Friday, September 7, 2007

Fred Finally Makes It Official

It's (finally) official. After months of raising money and talking like a bona fide presidential hopeful, lawyer turned lobbyist, senator turned actor, and current InfoCision client, Fred Thompson announced this week that he is officially in the race to add president to his resume. For months Thompson has been raising money through a 527 committee, "Friends of Fred Thompson," which some analysts said was his attempt to dodge federal campaign finance rules by not filing reports with the Federal Election Commission. Although Thompson's campaign had hoped to raise about $5 million this way, the committee had brought in about $2 million by the end of July, with law firms, retirees and the real estate industry contributing most. More than half of his haul came from his home state of Tennessee. Some of his top donors include employees of the investment adviser INS Capital Management, the Missouri-based holding company Gannon International and the Washington law and lobbying firm Akin, Gump. Individual supporters include Howard Baker, a former U.S. Senator from Tennessee; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, who played for the University of Tennessee in college; and William Haslam, mayor of Knoxville.

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Anonymous said...

You obviously have the drive to be a good blogger, but I think you still have a lot to learn.

I have been following your blog for about a month now and I see a lot of posts about Infocision. I thought that having a successful company was supposed to be part of the American dream. I am not sure what you have against this company, is it some kind of evil corporate giant that is spying on Americans sending their internet and phone records to the DHS? Do they outsource American jobs to other countries and use slave labor?

If you do a Google search on Infocision almost every result it positive. It seems that almost every result is about Jobs that they bring into a struggling community, donations to different areas and benefits it is giving employees.



As for the political posts it seems that you only like to post negative articles. If you feel so strongly about your views, you should be fairly comparing and contrasting each of the candidates. I honestly feel that if you do not, you are no better than the very news organizations that you bash.

Almost everyone who posts about one political party or another only expresses their views, it would be very refreshing to see fair and balanced research.

Anonymous said...

Blogging is not really about research per se, it is about - in this case anyway - alerting others to stories that deserve consideration. I don't blame him for writing about things he is passionate about and disagrees with. I mean, it's clear he doesn't like Walmart necessarily, or at least thinks they derserve criticism. Now, He or I could probably dig up some articles praising the company, but would this really mean much in the way of being fair? Just because you google a company and find positive results does not mean it doesn't warrant scrutiny. As if papers are going to necessarily talk about their fund raising tactics. Why do you think Infoland has laid out big time bucks for the Akron stadium? Um, good PR that's all. They get good google or press results then and people like you see this as evidence of inherent goodness or something. I mean, in your thinking, Walmart is successful and just part of the 'american dream.' But what about them selling cheap shit from China and screwing people out of benefits? You think because they make money that one should chalk it up to dreams? Weird thinking if you asked me. Maybe our heroic blogger here is just trying to provide a little insight into the oftentimes nebulous and shady worlds of campaign fund raising? Where else would we get that info from? Perhaps the media guide to Akron U football? please.