MN-03 : PACman Paulsen Endorses Romney … Let the money KEEP flowing

According to CBS, Erik Paulsen (R-MN-03) is endorsing Mitt Romney.

No big surprise as Mitt Romney’s friends at Free and Strong America, PAC gave $2500 to Erik Paulsen’s re-election campaign on October 15, 2010 … surely, with that endorsement, there will be another check coming for the 2012 campaign.

It is generally accepted that the unleashing of negative information – via television and mailings – has provided the momentum for the Romney campaign … Romney’s vision for future of our country does not have to be emphasized if voters will respond to investment in promoting the negatives of his competitors.

Mr. Paulsen’s endorsement may not mean much to determine the nominee … considering the news that Mitt Romney had a big victory in Nevada’s caucuses … where approximately 35,000 people may have participated … which would be about 5% of the state of Nevada’s registered voters … this nomination has already been bought and paid … it’s just a matter of time.

We know that Mitt Romney is a very rich man and his billions of friends at his disposal, but what about Erik Paulsen ?

Mr. Paulsen advertises himself as “a champion of small business and advocate of free enterprise, entrepreneurship, and innovation” and remember that candidate Erik Paulsen in his 2008 campaign to replace Republican Jim Ramstad said “Congress is broken, and I want to help fix it,” … well, in his 2012 campaign, it might be honest just to say “Congress is broken, and I am here to collect.”

‘cause that’s what he is doing … besides individual contributions from lobbyists, CEOs, bankers, doctors, etc. Mr. Paulsen also received donations from Political Action Committees. Here is the list of who gave in the Fourth Quarter (including how much they gave for the year) – ranging from the small $250 from the Log Cabin Republicans to $10,000 from the Freedom Project.

$10,000 NOVO NORDISK CHANGING DIABETES PAC

$6000 AMERICAN COLLEGE OF RADIOLOGY ASSOCIATION

$5000 ST. JUDE MEDICAL PAC

$5000 AMERICAN SOCIETY OF ANESTHESIOLOGISTS

$5000 ABBOTT LABORATORIES

$4000 AMERICAN DENTAL PAC

$2500 NEUROSURGERYPAC

$2000 AMERICAN UROLOGICAL ASSOC.

$2000 BRAINPAC

$1000 ALLERGAN INC. PAC

$1000 AMERICAN ACADEMY OF FAMILY PHYSICIANS F

$1000 AMERICAN HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION

$1000 SOCIETY FOR VASCULAR SURGERY PAC

$2000 BEST BUY EMPLOYEE POLITICAL FORUM

$4500 HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL

$6000 INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF SHOPPING CENTER

$2500 RETAILPAC

$2000 WAL-MART STORES INC PAC

$2550 AGC PAC

$3000 AT&T INC. FEDERAL PAC

$1000 BAKER & DANIELS LLP PAC

$1000 CYBERONICS INC. PAC

$1000 EDWARDS LIFESCIENCES PAC

$6000 ESCA PAC

$2000 GENERAL MILLS INC. PAC

$3818.34 LOCKRIDGE GRINDAL NAUEN POLITICAL FUND

$250 LOG CABIN REPUBLICANS

$7000 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF INSURANCE AND F

$5000 TARGETCITIZENS POLITICAL FORUM

$600 EXCELSIOR ENERGY INC PAC

$1000 JOBS POLITICAL FUND

$5000 MCKESSON CORP EMPLOYEES PAC

$2500 PRUDENTIAL FINANCIAL INC PAC

$1000 WALGREEN CO. PAC

$1000 BNSF RAILPAC

$4500 HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL

$2000 ING US PAC

$2000 TRUCK PAC

$2000 AGA PAC

$500 CUMMINS INC. PAC

$2500 ELECTRICAL CONSTRUCTION PAC

$3000 EXPRESS SCRIPTS INC. POLITICAL FUND (A/

$1000 GEN-PROBE PAC

$1000 GRANT THORNTON LLP

$5000 MASIMO PAC

$1000 PENNEYPAC

$5000 REALTORS PAC

$1500 SMITHS PAC

$100 WINTHROP & WEINSTINE FEDERAL POLITICAL

$2000 MORGAN STANLEY

$1000 AOIA-PAC

$2500 DEPOSITORY TRUST AND CLEARING CORP. PAC

$2500 DARDEN RESTAURANTS PAC

$2000 AMERISOURCEBERGEN PAC

$1000 AON PAC

$7500 ARDA ROC-PAC

$2500 BOMA INTERNATIONAL PAC

$2000 DEALERS ELECTION ACTION COMMITTEE OF TH

$5000 ENDO PAC

$500 FAEGRE & BENSON LLP POLITICAL COMMITTEE

$5000 FRANCHISING PAC

$1000 LOWE’S CO. (LOWPAC)

$500 MINNESOTA FARM BUREAU

$2500 NAIOP

$3500 NAMIC PAC

$3500 NATIONAL MULTI HOUSING COUNCIL

$8000 NEW YORK LIFE INSURANCE PAC

$2500 VALERO PAC

$1000 YUM! BRANDS PAC

$2000 AGA PAC

$5000 ASSOCIATED BUILDERS & CONTRACTORS

$2500 DEPOSITORY TRUST AND CLEARING CORP. PAC

$1000 HEWLETT PACKARD COMPANY PAC

$1000 INN-PAC

$1000 MCDONALD’S PAC

$2000 RETAIL LEADERS PAC

$1000 CENTERPOINT ENERGY PAC

$1000 INTUIT 21ST CENTURY LEADERSHIP PAC

$500 OCEAN SPRAY PAC

$10,000 THE FREEDOM PROJECT

$6000 UPSPAC

$3500 WINE & SPIRITS WHOLESALERS OF AMERICA P

$250 NRA-POLITICAL VICTORY FUND

From now on, let’s just call Erik Paulsen “PACman” … and the working families that are concerned about whether Mr. Paulsen will support the payroll tax cuts ( having expressed second thoughts after voting for them) versus his “signature issue” … tax relief for the medical industry … yep, the “champion” for business will get his PAC checks.

IF you thought “Congress is broken“, well don’t expect a man that has so quickly become part of the establishment to change it.

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