By Brett LoGiurato
Eric Fehrnstrom, a senior adviser to the Romney campaign, told reporters on a conference call this morning that Obama campaign manager Jim Messina "appears" to have broken the law, based off a series of emails Messina sent from his personal account as White House deputy chief of staff.
The emails were detailed in a House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee report on Tuesday. The most explosive include several exchanges between a pharmaceutical industry lobbyist and Messina, who was then President Barack Obama's deputy White House chief of staff.
Messina and Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) lobbyist Jeffrey Forbes exchange emails relating to a deal between PhRMA and the Senate Finance Committee on Obama's Affordable Care Act legislation.
The emails pertain to the funding for the deal that helped PhRMA support the Affordable Care Act. In the email, Messina says he will "roll" then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to secure funding.