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Restore Our Future, the Mitt Romney SuperPAC that allegedly has done some illegal, back channel coordinating with his campaign, will run $7.2-million worth of TV ads during the London Olympics touting how the candidate "saved" the Olympics in Salt Lake City in 2002.

The ads will air in 11 key swing states, starting July 31: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

If you see the spots, notice how the ads lie about how he "rescued" the Olympics from being a sporting and financial nightmare. For example, they'll never mention how Romney used several million dollars of the organizing committee's money to hire a bevy of expensive Washington lobbyists to obtain a federal bailout of the 2001 event.

"Without federal money, Salt Lake would have been a disaster," says one person in Utah who was intimately familiar at the time with the game's problems. "Romney always seems to overlook this when he talks about how he 'rescued' them."

Indeed, a written statement from Charlie Spiers, treasurer of Restore Our Future, goes out of its way to avoid discussing the federal bailout. Spiers says, “Ten years ago, Mitt Romney rescued the Salt Lake City Olympics from scandal and financial ruin, transforming a crushing deficit into a surplus  …"

D'oh! He never even hints at the role Washington played in providing the same sort of financial lifeline Romney chastised the government for giving to the auto industry.

In other words, the SuperPAC is being as selective in its use of facts as a Romney stump speech. It may be a lie of omission rather than commission, but it's still a lie.

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  •  That's what SuperPACs do.... (3+ / 0-)
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    Catte Nappe, raster44, hnichols

    they cherry pick facts, mislead the public and have absolutely no repercussions for being intentionally misleading.

    It's frustating, but that's our reality now - being lied to every time we turn on the TV or radio, whether it be from opinion-spouting "news" channels or intentionally misleading political ads.  The average person is hopeless in finding the truth just based on television or radio broadcasts.  

    Facts are liberally bias

    by SuzieQ4624 on Thu Jul 05, 2012 at 11:56:43 AM PDT

    •  Even with the low standards Americans have... (0+ / 0-)

      ...when it comes to a candidate's honesty, the Romney campaign continues to hit new lows, and the public has been noticing this. I hope the real truth comes crashing down on Romney and his super PAC. How can one who so vigorously opposed auto industry bailouts ("Let Detroit Go Bankrupt") have fought so hard for federal money to bail out the Salt Lake City Olympics for which he was the head?

      "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." --Gandhi

      by alaprst on Thu Jul 05, 2012 at 12:19:00 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  There have been 25 (2+ / 0-)
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    alice kleeman, raster44

    Summer Olympiads and 21 or so Winter Olympiads...

    and the 2002 Winter Olympics was the only one that required a savior?  

    Either Mitt Rmoney was at the right place at the right time, or something really rotten was happening in Salt Lake City...

    or both.

    It's about time I changed my signature.

    by Khun David on Thu Jul 05, 2012 at 12:19:35 PM PDT

    •  Although Willard was given the (4+ / 0-)

      opportunity by Bain to start his own firm and provided with the cash, since he insisted the project be sweetened so he'd not lose out, Willard's history in business and government could be described as a persistent effort to get rid of him by promoting him up and out. The Olympic fiasco was another "opportunity" for Willard to play the stingy front man while other coughed up the bucks to make up for what had been lost through mismanagement and theft.  Willard, like Scott Brown, is a pretty face.  Bill Weld was another.  Massachusetts seems to like giving pretty Republicans a chance to put up a good front.

      Willard's forte = "catch 'n' cage"

      People to Wall Street, "let our money go."

      by hannah on Thu Jul 05, 2012 at 01:29:16 PM PDT

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  •  Guess I won't be watching the Olympics (1+ / 0-)
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    this year...

    "A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself." - Joseph Pulitzer

    by CFAmick on Thu Jul 05, 2012 at 12:42:50 PM PDT

  •  Half truths are worse than outright (2+ / 0-)
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    raster44, hnichols

    falsehoods, because the latter can be the result of ignorance or misinformation. A half truth, which leaves out a qualification which would negate the story line being pushed, is intentional -- i.e. meant to deceive.

    On the other hand, what Willard is doing is not very different from what Dubya did in claiming he'd brought democracy to Iraq. They're simply taking the intent for the act. Having an idea is actually as good as getting something done, when you're a person who never does anything.
    Like Old King Cole, Willard calls for this and that and, having said the word, the deed is done. It's also not very different from the Creator decreeing "let there be light" and there was. Not very different, but certainly a display of hubris which is not pleasant to behold. Dubya and McCain both admitted to wanting to be dictators and, while Willard hasn't been that blunt (he's got the art of euphemism down pat), it's clear that what he wants is for his word to be law.  He's already said that on his very first day it will be off with Obamacare's head.  As if a President had such powers!

    However, there's another possibility to take into account. If, like all politicians, Willard lies, then all of the threats and punishments he issues can be discounted and, like Dubya before him, he'll do nothing.  So, what good are the threats?  They rile up Democrats.  Watching Democrats squirm is probably even better than pulling the wings off flies.

    Willard's forte = "catch 'n' cage"

    People to Wall Street, "let our money go."

    by hannah on Thu Jul 05, 2012 at 01:23:05 PM PDT

  •  Willie Sutton (3+ / 0-)
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    alice kleeman, raster44, hnichols

    Why do you rob banks? Because that's where the money is.
    Why do you put your money in off-shore tax shelters? Because it's legal and I can.
    Why did you expect the federal government to bail out the Olympics? Because it was there (but if I were President there wouldn't be any money for that)

    from a bright young conservative: “I’m watching my first GOP debate…and WE SOUND LIKE CRAZY PEOPLE!!!!”

    by Catte Nappe on Thu Jul 05, 2012 at 01:25:51 PM PDT

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