CNN SAYS OTHERWISE, MITT.
Washington Post Headline: 4 Pinocchios for an unproven Romney claim of ‘crony capitalism’
Hoping to turn attention away from questions about his departure from Bain Capital a decade ago, Mitt Romney this week has sought to focus attention on what he calls President Obama’s “crony capitalism.” We have dealt with this charge before, but this week it seems the Romney campaign has upped the ante, trying to make a connection between the president’s contributors and the president’s policies.
We will deal with some of these claims in more detail at a later date, but today we will look at the question of Fisker Automotive. This case keeps coming up, and it really feels like whack-a-mole. Romney now has raised the stakes by asserting a connection between the loan and campaign contributors. And his campaign was sufficiently proud of his statement that it e-mailed it to reporters.
Fortune and the Associated Press , Politico, and ABC’s jake Tapper DEBUNK Solyndra cronyism claims. “Romney seemed to be referring to Congressional testimony offered up by Gregory Friedman, inspector general of the U.S. Department of Energy, from March 2011. … Not only did Friedman never specifically cite Solyndra, but his office never brought charges related to any ‘directing of contracts and grants to friends and family.
Reuters: GOVERNOR ROMNEY- Picks Winners & Loosers
- As Governor, Romney “Pursued A Hands-On Approach To Economic Development That Favored Some Industries Over Others And, In Some Instances, Singled Out Individual Firms For Special Favors.”
- Romney Approved A $12.5 Million Emergency Technology Fund To Help High-Risk Technology Startups.
- Romney Signed Legislation Giving $7 Million In Tax Credits To The Movie Industry That Filmed In Massachusetts; The Program Had Cost $142,500 In Lost Tax Revenue For Every Job Created Through 2010
- Romney Provided $67 Million In Tax Breaks And Other Inducements To Entice Bristol-Myers Squibb To Move To Massachusetts
NICE TRY MITT ROMNEY!
MEANWHILE…. HOW ABOUT ANSWERING QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR BAIN TENURE & RELEASING THOSE TAX RETURNS.
Jobs Anger: “Romney claims that is enough, but even a growing chorus of conservatives aren’t buying that. They think he’s trying to hide something that would really piss voters off if it was exposed. I agree.
Jed Lewison points out: Mitt Romney thinks that releasing his tax returns would be a bigger political problem than stonewalling. According to Mitt Romney, it’s the Democratic Party’s fault that releasing his tax returns would be a political liability. And, finally, Mitt Romney believes the important thing here is that he do whatever helps him politically—not that he do whatever the right thing is.
Mitt Romney assumes NO RESPONSIBILITY for his leadership at Bain, continues to withold his tax returns, while his own party calls on him to release them.
From Think Progress: 15 Prominent Republicans Who Want Romney To Release More Tax Returns Right Now
THANKS FOR PLAYING MITT!