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I know this is "out there," and well known, but it's a document you might keep handy for the upcoming.

In 2008 the McCain campaign produced an "oppo research" document (warning - pdf), which is 200 pages of history, summary, and attack points aimed at Willard Romney.

For example, here's just a small piece from the Bain section, from pgs. 135-6:

Romney Ran Day-To-Day Operations At Bain Capital From Its Inception In 1984 Through Early 1999, When He Left To Assume Control Of The Salt Lake Winter Games. “When Mr. Romney finally set up shop just across the hall from Bain consulting in 1984, his initial plan centered on providing venture capital – seed money – for ideas spun off by Bain consultants. … By the time Mr. Romney left the firm in 1999, the investments it had sold off had made enough money to deliver an average annual return that amounted to as much as 100 percent before fees, several of its investors said.” (David Kirkpatrick, “Romney Political Fortunes Tied To Riches He Gained In Business,” The New
York Times, 6/4/07)

Romney Served As CEO Of Bain Capital Through August 2001, Even Though He No Longer Ran Daily Operations. “Although he gave up running day-to-day operations at the venture capital firm in order to head the Salt Lake Winter Olympics, he remained CEO and held his financial interest in the company through August 2001.” (Stephanie Ebbert and Yvonne Abraham, “Camps Spar Over Romney Word Choice,” The Boston Globe, 10/31/02)

Bain Capital Is “Remains Romney’s Creation” As Over Three-Quarters Of Its Partners Came On Board During Romney’s Tenure, Joining The “Corporate Culture … He Nurtured Over 17 Years.” “Bain Capital remains Romney’s creation. The corporate culture is one he nurtured over 17 years. A Herald analysis of the firm’s leadership shows that more than three quarters of the managing partners joined when he was the boss.”
(Brett Arends, “American Workers’ Bane,” Boston Herald, 6/22/05)

Romney: “I’m Basically In The Investors’ Hall Of Fame.” (John McElhenny, “Romney, O’Brien Spar At Gubernatorial Debate,” The Associated Press, 10/25/02)

Pg. 135 to 167 outline details of many of the disastrous Bain/Romney vulture capitalist activities. Lost jobs. Looted pensions. Jobs shipped overseas. You know the drill.

As we are seeing, this base information, collected by McCain, is merely the first few threads in what is becoming the unraveling of the Romney candidacy.

Maybe it was best that he picked Sarah.

Read and enjoy.

Originally posted to briefer on Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 07:09 AM PDT.

Also republished by The Bain Files.

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