mark hertsgaard

Independent Journalist & Author


Wall St. Journal Advances Romney-Perry Story

My regular readers will recall that last month I published a two-part investigation of Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry in Salon, Part Two of which described “How Romney Helped Perry Break the Law.” To my surprise, my article got almost no pick-up in the rest of the media, despite detailing how the two then-leading Republican presidential candidates had been found guilty of money-laundering a $1 million contribution from Swift Boat Veterans funder Bob Perry through the Republican Governors Association in 2006.

But today the Wall Street Journal revived the Romney-Perry story and even advanced it slightly: Kudos to the Journal! Their piece ain’t perfect; it downplays the fact that these guys BROKE THE LAW and, like so much campaign coverage, it focuses too much on personalities and tactical calculations. Still, it’s a valuable piece of journalism that increases the likelihood that Perry and especially Romney will face further questions about this scandal as the 2012 campaign continues.



One Response to “Wall St. Journal Advances Romney-Perry Story”

  • george bakouropoulos says:

    Hi mark,
    Thanks for your great article on the perry/romney “crims”…i’m flabergasted…today is the first time i’ve connected to the al jazeera/english site while following a lead from reading about the leadership crisis in greece…great stuff!…keep it up and cheers geobak.

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