Romney Wins Straw Poll, Top Fundraiser Resigns

August 11, 2007 at 9:21 pm 5 comments

I am sure that Romney is all smiles after winning the straw poll in Iowa tonight, I am also sure that he is smiling a little bit less that one of his national finance committee co-chairs has been indicted on fraud charges. Oops!

A top fund-raiser for Mitt Romney who was indicted this week in Maryland on a $32 million fraud scheme has resigned from his position with the campaign as a national finance committee co-chair, a
spokesman for Mr. Romney said.

A federal grand jury in Maryland unsealed its 23-count indictment of the fund-raiser, Alan B. Fabian, 43, on Thursday for money laundering, mail fraud, bankruptcy fraud, perjury and obstruction of justice.

Mr. Fabian, who had been one of 35 co-chairs on Mr. Romney’s national finance committee, allegedly ran up $32 million in fake purchases with his consulting company, Maximus Inc., based in northern Virginia, and
pocketed the money for himself.

He became a “bundler,” one of those who commit to bringing in large sums through their own networks of donors, for Mr. Romney’s campaign back in January, having previously served as a major fundraiser for
George W. Bush.

Mr. Fabian contributed the maximum of $2,300 to Mr. Romney’s candidacy. The campaign will be returning his contribution, said Eric Fehrnstrom, a Romney campaign spokesman.

“We have accepted Mr. Fabian’s resignation from his unpaid, volunteer position on the national finance committee,” he said in a statement.

Entry filed under: 2008 Election, Campaigns, Conservatives, Mitt Romney, Politics, Republicans.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. phil_in_ny  |  August 12, 2007 at 9:21 am

    Ahhh, Yes. Let the corruption begin!!

  • 2. nytexan  |  August 12, 2007 at 2:14 pm

    If the republicans think going for Romeny or Guiilian is making a change they are delusional. But considering the field of bad candidates they have I guess corruption is all they have going for them again.

  • 3. Jessy  |  August 12, 2007 at 3:25 pm

    And Ron Paul will likely end up on top even in an unfair system.

  • 4. Bloggernista  |  August 12, 2007 at 3:55 pm

    What is telling is how many fewer people voted in this straw poll than was expected. The Republican base is clearly not happy with the choices that they have been given.

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