This from the same people who’ve spent the better part of three years distracting people from Obama’s horrific economic record.
President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign charged late Thursday that Mitt Romney hoped to use word of his eye-popping $100-million June fundraising haul as, essentially, a staggeringly expensive and carefully orchestrated smokescreen. The remarkable total, if confirmed, was sure to fan the flames of fears, frequently and publicly expressed by Team Obama, that Romney will outraise him.
But Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt said Romney’s leaked total aimed to “distract” voters from a pair of news reports about the Republican’s personal finances and renewed focus on his health care plan after the Supreme Court upheld “Obamacare.”
“Mitt Romney is trying to distract from a week when he took contradictory positions on the freeloader penalty in the Affordable Care Act and we learned more about his offshored finances in Switzerland, Bermuda, and the Cayman Islands,” LaBolt said in an emailed statement. The Obama and Romney camps have struggled to respond to the Supreme Court’s ruling that the fine imposed by both of their health care overhauls on Americans who do not buy health care is a tax. Obama aides have insisted it is a penalty. Romney’s camp initially agreed, but Romney himself later said it was a tax when imposed at the federal level but not at the state level.
LaBolt was also referring to news reports in Vanity Fair and by the Associated Press regarding Romney’s offshore holdings. The Obama campaign has frequently used the former Massachusetts governor’s personal finances to paint him as out of touch with struggling Americans.
Of course that Vanity Fair item was a hit piece on Romney and to no surprise was authored by a far left crank.
The author was The Guardian’s Nicholas Shaxson, whose new book on tax havens was on the short list this year for the “Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing.” The prize is given by the Alliance of Radical Booksellers for “radical” books “informed by socialist, anarchist, environmental, feminist and anti-racist concerns, and primarily will inspire, support or report on political and/or personal change.”
Shaxson also writes for the Tax Justice Network, which supports “progressive taxation” and opposes overseas tax havens and offshore finance.
Some might argue the hatchet job is itself a distraction.