Mitt Romney will show his true colors tonight, when he slips behind closed doors in a foreign city to collect money from international bankers who are mired in scandal.

Romney, whom fellow Republicans describe as a "vulture capitalist," may be in London to cheer on the U.S. team in the Olympics. But when it comes to economics, his loyalty does not appear to be to Team USA. Rather, it's to the banking-industry insiders who know no country -- and, it would appear, know few ethical bounds.

London is abuzz over the LIBOR (London InterBank Offered Rate) scandal, which saw some of the biggest banks in the world report false interest rates in order to fool investors and game the international economy. Bob Diamond, the top man in Barclays Bank, had to resign from his position after that bank paid almost $500 million in fines.

Diamond also resigned as the co-chair of Mitt Romney's $75,000-a-person fundraising event in London tonight.

Not to worry. Another Barclays insider (chief lobbyist Patrick Durkin) took Diamond's place as a co-chair for the Romney event, along with officials of Bank of Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, Goldman Sachs, Blackstone and Wells Fargo Securities — and, of course, Bain Capital Europe.

As the investigation of banks implicated in LIBOR rate-fixing expands, Romney's decision to go ahead with the London fundraising events is an act either of boldness or recklessness. The presumptive Republican nominee for president seems to think he can get away with raising millions of dollars in a foreign capital from scandal-plagued international bankers.

But grass-roots activists in the U.S. are upping the ante by demanding that Romney immediately reveal the names of the bankers and financial insiders attending his London fundraising events. In particular, they are pushing for the release of any and all information relating to Romney's interactions with donors associated with Barclays and any other institutions that have been linked to the LIBOR scandal.

The Center for Responsive Politics identifies Barclays as the largest source of campaign donations to Romney, and a Maine state legislator who has been in the forefront of campaign finance reform and corporate watchdog fights wants to know more about the relationship between Romney and the Barclays donors.

"Americans have a right to know who Romney's donors are so they can understand what policy agendas are in line with those donations," says Maine state Rep. Diane Russell, D-Portland. "We all have the right to donate to political campaigns, and the responsibility to own up to those donations. It's part of the democratic process."

Russell has started a national petition drive demanding that Romney come clean about the Barclays ties and the London fundraising event.

The "Mitt Romney: Reveal Your Secret Donors" petition reads:

It’s time we return to government of, by and for the people -- not government of, bought, and paid for by special interests. The job of a Wall Street banker is to get a good return on their investment, and unfortunately, they’ve taken those skills to Washington -- and now the presidency.

Mitt Romney is attending an elite London fundraiser -- $25,000 to $75,000 per plate -- hosted by the CEOs at the center of the LIBOR scandal threatening our already fragile economy. Executives of at least three other banks under investigation are co-chairs of the fundraiser, according to invitations obtained by The Washington Post.

At the same time, too many Americans are falling out of the middle class when they are working hard to climb the ladder into it. In fact, middle-class workers have seen their incomes drop by nearly 8 percent in three years and their wealth disappear by a staggering 40 percent.

We believe politicians should work for us, not their corporate sponsors. It is time for Mitt Romney to fully disclose his donors -- and how much they are giving to his campaign.

Russell set out to collect 10,000 signatures.

She'll get them. And a lot more.

Mitt Romney's connection to Barclays and the LIBOR scandal is a big deal. Americans have a right to be angry about a man who wants to be president of the United States jetting off to London to collect checks from international banksters. And the more they learn about Romney, Barclays and LIBOR, the angrier they'll get.

John Nichols is associate editor of The Capital Times. jnichols@madison.com

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wisconsineye

At the same time, too many Americans are falling out of the middle class when they are working hard to climb the ladder into it. In fact, middle-class workers have seen their incomes drop by nearly 8 percent in three years and their wealth disappear by a staggering 40 percent.

Johnnie- Who has been the President for the past three years? This can't be the fault of Romney right?

Jacquerie

I hate it when posters skew the facts. Do you see what you are doing with these lies or just ignorant repetitions of what you hear from right wing pundits? Don't you fact check anything? In a multitude of reports it is stated that the wealth dropped beginning in 2007 through 2010. A result of the recession which began with the past administration. This information comes from the Fed survey yet you pin it on Obama and his administration which is ridiculous. Show some analysis that says this is true and maybe you will have some credibility. Note: "Recovery from the so-called Great Recession has also been particularly slow; real GDP did not return to pre-recession levels until the third quarter of 2011. " That recovery to pre-recession levels was under Obama.

Fed Survey: "Families’ finances are affected by both their own decisions and the state of the broader economy. Over the 2007–10 period, the U.S. economy experienced its most substantial downturn since the Great Depression. Real gross domestic product (GDP) fell nearly 5.1 percent between the third quarter of 2007 and the second quarter of 2009, the official period of recession as determined by the National Bureau of Economic Research. During the same period, the unemployment rate rose from 5.0 percent to 9.5 percent, the highest level since 1983. Recovery from the so-called Great Recession has also been particularly slow; real GDP did not return to pre-recession levels until the third quarter of 2011. The unemployment rate continued to rise through the third quarter of 2009 and remained over 9.4 percent during 2010. The rate of inflation, as measured by the consumer price index for all urban consumers (CPI-U-RS), decreased somewhat over the period from an annual average of 2.8 percent in 2007 to 1.6 percent in 2010."

Obama has worked to stabilize and reduce this drop with a republican party that vowed from day one to make him a one term President. They never wanted him to succeed for the American people and would work to hurt the middle class just to win in 2012 by blocking any and all attempts made by current administration.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/fed-americans-wealth-dropped-40-percent/2012/06/11/gJQAlIsCVV_story.html
"The Federal Reserve said the median net worth of families plunged by 39 percent in just three years, from $126,400 in 2007 to $77,300 in 2010. That puts Americans roughly on par with where they were in 1992."
Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/sites/halahtouryalai/2012/06/11/brutal-recession-destroyed-americans-wealth-net-worth-down-40-in-3-years/
The median family net worth dropped a staggering 40% to $77,300 in 2010 from $126,400 in 2007, the Fed said in its Survey of Consumer Finances which is released every three years"

Dick Dastardly

http://mediatrackers.org/2012/07/30/mahlon-mitchell-used-official-fire-dept-e-mail-network-for-campaign-purposes/

How about something closer to home Nichols?

DD

Wally Kalbacken
Wally Kalbacken

John Nichols is a fool.

Cowboy99540
Cowboy99540

Dear Readers:

I don't think John Nichols is a fool and I do know that he has a gift for getting to and writing the truth about politics in Wisconsin & America!

If you don't like it don't read it!

Cowboy

Tpartywarrior
Tpartywarrior

I would like to see an investigation of all the on-line contributions that came to Obama from outside the country back in 2008. It's another example of a complacent sympathetic mainstream media towards Obama.

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tomtom33
tomtom33

Do you have anything to add other than ad hominem?

Cowboy99540
Cowboy99540

Dear Readers:


"A guy who was Governor of Massachusetts, wildly successful CEO who rescued the Salt Lake Olympics is not qualified? How about a community organizer who served a few years in a State legislature and a couple of years as a US Senator? Wanna compare qualifications?"


First go to the following link and read "The Washington Post Article" on vulture capitalism, for you conservatives the WP isn't exactly a liberal publication:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/vulture-capitalism-on-trial/2012/01/16/gIQACRSX5P_story_1.html

Definition of Vulture Capitalism: A pejorative hackerism for "venture capitalist", deriving from the common practice of pushing contracts that deprive inventors of control over their own innovations and most of the money they ought to have made from them.

Read about what Mitt Romney was so successful at doing. Then ask yourself if Romney is the right fit for the U.S. Presidency at this moment in history, especially if you belong to the 99%?

It isn't so much that President Obama was a local activist and organizer in Chi-Town prior to being admitted to and then graduating from Harvard Law School. Instead, it is what he learned along the way and one thing that he apparently learned better than Mitt Romney is that you don't screw over the majority of people in your own country by selling them down the river like Romney and his vulture friends did at Bain Capital & Equity.

By the way, the debate over Mitt Romney's time at Bain was began during the republican primary by republicans like Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Former GOP House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.

Not by neither the democrats nor President Barack Obama.

It's good that the issue is getting some press and air time, because Mitt Romney's experiences in buying up, breaking up, and outsourcing jobs, definitely disqualifies him from being our President in my own better judgment.

He's the last thing America needs right now!

Cowboy

tomtom33
tomtom33

"Read about what Mitt Romney was so successful at doing. Then ask yourself if Romney is the right fit for the U.S. Presidency at this moment in history, especially if you belong to the 99%?"

I have read quite a bit about Bain. For the most part every business that Bain became involved with would have failed without Bain. Bain did not save them all, but there is quite a list of successes.

Contrary to the Obama narrative, Mitt was not really involved in outsourcing. That is why Corey Booker and Bill Clinton, among other prominent Dems, have lauded Mitt's experience and called for an end to attacks on that experience. Not only that, outsourcing is generally good for everyone.

Actually the debate over Bain was begun by Teddy Kennedy when Mitt challenged him for the Senate. Those attacks were fairly successful in blue Mass. They have not been so successful in the centrist whole of the nation. That's why those attacks have slowed to a crawl.

I frankly would love an extremely detailed comparison of the past of both candidates. Mitt wins hands down.

tomtom33
tomtom33

"Read about what Mitt Romney was so successful at doing. Then ask yourself if Romney is the right fit for the U.S. Presidency at this moment in history, especially if you belong to the 99%?"

I have read quite a bit about Bain. For the most part every business that Bain became involved with would have failed without Bain. Bain did not save them all, but there is quite a list of successes.

Contrary to the Obama narrative, Mitt was not really involved in outsourcing. That is why Corey Booker and Bill Clinton, among other prominent Dems, have lauded Mitt's experience and called for an end to attacks on that experience. Not only that, outsourcing is generally good for everyone.

Actually the debate over Bain was begun by Teddy Kennedy when Mitt challenged him for the Senate. Those attacks were fairly successful in blue Mass. They have not been so successful in the centrist whole of the nation. That's why those attacks have slowed to a crawl.

I frankly would love an extremely detailed comparison of the past of both candidates. Mitt wins hands down.

tomtom33
tomtom33

"Read about what Mitt Romney was so successful at doing. Then ask yourself if Romney is the right fit for the U.S. Presidency at this moment in history, especially if you belong to the 99%?"

I have read quite a bit about Bain. For the most part every business that Bain became involved with would have failed without Bain. Bain did not save them all, but there is quite a list of successes.

Contrary to the Obama narrative, Mitt was not really involved in outsourcing. That is why Corey Booker and Bill Clinton, among other prominent Dems, have lauded Mitt's experience and called for an end to attacks on that experience. Not only that, outsourcing is generally good for everyone.

Actually the debate over Bain was begun by Teddy Kennedy when Mitt challenged him for the Senate. Those attacks were fairly successful in blue Mass. They have not been so successful in the centrist whole of the nation. That's why those attacks have slowed to a crawl.

I frankly would love an extremely detailed comparison of the past of both candidates. Mitt wins hands down.

tomtom33
tomtom33

"Read about what Mitt Romney was so successful at doing. Then ask yourself if Romney is the right fit for the U.S. Presidency at this moment in history, especially if you belong to the 99%?"

I have read quite a bit about Bain. For the most part every business that Bain became involved with would have failed without Bain. Bain did not save them all, but there is quite a list of successes.

Contrary to the Obama narrative, Mitt was not really involved in outsourcing. That is why Corey Booker and Bill Clinton, among other prominent Dems, have lauded Mitt's experience and called for an end to attacks on that experience. Not only that, outsourcing is generally good for everyone.

Actually the debate over Bain was begun by Teddy Kennedy when Mitt challenged him for the Senate. Those attacks were fairly successful in blue Mass. They have not been so successful in the centrist whole of the nation. That's why those attacks have slowed to a crawl.

I frankly would love an extremely detailed comparison of the past of both candidates. Mitt wins hands down.

Jacquerie

tomtom33 says: "Contrary to the Obama narrative, Mitt was not really involved in outsourcing."

Politifact says: "Is it accurate to say Bain still Romney's company after 1999? In an ad, the Obama campaign said, "Mitt Romney's companies were pioneers in outsourcing U.S. jobs to low-wage countries." We looked at this question carefully, and the answers aren’t so clear cut. Romney left day-to-day management of the company in 1999, but he was Bain’s founder and assembled a team that looked to make high returns. Some of those returns were achieved by investing in companies that outsourced or promoted outsourcing."

To say Mitt was not really involved in outsourcing is false. It is clear he was. He may not have been as active after 1999 but was clearly historically involved in outsourcing jobs. Obviously some US jobs were created, but at what wages, benefits is not clear and how many..
http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2012/jul/13/barack-obama/were-romneys-companies-pioneers-outsourcing/

Good Gosh

If you all are so upset that Romney won't get the same advantages as Obama via fund raising, why don't we, the people, insist on complete disclosure of any and all campaign funds and insist on absolutely no outside money coming to any elected official? That would mean no international money, no outside your state money if you are a state official, no outside your county or city money, if local. I find it amazing that all these "don't you dare take away my Constitutional rights and keep government out of my business, unless I want it there" people are not having hissy fits about ANYONE doing this. What say, folks? Time for another revolution? I mean that tea party should be good for something besides terrifying republican politicians.

tomtom33
tomtom33

Because a US citizen chooses, permanently or temporarily, to live outside of the US, you want to take away their rights?

S54k

Yes!

Kestrel

Romney should be charged with sedition. He destroyed the US economy and defense funds while colluding with foreign enemies of the US.

tomtom33
tomtom33

Obama beat him to the economy. How does one destroy US defense funds? Which enemies of the US? The British press?

What Now Toons

Mitt Romney's International Bankster's Bash! " ( a new ) "What Now Cartoon"
$75000, bucks a plate dinner with the Mittster?!!!! Hosted by LIBOR fame Banksters, but the news didn't cover it!!!!! And even if Robert Diamond won't show his face, the pick up the foreign cash show is still on! My latest cartoon is all about this ton of international dough flooding into our election system, thanks to Citizens united! It's up now at my site...
http://www.whatnowtoons.com
Left of Center Independen Political Cartoons since 2003

TheJudoon
TheJudoon

Romney’s Turbulent Missionary Days in France

Mormon men are encouraged to begin volunteer missionary work, often in a foreign country, around the age of 19. As per the tradition, Romney left for France in 1966 after one year at California’s prestigious Stanford University. Over the course of his 30-month mission abroad, Romney’s duties consisted mainly of going from door to door in Paris, the southwestern city of Bordeaux, and the northwestern port town of Le Havre, trying to recruit French people for conversion to Mormonism – a religion that was then largely unknown in majority-Catholic France.

Mitt Romney speaks French for an introduction for volunteers at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Romney watched many of those doors close in his face. “Most of what I was trying to do was rejected,” Romney has said of his work in France. According to various accounts, Romney’s attempts to get French people interested in Mormonism by inviting them to American cultural and sporting events were often met with indifference – and sometimes by hostile rants against US racism and the Vietnam War.

Romney reportedly succeeded in converting only two people during his stay in France.

http://www.france24.com/en/20120314-usa-mitt-romney-france-paris-mormon-mormonism-mission-election-presidential

TheJudoon
TheJudoon

FROM "DOGS AGAINST ROMNEY" FACEBOOK PAGE:

Well what do you know? Mitt went to London to show off his "foreign policy credentials" and promptly stepped in it by criticizing their efforts to prepare for the Olympics. He angered everyone from the Queen and Prime Minister to the average bloke sitting in a pub. You can read about it here: http://goo.gl/oSU0B

Picture courtesy of our friends Bruce Kluger and David Slavin, authors of the hilarious satirical book DOG ON THE ROOF.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=468339836517133&set=a.208266275857825.53614.189592294391890&type=1&relevant_count=1&ref=nf

TheJudoon
TheJudoon

Romney's horse heads to the Olympics

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=3858364872053&set=o.189592294391890&type=1&theater

tomtom33
tomtom33

Gee there have been no other politicians in the last hundred years that have ever stepped in it. Could it be that Mitt is human?

TheJudoon
TheJudoon

He hasn't given any indication that he is a member of the same species as the rest of us, so I'll say no.
I think we need to demand a copy of his birth certificate -- We should be doubting the area where "species" is noted and demand that proof be provided by a reliable resident of Earth. Donald Trump says he's from a galaxy far far away. And you know Donald Trump is always spot on.

Jacquerie

Do you ever feel ashamed or in need of a cleansing with all the excuses you have to shell out, tomtom33? No one, and no facts will ever change your mind. No one should bother trying. The focus of discussion should go to those who really are or want to be informed. And those numbers of people seem to be diminishing will all the low effort thought around and the right wing propaganda media. Now have at it, don't care what you or others on the right have to say anymore, you are truly uninformed sad to say for America. Outta here again, its too ridiculous.

tomtom33
tomtom33

No, I don't. To call people with opinions different from yours is arrogant. If you cannot understand why those opinions differ, you need to examine yourself.

Jacquerie

tomtom33 responded to me with "To call people with opinions different from yours is arrogant" That sentence didn't make sense but whatever. What I did do is ask you a serious question on whether you ever felt ashamed on excuses for those you support like Mitt (and bush too?) on something so obvious. You can call that opinion arrogant, I don't care and, no, I don't need to examine myself but shouldn’t you examine why you would excuse Romney's incompetence on the simplest trip he ever could make by his insulting people, forgetting the name of an important individual, and blathering about a meeting he should not be speaking about at all, with a poor excuse in your question asking "could it be Mitt is human?" Everybody’s human, remember? Not everyone should be President. I guess Mitt’s little fiasco doesn't given you concern if, heaven forbid, he became President and had to talk with other dignitaries and leaders in other countries who are not our allies. Sorry, but it's not like talking to his "banker" friends and other wealthy elites who would never call him out on his dumb or tactless statements or worse. I doubt leaders in other countries will kowtow to, or brush off anymore of his potential incompetent ignorant blunders. Romney is not the man to be President. And yeah, JMO.

Northsidestu

So Mittens is taking a vacation in London cheesing off the British by claiming they do not have proper security or London s readiness to hold the Olympics. He is holding secret meetings with MI5 and other illegal behavior. Hopefully he will not cause a war in the Middle east. This guy is not qualified to be President. What a buffoon.

tomtom33
tomtom33

A guy who was Governor of Massachusetts, wildly successful CEO who rescued the Salt Lake Olympics is not qualified? How about a community organizer who served a few years in a State legislature and a couple of years as a US Senator? Wanna compare qualifications?

Northsidestu

You mean the guy who left Massachusetts with a budget deficit. The CEO who had to depend on more federal funding than of any other Olympic games held in the United States. Yeah, now 45 minutes from airport to steep skiing, thanks bud but how much did that cost us. The one who has no idea what to say on a vacation. The one who supports a gun ban, an individual mandate in heath care, wants lower corporate taxes, lower individual taxes on and on and then flip flops on all of it. The guy who works for a company and then can not stand behind what that company does publicly. The guy who publicly attacks his Republican opposition personally and when his opponents do it do him, he cries fowl. Yes that buffoon. Yeah that guy not very qualified to be President of the United States versus yes the State Senator, US Senator and President with many accomplishments, It appears the younger man is the best qualified.

It is the Olympic committee that does not want a minute of silence for athletes killed in Munich Mr. Obama extended his concerns to these victims like the rest of us. Buf

tomtom33
tomtom33

You don't suppose that both Houses who were solidly Dem in Massachusetts had anything to do with fiscal policy? Mitt wasn't exactly able to control the agenda.

Many accomplishments? I frankly think that we'd be better off if Obama had not done anything as President. First, do no harm. Even though Obama continues to blame anyone and anything he can think of, he owns the economy. And he will be primarily judged on that in Nov.

Northsidestu

Mr. Romney predecessor a Republican balanced the Massachusetts budget and did his successor a Democrat. Basically Mr. Romney would not have been elected to a second term with very low approval ratings. He basically left his lieutenant governor who ran for office after him with little chance to gain the office. His one term was failed with the exception of Romney care.

The economy Mr. Obama was handed was in free fall after the past administration started two wars and orchestrated the biggest drug give away in the history of the world. Unemployment is down nearly full in places such as the Madison metro area. Interest rates are low, very low. Many people are making lots of money in the financial and real estate sectors. Industrial users are making a come back not seen since the late 90s. One of the war started by the previous administration has been concluded for the US armed forces and the other one is being concluded. We are repositioning our military for a 21st century force. You continually have spoken about you displeasure with the Obama administration, fine that is America, but many people agree that Mr. Obama has done a good job. Even Mr. Romney can not begrudge where the economy is at, he only says he could do better. Which based on his past experience appears to not be the case.

webmasterbigbrother
webmasterbigbrother

and the apologist obama and crew won't defend the moment of silence for those lost in the Munich massacre....what a buffoon....

Lynne4300

" President Obama has not held fund raising campaigns outside of the United States"

That is NOT true.

In 2008, he raised $750 Million................A lot of his money came from outside of the United States.

Money from.....the Gaza Strip and Palestine.


Secret, Foreign Money Floods Into Obama Campaign
http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/Obama-fundraising-illegal/2008/09/29/id/325630

Jacquerie

Newsmax?? LOL!

Jacquerie

Glad you were given clarification on what this actually means.......and doesn't mean. Embarrassed? I doubt it.

webmasterbigbrother
webmasterbigbrother

""""""""""""""""""It’s time we return to government of, by and for the people -- not government of, bought, and paid for by special interests."""""""""""""""""""""""""""""

pretty sure that's why you guys lost the re-election....

dmark
dmark

I wonder what the price tag is for a foreign country to buy a United States Presidential nominee?

Ask the US Chamber of Commerce. I'm sure they have the figure right down to the penny.

Monkeybar

Wis Taxpayer - you are 100% wrong on Obama's fundraising as well as Mitt's. Mitt's old company has a branch there and the Olympics are there. They have set up events for expats to donate - just like Obama.

Obama's campaign has held events in Paris, Zurich, Geneva, London, Hong Kong, and is also headed to London again. I'm not sure which ones he goes to, buy he is taking the money. I'd guess he'll be at the upcoming London event.

How do you think that clarifying corrects being completely wrong?

Wis_taxpayer
Wis_taxpayer

This may smell a bit, but is small potatos? I would have to disagree with that statement, a Presidential candidate travels overseas to collect campaign money to win an election in the United States as President. You think this is small potatoes? Foreign bankers giving money to a US Presidential candidate, who if elected would have a direct influence on foreign banking policies. This should scare the heck out of you!

I'm sure the right will see nothing wrong with this, however if it was President Obama going overseas collecting campaign money from foreign bankers, I'm sure it would be front page headlines in the US.

Think about this, these same bankers are under investigation in their own country for lying to investors and creating false interest rates. Now they want to buy a United States President!

This doesn't just smell a bit, it stinks of corruption!

I wonder what the price tag is for a foreign country to buy a United States Presidential nominee?

Oh yeah, just to put to rest any idea of an argument from the right that "Obama does it too" President Obama has not held fund raising campaigns outside of the United States.

Wis_taxpayer
Wis_taxpayer

I have to clarify my statement about President Obama attending fund raisers outside of the United States. I found this in a Politico article;

Politico) - The all-consuming hunt for donors has led President Barack Obama’s campaign to England. And France. And China.

Obama is tapping the network of American citizens living outside the 50 states more than any other presidential campaign has before, with more than a dozen bundlers who have pledged to raise as much as $4.5 million.

The president’s overseas power centers include London, where high-powered execs like Warner Bros. Josh Berger and Anthony Gardner of Palamon Capital Partners have promised to deliver as much as $500,000 each to the campaign, and Shanghai, where businessman and Technology for Obama co-Chairman Robert Roche has committed to bringing in more than $500,000.

It’s all legal — the donors are American citizens who pay U.S. taxes — and the net income to the campaigns is paltry compared the hundreds of millions of dollars raised stateside. Presidential campaigns have long taken in campaign donations from expats and people living in U.S. territories, but Obama’s campaign is focusing on those donations more than ever.

So to clarify, the President hasn't taken any fund raising monies from overseas non- US citizens. These bankers are not US citizens.

tomtom33
tomtom33

"So to clarify, the President hasn't taken any fund raising monies from overseas non- US citizens. These bankers are not US citizens."

Neither will Romney. It's illegal.

tomtom33
tomtom33

How about the support that Obama got from both the banks and Wall Street in his 2008 campaign? He will not get that support this time. I would be careful about who you want to smear with corruption charges.

By the way Obama has held twice as many fundraisers to date than any President in history. Whether or not fundraisers are held outside of the US, the same limits apply as to who can contribute.

Bobby P

This may smell a bit, but is "small potatos" ... and may distract from bigger and more important issues such as his tax returns and Bain Capital.

tomtom33
tomtom33

The tax returns and Bain are non-issues. Obama tried to exploit Bain and failed. When Obama releases his grades and the Fast and Furious records and when Congress releases their tax records, you may have an issue.

Wis_taxpayer
Wis_taxpayer

Never mind that man behind the curtian..... Bain and tax records are a non issue?
The Presidents attack ads have worked in the swing states they ran. Now you want more and more from the President? Your fast and furious clam has already been debunked, losing argument there, and his grades? Where's Bushs grades? How about Romney's grades? Another losing argument.

Truth be told Romney is dropping in the polls and the right is starting to panic.

So, when Romney does take money from these bankers, will the right call for an investagation?

tomtom33
tomtom33

The President's attack ads have not worked anywhere they were tried. That is why they are no longer running.

Romney is not dropping in the polls. Even if he were, there would be no panic. We don't vote until November.

Truth?

Jacquerie

A non-issue in your opinion tomtom33…., oh, and in the opinion of most of the Fox crowd, but not even all of them…. And not so much in the minds of many others. And it's not exploitation; Romney himself is bragging about his CEO experience, Bain is part of that, correct? So let's see the details regarding Bain and his involvement. He can't have it both ways, or can he? And let's see the full tax returns. What’s he got to hide? Show us (us being "you people" as Ann Romney refers to those asking, LOL) the full disclosure for the last 8 years or so and be done with it. It’s not like it’s hard to do. Why wouldn’t he just do it? The principle of it?? Not on your life, IMO. Is he embarrassed of his wealth and what he does with it relating to tax, where he puts it??? If not, show the tax returns.

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