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Yowch! An article By Nicholas Shaxson in the latest Vanity Fair Magazine lays bare the quasi-criminal financial shenanigans of one Willard Romney.

An excerpt:

A person who worked for Mitt Romney at the consulting firm Bain and Co. in 1977 remembers him with mixed feelings. “Mitt was … a really wonderful boss,” the former employee says. “He was nice, he was fair, he was logical, he said what he wanted … he was really encouraging.” But Bain and Co., the person recalls, pushed employees to find out secret revenue and sales data on its clients’ competitors. Romney, the person says, suggested “falsifying” who they were to get such information, by pretending to be a graduate student working on a proj­ect at Harvard. (The person, in fact, was a Harvard student, at Bain for the summer, but not working on any such proj­ects.) “Mitt said to me something like ‘We won’t ask you to lie. I am not going to tell you to do this, but [it is] a really good way to get the information.’ … I would not have had anything in my analysis if I had not pretended.

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To give but one example, there is a Bermuda-based entity called Sankaty High Yield Asset Investors Ltd., which has been described in securities filings as “a Bermuda corporation wholly owned by W. Mitt Romney.” It could be that Sankaty is an old vehicle with little importance, but Romney appears to have treated it rather carefully. He set it up in 1997, then transferred it to his wife’s newly created blind trust on January 1, 2003, the day before he was inaugurated as Massachusetts’s governor. The director and president of this entity is R. Bradford Malt, the trustee of the blind trust and Romney’s personal lawyer. Romney failed to list this entity on several financial disclosures, even though such a closely held entity would not qualify as an “excepted investment fund” that would not need to be on his disclosure forms. He finally included it on his 2010 tax return. Even after examining that return, we have no idea what is in this company, but it could be valuable, meaning that it is possible Romney’s wealth is even greater than previous estimates. While the Romneys’ spokespeople insist that the couple has paid all the taxes required by law, investments in tax havens such as Bermuda raise many questions, because they are in “jurisdictions where there is virtually no tax and virtually no compliance,” as one Miami-based offshore lawyer put it.

That’s not the only money Romney has in tax havens. Because of his retirement deal with Bain Capital, his finances are still deeply entangled with the private-equity firm that he founded and spun off from Bain and Co. in 1984. Though he left the firm in 1999, Romney has continued to receive large payments from it—in early June he revealed more than $2 million in new Bain income. The firm today has at least 138 funds organized in the Cayman Islands, and Romney himself has personal interests in at least 12, worth as much as $30 million, hidden behind controversial confidentiality disclaimers. Again, the Romney campaign insists he saves no tax by using them, but there is no way to check this.

http://www.vanityfair.com/...

I doff my hat to E. Graydon Carter, editor of Vanity Fair, for fearlessly pursuing this story. And I highly recommend reading the entire article, then sending it to everyone you know.

UPDATE 1:

Big h/t to Mariken for discovering that the Obama Campaign has already tweeted out this article:

Vanity Fair on “Romney’s familiarity with foreign tax havens,” including Switzerland and Grand Cayman: http://OFA.BO/....
https://mobile.twitter.com/...

UPDATE 2:

From the comments, Kitty found the Dems are running this ball aggressively toward the end zone:

The Obama campaign and the pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action are swinging at the fat pitch of the Vanity Fair article on Mitt Romney's finances, picking up the thread related to his off-shore holdings and his Swiss bank accounts and trying to hype the narrative of the out-of-touch business guy.

From Obama campaign spokseman Ben LaBolt, on a call with Ohio reporters:

“Today we’re learning more about Mitt Romney’s bets against America. Vanity Fair’s raising important questions about Romney’s offshore accounts in foreign tax havens, including his mysterious corporation in Bermuda, his funds in the Cayman Islands, and the Swiss bank account he opened. The question is, why? Was he avoiding paying his fair share of U.S. taxes? Was he hedging against the dollar? Until he releases his tax returns from that period, Americans will never know. This raises serious questions. If he has nothing to hide, why doesn’t he just release his tax returns?"
Bill Burton, at Priorities
   "Today's Vanity Fair article confirms what the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal reported but the Romney campaign falsely denied.  Unlike the vast majority of Americans who pay their fair share of taxes, Mitt Romney is avoiding taxes by stashing millions of dollars in the Cayman Islands.  This matters in the presidential campaign because it is just these types of loopholes for the wealthy that Romney would protect, forcing more of the tax burden onto the middle class.
    "As Governor Romney vets his potential nominees for Vice President, you have to wonder, is he asking potential candidates about just such investments?  And if Romney gave the McCain campaign 23 years of tax returns, how many years of tax returns is his team examining from each of the candidates?"The Obama campaign and the pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action are swinging at the fat pitch of the Vanity Fair article on Mitt Romney's finances, picking up the thread related to his off-shore holdings and his Swiss bank accounts and trying to hype the narrative of the out-of-touch business guy.
Bill Burton, at Priorities:
"Today's Vanity Fair article confirms what the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal reported but the Romney campaign falsely denied.  Unlike the vast majority of Americans who pay their fair share of taxes, Mitt Romney is avoiding taxes by stashing millions of dollars in the Cayman Islands.  This matters in the presidential campaign because it is just these types of loopholes for the wealthy that Romney would protect, forcing more of the tax burden onto the middle class.
    "As Governor Romney vets his potential nominees for Vice President, you have to wonder, is he asking potential candidates about just such investments?  And if Romney gave the McCain campaign 23 years of tax returns, how many years of tax returns is his team examining from each of the candidates?"
http://www.politico.com/...

Originally posted to Animal Nuz on Tue Jul 03, 2012 at 09:33 AM PDT.

Also republished by ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement.

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