Truthout.org is reporting that Mitt Romney’s family is invested in a company that might affect your political future. It turns out that the Romney family is part of a closely-held equity fund called Solamere. Through this company, they control a majority share of another company called HIG Capital. This company controls the board of Hart Intercivic, a compay that is known for making faulty voting machines, the ones that are going to be used in the elections in Ohio.
In other words, a candidate for the presidency of the United States, and his brother, wife and son, have a straight-line financial interest in the voting machines that could decide this fall’s election. These machines cannot be monitored by the public. But they will help decide who “owns” the White House.
We’re not sure if Truthout is being biased or dramatic with this information, but it does seem a bit odd that a man can run for president and also have a financial interest in the machines being used to count the votes. Also, the site gives a fairly compelling recollection of the 2004 presidential election, where it appears that serious irregularities in the voting process led George W. Bush capturing Ohio when no Republican had ever won the White House in that state.
They are especially crucial in Ohio, without which no Republican candidate has ever won the White House. In 2004, in the dead of election night, an electronic swing of more than 300,000 votes switched Ohio from the John Kerry column to George W. Bush, giving him a second term. A virtual statistical impossibility, the 6-plus% shift occurred between 12:20 and 2am election night as votes were being tallied by a GOP-controlled information technology firm on servers in a basement in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In defiance of a federal injunction, 56 of Ohio’s 88 counties destroyed all election records, making a recount impossible. Ohio’s governor and secretary of state in 2004 were both Republicans, as are the governors and secretaries of state in nine key swing states this year.
It is also reported that there are uncomfortably close relationships between the board members of HIG Capital and the Romney family. They don’t pretend to be objective in the next election and don’t seem to make it any secret that they are strong supporters of Mitt Romney’s presidential possibilities.
As we have previously reported, H.I.G. Capital has on its board of directors at least three close associates of the Romney family. H.I.G. Capital directors John P. Bolduk and Douglas Berman are major Romney fundraisers. So is former Bain and H.I.G. manager Brian Shortsleeve. H.I.G. employees have contributed at least $338,000 to Romney’s campaign. Fully a third of H.I.G.’s leadership previously worked at Romney’s old Bain firm.