Saturday, October 20, 2012

WTF? Romney's son, Tagg, owns voting machines in Ohio and four other states!

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As if the horrible Citizens United decision did not make this election unfair enough, Tagg Romney, who recently expressed a desire to take a swing at President Obama and the son of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, has purchased electronic voting machines that will be used in the 2012 elections in Ohio, Colorado, Washington, Texas, and Oklahoma.

Taggart Romney
"Late last month, Gerry Bello and Bob Fitrakis at broke the story of the Mitt Romney/Bain Capital investment team involved in H.I.G. Capital which, in July of 2011, completed a "strategic investment" to take over a fair share of the Austin-based e-voting machine company Hart Intercivic," according to independent journalist Brad Friedman.
Friedman is not the only one to discover the connection between the Romney family, Bain Capital, and ownership of voting machines. Truth out reports:
Through a closely held equity fund called Solamere, Mitt Romney and his wife, son and brother are major investors in an investment firm called H.I.G. Capital. H.I.G. in turn holds a majority share and three out of five board members in Hart Intercivic, a company that owns the notoriously faulty electronic voting machines that will count the ballots in swing state Ohio November 7. Hart machines will also be used elsewhere in the United States.
In other words, a candidate for the presidency of the United States, and his brother, wife and son, have a straight-line financial interest in the voting machines that could decide this fall's election. These machines cannot be monitored by the public. But they will help decide who "owns" the White House.

This was discussed on The David Parkman Show:

The Nation, Politicol and New York Times confirm the connection between the Romney family, Solamere and the Bain Capital investment in the voting machine company, Hart Intercivic, whose board of directors serve H.I.G. Capital. Truth out added:
Mitt Romney, his wife Ann Romney, and their son Tagg Romney are also invested in H.I.G. Capital, as is Mitt's brother G. Scott Romney.
The investment comes in part through the privately held family equity firm called Solamere, which bears the name of the posh Utah ski community where the Romney family retreats to slide down the slopes.
Raising further questions of legitimacy in the Romney campaign is an audio recording recently made public, where Mitt Romney is heard asking independent business owners to apply pressure to their employees to influence their votes. At the end of the call, Romney urged business owners to relay their thoughts on the election to their employees. Romney said on that call:
I hope you make it very clear to your employees what you believe is in the best interest of your enterprise and therefore their job and their future in the upcoming elections. And whether you agree with me or you agree with President Obama, or whatever your political view, I hope, I hope you pass those along to your employees.
What has also been made public are the emails those employers have sent to their employees with an implied threat that if they don't vote for Romney they may lose their jobs. Can you imagine the uproar from Beck and the rest of the right-wing media if President Obama made a similar request to all federal government department heads?

this guy is no "statesman," no matter what Mitt Romney thinks
What it all says is that Mitt Romney, with the help of his family and Bain Capital connections, is more than willing to try to take the White House through illegitimate and highly unethical, if not specifically illegal means.
If Mitt Romney truly has the qualities that American voters want in their president, why does he have to go to such great and questionable lengths to try to win the election? Yet there is an irony in the Romney campaign that cannot be ignored. For all the noise the right-wing has made in questioning the legitimacy of Obama's presidency, there have been so many questionable efforts made to help put Romney in the White House, if he wins, there should be great dispute over whether his election could ever be called genuinely legitimate.
For more on this campaign for the presidency, check out any of the posts published here below:
If you doubt that Romney is trying to lie his way into the White House, check out the 49 lies listed on just one of 39 web pages listing his many false claims. See "Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity, Volume XXXIX."

Update, 10/29/2012: This concern has been addressed at After a lengthy examination of the facts, they conclude:

That close connection between the Romney family, Romney campaign contributors, and a provider of voting machines may raise some eyebrows, but it doesn't establish any direct ownership between Tagg Romney and a provider of voting machines.
Rest assured that there will be no corruption from the Romney's on election day. 

Update, 10/23/2012: There is a petition running asking Attorney General Holder to investigate Tagg owning the company programming voting machines. Please add your name to it:

Update, 10/21/2012: A piece from Reader Supported News entitled "Does your E-vote now belong to the Romney family" about this same story concludes:

Does this mean the Romney investment in Hart Intercivic through H.I.G. Capital and Solamere will yield it not only financial profits but the White House itself?
Tune in during the deep night of November 7, when the electronic votes in swing state Ohio are once again opaquely reported to the nation and the world, without meaningful public scrutiny or legal recourse.
Before voters are taken in by Mitt Romney's mendacious manner, 
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