ROMNEY’S FAMILY OWNS ELECTION DAY VOTING MACHINES. SO… YEAH.

ROMNEY’S FAMILY OWNS ELECTION DAY VOTING MACHINES. SO… YEAH.

Hanes HallbirnTuesday,23 October 2012

Voting Machine

Those hanging chads from 2000 ain’t got nothin’ on us!



The Snap

Alright, hang on for a second, because this is a bit of a shit show. Anyway, here it goes: Tagg Romney is Mitt Romney’s son (You’ve probably heard of Mitt — He’s running for President of the United States). Tagg runs an investment company called Solamere Capital, and Mitt has apparently contributed some money to the company. Solamere Capital has, according to an article in Forbes, “shared business interests with” an investment fund called H.I.G Capital. H.I.G is not only the 11th-largest contributor to Mitt’s presidential campaign, but it also owns a large chunk of another company called Hart Intercivic. And Hart Intercivic? It just happens to supply the electronic voting machines that will be used in several states on election day, including the key swing state of Ohio.

The Download

You got all that? If not, let me simplify. Mitt Romney and/or his family have a direct financial interest in ensuring that the machines being used to tabulate votes in the upcoming presidential election work, er… correctly.

But wait! Aren’t Romney’s assets held in a blind trust? Yes, but I’ll just let Todd Purdum of Vanity Fair take it from here (and the emphasis on the amount of cash is mine): “But just how blind are such trusts, anyway? In Romney’s case, apparently not quite blinkered enough to keep his trustee—who is also his personal lawyer and longtime friend Bradford Malt—from investing more than $10 million of Romney’s money in an investment fund managed by Romney’s son Tagg.”

$10 million seems like a good price to make sure that we won’t have any pesky hanging chads to deal with when a machine has a slight error on election day, right? Right.

Hat Tips

Forbes, Vanity Fair, Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

 

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