In a story that now has more smoking guns than the Cheech and Chong Armory™, Current TV’s The War Room with Jennifer Granholm reports that they’ve uncovered even more documents that contradict former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney‘s claim that he had nothing whatsoever to do with Bain Capital after February of 1999. Even if stubborn fact-checkers won’t do their jobs, the rest of the media ought to do theirs, and report what these documents indisputably say.
Building on reporting by The Washington Post, whose expose´ on Bain Capital’s outsourcing became the subject of Obama campaign attacks on Mitt Romney, and Mother Jones‘ David Corn, who uncovered SEC documents which contradict Mitt Romney’s claim that he’s not responsible for Bain’s outsourcing, and The Boston Globe, who found more such documents, former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm revealed new evidence that Mitt Romney actually had a say in what the company he owned did.
“We have uncovered documents that reveal he was actively involved in Bain Capital businesses, even though he claimed he retired from the private equity company in 1999,” Gov. Granholm told viewers Thursday night. “Current TV has learned that Mitt Romney was the 100% stakeholder in 11 Bain Capital entities later than 1999. Romney signed, in 2003, a Massachusetts State Ethics Commission document stating he held several ‘executive’ positions at Bain Capital and its affiliates.”
What makes this filing different than the others uncovered is that, according to Gov. Granholm, “This Massachusetts Ethics Commission filing distinguishes between the Bain companies in which he played an active role, and others where he had ‘no active role.’”
The Romney campaign’s entire defense against the outsourcing claim rests on their claim, dutifully repeated and defended with lawyerly vigor by the website FactCheck.org, that “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.”
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