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CORRUPTION: Bain-Controlled Company Owns 2012 Voting Machines

Owners Of Electronic Voting Machine Company Are Romney Super-Fans

Photo: Roger Barone/flickr

We’re not really into conspiracy theories here, so let us just say this upfront: We are not presenting the following article as any kind of conspiracy theory. We will say, though, that the people who own voting machines in some pretty important swing states have a pretty remarkable bias toward Mitt Romney and, you know, someone should probably keep an eye on this, no?

Okay, so here’s what we know:

Hart InterCivic is a national provider of election voting systems that are used in swing-states Ohio and Colorado, as well as in states we don’t really care about so much because we already know how they’ll turn out (e.g., Texas, Oklahoma, and Hawaii). Private equity firm H.I.G. Capital, LLC bought out a “significant” portion of Hart in July of 2011, and now the majority of Hart’s board directors are employees of H.I.G. (It’s not entirely clear how much of the voting machine company H.I.G. owns, but the financial advisors responsible for the transaction state that “Hart Intercivic was acquired by HIG Capital.”)

H.I.G., in turn, has ties to Bain & Co. and Mitt Romney directly:

  • Of H.I.G.’s 22 American directors, 21 donated to Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign. One person made no political donations at all;  one person donated to both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama; the remaining 20 directors donated exclusively to Mitt Romney in 2012. (See below for links to donations.)

  • Of these 22 American directors, seven of them (nearly one-third) are former Bain employees. Now, we should note (as a reader helpfully pointed out), this is Bain & Co., which Mitt Romney left in order to start the affiliated Bain Capital. The connection is therefore a little more tenuous, but we still find H.I.G.’s overwhelming allegiance and financial support of the Romney campaign surprising (not that it’s surprising that a private equity company would lean Republican, but this level of support is pretty unusual).

  • Four of H.I.G.’s directors, Tony Tamer, John Bolduc, Douglas Berman, and Brian D. Schwartz,  are Romney bundlers along with former Bain and H.I.G. manager Brian Shortsleeve.
  • H.I.G. employees currently make up the majority of the Hart InterCivic’s five-member board of directors. Two of these three directors of the voting machine company, Neil Tuch and Jeff Bohl,  have donated directly to Mitt Romney’s campaign.
  • H.I.G. is the 11th largest donor to Mitt Romney’s campaign. H.I.G. employees have given $338,000 to the Romney campaign, outpacing even Bain Capital itself, which gave  $268,000.

Now, to be fair, besides the fact that H.I.G. employees make up the majority of Hart’s board of directors, we don’t know exactly how much control H.I.G. is able to exert over the voting machine company’s day-to-day operations. Plus, it seems like it would be pretty difficult to mess with the software without anyone finding out about it. Moreover, just from a cost-benefit standpoint, it doesn’t really make sense that these H.I.G. directors would commit a felony and risk their super-lucrative careers just to get their Bain bro elected.

But that said, this still makes us a little… uncomfortable. For instance, what if irregularities or honest mistakes are suspected (and this is a real possibility: Hart InterCivic has previously had some pretty major malfunctions in its voting systems)? The documentation will then be in the hands of Hart/H.I.G.

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Links to H.I.G.’s American directors:

Tony Tamer – Bain alum; Romney bundler; donated to Mitt Romney’s campaign

Sami Mnaymneh – donated to Mitt Romney’s campaign as well as Barack Obama’s campaign

Douglas Berman – Bain alum; Romney bundler; donated to Mitt Romney’s campaign

John Bolduc – Bain alum; Romney bundler; donated to Mitt Romney’s campaign

Rick Rosen – donated to Mitt Romney’s campaign

Brian Schwartz – bundler for the Romney campaign; donated to Mitt Romney’s campaign

Timothy Armstrong – donated to Mitt Romney’s campaign

John Black – donated to Mitt Romney’s campaign

Dave Blechman – donated to Mitt Romney’s campaign

Peter Cornetta – donated to Mitt Romney’s campaign

Marc Kramer – No known donations to presidential campaigns

Chris Laitala – donated to Mitt Romney’s campaign

Elliot Maluth – donated to Mitt Romney’s campaign

William Nolan – Bain alum; donated to Mitt Romney’s campaign

Michael Phillips – Bain alum; donated to Mitt Romney’s campaign

Matt Sanford – Bain alum; donated to Mitt Romney’s campaign

Lewis Schoenwetter – donated to Mitt Romney’s campaign

Richard Stokes – donated to Mitt Romney’s campaign

Neil Tuch – donated to Mitt Romney’s campaign

Bret Wiener – donated exclusively to Mitt Romney’s campaign for 2012; donated initially to Mitt Romney and then to Barack Obama during the 2008 election

Rob Wolfson – donated to Mitt Romney’s campaign

Jeff Zanarini – Bain alum; donated to Mitt Romney’s campaign

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If they enforced bank regulations like they do park rules, we wouldn't be in this mess

by on Oct. 11, 2012 at 9:22 AM
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glitterteaz
by Ruby Member on Oct. 11, 2012 at 9:01 PM
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I personally think that all ballot machines should print out 2 copies showing the vote made. That way there is a paper trail and the voter has verifiable proof what their vote was when posted.

JoshRachelsMAMA
by JRM on Oct. 11, 2012 at 9:17 PM
Who wrote this?
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Whaaaaaa....O.o
by on Oct. 11, 2012 at 9:36 PM
Sigh
grandmab125
by Gold Member on Oct. 11, 2012 at 11:14 PM


Quoting brookiecookie87:

 

Quoting grandmab125:

 

Quoting brookiecookie87:

Are you denying any of the claims?

Are is it just okay because it is a Republican doing it?

Quoting grandmab125:

More conspiracy spinning and fear mongering coming from obama supporters....s. i. g. h.sidesplittinglaughter

 

No, you don't.  You're not gonna get me into a dumb ass argument with you for the rest of the night.  Nice try.

What you mean is you don't have any sources, or any details. Or any argument.

You just want to come in and thrash around because you don't like the implications of it. Got it.

Whatever.....

grandma B

morrigan914
by Bronze Member on Oct. 12, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Lalalalala, sorry I loved that show.
Quoting shannonnigans:

How can you not be uncomfortable with that? I'm trying to say to myself well, ok, so what, I'm probably over-reacting. It's not really working.

shannonnigans
by Platinum Member on Oct. 12, 2012 at 2:13 AM
Me too, obviously! :)


Quoting morrigan914:

Lalalalala, sorry I loved that show.

Quoting shannonnigans:

How can you not be uncomfortable with that? I'm trying to say to myself well, ok, so what, I'm probably over-reacting. It's not really working.


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yourspecialkid
by Platinum Member on Oct. 12, 2012 at 3:03 AM

 Lol!  This is a huge stretch.  The last time I checked people were allowed to support whatever candidate they wanted.  Who cares about Bain?  Romney hasn't been there in years.

All I can say is if this is the best they can come up with then they have nothing.

Mysty_1961
by Member on Oct. 12, 2012 at 3:06 AM

WOW this means Romney is going to win, the election is over

brookiecookie87
by Platinum Member on Oct. 12, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Facts are a stretch?

I don't really understand what you are trying to say.

People are not guessing that former employee's of Mitt Romney are part of the group that owns the voting machines.

People are not assuming that these people who own these machines actively donated to Mitt Romney's Campaign.

People are not speculating that the group is Mitt Romney's 11th highest donor.

These facts are not a stretch. And no one said that these people could not support Mitt Romney. It just seems suspicious that someone who owns voting machines has such close ties to Mitt Romney and are so invested in him winning.

Quoting yourspecialkid:

 Lol!  This is a huge stretch.  The last time I checked people were allowed to support whatever candidate they wanted.  Who cares about Bain?  Romney hasn't been there in years.

All I can say is if this is the best they can come up with then they have nothing.


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If they enforced bank regulations like they do park rules, we wouldn't be in this mess

morrigan914
by Bronze Member on Oct. 14, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Can I get a link to this article please? I would love to share it.

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