FITSNews Exclusive – The Scapegoat? September 11, 2007Posted by fitsnews in 2008 Presidential Primaries, SC Politics, US Politics.
DONEHOE REPORTEDLY DUMPED BY ROMNEY CAMPAIGN
FITSNews – September 11, 2007 – Sources are telling FITSNews that Mitt Romney’s South Carolina campaign organization has fired consultant Wesley Donehue in an effort to make him the scapegoat for yesterday’s PR disaster. Donehue has been publicly fingered by the Romney campaign as the individual responsible for creating PhoneyFred.org, a website attacking recently-announced presidential candidate Fred Thompson. Our sources tell us Romney’s $12,000-a-month lead consultant J. Warren Tompkins and S.C. Campaign Manager Terry Sullivan are telling people they had no idea Donehue was behind the website. According to the latest AP story out of Boston:
“Once we received inquiries about the site, we discovered it was created by an individual who works at an Internet firm who parked the site temporarily on the company server space of a firm whose financial partner is a consultant to the campaign — Mr. Tompkins,” said Romney spokesman Kevin Madden, who later identified the individual as Donehue. “Mr. Tompkins did not know about the development of the site.”
Uh-huh. Romney’s spokesman also says Donehue is “not an employee of ours,” yet Donehue’s “On The Mark” direct mail firm received $81,225.02 from the Romney campaign during the second quarter of 2007, according to Federal Election Commission filings.
Incidentally, Time Magazine‘s political blog, aptly-titled The Swampland, has an interesting piece this afternoon detailing Tompkins’ shady past. The post even links to a story we wrote on the old FITS last year about the consultant’s declining influence in Palmetto politics.
UPDATE – If there was any doubt as to the inter-connectivity of Donehue’s “On The Mark” direct mail firm and the “Under The Power Lines” netroots firm (which created the anti-Thompson site), both are prominently featured on Tompkins and Sullivan’s corporate website. Or at least they were prominently featured before the website was taken down earlier today. Don’t worry, we saved it for you here.