While both President Obama and Mitt Romney surround themselves with lobbyists, there's a difference between how the two men respond to questions about their K Street ties: Obama actually does it.
Today, The New York Times rolled out a front page story on Romney's extensive ties to lobbyists, including cabinet members such as Charles Black, who represents Walmart and AT&T; Wayne Berman, who represents Pfizer; and Vin Weber, the managing partner for Clark & Weinstock. The article was not unlike an October front page story by the newspaper, which identified 15 bundlers who raised and donated money for Obama's campaign and are involved in Washington lobbying.
Each candidate has been subject to charges of hypocrisy: Obama for repeatedly campaigning on his pledge to never take money from lobbyists, and Romney for running as a Washington outsider, immune to DC special interests. What's different is the way the two men respond to the charges. In today's Times, Romney's response can be summarized in one sentence: "A spokeswoman for Mr. Romney did not respond to requests for comment." The Romney campaign was asked about its bundlers in a story by the Associated Press today and also declined to comment.