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FITSNews Exclusive – The Scapegoat? September 11, 2007

Posted by fitsnews in 2008 Presidential Primaries, SC Politics, US Politics.



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.



1. Don Johnson - September 11, 2007

Yeah, I’ll bet Tompkins didn’t know about it. Anyone remember 2000?

2. Blossom S. Bridges - September 11, 2007

This skeleton will have a hard time fitting into Wesley Donehue’s already-filled closet…

Talk about the “Shot” heard ’round the world…

3. ‘Phoney Fred’ fallout » The Palmetto Scoop - September 11, 2007

[…] “that South Carolina blogger,” Sic Willie of FITSNews.com, is now reporting that Romney and TTS have canned Wesley Donehue, who leads much of the firm’s Web-based activities: Sources are telling FITSNews that Mitt […]

4. A-Nod - September 11, 2007

“Publicly fingered?” that is disgusting will.

5. eyeon08.com » PhoneyFred.org and other Romney astroturf - September 11, 2007

[…] Romney campaign has thrown one of their consultants under the bus for it: Sources are telling FITSNews that Mitt Romney’s South Carolina campaign organization […]

6. Billy Dee Williams - September 11, 2007

Assault and battery, stalking and now election fraud? What a class act Romney found in Wes Donahue. Good thing they canned him before their poll numbers were in the single digits. Oops, too late for that!

7. People for the Ethical Treatment of Goats - September 11, 2007

The goats take exception to yor metaphor and defer to the swine or better, the roaches.

8. PhoneyFred.org and other Romney astroturf - September 11, 2007

[…] Romney campaign has thrown one of their consultants under the bus for it: Sources are telling FITSNews that Mitt Romney’s South Carolina campaign organization […]

9. Souljah Boy - September 12, 2007


10. Give Me FITS - September 12, 2007

I Believe It Not…oops, I mean I believe it.

11. Website Bullshit - September 12, 2007

I mean can you be surprised about this whole negative website thing. Romeny and his cronies have been launching websites that are negative towards other candidates for some time, i.e. A daily shit with that jackass who thinks he is someone Tim Cameron. Just another negative website from a failing candidate

12. Make me laugh - September 12, 2007

Everyone knows that Wesley Donahue is Tard Terry’s whipping boy!

13. Democratic Convention Party Political Local Advertising Presidential Campaigns » Blog Archive » Romney Dumps Website Author That Was "Not Affiliated" With His Campaign - September 12, 2007

[…] trailing brand-new candidate Fred Thompson in the polls–and now he’s dealing with a PR disaster caused by “PhoneyFred.” Sources are telling FITS News that Mitt Romney’s South […]

14. Reefer - September 12, 2007

“you can completely suck ass and keep getting buckets of money.”

… well, if you’re a prostitute, i suppose in this scenario, you should be geting buckets of money.

15. Newspaper Hack - September 12, 2007

I wouldn’t piss off Wes Donahue. He gets down “Goose Creek style.” You don’t want to mess with that.

16. Math Rose - September 12, 2007

I was told by friends that Anne Badgley and the Campsens are now supporting Thompson. Anne was seen standing next to Thompson in Columbia.

I wonder if Romney will demand an apology from Thompson for the Cyndi Campsen Mosteller attack dog stuff now that she has deserted Senator McCain and joined Thompson.



17. Earl Capps - September 12, 2007

What is “Goose Creek” style?

18. Stratford - September 13, 2007

“Goose Creek Style?” What is that? I suppose it’s a secret martial arts incorporating trailers, meth, mullets, jorts and white trash.

19. Reefer - September 13, 2007

Stratford, sometimes, the truth is scary indeed … how about keep that kind of stuff to yourself. Next thing we know, you’ll start talking about livestock and relatives … and that, along with Spears news, is just not what we can handle for breakfast.

20. trueconservative - September 13, 2007

as a neutral observer, taking the 30k foot view, i think that the problem is south carolina politics as a whole. the US should auction your state off and buy something productive.

21. Earl Capps - September 13, 2007

true, you might be onto something there.

22. Grant. - September 13, 2007

all the shit that goes on in Columbia is because of the lazy ass buch at the State Newspaper.

Cindy Ross Scoppe is the &#)@& lame brain I have ever read…and she rules the place.

We need an active press…but instead we got that bunch on Bluff Road.

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