When The Huffington Post asked the Romney campaign about Bain Capital accepting funds from families tied to death squads, a spokeswoman forwarded a 1999 Salt Lake Tribune article to explain the campaign’s position on the matter. She declined to comment further.
“Romney confirms Bain had investors in El Salvador. But, as was Bain’s policy with any big investor, they had the families checked out as diligently as possible,” the Tribune wrote. “They uncovered no unsavory links to drugs or other criminal activity.”
Nobody with a basic understanding of the region’s history could believe that assertion.
By 1984, the media had thoroughly exposed connections between the death squads and the Salvadoran oligarchy, including the families that invested with Romney. The sitting U.S. ambassador to El Salvador charged that several families, including at least one that invested with Bain, were living in Miami and directly funding death squads. Even by 1981, El Salvador’s elite, largely relocated to Miami, were so angered by the public perception that they were financing death squads that they reached out to the media to make their case. The two men put forward to represent the oligarchs were both from families that would invest in Bain three years later. The most cursory review of their backgrounds would have turned up the ties.
The connection between the families involved with Bain’s founding and those who financed death squads was made by the Boston Globe in 1994 and the Salt Lake Tribune in 1999. This election cycle, Salon first raised the issue in January, and the Los Angeles Times filled out more of the record earlier this month.
There is no shortage of unsavory links. Even the Tribune article referred to by the Romney campaign reports that “about $6.5 million of $37 million that established the company came from wealthy El Salvadoran families linked to right-wing death squads.”
The Huffington Post, “Mitt Romney Started Bain Capital With Money From Families Tied to Death Squads.”
Blood money. Yay for Romney!
“After a week in which Mitt Romney has struggled to counter questions about his tax records and his tenure at Bain Capital, Just 38 percent of Americans in a new ABC News-Washington Post poll express a favorable opinion of the way Mitt Romney’s running his campaign for the presidency, while 49 percent respond unfavorably — an 11-point negative margin,” notes ABC News pollster Gary Langer. “Obama, for his part, gets an even split in assessments of his campaign efforts, 46-45 percent, favorable-unfavorable, in this poll.”
Please, somebody ask the cast of The Dark Knight Rises about this at their next press conference.
Mitt Romney senior adviser ED GILLESPIE, explaining to CNN’s Candy Crowley just how his candidate could lie about having quit Bain Capital in 1999 when, in fact, SEC filings showed he was there through 2002.