Romney Backers Launch "Super PAC" Run By a Lobbyist

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The Washington Post reports that ”a group of prominent Mitt Romney backers has quietly launched a ‘super pac’ to raise and spend unlimited amounts of money in support of his bid for the White House, according to organizers and others involved in the effort.”

The treasurer for the PAC is Charles Spies, the general counsel to Romney’s 2008 campaign. Not mentioned in the article, however, is that Charles Spies is also a registered lobbyist, according to our analysis of data from the Center for Responsive Politics.

In the first quarter of 2011, Spies was a registered lobbyist for Clark Hill PLC, representing Wynn Resorts, a chain of luxury casinos including the Wynn Las Vegas.

The PAC, “Restore our Future PAC,” lists the same address on its FEC filings as the lobbying firm’s DC office.

The New York Times reported earlier this week that in the battle for the GOP 2012 nomination, “The focus of the campaign — for the rest of June, at least — is on donors, not voters.”

While they officially can’t coordinate with the Romney campaign, having lobbyists on your side is definitely a good way to boost one’s standing in the so-called “wealth primary.”