2002: Romney Brags About Washington Connections & Pork

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Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) speaks to Bedford Industrial Foundation, October 16, 2002

I am big believer in getting money where the money is. The money is in Washington….

I want to go after every grant, every project, every department in Washington to assure that we are taking advantage of economic development opportunities….

I have learned from my Olympic experience that if you have people who really understand how Washington works and have personal associations there you can get money to help build economic development opportunities….

The whole winter games was a combination of the federal, state and local governments along with private enterprise. We actually received over $410 million from the federal government for the Olympic games. That is a huge increase over anything ever done before and we did that by going after every agency of government….

She [my colleague] said, ‘Why don’t I get the Department of Education to buy tickets to the Paralympics so that high school and grade school kids can go to the Paralympics?’ She literally got, I believe the number  was over $1 million from the Department of Education, funding to buy tickets for kids. This way we got kids there and we also got additional revenues that we wouldn’t have had.  That kind of creativity I want to bring to everything we do.

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