Mitt Romney in ABC News Debate at Drake University in Des Moines, IA

Mitt’s Blood Money is a new mini-documentary released by Winning Our Future, a Newt Gingrich-friendly Super PAC, that questions Romney’s involvement with the Damon Corporation that was investigated for Medicare fraud.  They introduce the film:

Debating in Tampa, Florida in late-January, while falsely characterizing Newt Gingrich’s income from his government consulting work, Mitt Romney denied that Bain did “any work with the government like Medicaid and Medicare”. Now we learn that Bain, under Romney’s “supervision”, purchased and ran the Damon Corporation, who pled guilty to Federal conspiracy charges as a result of tens of millions of dollars in systemic Medicare fraud committed under Romney’s and Bain’s control. Damon was fined over $119-million which was, at the time, the largest criminal healthcare fine in Massachusetts history and Mr. Romney’s participation was characterized in 1996 by Corporate Crime Reporter thusly: “As manager and board member of Damon Corp, Mitt Romney sits at the center of one of the top 15 corporate crimes of the 1990’s.”

Here is the documentation they say backs up the film.  You can watch the full mini-documentary below:

 

I’ll be interested to see how Romney spins responds to this.  Unlike the previous criticism of Romney’s involvement with Bain Capital this can’t really be seen as an attack on capitalism.  Folks, Romney’s business record is very relevant to the vetting process.  If the facts are wrong then Romney should come out and say so.  But they really don’t.

The Romney campaign denounced the super PAC ad, saying it “would make Michael Moore proud and (has) already struck a chord with President Obama‘s liberal allies.”

“They have been thoroughly discredited by independent fact checkers and by respected Republicans like Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio,” Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said. “Once again, Speaker Gingrich is reaching into President Obama’s playbook and trying to re-litigate old Democrat attacks. Speaker Gingrich and his political cronies are desperate to distract from his record of failed and unreliable leadership, and voters won’t be fooled.”

First off, Speaker Gingrich, as Romney pointed out before in defending himself in light of his own SuperPAC ads, can’t legally be in communication with Winning Our Future.  Secondly… What is inaccurate?  What isn’t truthful?  Comparing Gingrich to President Obama instead of addressing the ad says nothing to Florida’s voters other than they’re deflecting the questions the mini-documentary raises.  Third, no SuperPAC ad should ever be taken at complete face value so I doubt that everything in the documentary is 100% accurate and it includes it’s own spin (that includes the ads that Romney’s SuperPAC runs).

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