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QUESTION: Senator Santorum, you have been the Senate's liaison for the so-called K Street projects. It's been reported you hosted monthly meetings with lobbyists, the top lobbyists in town. What makes you the correct person to lead this charge to reform?
SANTORUM: Well, I don't know what you mean by Senate liaison to the, quote, "K Street Project." I'm not aware of any Senate liaison job that I do for the K Street Project.  Jan 17, 2006

But Mr. Santorum said yesterday that his regular meetings with the lobbying groups are part of his leadership role as the Senate's third-ranking Republican. He described the meetings as a way to inform influential groups who can filter the Republican message out to clients to help achieve Republicans' goals. While job candidates are discussed, Mr. Santorum said, "there is no pressure to put Republicans in those roles, period -- no pressure. ... I absolutely abhor that." "The K Street project is purely to make sure we have qualified applicants for positions that are in town," Mr. Santorum said. "From my perspective, it's a good government thing."  Nov 15, 2005

For Sen. Santorum to suggest that we and other American media should not report about the tragic loss of American lives -- a death toll that now stands above 2,200 -- is to sell our readers short and to suggest that they do not need to know, nor do they want to know, how many brave Americans are dying there...  Telling Americans that they shouldn't be told how many are dying in Iraq is way too much, even for Mr. Santorum  Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Lobbying 101  Jan 11, 2006

"I will do everything in my power to stop anything beneficial to New Jersey, period. I will use everything I have until New Jersey lives up to their commitments," said U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum... "Every single thing that benefits New Jersey in particular I will do everything I can to make sure that it gets slowed down or stopped."
The Republicans ended November with $61 million in the bank compared to the Democrats’ $41 million. The DSCC has $22.4 million; NRSC has $9.2 million.
CASH RAISED IN NOVEMBER, CASH ON HAND: RNC $6.1 million,  $32 million, DNC $5.4 million,  $7.3 million; NRSC $2.4 million, $9.2 million,  DSCC $3.6 million, $22.4 million; NRCC $3.8 million, $19.5 million, DCCC $2.5 million,  $11.2 million

$11,000 in contributions to campaign, leadership PAC, and 527

On a day when high-profile Republicans including George Bush, Tom DeLay, and Roy Blunt are returning money connected to Jack Abramoff, Senator Santorum is noticeably silent.

“Santorum should return the Abramoff money, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. Rick Santorum’s leadership of the K Street Project is another example of a culture of corruption in Washington that needs to end, said Bob Casey spokesperson Larry Smar. “... This is one of the many reasons why we need a change of direction in Washington.”

Santorum received the following contributions connected to Abramoff.

* $5,000 from the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians to America's Foundation Non-Federal (Santorum’s 527) in the 2002 Cycle

* $2,000 from the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe $2,000 to the Santorum campaign in the 2004 Cycle

* $1,000 from the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians to the Santorum campaign in the 2000 Cycle

* $1,000 from the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians to America's Foundation (Santorum’s leadership PAC) in the 2004 Cycle

* $2,000 from the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians to America's Foundation(Santorum’s leadership PAC) in the 2004 Cycle

Santorum attended benefit for Abramoff's front charity 'Capital Athletic Foundation', less than 1% of foundation's money went to kids  Jan 3, 2006

Sherwood took $1,000 from ADCSPAC involved in bribery of Duke Cunningham, Santorum refused to condemn Sherwood for affair that ended in 911 call from girlfriend alleging Sherwood had choked her  Jan 2, 2006

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