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Report: Thompson's Advisors Slam Stimulus, But Biz Benefits


MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WTAQ) - Tommy Thompson’s advisors are slamming what they call the “runaway federal spending” in the economic stimulus package, as the Republican considers a run for U.S. Senate. But Thompson’s businesses have received millions of that stimulus cash. According to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnist Dan Bice, Logistics Health of La Crosse – of which Thompson is the president – got $277,000 stimulus dollars for 3 contracts.

The pharmaceutical giant Novartis, which has paid Thompson large consulting fees, got $47 million from the stimulus package in three contracts. And the accounting firm of Deloitte and Touche got $24 million in 10 stimulus contracts and 2 sub-contracts. Thompson was the independent chair of Deloitte’s Center for Health Solutions until last year. And the company said all but one of the contracts were approved after Thompson left.

The former governor has not commented. But a strategist for Senate Democrat Russ Feingold said Thompson was never concerned about the deficit until he considered a possible run for Feingold’s seat.