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Sun Jul 15, 2012, 02:58 AM

Globe: 'Evidence mounts' of Bain ties



The Boston Globe is not backing down.

Following Mitt Romney's television blitz on Friday, in which he dismissed the assertion that he stayed at Bain Capital past February 1999, the Globe is out with a new report pointing to more regulatory filings, reports and quotes from the candidate that suggest he was involved with the firm past that time:

"Romney’s own words, along with other documentary evidence, appear to challenge his campaign’s assertion in a recent financial disclosure that Romney had “retired” from Bain in 1999 and “since February 11, 1999, Mr. Romney has not had any active role with any Bain Capital entity and has not been involved in the operations of any Bain Capital entity in any way," the Globe report states.

The report, which was blasted out to reporters late Saturday by the pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action, is further evidence -- if any was needed -- that both the media and Team Obama intend to keep the issue at the top of the news cycle well into next week, if not longer.

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Full article here: http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2012/07/globe-evidence-mounts-of-bain-ties-128939.html




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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Sun Jul 15, 2012, 04:01 AM

1. Welcome back, investigative journalism

We've missed you.

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Response to nxylas (Reply #1)

Sun Jul 15, 2012, 05:30 PM

7. More sunlight needs to be shed on his friends from the Olympics time - shades of Bebe Rebozo

from "Romney Saved Salt Lake Olympics From Scandal, But at What Price?" by Wayne Barrett

The $1,000-a-head Romney fundraiser in February was cohosted by a Utah businessman named D. Fraser Bullock. In 1999 Bullock was handpicked by Romney to be COO for the Olympics, a move Romney has referred to as his “best day” as Olympics CEO. In Turnaround, Romney referred to Bullock as his “Sancho Panza.” Nolan Karras, who was Utah governor Mike Leavitt’s representative on the SLOC, said: “You could not have had a Mitt Romney without a Fraser Bullock.” When Romney relocated immediately after the Games, Bullock replaced him as CEO.

When combined, Bullock’s own contributions, plus those of his family and corporate connections, total $778,172 given to Romney’s campaigns. Asked now if he’s ever had any concerns about Dizdarevic’s ethics, Bullock, who became Jet Set’s sole minority investor in 2008, said simply: “No.” He insisted that Dizdarevic, who also paid undisclosed millions in sponsorship fees to the SLOC and the U.S. Olympics Committee, “was just like a whole bunch of other businesspeople” that donated to the Games. “That wasn’t a problem,” he explained. “It’s what the people did with the money that received it.”

Mark Lewis, the SLOC executive hired by Romney who negotiated the contract with Dizdarevic and whom Romney described in Turnaround as “great,” echoed Bullock’s view. Acknowledging that Dizdarevic’s cash payments to Welch and Johnson “were known before the contract was signed,” Lewis told The Daily Beast. “The bad actors, if you will, were the people who took the money and used it for improper purposes, not the people who gave them the money.” Lewis, who was named after the Games to head a foundation that inherited $76 million in Olympic profits to maintain the sports venues, insists that “there was a lot of due diligence done by our committee and our legal counsel before we made any deals with Jet Set Sports.”

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/04/12/romney-saved-salt-lake-olympics-from-scandal-but-at-what-price.html

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Sun Jul 15, 2012, 04:47 AM

2. He doubled down and they backhanded him. He should have known better.

Of course, if he spent more time reading the Globe and their often-brutal spotlight team coverage while he was in MA, instead of lounging around his lakeside multi-million dollar NH home reading the wingnutty Union Leader, he might know that the Globe, once they get a bone between their teeth, will keep grinding away until they suck the very marrow out of the thing.

He should resign himself to much, much more fun. Maybe he'll go on TV again, and give us more footage of him lying for oppo ads?

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Response to MADem (Reply #2)

Sun Jul 15, 2012, 05:20 AM

3. It's simply too deeply ingrained in him to feel that the public deserves to know his inside business

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He's a CEO. CEOs are accustomed to answering to basically nobody. I mean - look at the CEOs who've gone in to testify before Congress. They skate and slide and bullshit-blather and fast-talk and fancy-step but they don't cough up much. They're imperialist weasels who recognize NO public obligation or responsibility or accountability. Because they believe it simply doesn't apply to them. And they don't do so because there's this imperiousness about the level of CEO. You're on top of the ziggurat. You're The Big Guy. Everybody else is underneath you in rank. You don't work for anybody. They all work for YOU. And they're damn lucky to have their damn jobs too, so they should just shut up and stop annoying His Lordship - who doesn't owe them any explanation on anything, EVER! And besides, they have no right to ask - CERTAINLY no right to demand anything of him!

It's a CEO mentality. A Major-League Superiority Complex. Every CEO is a KING of his own little fiefdom in the corporate world. And the CEO mentality has no business in government at all, much less in the White House! The president is NOT a CEO, and certainly no king! George Washington himself put a stop to that! That's not how it's structured or how it was intended. The president is - gasp, choke - a PUBLIC SERVANT. In the PUBLIC SECTOR. And believe me, romney, with his CEO mentality, clearly doesn't fancy himself as anybody's servant, that's for DAMN sure!!! He's an aristocrat who, he believes, was born to rule. His word is law, and you're not supposed to question it, you're just supposed to follow his orders. He believes that his being a CEO entitles him to say "Jump," and YOU, lucky commoner, are entitled merely to ask "how high?" Just like everybody else in the corporate structure beneath him, that he sits on top of, has to do in the private sector. And yeah, that's how it works in the private sector. But it DOESN'T work that way in the PUBLIC SECTOR, in which a president operates.

romney WILL, however, bring that kind of mentality into the Oval Office if Heaven forbid he's elected. That's what he's used to, that's what he knows, that's where he's come from, and that's basically who he is. george w. bush had this disease too, if you'll recall.

It's the World's Biggest Entitlement Program: yet another republi-CON who presumes it's simply his birthright to live in the White House, by some Divine decree. They're just better than you. They're the ruling class and you're one of the peons. You don't get it, you certainly weren't educated for it, and you can't POSSIBLY understand how it all works. And just like one of those haughty rich bitches in the Land Rovers and Rolls Royces who breezed in and out of those romney fundraising orgies in the Hamptons, they're just simply SUPPOSED to be on top, and you, the common people, don't even begin to understand it. So there's simply no way you can be up there on top with them, at their level, breathing their rarified air. That's not your place and was never meant to be. THEY belong on top, and YOU belong someplace else. Somewhere underneath.

Anyone remember leona helmsley? Of the lavish New York City hotel the Helmsley Palace? She appeared in all its glossy full-color magazine ads, presenting herself as the Queen of the Helmsley Palace. And the ad slogan was "...where the queen stands guard." Her haughty, dictatorial behavior and the way she treated people underneath her - earned her a "title" alright: "the Queen of Mean." Famous for her declaration that "only the little people pay taxes." Well, she got sent up the river for income tax evasion in the late 80s. Everyone figured Marie Antoinette finally got her cake shoved in her face, and she didn't live and breathe arrogance and elitism for very long. It's a major-league superiority complex. mitt romney is a male leona helmsley. Only the little people have to answer for what they've done. Only the little people have to answer questions or provide documents or otherwise show proof. He doesn't have to. You don't understand. He's actually King. And Kings bow to no one. Any more than they have to cough up answers in detail and or submit to accountability in general.

And YOUR job is simply to shut up and stop asking all these questions, and just take his word for it. And then vote for him. PERIOD. Besides, his very own Queen, Her Ladyship ann of Dressage, says it's their turn now, anyway.

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Response to calimary (Reply #3)

Sun Jul 15, 2012, 05:47 AM

4. Wow--great rant!! I salute you!!!

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Response to calimary (Reply #3)

Sun Jul 15, 2012, 07:12 AM

5. Now that's what I'm talking about!!!Class Warfare!!!...Game On!!!

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Response to calimary (Reply #3)

Sun Jul 15, 2012, 02:32 PM

6. ''george w. bush had this disease too, if you'll recall.''

I do recall. As a matter of fact I called him CEO Bush. It wasn't a compliment.

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Response to Kalidurga (Reply #6)

Sun Jul 15, 2012, 06:12 PM

8. Totally! And it's NOT a compliment for someone who aspires to be president.

Government should NOT be run like a business, because it ISN'T a business. It isn't in existence to make a profit! And a business CEO has no business occupying the Oval Office. Their very reasons for being are DRASTICALLY at odds, diametrically opposed!!!

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Response to calimary (Reply #3)

Mon Jul 16, 2012, 08:59 AM

11. we need a "Righteous Rant" award...cause you just won it!

thank you

and here is your crown for the day

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Sun Jul 15, 2012, 07:04 PM

9. Holy moly! A newspaper acting like a newspaper

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Sun Jul 15, 2012, 08:28 PM

10. Hence his stupid claim that he retired RETROACTIVELY to Feb. 1999.

End of discussion.

He now says everything he did at BANe past that point is irrelevant because, well, he wasn't there even if he was.

End of discussion.

At some point, he decided that the shite pile was so high that it would exonerate him of all wrongdoings to declare that he RETIRED "retroactively" and that's it.

End of discussion.

Trust Robme.

Isn't he special or what?

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