The billing records for Fred Thompson’s lobbying efforts for a pro-abortion group have surfaced.

The billing records exist

… and Fred Thompson’s campaign spokesman is a double-breasted liar.

Thompson spokesman Mark Corallo adamantly denied that Thompson worked for the family planning group. “Fred Thompson did not lobby for this group, period,” he said in an e-mail. In a telephone interview, he added: “There’s no documents to prove it, there’s no billing records, and Thompson says he has no recollection of it, says it didn’t happen.”

Some of Ol’ Fred’s fans are still drinking the Kool-Aid …

… and others aren’t.

Still curious to know if someone has looked at the WH visitor and phone logs to see which officials Thompson lobbied for more than three hours. If Thompson has no memory of lobbying at all, then how can he be certain he never talked to John Sununu?

With Romney apparently geared up to go after Thompson’s lobbying practice, I don’t think this one will be allowed to die.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com