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Romney claims outsider status while meeting with Washington insiders

In a recent South Carolina GOP debate, Mitt Romney tried to make viewers believe that he’s an outsider with no connections to Washington’s world of special interests. He presented himself as “someone who has not lived in Washington, but someone who’s lived in the real streets of America.”

He followed that up by saying, “We need to have someone outside Washington go to Washington.”

But while Mitt Romney keeps talking about changing the culture in Washington, the facts about his Beltway connections speak for themselves. Today, he’s in the capital he claims to loathe, holding a high-dollar “policy roundtable” with some of the very lobbyists and industry insiders he’s been railing against. And of course, these special interest groups will pay $10,000 each for the chance to have Romney’s ear.

At the table with Romney today in Washington:

  • Patrick Durkin, bank lobbyist: Wall Street special interests donated more than $24 million to Romney and supporting PACs.

  • Mike Leavitt, chairman of health care lobbying firm: Health and insurance special interests donated more than $5 million to Romney and supporting PACs.

  • Tom Ferrell, president & CEO, Dominion Energy: Energy, oil, gas, and mining special interests donated more than $1.5 million to Romney and supporting PACs.

Watch this video for all the details on Romney’s fundraiser with Washington lobbyists, and check out this infographic to understand the full scope of his wide web of insider influence.