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Hometown: Upstate NY
Home country: USA
Current location: Houston Area TX
Member since: Mon Nov 10, 2003, 05:30 PM
Number of posts: 133,641
WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney has been determined to resist releasing his tax returns at least since his bid for Massachusetts governor in 2002 and has been confident that he will never be forced to do so, several current and former Bain executives tell The Huffington Post. Had he thought otherwise, say the sources based on their longtime understanding of Romney, he never would have gone forward with his run for president.
Bain executives say they've been instructed to keep company and Romney-specific information completely confidential, tightening the lockdown on an already closed company.
But pressure has been building on the presumptive GOP nominee. On Tuesday, the conservative National Review added its voice to a chorus of Republicans pushing him to disclose his returns from the years before 2010.
The Obama campaign has been hammering Romney for the past few weeks over his time at Bain, which Romney claims ended in February 1999, but which documents and his own testimony show lasted much longer. The ultimate prize for the Obama campaign would be a trove of Romney's tax returns.
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Posted by maddezmom | Wed Jul 18, 2012, 03:58 PM (35 replies)
AKRON, Ohio—Mitt Romney will continue his assault on President Barack Obama's economic record during an appearance in Ohio on Wednesday, accusing the president of putting his re-election above efforts to create jobs.
In a memo to reporters previewing Romney's remarks at a rally in Bowling Green on Wednesday afternoon, the campaign called the nation's jobless rate "a real emergency."
"Yet President Obama seems to have just given up on the economy," the Romney campaign memo says. "He hasn't convened a meeting with his jobs counsel in six months, but has held more than a hundred fundraisers for his campaign. The only job he is interested in saving is his own."
While Romney may not use those exact words, a Romney aide tells Yahoo News the GOP nominee will touch on that "general theme." Romney's remarks in Ohio come a day after he unveiled a tougher, more aggressive stump speech lambasting Obama's record and ties to political donors.
I believe the facts are on our side:
Dem governors: GOP hurting economy to aid Romney
By By JOSH LEDERMAN – 23 minutes ago
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — Democratic governors are accusing House Republicans of deliberately sabotaging the economy to help Mitt Romney oust President Barack Obama.
"There's not a doubt in my mind that in their calculations, that they are hoping for the economy to slow before the election," Gov. Martin O'Malley, D-Md., said in an interview Friday. "They think that's their best shot at unseating the president."
Democrats have grumbled for months that Republicans have obstructed legislation to deny Obama the election-year victories he needs to make the case for his economic record.
But on Friday, some Democratic governors pointed to the GOP-controlled House's efforts to withhold support for the stimulus and block Democratic jobs legislation, and said — in interviews with The Associated Press on the sidelines of the National Governors Association's annual meeting — that the only rational conclusion is that Republicans are sacrificing the economic recovery to bolster their argument that Obama has failed to create jobs.
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The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.
-Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, quoted in National Journal, November 4, 2010
Their story line is that there must be some villain out there who’s keeping this administration from succeeding.
-McConnell, appearing on CNN's "State of the Union," October 23, 2011
Posted by maddezmom | Wed Jul 18, 2012, 11:52 AM (6 replies)
Indeed, facing what the candidate and his aides believe to be a series of surprisingly ruthless, unfounded, and unfair attacks from the Obama campaign on Romney's finances and business record, the Republican's campaign is now prepared to go eye for an eye in an intense, no-holds-barred act of political reprisal, said two Romney advisers who spoke on condition of anonymity. In the next chapter of Boston's pushback — which began last week when they began labeling Obama a "liar" — very little will be off-limits, from the president's youthful drug habit, to his ties to disgraced Chicago politicians.
"I mean, this is a guy who admitted to cocaine use, had a sweetheart deal with his house in Chicago, and was associated and worked with Rod Blagojevich to get Valerie Jarrett appointed to the Senate," the adviser said. "The bottom line is there'll be counterattacks."
The reference to Obama's past drug use seems to suggest that former New Hampshire Governor John Sununu wasn't going off-script after all when he dinged the president for spending "his early years in Hawaii smoking something" during a Tuesday morning Fox News appearance.
Returning fire with personal attacks on Obama offers both emotional satisfaction to Romney and many Republicans, and an answer of sorts to relentless Democratic attacks on Romney's time as an executive. It has so far failed, however, to quiet the growing, bipartisan chorus of voices demanding Romney release more of his personal tax returns. Obama campaign officials privately admit that the Republican has, at times, been effective in beating down attacks on his business record — but they've yet to see a way out on the tax issue.
Posted by maddezmom | Wed Jul 18, 2012, 10:17 AM (40 replies)
The first is Romney's Swiss bank account. Most presidential candidates don't think it appropriate to bet that the U.S. dollar will lose value by speculating in Swiss Francs, which is basically the rationale offered by the trustee of Romney's "blind" trust for opening this account. What's more, if you really want just to speculate on foreign currencies, you don't need a Swiss bank account to do so.
The Swiss bank account raises tax compliance questions, too.
The account seems to have been closed early in 2010, but was the income in fact reported on earlier tax returns? Did the Romneys timely file the required disclosure forms to the Treasury Department (so-called FBAR reports)?
The IRS announced in 2009 a partial tax amnesty for unreported foreign bank accounts, in light of the Justice Department's criminal investigations involving several Swiss banks. To date, some 34,500 Americans have taken advantage of such amnesty programs. Did the Romneys avail themselves of any of these amnesty programs? One hopes that such a suggestion is preposterous, but that is what disclosure is for -- to replace speculation with truth-telling to the American people.
Second, Romney's $100 million IRA is remarkable in its size. Even under the most generous assumptions, Romney would have been restricted to annual contributions of $30,000 while he worked at Bain. How does this grow to $100 million?
Posted by maddezmom | Wed Jul 18, 2012, 08:08 AM (2 replies)
When attempting to engage in baseless speculation over what it is that's in Mitt Romney's tax statements that's so embarassing he'd rather take the heat for non-disclosure, I think it's important to remember that he was actively running for president in 2007 and 2008. That means it's relatively unlike he was doing anything during those years that he thought couldn't withstand scrutiny. So why not release a nice even five years of tax data? Perhaps because of something that happened in 2009.
Something like this:
Wealthy U.S. taxpayers, concerned about an Internal Revenue Service crackdown on the use of secret overseas bank accounts as tax havens, are rushing to meet a Thursday deadline to disclose those accounts or face possible criminal prosecution. The concern was triggered this summer when Switzerland's largest bank, caught up in an international tax evasion dispute, said it would disclose the names of more than 4,000 of its U.S. account holders.
Romney might well have thought in 2007 and 2008 that there was nothing to fear about a non-disclosed offshore account he'd set up years earlier precisely because it wasn't disclosed. But then came the settlement and the rush of non-disclosers to apply for the amnesty. Failing to apply for the amnesty and then getting charged by the IRS would have been both financially and politically disastrous. So amnesty it was. But even though the amnesty would eliminate any legal or financial liability for past acts, it would hardly eliminate political liability.
Posted by maddezmom | Tue Jul 17, 2012, 04:32 PM (7 replies)
By Reid Pillifant
1:47 pm Jul. 17, 2012
Today, after a couple weeks' worth of unshakeable attacks from Democrats about his extraordinary off-shore tax sheltering, Mitt Romney made his most direct attempt to date to explain his system of personal investments, in an interview with National Review.
From a political perspective, a lot of pundits wonder why you haven’t gotten rid of your offshore accounts. Can you explain why you have not done that?
Well, first of all, all of my investments are managed in a blind trust. By virtue of that, the decisions made by the trustee are the decisions that determine where the investments are. Secondly, the so-called offshore account in the Cayman Islands, for instance, is an account established by a U.S. firm to allow foreign investors to invest in U.S. enterprises and not be subject to taxes outside of their own jurisdiction. So in many instances, the investments in something of that nature are brought back into the United States. The world of finance is not as simple as some would have you believe. Sometimes a foreign entity is formed to allow foreign investors to invest in the United States, which may well be the case with the entities that Democrats are describing as foreign accounts.
The obvious problem with that explanation would seem to be that Romney isn't a foreign investor. In his case, particularly with regard to his I.R.A., employing an island pass-through allows him to avoid paying the Unrelated Business Income Tax on that investment.
the NRO interview if anyone is interested:
Posted by maddezmom | Tue Jul 17, 2012, 02:30 PM (10 replies)
On Sunday's CNN "State of the Union," Mitt Romney senior advisor Ed Gillespie explained how a second Obama Administration would reward its rich friends: "If you're a political donor to Barack Obama, you're going to do fine, because you're going to get a payoff."
Romney has pledged to put the nail in the coffin of this common-sense provision. Why? One possibility is that the for-profit college owners are his friends and business associates. On the campaign trail, Romney has pointed to a for-profit college, Florida's Full Sail University, as an innovative leader in higher education that knows how to "hold down the cost of their education." But Full Sail turns out to be the third most expensive college in America, and one of its programs flunked the gainful employment test and could lose eligibility for federal aid under the Obama rule. Romney did not inform voters that his campaign and Super PAC have received about $240,000 from Full Sail CEO Bill Heavener and from C. Kevin Landry, chairman of TA Associates, the private equity firm that owns Full Sail.
Nor did Romney tell voters about the private equity fund Solamere Capital, which is run by Mitt's son Tagg Romney and Spencer Zwick, who also serves as the top fundraiser on the Romney campaign staff. Solamere was launched with a $10 million investment from Mitt and Ann Romney, and Mitt also has provided strategic advice. Solamere Capital offered its clients a stake in TA Associates, which owns not just Full Sail but a number of for-profit schools, including troubled Vatterott Colleges, marked by exploitative recruiting practices and high student loan defaults. Eight of Vatterott's 39 college programs failed the Obama gainful employment test that Romney now pledges to eliminate.
That's not all. The political action committee of the Apollo Group, owner of the largest for-profit education business, the University of Phoenix, which Romney has also praised by name on the trail, has contributed $75,000 to Restore Our Future and the maximum $5,000 to Romney's campaign, the company's only contribution to a 2012 presidential candidate. Goldman Sachs, the number one source of contributions to Romney, owns 41 percent of EDMC, one of the largest for-profit college businesses, currently being sued by the Justice Department and investigated by state attorneys general for fraud.
Posted by maddezmom | Tue Jul 17, 2012, 01:36 PM (6 replies)
WASHINGTON — US presidential challenger Mitt Romney said Tuesday that he will not release his tax records from before 2010 because his opponents would "pick through, distort and lie about" them.
The Republican hopeful is under pressure from Democratic incumbent Barack Obama's campaign -- and from many on his own side -- to quell speculation about his wealth by releasing his financial records to public scrutiny.
But, in an interview with the conservative website National Review Online, Romney said he had already released his most recent records from 2010 and would not be going further back to quiet his critics.
"And I'm simply not enthusiastic about giving them hundreds or thousands of more pages to pick through, distort and lie about."
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oh boo hoo he's scared.
Posted by maddezmom | Tue Jul 17, 2012, 01:31 PM (44 replies)
top Mitt Romney adviser signaled Monday the campaign would continue to keepRomney senior adviser Ed Gillespie signaled the campaign would continue to keep the names of the campaign's bundlers private.
CAPTIONBy Josh Reynolds, AP the names of its bundlers private, even as he accused President Obama of giving special favors to those who have raised campaign cash.
Unlike the Obama campaign, Romney has not revealed the names of his top political fundraisers, called "bundlers" because they bundle together contributions in small increments from family, friends and business associates. These individuals are so important they are often rewarded with ambassadorships.
"The issue here is not so much the appointments and that kind of thing, it's the contracts, the subsidies, the loan guarantees, the waivers and that's what we are going to be focused on," Ed Gillespie, a senior adviser to the Romney campaign, said when asked whether the campaign would reveal its top donors. "Governor Romney's contributors are made public, they are disclosed and we'll continue to do that."
Obama senior strategist David Axelrod shot back at the Romney campaign via Twitter, writing, "Only Mitt could cry cronyism while refusing 2 disclose his $$$ bundlers--as every candidate, R and D, has done for decades? #Mittsecrets"
Posted by maddezmom | Tue Jul 17, 2012, 09:43 AM (4 replies)
Depending on his political circumstances, Mitt Romney has argued that he had nothing to do with Bain Capital after 1999 — or something to do with Bain Capital after 1999.
As a presidential candidate, Romney insists that he quit the firm in 1999 to lead the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and is not responsible for Bain Capital companies that went bankrupt or laid off workers after that date. But in 2002, when he was running for governor of Massachusetts, Romney put a different spin on his departure from Bain Capital. In testimony before the state Ballot Law Commission, he described his exit as a “leave of absence” and said he met the residency requirement because social and Bain Capital-related business trips brought him back regularly to Massachusetts. He also testified that he remained on the board of several companies in which Bain had a stake until 2001.
In fact, documents filed after 1999 with various regulatory agencies appear to show that Romney continued to be involved with Bain Capital. Last week, the Globe reported that documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission after 1999 listed Romney as the firm’s sole stockholder, chairman of the board, chief executive officer, and president. Also, a Massachusetts financial disclosure form that Romney filed in 2003 states that he still owned 100 percent of Bain Capital in 2002 and earned at least $100,000 as a Bain Capital “executive” in 2001 and 2002. Other media outlets have turned up documents that describe Romney as a managing director or member after 1999.
The larger question is what Romney thinks of the company’s business decisions, whether or not he had any say in them after 1999. Bain Capital was his baby. He built it, nurtured it, and reaped great financial rewards from its successes. Does he approve of how the company operated during his leave of absence, even if its approach sometimes called for dismantling companies and cutting jobs? Defenders argue that private-equity firms deliver tough but necessary medicine for failing companies. Does Romney believe that decisions Bain Capital made after 1999 fall into that category? If not, what would he have done differently?
Posted by maddezmom | Tue Jul 17, 2012, 08:08 AM (1 replies)