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Massachusetts Liberal

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

More Mythology

Mitt Romney just can't seem to handle the truth.

The Boston Globe reports Romney was still running Bain Capital three years after he claimed to have left. The source of this revelation? Signed government documents. Signed no doubt under "pains and penalties of perjury."

Romney's, um, lies, are found on documents filed with the federal Securities and Exchange Commission and, in a lovely twist of irony, the Massachusetts Ethics Commission.

The SEC documents from 2002 list him as “sole stockholder, chairman of the board, chief executive officer, and president,” although Our Man Myth claims to have retired in 1999.

Ethics Commission financial disclosures say he earned at least $100,000 as a Bain “executive” in 2001 and 2002, separate and apart from the money he received as investment income.

The Romney camp dismisses the documents, saying what counts is the one he filed June 1 as a candidate.
“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."
So does that make all the other documents he filed "inoperative?"

Aside from the legal ramifications related to filing dishonest documents, the disclosures raise a string of questions starting with Romney's denials of involvement with some of the deals Bain brokered that left thousands unemployed while the company earned millions in fees.

They also join the flip-flops Romney has taken on probably every political position under the sun.

And they explain why Mitt Romney is unwilling to follow the precedent set by George Romney in releasing 12 years of financial records.

It has been reported Romney has placed some of his prodigious Bain earnings in offshore accounts in Switzerland, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands, nations notorious for providing protection from prying eyes, like those of governments.

What is Myth Romney hiding from the American people?

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