Robert Novak

WASHINGTON -- A prominent anti-abortion Catholic legislator in New Hampshire on Feb. 17 sent a "confidential invitation for addressee only" to a 3 p.m. meeting with Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney March 17 at the Upham-Walker House in Concord, N.H.

Republican State Rep. Maureen C. Mooney said the meeting would be "private" and "closed to the press." She added Romney would answer questions from a "small group of conservatives."

Mooney's invitation stressed that the meeting was not "an endorsement of any kind on my behalf or the N.H. GOP." Romney, a possible candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, lost ground with Catholic pro-lifers when he said he would enforce a law requiring that the morning-after pill be made available at Catholic hospitals throughout Massachusetts.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GEORGE

Although members of Congress are keeping an arm's length from lobbyists, Sen. George Allen -- a possible Republican presidential hopeful -- will be celebrating his 54th birthday the evening of March 8 at a Capitol Hill fund-raising party hosted by Washington lobbyists.

Scott Corley, a registered lobbyist for Microsoft, and Frank Cavaliere, Vonage's vice president for federal regulatory affairs, sent out a letter to fellow lobbyists asking $1,000 per political action committee or individual. Also listed as hosts were lobbyists for Clear Channel Communications, BWX Technologies, AT&T, VeriSign, the National Federation of Independent Business, the National Association of Broadcasters and the United Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Association.

Sponsors and hosts alone are expected to produce over $50,000 for "Friends of George Allen," and other guests would provide more. This money could be used for either Allen's 2006 re-election effort in Virginia or a presidential campaign in 2008.

STINGING SOROS

Left-wing billionaire George Soros, who has used a loophole in campaign finance laws to smash George W. Bush and Tom DeLay, is getting a taste of his own medicine in Rep. DeLay's home base of Houston.

The Free Enterprise Committee, a so-called 527 organization that escapes federal scrutiny, is running an ad in Houston that links Soros to the attacks on DeLay. It depicts Soros in black while DeLay is seen bathed in sunshine and in full color.

"George Soros, full of money and liberal ideas -- like legalizing drugs, letting felons vote and keeping the death tax," begins the ad. It continues: "He also bankrolled the liberals linked to attacks on Tom DeLay. So, when you see attacks on Tom DeLay, consider the source."

SCALPING FOR POLITICS


Robert Novak

Robert Novak (1931-2009) was a syndicated columnist and editor of the Evans-Novak Political Report.
 

 
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