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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wisefool's picture

How about blood oil, or $1000/bbl oil when you factor in the cost of american blood and treasure? Ron Paul 2012.

Mentaliusanything's picture

Judas Priest - we have a Koch down under (David Koch). What a wanker (wanker= a male who pulls the penis all the time). He love his money more than his penis. 

However in other news - Repuglicans have Newt G as a front runner (what a wanker). and I have to report that of all the repugs that are running..... on TV in Orstralia..... they scanned all the faces running for the Presidency.

Guess Fucking what? As the camera panned the No 2 front runner was reached and at the shoulder, I fuck with you NOT they cut the vision.

Ron Paul was ERASED.

Who would cut the only hope for a balanced veiw. 

MSM

Ron Paul has a face - but I am sorry, the World as they run it does not show him, does not know him and will not see him... ever

Unless of course Newt G, the lowest slimeball in the race trips over the stash he has made selling America out.

Jesus, (and may you forgive me for taking your name ..) Newt G is .... what can I say... Think the Barrel then dig under it, past the rattler snakes, past the morals of Donald Rumsfeild and even deeper until you pass Hell itself. Newt lives there. Look in his eyes, that walking talking bag of coruption and even O Bummer looks like an angel (and he is - even the other side has its hitters)

This is a war. Chose your side  

ElvisDog's picture

David Koch is a modern day Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus

Umm, you mean a guy who was a reasonably good general, who married his rival's daughter and then lost a critical battle and got his head sliced off?

SheepleLOVEcheddarbaybiscuits's picture

time to expose romneys debauchery and farce

theXman's picture

I don't see anything there. Let's not make a mountain out of molehill. Romney was trained into a legal robot. He just wanted to maximize any legal protection he could get. 

Gully Foyle's picture

Let's get out the vote! Let's make our voices heard!
We've been given the right to choose between a douche and a turd.
It's democracy in action! Put your freedom to the test.
A big fat turd or a stupid douche. Which do you like best?

Joe Sixpack's picture

Destroying the world's greatest country is hard work. He deserves a break from his destruction. Maybe he will kick back and snap the necks of some adorable kittens or something.

rufusbird's picture

Send donations to:

Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Committee
845 Plantation Drive
Clute, TX 77531

or online at:

https://secure.ronpaul2012.com/

 

malalingua's picture

More great news for Ron Paul. 

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

Until it comes out that he was hitting Lindz and her meth pipe.

I am Aqua Buddha!

anomalous's picture

Ouch, can't seem to give you a neg vote, oh well - you're a puke - how's that?

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

"Mad Dog" Bachman?  Oh her puritan ass wouldn't know what hit her, cuz I would be gone before her make up stained her pillow.

UP Forester's picture

I was thinking Million Dollar Bunghole....

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

Million Dollar Bunghole

It must be J-Lo

Freddie's picture

Go eat your Chicago muslim and FO..

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

Obama has accelerated this country's spiral down the shithole, yet you try to distract people from this by calling him a Muslim like it was some kind of insult? I think you're a closeted Obama fanboy.

Go back to huffing your Sunoco 94 octane (which explains why you believe Bachman is sane).

 

i-dog's picture

... whether he did or didn't.

malalingua's picture

Was that suppose to be funny?  Are you available for weddings or Bar Mitzvahs? 

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

Nope, you will have to call your mom again

ironsky's picture

"More great news for Ron Paul."

They sat around the fire telling tales of the Websters.

Cabreado's picture

"...As for the 'cleansing'..."

Speaking of...

Denounce the bullshit; We've had enough.
Fck the media, fck the games.

Ron Paul would be a good choice.
No muss, no fuss.
He's tired of the bullshit, too.

ebworthen's picture

Christians, especially more traditional ones, WILL NOT vote for Romney because he is a Mormon.

Not a judgement, simply an observation.

The Republicrats better come up with a different candidate.

But...politics is the distraction anyways.

Why vote when you can take your money out of the bank, run up your credit card, not pay your mortgage, or taxes?

;-)

earleflorida's picture

butt, but, the very first official federal reserve chairman was a mormon  - marriner eccles [1935]

Raymond Reason's picture

On the Christian perspective....word will come down from on high, via Pat Robertson,  James Dobson, et al., that for the sake of helping God fulfill Hebrew prophecy (and spreading Focus on the Family to the ends of the earth) Romney's doctrinal conflicts can be forgiven. 

You know, in all seriousness, there are lying thieving bankers and politicos, but there will be a special place reserved in Hell, for those who co-opt and distort the preserved Truth of God.  Verily. 

lizzy36's picture

And the "traditional Christians" will vote for Newt, because at the time he was leading the impeachment charges against Clinton, he was cheating on his then 2nd cancer stricken wife with his 3rd "made in silicon vally" model. 

Apparently the 3rd model is better "Potus wife material" than the second.

wisefool's picture

My actions in that regard were because I loved my country too much, it is important for a leader like me to have strong beautiful young wife so I can lead the nation.

-Newt gingrich

My low effective tax rates are a function of money that was forced upon me in the form of inheritance. the capital gain rules and donations to my faith also contributed to effective rates.  I'd like to change the rules such that people making under $250k dont pay any capital gains. Regarding charitable deductions,  I learned alot about charity service when I had the privledge of being head organizer for the Olympic games in ...

-Mitt Romney

WTF? I am voting for the other dude.

- Single Mom paying 25% tax, house underwater, daddy works for cash, no-child support, meaning no taxes for the schools either....

jeff montanye's picture

good thoughts, but sources, especially for quotations, are good too.  i realize newt cheated on his cancer stricken second wife with his third while she was an intern under him because he loved his country too passionately http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/newt-gingrich-i-cheated-on-my-wives-bec... but i can't find the second part of your newt quotation.

wisefool's picture

Right. It was progressive (in time) snarc paraphrasing. The second half has come to fruition, as evidenced by Gingrichs exhobinant campaign expenses on his arm candy (See the recent exchanges between the Newt and Ron Paul campaigns regarding the trump debate and Tiffany's credit lines)

Moving forward, obviously the romney quote has not even occured yet, but it will when he gets the nom and and is forced to release his tax returns. The single mom quote is what both parties fear. When the buerocracy is revealed to have damaged the people they claimed they were helping, the sheeple eventually do wake up to the sheering session. I have no pre-occupation with single moms, but this campaign cycle uses that constiutency as much or more than "our seniors" or "our returning veterans"

Predicting the future using the fall of rome as my source. Who are the tax payers? Ironically it is every person who does not make a living talking about helping the tax payers. Including the media outlets like CNBC and its parent company G.E. whose CEO is also moonlighting as the jobs Czar in the Obama administration. whoops I did it again.

Blano's picture

No way in hell am I voting for him.

Freddie's picture

Ah no.  Most conservatves do not like RINO Newt.  Go pray to your Chicago muslim.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

Your dad should have pulled out.

 

Ahmeexnal's picture

Jesus Christ was a Mormon.

Raymond Reason's picture

Right.  From the Lamenite clan (earlier day) in America. 

Bansters-in-my- feces's picture

Jesus was a Joo.

He di not like Joo-Doe.

He liked kung fu.

ebworthen's picture

Good gravy...

...don't y'all read the disclaimers?

Cult_of_Reason's picture

So according to your "observation", the "traditional Christians" will re-elect "undercover Muslim" for his second term, before they vote for a Mormon?

ebworthen's picture

More to the point, they won't make the trip to the voting booth for Romney; they will stay at home.

So yes, they will not vote for Romney, whether it elects Obummer or not.

My observation, not advocacy one way or another.

zenbones's picture

Being LDS, I won't vote for Romney because he is a globalist banker puppet.

Hearst's picture

Ron Paul will win the Republican nomination and will beat Obama in 2012.  Ron Paul will be the leader to guide America through the economic crash that we are currently in the midst of.

oogs66's picture

You have watched too many non Hollywood moviez

Raymond Reason's picture

Too much college football. 

jeff montanye's picture

college football seems relatively unpredictable.  like politics in interesting times.  a mixed race one term senator named barack hussein obama did not seem like a shoo-in before the voting started last cycle. 

IAmNotMark's picture

I wish you were right.  I've voted for Ron Paul the last two times he ran.  And I'll vote for him again.

Ron Paul may win the republican nomination, if Newt explodes.  And Mitt falls.

I don't think Dr. Paul can beat the media, and the prejudice of many, and the designs and desires of very many and actually get a fair hearing.  Most people seem to say 'lalalalalalala' when then hear something disturbing.  He's saying something very disturbing to most Americans.

If Dr. Paul did manage to get past all of that and be elected president, the Federal Reserve would put a bullet in his head, just like the last guy to challenge them.

DionysusDevotee's picture

I wish you were wrong about that last point.  Do you all think that would be blatant enough to rouse the people from their stupor enough to end the fed?

i-dog's picture

No. It would be blamed on a muslim trrrrrst.

DionysusDevotee's picture

or the patriot movement, I suppose...sigh.