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Buddy Roe­mer, the in­de­pen­dent pres­i­den­tial hopeful who will take do­na­tions only in $100 in­cre­ments, ar­rives in the na­tion’s cap­i­tal Thurs­day to talk cor­rup­tion and cam­paign fi­nance re­form with one­time lob­by­ist Jack Abramoff and for­mer Fed­eral Elec­tion Com­mis­sion Chair­man Trevor Pot­ter. Mr. Roe­mer’s motto, in­ci­den­tally, is “Pick a pres­i­dent, not a party.”

The trio meet for a public “em­pire sa­lon” un­der the aus­pices of the Com­mit­tee for the Repub­lic, which notes, “In the world of po­lit­i­cal in­flu­ence ped­dling, the money trail al­ways leads back to the lob­by­ing com­mu­nity. Lob­by­ists dis­pense po­lit­i­cal con­tri­bu­tions like Hal­loween candy — only for them, ev­ery day is Hal­loween.”

The con­ver­sa­tion should ap­peal to Mr. Roe­mer.

“If Mitt Rom­ney’s cam­paign is an Etch A Sketch, then the GOP pri­mary is a game of Twis­ter,” says Mr. Roe­mer, ref­er­enc­ing a cheeky com­ment from Rom­ney aide Eric Fehrn­strom, who com­pared his boss’s cam­paign to the vin­tage toy, telling CNN, “You can kind of shake it up and we start all over again.”

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