Is this the man you want to benefit by re-electing Thad Cochran to the US Senate? A lobbyist for a foreign government, an amnesty supporter, a race-baiter, and a liar! – MCD
Melanie Mason and Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times, March 23, 2011
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour’s assertion that he did not personally work for the government of Mexico when his lobbying firm represented the country a decade ago is contradicted by the firm’s own federal filings, which describe him as a leader of the team assigned to the account.
During an appearance Saturday at the California Republican Convention in Sacramento, Barbour denied a reporter’s statement that he once “lobbied for the government of Mexico on the issue of amnesty and a path to citizenship.”
“Your facts are incorrect,” Barbour said, adding, “I didn’t do the work in the firm; one of my partners did.” The Republican governor said one of the issues his firm worked on was a law that would have allowed legal immigrants to renew their visas without leaving the country, though he added, “Don’t hold me to all the details.”
In fact, the firm lobbied in support of bill that would have allowed illegal immigrants to obtain legal residency by paying a fine, instead of having to return to their home countries before applying for legal entry.
According to paperwork filed by Barbour Griffith & Rogers with the Justice Department, the firm represented the Mexican Embassy for 16 months, with Barbour listed as one of the key members on the account. [Read more...]