No, Romney Didn’t Leave Bain in 1999

No, Romney Didn’t Leave Bain in 1999

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A central element of the 2012 campaign cycle has become just when Mitt Romney left Bain Capital. The Romney campaign says he left in early 1999 — in time to get him off the hook for some controversial investments. Factcheck.org backs up Mitt while David Corn and the Obama campaign have brought forward numerous pieces of documentary evidence indicating he didn’t leave until a couple years later.

Now here’s even more evidence that he didn’t leave in 1999 as he now claims.

The gist of the disagreement comes down to this: There’s no question that numerous public filings and some contemporaneous press references say Romney was still running things at Bain after 1999. But his campaign insists that whatever securities filings may have said, in practice, he was so busy running the 2002 Winter Olympics that he actually had no role at Bain after early 1999. That’s possible in theory. But there’s no evidence for it besides self-interested claims by Romney. And there’s plenty of documentary evidence to the contrary. After all, what you tell the SEC is really supposed to be true.

But here’s the thing. I’ve found yet more instances where Romney made declarations to the SEC that he was still involved in running Bain after February 1999. To the best of my knowledge, no one has yet noted these.

The documents go into different aspects of Romney’s ownership of various Bain and Bain related assets. But in both Romney had to say what he currently did for a living.

Here are two SEC filings from July 2000 and February 2001 in which Romney lists his “principal occupation” as “Managing Director of Bain Capital, Inc.”

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Romney’s argument is that it doesn’t matter what he said on these SEC filings. Whatever they say, he really wasn’t at Bain anymore. But absent of any evidence, how is it that anyone can be expected to disregard what Mitt actually told the SEC at the time?

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3 responses to “No, Romney Didn’t Leave Bain in 1999

  1. Ted

    Rick Perry had an “oops…” Now Mitt Romney has an “oops…”

    He can’t remember the SEC filings.

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  2. Many humble thanks for the link.
    There is very little ‘public’ information about Romney’s ‘private’ business and Romney is working hard to keep it that way.
    As long as Bain and Romney’s taxes remain an issue, they WILL be questioned in the debate.
    President Obama’s biggest hurdle is blue collar white middle class American men.
    Imagine the stark contrast with the President standing there having disclosed ALL his past even to the point of bringing his birth certificate to a press conference and Romney standing there avoiding questions about his taxes and Bain.
    It won’t change the blue collar middle class men’s minds but it will shift 5% to 10% of them to not voting at all.

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  3. He doesn’t want to talk about his record as a governor.

    He doesn’t want to tell when he was at Bain. He doesn’t want to talk about his taxes and income.

    His argument is, as it always has been, “I’m rich, so I’m better than you are. Vote for me, peasant!”

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