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
"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