I’m not saying that the ONLY WAY Mitt Romney could win is by stealing. There is a good chance he could legitimately get the most votes. And I believe the person who does get the most votes should win. But given our country’s record on election scandals in our recent history, and given the Romney ties to the electronic voting machines in Ohio, I have to wonder whether or not we will see a fair and square election. Here are my footnotes for this story:
1Hart InterCivic is a national provider of election voting systems that are used in Ohio
2Private equity firm H.I.G. Capital, LLC bought out a “significant” portion of Hart in July of 2011
3H.I.G. was founded by Tony Tamer, a former Bain employee
and 4bundler for Mitt Romney’s campaign
5Of H.I.G.’s 22 American directors, 21 donated to Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign. Of these 22 American directors, seven of them (nearly one-third) are former Bain employees.
6H.I.G. is the 11th largest donor to Mitt Romney’s campaign. H.I.G. employees have given $338,000 to the Romney campaign, outpacing even Bain Capital itself, which gave $268,000.
8Through a closely held equity firm called Solamere, Mitt Romney and his wife, son and brother are major investors in an investment firm called H.I.G. Capital. In 2008, soon after Romney ended his first bid for the presidency, his eldest son Tagg and his chief fundraiser, Spencer Zwick, formed Solamere Capital, a private equity firm named after the exclusive community in Utah where Romney owned a vacation ski lodge.
9But these Hart machines are deeply flawed and widely know to be open to a troubling variety of attacks and breakdowns. There is no legal or other means to definitively monitor and re-check a tally compiled on Hart or other electronic voting machines. Ohio’s current governor and secretary of state are both Republicans.
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