Last year, Mitt Romney applied for a permit to bulldoze his 3,000-square-foot, $12 million home on the beach in La Jolla, California (pictured left), in order to replace it with a 11,000-square-foot house.
Politico.com reports that the new home comes with car elevators and its own lobbyist. To get the city to approve a new 11,000-square-foot house, Romney hired San Diego attorney and registered lobbyist Matthew Peterson, paying him $21,500 since 2008.
Peterson, according to the biography on his the website of his law firm, Peterson & Price, A.P.C., is a “registered lobbyist” for clients on real-estate matters. His practice “emphasizes municipal and governmental advocacy” for clients seeking building permits, “property development entitlements” and “zoning violation matters.”
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Listed on Peterson’s client disclosure forms as “Willard Romney,” the former Massachusetts governor paid Peterson to lobby four San Diego city officials: the project manager responsible for the planned construction, an assistant city attorney and two engineers.
House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who endorsed Romney, scolded the candidate last year for choosing to build the huge house during the election: “He needs to stop staying in hotels and start staying with volunteers at every campaign stop. His job should be to take out the trash every day, and if that bag breaks, he needs to clean it up."