Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt said in a Monday CNN interview that Democrats have covered transportation costs for Randy Johnson, a former employee of American Pad & Paper who criticizes Mitt Romney in a new ad released by the Obama campaign.
BROOKE BALDWIN: Final question to you, just a yes or no answer: Is Randy Johnson on your payroll? It's been reported the DNC actually pays him to fly to rallies, yes or no?
LABOLT: He is — he's not on our payroll. He's certainly spoken out on behalf his experience with Mitt Romney. And certainly those transportation costs to those events have been covered. But Mitt Romney had an absolutely devastating impact on his community—
BALDWIN: Have Democrats expensed his trips?
LABOLT: And his family and—absolutely. He's been out there highlighting the story across the country.
Johnson has been a prominent Romney critic since the former Massachusetts governor’s 1994 Senate race against Sen. Edward Kennedy.