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Fri Apr 6, 2012, 10:06 AM

Obama campaign renews call for transparency after report shows Mitt Romney hiding assets from public

Obama campaign renews call for transparency after report shows Mitt Romney hiding assets from public

by Jed Lewison

In the wake of yesterday's Washington Post report that Mitt Romney is exploiting a loophole in federal ethics laws to hide the details of his holdings through Bain Capital, the Obama campaign is renewing its call for transparency from Romney in a statement from campaign manager Jim Messina:

“Mitt Romney has asked Americans to elect him President based on his experience as a corporate buyout specialist. Each week, new questions are raised about whether he took unusual steps to avoid paying his fair share in taxes. Today’s report suggests that Governor Romney is exploiting a loophole in order to shield his assets and investments from public review.

“Mitt Romney has put his personal financial assets in a black box and hid the key, attempting to play by a different set of rules than any candidate in recent history. In fact, Mitt Romney’s own father released 12 years of tax returns when he ran for president. President Bush released his tax returns dating back to 1991. And President Obama released his returns dating back to 2000 when he ran for president.

“Governor Romney provided 23 years worth of tax returns to the McCain campaign so they could determine if he would make a suitable Vice President. He must meet that same standard now so that the American people may judge whether he would be a suitable President, and whether there are any conflicts of interest that could cloud his judgment.”

According to The Post's report, Romney has claimed he is exempt from reporting the details of his investments made through Bain because of his past ties to Bain. Normally, federal candidates are required to disclose the underlying investments made through other companies, but Romney claims an exception to this rule because of confidentiality agreements with Bain. As a result, his disclosure documents don't provide details on what companies he has a financial stake in through Bain. According to The Post:

Several outside experts across the political spectrum, however, say Romney’s disclosure is the most opaque they have encountered, with some suggesting the filing effectively defeats the spirit of disclosure requirements.

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http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/04/06/1081181/-Obama-campaign-renews-call-for-transparency-after-report-shows-Mitt-Romney-hiding-assets-from-public

Not even an Etch-A-Sketch can get Romney out of this mess.

Ed Gillespie hire indicates the Mitt Romney campaign can't get it together
http://www.democraticunderground.com/1002523180

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 11:06 AM

1. Kick! n/t

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Fri Apr 6, 2012, 11:53 AM

2. K & R

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 12:30 PM

3. There was a crooked man,

who made a crooked fortune.

Romney, be thy name.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 12:44 PM

4. A case of the pot calling the kettle black.



The Romney campaign is against all things Harvard, while being full of Harvard grads and faculty.

The Obama administration calling for transparency when they can't even muster translucent.

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Fri Apr 6, 2012, 01:25 PM

5. Let Me See If I Got This Right

Mitt Romney is claiming that confidentiality agreements supercede federal election law.

Who has he been talking to, Scalia?

Also, who controls assests held in the tax free trust set aside for his kids. Unless the kids have complete control of these assets (which they don't because dad pays the taxes at 15%) then these should also be listed on his disclosure form and earlier reports show those are in excess of $100 million.

And where does the Federal Election Commission stand on this. Should they not be providing a clarification statement on this? This is rather late in the game for such basic questions as this being resolved.

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