Is The Fate Of Mitt Romney's Presidential Campaign In The Hands Of A Reuters FOIA Request?

Tyler Durden's picture

It appears the GOP candidates are dropping like flies: first that one crazy guy, then Cain, and now... Mitt Romney? According to a Boston Globe article, paraphrased by Reuters, the GOP frontrunner (or is that second after Gingrich now: nobody really knows any more), spent $100,000, not of his own money but state funds, to "replace computers in his office at the end of his term as governor of Massachusetts in 2007 as part of an unprecedented effort to keep his records secret. When Romney left the governorship of Massachusetts, 11 of his aides bought the hard drives of their state-issued computers to keep for themselves. Also before he left office, the governor's staff had emails and other electronic communications by Romney's administration wiped from state servers, state officials say. Those actions erased much of the internal documentation of Romney's four-year tenure as governor, which ended in January 2007. Precisely what information was erased is unclear." Odd: almost as if he had something to hide... Yet something tells us the other side of those emailed correspondences will still be there: alive and kicking, somewhere on the archived servers of Bain Capital, and a few prominent health insurance companies (and of course Goldman Sachs, because Goldman Sachs is everywhere). Naturally, one would need a subpoena to get those. And for that one would need a reason to assume something is illegal. Luckily, wiping your hard disks while a servant of the people is perfectly normal in a banana republic. Now just who does Ron Paul have to murder in broad daylight while having sex with Snooki before the general media finally decides he is worthy of a shot at this whole farce?

Reuters with more:

Republican and Democratic opponents of Romney say the scrubbing of emails - and a claim by Romney that paper records of his governorship are not subject to public disclosure - hinder efforts to assess his performance as a politician and elected official.


As Massachusetts governor, Romney worked with a Democrat-led state house to close a budget shortfall and signed a healthcare overhaul that required nearly all state residents to buy insurance or face penalties.


Massachusetts' healthcare law became a model for Obama's nationwide healthcare program, enacted into law in 2010. As a presidential candidate, however, Romney has criticized Obama's plan as an overreach by the federal government.


Massachusetts officials say they have no basis to believe that Romney's staff violated any state laws or policies in removing his administration's records.

As for the "cleansing" apparently Romney was smart enough to do what not even 27-year old Goldman Sachs wunderkind and the man who singlehandedly (because the SEC has yet to name a second perpetrator at Goldman) concocted the MBS mortgage fraud scheme, Fab Tourre, thought of doing when he left his hard disk "just lying around."

Romney's spokesmen emphasize that he followed the law and precedent in deleting the emails, installing new computers in the governor's office and buying up hard drives.


However, Theresa Dolan, former director of administration for the governor's office, told Reuters that Romney's efforts to control or wipe out records from his governorship were unprecedented.


Dolan said that in her 23 years as an aide to successive governors "no one had ever inquired about, or expressed the desire" to purchase their computer hard drives before Romney's tenure.


The cleanup of records by Romney's staff before his term ended included spending $205,000 for a three-year lease on new computers for the governor's office, according to official documents and state officials.


In signing the lease, Romney aides broke an earlier three-year lease that provided the same number of computers for about half the cost - $108,000. Lease documents obtained by Reuters under the state's freedom of information law indicate that the broken lease still had 18 months to run.


As a result of the change in leases, the cost to the state for computers in the governor's office was an additional $97,000.

The 'shredding' was not just electronic:

State officials and a longtime Romney adviser have acknowledged that before leaving office, Romney asked state archives officials for permission to destroy certain paper records. It is unclear whether his office notified anyone from the state before destroying electronic records.

In other words, the US taxpayers paid to make sure nobody could ever build a civil or, heaven forbid, criminal case against Romney.

We can't wait for the next GOP debate, or whatever that ex-"999" circus is called nowadays, something tells us the topic of tampering with evidence, always a sensitive one for politicians as they all have done it at some point, will be rather prominent.

As for Romney, his fate may soon be sealed, or unsealed as the case may be, by a Reuters FOIA:

Officials have said the details of Romney's request to remove paper records, such as what specific documents he wanted to destroy, could be made public only in response to a request under the state's freedom of information law. Reuters has filed such a request.

One wonders how fast the turnaround on such a request is, and just how extensive the black out redactions will be.

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DormRoom's picture

whomever the Koch brothers want in the whitehouse, (s)he will win.  Enough with this GOP farce.  David Koch is a modern day Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus.

Vampyroteuthis infernalis's picture

Romney is a cock sucking wealthy ass Mormon. May he burn in hell like all hypocrites of his type.

wee-weed up's picture

Not a chance! Just ask Slick Willie!

trav7777's picture

someone please erase Romney

Not For Reuse's picture

ZOMG there is no good republican candidate, who woulda thunk it???

jeff montanye's picture

this enduring appearance of impropriety for romney, he must now prove the negative that there wasn't anything bad there (and he's destroyed his own evidence of it), may help doom him.  gingrich, given time, will be the last stop between ron paul and the nomination (but watch huntsman, he has cartel approval written all over him).

Chuck Walla's picture

While no fan of Romney, I'm still looking for the part that says what he did was illegal. Unprecedented is not the same thing.  Anyway,it all may be moot if we can have someone else as nominee.  Obamster's operatives are very industrious as is the media, except where Obama is involved.  


Huntsman! Whos idiot idea is that guy?

goldfreak's picture

He's got more money from Wall Street than any other candidate, I don't think he's going anywhere

bernorange's picture

There will be no peeking behind the curtain.

Joseph Jones's picture

My rule was never vote for any member of either major party for national office.  Immediately after I heard Huntsman admit the actual cost to taxpayers for automotive fuel is $13-15/gal (military excursions, health costs, etc) I considered an exception to my rule, and voting for him. 

One of my best friends is ex-"temple" (advanced, high-ranking) Mormon.  His father (even longer experience as Mormon, ex-military) recently told him Mormon theology is that the USA must protect physical Israel at all costs.

Huntsman recently made a strong, caustic remark. with much emotion, that the USA must protect physical Israel.  This is extremely bad news, of course, unless you are a military vendor or war monger.  

I always liked Ron Paul, except he favors a gold standard, and I recently decided a gold standard is not such a great idea.  I presume you PM lovers/hoarders highly regard Paul.  

Vampyroteuthis infernalis's picture

Being sucked as a dude is cool. Sucking another dude is NOT!

Robot Traders Mom's picture

I told my son that.

Robot Trader, come home and clean your room.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

He really would be better off if he'd just listen to his mother. FYI, I think he's been skipping his medication again.


Gavrikon's picture

I see that (at this time) there are at least 9 cockuckers out there who disagree with you.

(I"m not one of them, BTW).

Bansters-in-my- feces's picture

Only a sin to be not gettin any.

sangell's picture

Anyone remember how, after Hillary Clinton's law firm partner, and deputy White House Counsel, Vince Foster's body was found in Ft. Marcy Park, FBI investigators were kept away from Foster's computer until its hard drive was removed and, somehow, destroyed?

If you can have a president get away with 'Vince Foster' I doubt a governors missing emails is fatal. BTW I'm not for Romney just putting a little perspective on things.

Freddie's picture

Clinton and the muslim are Democrats so they get a free pass.  Mitt is a RINO and so is Gingrich.   Paul is the best bet followed by Santorum then Bachman.  I wish Ron Paul's son was running.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

Freddie bleated:

Paul is the best bet followed by Santorum then Bachman.

...who are pretty much diametrical opposites of Ron Paul.

Flagged as retard.


Joseph Jones's picture

Bachman and Santorum will start a nuclear war with Iran faster than you can blink.  Freddie, sorry but you appear to be dumber than dirt.   

rufusbird's picture

They use the same advisory group...

Atomizer's picture

Tyler & ZH posters, earlier today the Headlines included this…

What The XYZ! Submitted by Tyler Durden on 12/05/2011 - 15:48


The fact that the global financial system hinges on these 7 sets of 3 letters is appalling and amazing.

Well, you missed one. It's only two letters & Geithner is playing a game to hide banker's transparency. Shall we begin?

United Nations Treasury Operational Rates of Exchange


Next.. We log into The UN site.


Then we type into the search box: The Office of International Treasury's Control. Let's see what hits we get, press go! Google dumbs you down asking " Did you mean: The Office of International Treasury's''x Control." LOL


Please read..


First link:  Capital Flows to Latin America: Recent Developments -- Washington, D.C., 29 October 2010 

Second Link: The Financial Crisis and Global Policy Reforms -- October 2009 University of California, Berkeley


The second link strikes more interest. Let's take a look. 

The Obama Administration would create a Financial Services Oversight Council

chaired by the Treasury (and with its own permanent professional staff) to identify

potential risks to systemic stability and give the Fed regulatory power over individual

systemically important financial institutions. The Brown Government would vest the

Financial Services Authority, the UK.s unified regulator, with this responsibility. The

EU would create a European Systemic Risk Council made up of European central banks

and regulators and chaired by the president of the ECB.18 Other countries have yet to

fully specify how they would organize macro-prudential supervision.

Challenges at the National Level.  Implementing these principles at the national

level is not straightforward. To start, moving to higher capital requirements creates a

transition problem. Assuming that there is no appetite for a taxpayer gift to the banks, it

implies a long period of subdued lending as banks limit the growth of the denominator of

the capital-to-asset ratio. Then there are practical issues of how to reform other

dimensions of capital adequacy requirements. 

I'll let you savor the other centrally planned tidbits filed under the United Nations transparency file. Don't be afraid to go down the rabbit hole. :>)

ninja247's picture

Who are you atomizer?

That was amazing.


DM me on Twitter @ninja247 

Yamaha's picture

VAM buddy - looks like you want to suck Obama for four more years! Get that white stuff off your chin.....

Monedas's picture

Vampiretooth, you ain't gettin' near my cock with that fang of yours ! So what are you trying to say    Mormons, besides following the Biblical/Koranical (?) example of taking multiple to fill in the gaps in their social life and time spent counting their lucre....sucking the odd cock ? By Clinton's standards, then, he's a shoo-in ? Monedas 2011 Comedy Jihad Maybe They'll Find Obama's Birth Certificate In Mitt's Cluttered Papers ?

akak's picture


No no, it goes:

What's Mormon got to do, got to do with it,

What's Mormon, but a second-hand religion?

Gully Foyle's picture

I'm pretty certain Willard Mittens Romney is the next chosen one. The Obama Psyops have already started, how he is too collegiate for politics, how he is tired and bored of it. The good stuff is coming from his supporters.


wisefool's picture

I sense this too. The speech today he was like "I dont really want to do this anymore. 4 more years of fighting about $3000 tax credits for busineses to hire people to do jobs just so they can pay off their loans on crap they did not need in the first place"

The problem is Romney can not get elected. nobody is going to care what he did as govenor, they are going to be pissed about his personal taxes.

I love it. the guy they were going to give Obama the out to (if he wanted it) is un-electable.

Can you smell what Ron Paul is cooking?

Mauibrad's picture

Oh yeah, Ron Paul's cookin' up some good shit.

Kiwi Pete's picture

Has Ron Paul been ordained by the Bilderbergers yet? Then he won't be president. That's how it rolls!

Gavrikon's picture

And if he is, they will make sure that he is assasinated before he can fix anything.

That would be (IMHO) the sign to let loose the dogs of war and go nuclear on the bankers' asses.

Ace Ventura's picture

TPTB don't need to go all JFK or even KGB on the good doctor. He's already advanced in years, so an ever-so-unfortunate heart-attack or aneurisym will not look suspicious to the 'dancing with the stars', 'the view', or 'jersey shore' crowd.

This even assumes they simply don't call up Agent Diebold and select the guy they want in the first place. Or even allow Paul the Oval Office (although I don't think the hordes of content gubment-dependent parasites will ever vote for him).....but then severely kneecap him through the use of their servant puppets in con-gress. He would be vetoing stuff 24/7, even his own desired legislation, because the slime-slurping vermin in congress would attach so much pork and other unconstitutional riders to such bills, that Paul would have no choice.

Now, if for some bizzarro reason TPTB DID opt for a messy 'wet' removal of Paul, then I believe there will indeed be some form of blowback from the slowly growing number of patriots.

Gully Foyle's picture


So you still think elections are not rigged? That figureheads are not chosen by TPTB years in advance? That your vote counts?


Mr. Garrison: Attention students, we have tallied your mascot nomination sheets, and there will now be a school-wide vote between the top two nominations. So here is the first most-requested candidate, a giant douche. [a giant douche steps out from behind the TV and begins dancing to 2 Unlimited's "Get ready for this."] Kyle, Kenny: Go giant douche! Giant Douche: Hey, South Park! Have we got school spirit?? [a smattering of applause] We've got spirit, yes we do! Giant douches, me and you! Let's gooooo, Douches! [a smaller smattering of applause] Mr. Garrison: And now your second nominee, Turd Sandwich. [a turd sandwich steps out from behind the TV and begins dancing to Baha Men's "Who Let The Dogs Out?"] Cartman: All right turd sandwich! Butters: Yeah! Kyle: Cartman? What the hell?? Cartman: Giant Douche sucks! Turd Sandwich: We've got spirit, yes we do! We are sandwiches filled with poo! Yeeaahhh! [a smattering of applause] Mr. Garrison: Students can now cast their choice between the Giant Douche and the Turd Sandwich. We'll count up the votes on Tuesday.
wisefool's picture

They say one way to make Devil laugh is to tell him your plan. I agree Mitt was supposed to be Regan part II. But Uncle Warren is off the reservation. This Buffet rule stuff was the trap to catch romney and ensure obama the 2nd term if he wanted it.

Problem is, as I thought I was agreeing with your post, is that Obama was going to be given the option of "losing" the election to Mitt. Obama could be the Jimmy Carter and have a similar "you should have given me a second term legacy ...." That is fubar'ed now cause none of the candidates other than Ron Paul cam beat the dead people who have already absentee voted for Obama, much less the straight ticket types.

The wages of sin (in this case undeath) is that he will be forced to serve a second term with a terrible legacy. Or we can elect Ron Paul.

DeadFred's picture

My mother has been voting consistently since passing away some years ago. She changed party affiliation shortly after her death. I've always what aspect of passing through the pearly gates made her decide that the Democrats were better.

More related to this post I'll be interested to see if this FOIC request gets processed faster than the request for Obama's birth certificate.

jeff montanye's picture

it just might.  a state government fears a presidential candidate less than a president.  and obama had the idea of saving the release up for a master stroke of political tactics.  oh he's such a multi dimensional chess player. 

nmewn's picture

Ok...I'm gonna get junked off the stage...but what else is

We are dealing with a people who watch American Idol & snookie (whatever the fuck that show is) and bury their faces in i-shit all day. Where looks mean more than what a candidates positions are.

Ron Paul (as much as I respect him) standing next to a younger, smug Barry, at a debate is...

I hope I'm wrong. But I don't think so. They're being chosen (picked off, whatever) one by one...Chicago style, until they get the one they want for the American Idol crowd.

Just sayin...

Raymond Reason's picture

If the snookie crowd is can't afford cable by mid 2012, they might start paying attention. 

nmewn's picture

I'm sure Barry can find a way to subsidize that as well.


They will never understand they are being bribed...honestly, its why I can't sign off on full blown revolution. There, I said it. They are unworthy of my blood & sweat.

I better stop.


wisefool's picture

Not trying to make you even more frustrated, but the Show itself was subsidized by the government. $420,000.

You can not make this stuff up, and unfortunately for the brain trust who writes tax code, all of this stuff is never going to be "cleaned up" from the internet or "Un watched". Just like Paul "Enron" Krugmiester's legacy.

nmewn's picture

Just when I thought I'd seen it Yes, definitely frustrated. Like alot of people I guess.

I've seen the "clean up operation" you speak of as well. I'm thankful for the dedicated cyber patriots who save almost everything and for years I have scorned Google for their willingness to distort and mislead the pursuit of truth. 

azusgm's picture

Barry has been too busy trying to shovel some of your money into his latest climate scheme.

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

Have you seen Barry lately?  Thin as a rail, grey, and weathered.  And it isn't like Paul is in bad shape.  You can tell he could round out some pullups by the size of his shoulders.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Yes LH. Something tells me Barry Shabaz was meant to be a one-termer. So hated that anything/one would look great in comparison.

I'd heard a murmur, a long time ago, about Schwarznegger/Palin.

ZINGER! if it happens, eh? Could.



Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

Unfortunately for Nazis everywhere Presidential candidates needed to register with the States for the primaries already.

SilverIsKing's picture

So Hillary can no longer sub for Obama?

wisefool's picture

Hillary FTW but not in the way you think. She wants to be on the supreme court. And there is no way the establishment pubs can or should stop that now.

hidingfromhelis's picture

Schwarznegger wasn't born in the US, so he is not eligible for the presidency.


Vlad Tepid's picture

I have to disagree with you although I know exactly what you mean.  In a debate between the two, I think that Paul would come out with a more favorable impression.  People on the right and left are sick of the slick politico that Obama would be the sole representative of on the stage.  He spouts platitudes and Paul spouts substance.  That will have to resonate with many of the "likely voters" if not the mouth-breathing majority who will not hit the polls.

Also, I think a lot of the young people who overwhelmingly voted for Obama, are now wiser and more jaded, and "progressive" winds are blowing against the decidedly UN-progressive Obama.  They also identify in older people a wisdom lacking in their generation.  But that wisdom is seen as a survival skill for the times that they are about to face thanks, not to Paul's generation, but to Obama's and his mother's.  Many people said that Reagan was too old to win, but his age proved an electoral bonus to him after the unstaid political years of the younger and hipper Carter.  A similar dynamic may come into play here.

Of course, first Paul has to break to Clown Car Monopoly of the Republican nominating process...