. Shocking, I know. And he looked like such a stand-up guy, too.

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