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Pioneer Profiles: George W. Bush's $100,000 Club
Name: Thomas Martin Fiorentino
Occupation: VP of Communications, CSX Transportaion
Industry: Transportation
Home: Jacksonville, Florida


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Fiorentino made a courageous stand against special-interest, sell-out politics in ‘97, when he denounced a Florida fundraiser in which fat cats who contributed $50,000 got a private audience with President Clinton and Al Gore. “You’ll get access to individuals in a small setting and you’ll get to show that you are a supporter in a very graphic way,” he fumed. “This is as close to the mother’s milk of politics as you can get.” One year later, Fiorentino resurfaced as one of the “Jacksonville Eight,” the wealthy executives who raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Jeb Bush’s gubernatorial campaign. Fiorentino is one of three Pioneers who work for CSX (see A. R. Carpenter and Joseph Bogosian). This company joined three other major railroad interests in “Destination DC,” a ‘99 lobbying effort to prevent Congress from imposing new regulations on the industry. Like Pioneer John Rood, Fiorentino sits on the board of the James Madison Institute, a think tank that promotes school vouchers, welfare reform, free enterprise and low taxes. Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Florida’s Future merged with the Madison Institute in ‘99. 

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