Mitt Romney last Friday said he left Bain in 1999 and had absolutely nothing to do with the company he started – no meetings, no lunches with executives, no phone calls, no business discussions, nothing!
Well of course, that was a lie!
WASHINGTON — Between 1999 and 2001, Mitt Romney, then the CEO of Bain Capital, signed at least six documents that the private equity firm filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The documents run in direct contradiction to a claim that Romney has made repeatedly: that he had nothing to do with Bain, and therefore no responsibility for Bain investments, during that period.
It’s also a claim he made in August 2011 on the federal disclosure form he filed as part of his presidential bid. Romney didn’t leave any wiggle room: “Mr. Romney retired from Bain Capital on February 11, 1999 to head the Salt Lake Organizing Committee [for the 2002 Winter Olympics]. Since February 11, 1999, Mr. Romney has not had any active role with any Bain Capital entity and has not been involved in the operations of any Bain Capital entity in any way.”
That is false.
SEC files include at least six instances of Romney signing documents after February 1999, proving — unless the signatures were forged — that his claim to not have “been involved in the operations of any Bain Capital entity in any way” is wrong.