Henry and Austin Barbour are following in the political and lobbyist profession of their uncle, Haley Reeves Barbour, former Mississippi Governor and Washington, DC insider. The nephews have worked in campaigns and central committees at the state and national level. Henry was covered in a January 12, 2011 New York Times article titled “In R.N.C. Battle, the Other Barbour Steps Out” as a national party leader in his role in unseating Michael Steele of Maryland, the former Republican National Committee chairman. The national central committee replaced Steel at its next meeting.
Austin F. Barbour was photographed with Romney campaign senior advisors yesterday in Burlington, Mass. where the candidate was rehearsing for tonight’s presidential debate. See <a href=”http://www.ksl.com/?sid=22572443&nid=1164″ title=”Austin Barbour photo” target=”_blank”></a>
The younger Barbour’s role is not known in the earlier presidential debate or in the town hall style contest this evening. Earlier this year his Romney Campaign position was styled ‘Finance Chairman’.
The majority of Washington lobbyist firms and their functionaries are betting and giving to the Romney campaign. See http://firststreetresearch.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/first-street-research-group-gop-report-v2.pdf
The national elevation of the Barbour nephews in presidential politics is happening in the midst of historical increases in presidential campaign cash and donation secrecy.
U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs – Permanent Subcommittee On Investigations
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – A two-year bipartisan investigation by the U. S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations has found that Department of Homeland Security efforts to engage state and local intelligence “fusion centers” has not yielded significant useful information to support federal counterterrorism intelligence efforts.
“It’s troubling that the very ‘fusion’ centers that were designed to share information in a post-9/11 world have become part of the problem. Instead of strengthening our counterterrorism efforts, they have too often wasted money and stepped on Americans’ civil liberties,” said Senator Tom Coburn, the Subcommittee’s ranking member who initiated the investigation.
The investigation determined that senior DHS officials were aware of the problems hampering effective counterterrorism work with the fusion centers, but did not always inform Congress of the issues, nor ensure the problems were fixed in a timely manner.
“Unfortunately, DHS has resisted oversight of these centers. The Department opted not to inform Congress or the public of serious problems plaguing its fusion center and broader intelligence efforts. When this Subcommittee requested documents that would help it identify these issues, the Department initially resisted turning them over, arguing that they were protected by privilege, too sensitive to share, were protected by confidentiality agreements, or did not exist at all. The American people deserve better. I hope this report will help generate the reforms that will help keep our country safe,” Dr. Coburn said.
Senator Lieberman criticized the report