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(Buzzfeed)   Having lost the election after spending millions, Romney campaign comes up with dastardly plan to make some of that money back, by overcharging media organizations for travel, food and entertainment expenses   (buzzfeed.com) divider line 86
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2012-12-18 10:48:39 AM  
Wow. Just wow.

I'm surprised they haven't decided to charge them royalties for the increased circulation generated by the election cycle.
 
2012-12-18 10:59:20 AM  
Damn. This man should have been President! Covering his cost by forcing those that have the money to pay their own way?!


Brilliant
 
2012-12-18 11:04:44 AM  
In order to travel with the candidate, reporters were required to agree to costs in advance without knowing specifically what those costs would be.

LOL. The mistrust of Mitt is the beginning of wisdom.
 
2012-12-18 11:08:36 AM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Damn. This man should have been President! Covering his cost by forcing those that have the money to pay their own way?!

Brilliant


Next time you go take a taxi to McDonald's and they charge you $315.27 for the trip and an extra value meal, please refer to this post you made. It's fair, because you have the money and should be able to pay your own way, the taxi & food services are just covering their costs.

Nevermind that their costs are substantially lower than what they charged you, that's irrelevant. It's not unethical. They are entitled to recoup those imaginary costs.
 
2012-12-18 11:19:53 AM  
Hey GOP, you might not want to piss off the lamestream media.
 
2012-12-18 11:20:55 AM  
So I see he still has no farking clue about personal responsibility.
 
2012-12-18 11:21:30 AM  
Cry me a farking river.
 
2012-12-18 11:22:14 AM  

Elandriel: The Stealth Hippopotamus: Damn. This man should have been President! Covering his cost by forcing those that have the money to pay their own way?!

Brilliant

Next time you go take a taxi to McDonald's and they charge you $315.27 for the trip and an extra value meal, please refer to this post you made. It's fair, because you have the money and should be able to pay your own way, the taxi & food services are just covering their costs.

Nevermind that their costs are substantially lower than what they charged you, that's irrelevant. It's not unethical. They are entitled to recoup those imaginary costs.


He's no longer the candidate for president; and considering how Romney will be treated like all the other former Republicans, he will never be mentioned again by Republican leadership. You don't have to defend his actions anymore, you're free!
 
2012-12-18 11:22:42 AM  
Note that none of the usual suspects were listed in the letter:

Fox News
Washington Times
New York Post
Etc etc

The WSJ was listed though. Hey, they like money, obviously.
 
2012-12-18 11:22:44 AM  
Sounds exactly like what one would expect from Romney and his cronies. The American people chose wisely.
 
2012-12-18 11:23:09 AM  
They could save a lot of money by firing everyone.

That is what PE companies do.
 
2012-12-18 11:23:31 AM  
In before the infamous Lobster Dinner at the Waldorf by Mooooooooooooooooooochelle appears in the thread.
 
GCD
2012-12-18 11:24:12 AM  
shiat rolls down hill...fast.

If the ordinary average citizen hired a "ground transportation company" for the day, there's no way in hell that the cost would exceed $1,000/day.

If the wanna-be president hires a ground transportation company, you can be damned sure that they are going to bilk them for all they can.

If you were a part of that, you're on the hook for your share of the cost...doesn't matter that it's 100 times what a normal person would pay.

I figured that they would have known this kind of thing well in advance since it happens all the time.
 
2012-12-18 11:24:55 AM  
Learned it at Bane.
 
2012-12-18 11:25:03 AM  
See, he is good at balancing budgets. We needed that.

/sarcasm.
 
2012-12-18 11:25:19 AM  
812 charged for a meal and a hold on Oct. 18

I know a place where you can get a meal and a lot more than a hold for $812. And you can call her Romney if you want. We don't judge.
 
2012-12-18 11:26:56 AM  

GCD: shiat rolls down hill...fast.

If the ordinary average citizen hired a "ground transportation company" for the day, there's no way in hell that the cost would exceed $1,000/day.

If the wanna-be president hires a ground transportation company, you can be damned sure that they are going to bilk them for all they can.

If you were a part of that, you're on the hook for your share of the cost...doesn't matter that it's 100 times what a normal person would pay.

I figured that they would have known this kind of thing well in advance since it happens all the time.


I assume it didn't happen with the OTHER campaign.
 
2012-12-18 11:27:07 AM  

GCD: shiat rolls down hill...fast.

If the ordinary average citizen hired a "ground transportation company" for the day, there's no way in hell that the cost would exceed $1,000/day.

If the wanna-be president hires a ground transportation company, you can be damned sure that they are going to bilk them for all they can.

If you were a part of that, you're on the hook for your share of the cost...doesn't matter that it's 100 times what a normal person would pay.

I figured that they would have known this kind of thing well in advance since it happens all the time.


RTFA, They contacted actual companies and found out what the Romney campaign paid.......but you know, mindlessly defend Romney.
 
2012-12-18 11:29:11 AM  
The Romney's all about the Benjamins.
 
2012-12-18 11:29:37 AM  
$812 charged for a meal and a hold on Oct. 18;

I think a hold is code for a hand job. That's still more than I like to pay but you have to understand the terms you are using.
 
2012-12-18 11:30:18 AM  
The return of Governor FeeFee?

Teh lawls.
 
2012-12-18 11:31:41 AM  
I kinda wonder how typical this is.
 
2012-12-18 11:31:46 AM  
Some examples: $745 per person charged for a vice presidential debate viewing party on Oct. 11; $812 charged for a meal and a hold on Oct. 18; $461 for a meal and hold the next day; $345 for food and hold Oct. 30.

To be fair these are typical for Romney who is completely divorced from normal costs. The thing that I remember most about him was during the primaries when he made the oft hand remark that he only made $320,000 in none investment income for giving speeches. Sort of like the rest of us saying we only found a nickel.
 
GCD
2012-12-18 11:31:48 AM  

coeyagi: I assume it didn't happen with the OTHER campaign.


Didn't say it did or didn't happen. In all likeliness it did since price gouging the hell out of the government is a rampant occurrence.

Citrate1007: RTFA, They contacted actual companies and found out what the Romney campaign paid.......but you know, mindlessly defend Romney.


Seriously? Defend Romney? First off...I'm Canadian. Secondly, of I was American and could vote, I definitely would NOT have voted for Romney.
 
2012-12-18 11:32:19 AM  

Two Dogs Farking: Wow. Just wow.

I'm surprised they haven't decided to charge them royalties for the increased circulation generated by the election cycle.



Huh. Mittens is a money-grubbing scumbag. Who knew?
 
2012-12-18 11:32:39 AM  
I thought they could save hundreds on their car insurance by switching to Geico.
 
2012-12-18 11:32:42 AM  
Isn't this all just business expenses? Get the tax guy to run them numbers again and post it all against some losses. It'll amortize itself out before the depreciation can kick in. I'll bet if you put it in Column 11, it will cancel out everything in Column 9.

Failing that, let American Express eat it by dumping it in to a spin off company that accumulates debt and then goes bankrupt. "Sorry, AMEX. We transferred that debt to Titsup Inc. and they went something something."

/No. I don't know what I'm talking about.
 
2012-12-18 11:32:59 AM  
Is there anything more heartless than a rich Republican?
 
2012-12-18 11:33:18 AM  
Why would a news organization pay to travel around with a candidate? Don't candidates want news organizations to cover their candidacy? Am I missing something here?
 
2012-12-18 11:34:10 AM  
All part of the plan, heh. Campaign Raider. Take over, insert your own management, pay them heavily to loot any convertible funds such as pensions or budgets for management, then dump them once they are dry. Take what you can and give nothing back.
 
2012-12-18 11:34:21 AM  
Romney is a first-class asshole, and a cheap stingy bastard to boot.

And he's not the Chris Christie kind of asshole, who is a fat bastard who will tell you things you don't want to hear because he just doesn't give a damn if he hurts your feelings.

He's the dickhead middle manager kind of asshole, who is afraid of direct confrontation and will only stab you in the back because he doesn't have to look in you in the eyes when he does it.
 
2012-12-18 11:34:34 AM  

GCD: shiat rolls down hill...fast.

If the ordinary average citizen hired a "ground transportation company" for the day, there's no way in hell that the cost would exceed $1,000/day.

If the wanna-be president hires a ground transportation company, you can be damned sure that they are going to bilk them for all they can.

If you were a part of that, you're on the hook for your share of the cost...doesn't matter that it's 100 times what a normal person would pay.

I figured that they would have known this kind of thing well in advance since it happens all the time.


Umm, you didn't read the article very well. The news organizations already gave one example of how the Romney campaign was charging more than the company they were allegedly paying. However, in Rmoney's defense, I work for a news organization and during the primaries our sedan/ shuttle service rates shot through the roof. And depending on how many people traveled and for whaqt distance, its possible to run up a $1,000.00 bill for a day's car service.
 
2012-12-18 11:34:43 AM  

Superjew: Is there anything more heartless than a rich Republican?


A Christian Conservative
 
2012-12-18 11:35:44 AM  

GCD: coeyagi: I assume it didn't happen with the OTHER campaign.

Didn't say it did or didn't happen. In all likeliness it did since price gouging the hell out of the government is a rampant occurrence.
Citrate1007: RTFA, They contacted actual companies and found out what the Romney campaign paid.......but you know, mindlessly defend Romney.

Seriously? Defend Romney? First off...I'm Canadian. Secondly, of I was American and could vote, I definitely would NOT have voted for Romney.


Really? REALLY? How would Fox not have latched on to this then? You've got nothing but a stereotype to go on. I have the unflinching uninterruptible rage of a party and its media arm waiting to pounce on even the slightest hint of malfeasance from the Obama administration. If any outlet covering the president had even whispered "over charge" within 1000 miles of Fox News HQ, this shiat would be a (Is it a) scandal (yet?) by now.
 
2012-12-18 11:36:32 AM  

The Larch: Romney is a first-class asshole, and a cheap stingy bastard to boot.

And he's not the Chris Christie kind of asshole, who is a fat bastard who will tell you things you don't want to hear because he just doesn't give a damn if he hurts your feelings.

He's the dickhead middle manager kind of asshole, who is afraid of direct confrontation and will only stab you in the back because he doesn't have to look in you in the eyes when he does it.


But his TPS plan could have saved the country, it was all about reporting accurately.
 
hej
2012-12-18 11:36:47 AM  
I must be the only person here confused by the notion of media outlets paying a campaign for being allowed to generate a bunch of publicity for the campaign.
 
2012-12-18 11:36:54 AM  

The Short Bald Guy from Benny Hill: Why would a news organization pay to travel around with a candidate? Don't candidates want news organizations to cover their candidacy? Am I missing something here?


"We want to cover your Presidential run?"

"Gimme a dolla'!"

"OK, we'll go cover the other guy."
 
2012-12-18 11:37:22 AM  

DarkSoulNoHope: He's no longer the candidate for president; and considering how Romney will be treated like all the other former Republicans, he will never be mentioned again by Republican leadership. You don't have to defend his actions anymore, you're free!


I don't think you really read my post.
 
2012-12-18 11:37:43 AM  
It's the Bain Capital way.
 
2012-12-18 11:37:43 AM  

DROxINxTHExWIND: GCD: shiat rolls down hill...fast.

If the ordinary average citizen hired a "ground transportation company" for the day, there's no way in hell that the cost would exceed $1,000/day.

If the wanna-be president hires a ground transportation company, you can be damned sure that they are going to bilk them for all they can.

If you were a part of that, you're on the hook for your share of the cost...doesn't matter that it's 100 times what a normal person would pay.

I figured that they would have known this kind of thing well in advance since it happens all the time.

Umm, you didn't read the article very well. The news organizations already gave one example of how the Romney campaign was charging more than the company they were allegedly paying. However, in Rmoney's defense, I work for a news organization and during the primaries our sedan/ shuttle service rates shot through the roof. And depending on how many people traveled and for whaqt distance, its possible to run up a $1,000.00 bill for a day's car service.


So I take it you're getting a kick out of these replies?
 
2012-12-18 11:38:41 AM  

Elandriel: DarkSoulNoHope: He's no longer the candidate for president; and considering how Romney will be treated like all the other former Republicans, he will never be mentioned again by Republican leadership. You don't have to defend his actions anymore, you're free!

I don't think you really read my post.


In his defense, I didn't read it either. :(
 
2012-12-18 11:39:14 AM  
In other news, BuzzFeed considers itself a news organization
 
GCD
2012-12-18 11:39:25 AM  

DROxINxTHExWIND: Umm, you didn't read the article very well.


You're right, I went back and re-read it and missed where they had contacted the bus company to determine that the actual cost of the rentals was vastly cheaper than what they were charged.

However, at the end of the day, the behavior is still typical of the government; Gouge the hell out of people.

On the flip side and where my misinterpretation came was from the fact the same gouging can be said for businesses supplying the government with goods and services.

Go order 100 computers for yourself and see what the cost is...most places will offer you a DISCOUNT for the bulk purchase. Then go try to order the same 100 computers with a government PO and see what your final bill would be.
 
2012-12-18 11:43:38 AM  

GCD: DROxINxTHExWIND: Umm, you didn't read the article very well.

You're right, I went back and re-read it and missed where they had contacted the bus company to determine that the actual cost of the rentals was vastly cheaper than what they were charged.

However, at the end of the day, the behavior is still typical of the government; Gouge the hell out of people.

On the flip side and where my misinterpretation came was from the fact the same gouging can be said for businesses supplying the government with goods and services.

Go order 100 computers for yourself and see what the cost is...most places will offer you a DISCOUNT for the bulk purchase. Then go try to order the same 100 computers with a government PO and see what your final bill would be.


This may come as a shock to you, but the Romney Campaign was not, is not, and never will be part of the government.
 
Bf+
2012-12-18 11:44:07 AM  

Cheron: To be fair these are typical for Romney who is completely divorced from normal costs.


Then, we can take them to McDonald's or something-- That can't cost more than a couple grand per person, right?
 
2012-12-18 11:44:29 AM  

DarkSoulNoHope: He's no longer the candidate for president; and considering how Romney will be treated like all the other former Republicans, he will never be mentioned again by Republican leadership. You don't have to defend his actions anymore, you're free!


Now, be fair. They did wheel Bob Dole up on stage to shake his hand before voting down the Disability Rights bill he was championing.

So I'm sure they'll invite Mitt if they ever want to blow up Utah.
 
2012-12-18 11:44:31 AM  
Can you imagine what Mitt and his slimy bankers, accountants, and attorneys would have done with our country's treasure and resources had prevailed in the election?

*shudders*
 
2012-12-18 11:46:09 AM  

GCD: However, at the end of the day, the behavior is still typical of the government; Gouge the hell out of people.


The Romney campaign isn't part of the government.
 
2012-12-18 11:46:46 AM  

Happy Hours: In other news, BuzzFeed considers itself a news organization


Fox News can, so why can't BuzzFeed?
 
2012-12-18 11:48:40 AM  

Elandriel: DarkSoulNoHope: He's no longer the candidate for president; and considering how Romney will be treated like all the other former Republicans, he will never be mentioned again by Republican leadership. You don't have to defend his actions anymore, you're free!

I don't think you really read my post.


Sorry, my sarcasm meter exploded due to Fark. I am in the process of replacing it.
 
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