The Bain of Romney's existence
Thursday, July 12, 2012
, who says under his reign Bain Capital
was a plus-jobs creator, has dismissed attacks on his record
for more than a decade arguing the companies that went belly-up or cut jobs did so after he left Bain in 1999 to go run the Winter Olympics
in Salt Lake City.
Well, maybe not. The Boston Globe
today reveals Massachusetts ethics forms and federal corporate records signed by Romney indicate the former governor had hold of the reins until 2002
, three years after he declared his hands were clean and well into the pillaging claimed by President Obama
’s camp. And Mother Jones
, which had previously reported on the federal filings
, reports today that while Romney decries losing jobs to China, Bain had a large stake in a Chinese company that profited from US outsourcing
Romney aides this morning were quick to try to plug the holes in the dike
. As in the Globe
story, Romney aides this morning say it’s a matter of interpretation and how you split the hair. The aides say that, well, yes, Romney did sign the Securities and Exchange Commission papers saying he was the sole stockholder and manager of Bain but that was a technicality. He was gone in 1999 because he says he was gone in 1999 and you can take that to the bank. Kind of like the President Clinton answer of what “is” is?
So the question becomes why did he submit the Statement of Financial Interest
to the State Ethics Commission
listing a six-figure salary from Bain beyond his stock holdings? And, why did he sign statements for the SEC under the penalty of perjury – not to mention potential investor lawsuits – that say he ran the company when he didn’t? It will be difficult to say it doesn’t matter when so much relies on those statements.
“You can’t say statements filed with the SEC are meaningless. This is a fact in an SEC filing,” Roberta S. Karmel
, a former SEC commissioner, told the Globe
. “It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to say he was technically in charge on paper but he had nothing to do with Bain’s operations. Was he getting paid? He’s the sole stockholder. Are you telling me he owned the company but had no say in its investments?”
Those are questions that could leave Romney on the defensive once again
. The issue has been the focus of Obama ads and Romney recently started hitting back
on the truthfulness of the Democrats’ claim, showing fact-checkers’ conclusion that Romney did not ship jobs overseas
. But much of that is based on Romney’s declaration that he was out by 1999. Will that change the facts for the fact-checkers?
It also comes as Democrats have ramped up the heat on Romney over his offshore accounts and investments. Romney has declared everything’s in a blind trust so he doesn’t have much say in it. But, lo and behold, a clip has surfaced of Romney running against Sen. Edward Kennedy
in 1994 attacking Kennedy for his family’s blind trusts.
“The blind trust is an age-old ruse,” Romney said back then. “You give a blind trust rules. You can say to a blind trust, don't invest in properties which would be in conflict of interest or where the seller might think they're going to get an advantage from me.”
In this day of computer storage and the Internet, you can bank on much more to surface about both candidates. --JACK SULLIVAN BEACON HILL
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for terminally ill patients; allow the dispensing of medical marijuana
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The New York Times reports
are concerned Romney
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