I'd heard about his lobbying work before, and I thought that in the wake of the Abramoff affair, this might be his biggest problem. Then I read the article at politico.com and saw this:
Thompson made nearly $1.3 million over about two decades of lobbying both before and after his eight-year Senate stint, according to government documents and media accounts from his successful run for the Senate in 1994.So he made $1.3 million over 20 years of lobbying. That's an average annual take of $65,000. Pffft...either he was a crappy lobbyist or, more likely, he wasn't very committed to lobbying as a career choice.
Fred's starting to look more and more like my candidate of choice.