MoveOn Asks Justice Department to Investigate Romney’s False Statements on Federal Disclosure Forms

By: Thursday September 27, 2012 6:30 pm

MoveOn.org has sent a finding of fact to the Public Integrity Section of the Justice Department, asking that they initiate an investigation into whether Mitt Romney lied on a federal financial disclosure form.

This is an issue that arose back in July, during the debate over precisely when Romney left his job at Bain Capital.

 

Financial Fraud Prosecutions Sacrificed in Favor of Hit Jobs on Political Enemies

By: Tuesday September 4, 2012 1:20 pm

Talking Points Memo picks up on Eric Schneiderman’s investigation of Bain Capital’s tax avoidance strategies, and asks a couple questions about why the New York Attorney General is probing something clearly within the purview of the IRS.

More Romney Tax Stories Dribble Out

By: Tuesday August 28, 2012 1:00 pm

Try as they might to shift to the economy, something always gets in the way for the Romney campaign. In this case, it’s the actions of Mitt Romney throughout his life to wall off his fortune from the Internal Revenue Service and ensure a continuing Romney aristocracy for the next generation.

Romney Cites Desire for Privacy on Mormon Church Tithing

By: Thursday August 23, 2012 1:29 pm

Gawker just dumped 950 pages of internal documents, mostly internal audited financial statements, from 20 funds tied to Bain Capital, investment vehicles for Mitt Romney, which they claim “reveal the mind-numbing, maze-like, and deeply opaque complexity with which Romney has handled his wealth, the exotic tax-avoidance schemes available only to the preposterously wealthy that benefit him, the unlikely (for a right-wing religious Mormon) places that his money has ended up, and the deeply hypocritical distance between his own criticisms of Obama’s fiscal approach and his money managers’ embrace of those same policies.”

The documents are quite jargon-heavy, and much of the information in the document dump that’s been revealed so far consist of reiteration or extended details of information that has already been revealed about tax-dodging schemes. So I’m not totally sure that we’re going to get so much out of these Bain documents, at least not right away. They add some color to the well-known fact that Romney, like many rich people, goes to great lengths to shelter his money from taxation.

However, we did learn something pretty valuable about Mitt Romney’s tax situation today. Romney doesn’t want to make his tithing public.

A Plausible Explanation for Romney’s Tax Returns

By: Thursday August 9, 2012 3:10 pm

The cult of the savvy dismissed Harry Reid’s claim that someone told him Mitt Romney didn’t pay taxes for ten years as just a ploy to focus attention on the non-release of the Republican nominee’s tax returns. Surely Romney paid SOME taxes from 2000-2009, went the claim.

But what if this all goes back to Romney’s deal to end his tenure as CEO of Bain Capital?

Irony Appears Lost on Romney

By: Friday August 3, 2012 9:31 am

Romney has made claims about his tax returns that he refuses to provide proof for. The position of the Romney campaign is that the everyone should simply trust what Romney says about his taxes even though Romney won’t verify them by releasing his returns. Now that Reid is the one making claims about Romney’s tax returns, though, Romney ironically claims it is totally unacceptable for someone to make statements unless they are willing to provide the proof to back them up.

More Evidence Emerges That Romney Committed Felony By Lying to the FEC

By: Wednesday July 25, 2012 7:18 pm

AP has another story out detailing meetings and involvement with Bain Capital after the time when he claims to have ceased all involvement with the firm. And that activitvy conflicts with his sworn statements the gave to the Federal Election Commission.

Bain Capital Attacks Don’t Seem to Be Hurting Romney Nationally

By: Tuesday July 24, 2012 7:30 am

Despite the Obama campaign’s recent hammering of Mitt Romney for his role at Bain Capital, the vast majority of Americans still see his business experience there as a net positive for Romney, according to a new national USA Today/Gallup poll.

Late Night: Exploiting a Window of Opportunity

By: Friday July 20, 2012 8:00 pm

It’s on the verge of becoming old news in our endlessly revolving media cycle (not to mention in the wake of the latest gun tragedy in Colorado), but I wanted to belatedly take note of the surprising “Firms” TV ad that the Obama campaign began running this past week — you know, the one with Mitt Romney singing “God Bless America” over a montage depicting his history of sending jobs (and his own money) overseas.

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