June 1, 2012
Indiana governor Mitch Daniels “is on a short list of well-connected individuals” attending the Bilderberg confab this year, according to The Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
“While two other Washington D.C. events – the unveiling of George W. Bush’s portrait at the White House and a visit to the National Press Club to talk road funding – were listed on the public schedule released by Daniels’ office, there was no mention of Bilderberg,” Niki Kelly writes for the newspaper today.
Daniels Press Secretary Jane Jankowski said Daniels will participate in a panel discussion today and then leave. The Bilderberg meeting was not on his public schedule because it’s not a public event, she said.
The Logan Act forbids unauthorized citizens from negotiating with foreign governments. It was passed in 1799 and last amended in 1994. Violation of the Logan Act is a felony, punishable under federal law with imprisonment of up to three years.
Daniels is a well-connected Republican who served as the Director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget under George W. Bush before holding the office of Indiana’s governor. He is also the former Senior Vice President of Eli Lilly and Company.
It was widely speculated that we would run for president in 2012. On March 6, 2011, Daniels won a Republican straw poll in Oregon. He subsequently decided not to run.
Following rumors that he might be considered as Romney’s vice president, Daniels said he would “disconnect the phone” if Romney called and made the proposition.
On Thursday, the Washington Post suggested that the Bilderberg Group may have a decisive role to play in picking Mitt Romney’s running mate, thus continuing a recent trend in which the secretive cabal has had a direct influence on the U.S. presidential election.
In 2004, John Edwards was selected as John Kerry’s number two by the Bilderbergers. Kerry lost the race to Bush, who served a second term.