Really, they want to go there?
Democrats are latching onto Bain Capital investors’ alleged ties to funders of right-wing paramilitaries in El Salvador in the latest effort to hit Mitt Romney over his tax records.
The GOP presidential candidate is refusing to release more than two years of his tax records, which he calls a “private” matter. The Obama campaign has been hammering the issue in order to paint Romney as someone who has something to hide, and the Los Angeles Times added fuel to that fire with an investigation into Bain Capital’s early investors.
Bain Capital raised about $9 million from rich Latin Americans when Romney was getting it off the ground in the mid-1980s, the newspaper reported Thursday, including Salvadoran exiles in Miami. Family members of some of those early investors allegedly had ties to right-wing paramilitaries involved in death squads in the country’s brutal civil war, prompting the Democratic National Committee to push out expressions of outrage from a handful of Hispanic-American Democrats.
“Today’s Los Angeles Times investigation into where Mitt Romney got his money to start Bain Capital convinced me, and I imagine everyone who read it, that he needs to come clean about his finances,” Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), the co-chairman of the House Progressive Caucus, said in a statement.
“We now know that he built his fortune thanks to murky foreign donors who routed their money through Panamanian and Swiss accounts that helped obscure their sources. Among those early donors were British financiers later convicted of fraud and an expatriate Salvadoran group with family ties to paramilitary death squads.”
Bain and the Romney campaign deny any wrongdoing.
What they need to do is simply ignore these lunatics.