Interviews with a half-dozen of Romney’s former partners and associates, as well as public records, show that he was not merely an absentee owner during this period. [1999-2002] He signed dozens of company documents, including filings with regulators on a vast array of Bain’s investment entities. And he drove the complex negotiations over his own large severance package, a deal that was critical to the firm’s future without him, according to his former associates.
Indeed, by remaining CEO and sole shareholder, Romney held on to his leverage in the talks that resulted in his generous 10-year retirement package, according to former associates.
“The elephant in the room was not whether Mitt was involved in investment decisions but Mitt’s retention of control of the firm and therefore his ability to extract a huge economic benefit by delaying his giving up of that control,” said one former associate, who, like some other Romney associates, spoke only on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak for the company.
Willard says he left Bain in February 1999 and isn't responsible for anything after that, like the SIX THOUSAND AMERICAN JOBS BAIN DESTROYED DURING THAT PERIOD. That's an out-and-out damned lie. We're going to keep hitting Willard on this again and again. Oh, and I ask again--
WHY CAN'T WE SEE YOUR TAX RETURNS, WILLARD?