So...Gawker Just Released 950 Pages of Mitt Romney's Confidential Financial Records

Today, Gawker's John Cook published an explosive article called "The Bain Files: Inside Mitt Romney's Tax-Dodging Cayman Schemes." And in it, Cook says that he's exclusively obtained 950 pages of confidential financial documents that show just how much of a tax-dodging slimy robot of a man the Republican candidate really is.

This is big. Really big. Fellow Gawkerer Hamilton Nolan, in fact, has already taken to Twitter calling for the Pulitzer Prize. And he's not alone. For months now, people across the political spectrum have begged and suggested Romney release his full tax returns to the American public, though he's only released partial returns from the last two years, i.e., when he knew he would be running for president. Even when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid claimed Romney hadn't paid any taxes in 10 years, Romney didn't flinch.

Gawker's Bain Files give a clearer picture of Romney's obscene wealth (he's worth at least $250 million) as well as the tax-dodging tricks and offshore accounts he uses to keep his effective tax rate around 13 percent every year.

Most ominously from Cook:

Together, they reveal the mind-numbing, maze-like, and deeply opaque complexity with which Romney has handled his wealth, the exotic tax-avoidance schemes available only to the preposterously wealthy that benefit him, the unlikely (for a right-wing religious Mormon) places that his money has ended up, and the deeply hypocritical distance between his own criticisms of Obama's fiscal approach and his money managers' embrace of those same policies. They also show that some of the investments that Romney has always described as part of his retirement package at Bain weren't made until years after he left the company.

Full disclosure: So far, no one at Village Voice or, it seems, Gawker, has been able to sift through the full 950 pages of outrageously complex financial records, because we're working right now, and can't add. But Gawker's has marked off some particularly interesting passages, we're working through, and it in the meantime, tell us if you see something shady yourself.

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DeanGarr 1 Like

Release the tax returns, Mr. Romney.


 @DeanGarr A Coopers accountant source familiar with one of Rommey's son stated the family wealth is distributed among his son's in different multiple accounts and funds in the Cayman Islands. The Rommey main Trust is in the $2.3 Billion range not millions. Not all of Mitt Rommey's father money was donated.


This is a pathetic attempt to smear Romney when in fact it shows he would indeed be able to reduce our deficit and get America on a budget.  Sounds to me like Romney knows how to manage money and in my book thats a huge plus compared to the free spending demwits!


Wow...really?  You sure you aren't on his payroll with that comment?  You are either so brainwashed by his swag that you cannot see the forest for the trees.  I mean by your logic maybe he should move all of America's assets to a bank in the Cayman Islands.  You retard...go pump out some babies for god


@soapyjeans It shows he would be able to reduce our deficit? Hilarious. How would he do that, half-wit? By moving the US Treasury to an offshore bank?

gaeliceyes 1 Like

 @soapyjeans The ability to manage personal wealth has nothing to do with the ability to balance the budget of a country. The government is not a for-profit operation, nor should it be. The purpose of a federal government is to provide the services that private industry or citizens are unable or unwilling to provide to society as a whole. Your argument is invalid.

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