Questioning Mitt Romney’s claims that he left his corporate buyout firm in 1999 and wasn’t responsible for decisions made after that point, The Associated Press reports new information about his involvement over the next two years:
“Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has said he had no active role in Bain Capital, the private equity firm he founded, after he exited in February 1999 to take over Salt Lake City’s Winter Olympics bid. But according to Bain associates and others familiar with Romney’s actions at the time, he stayed in regular contact with his partners over the following months, tending to his partnership interests and negotiating his separation from the company.
Those familiar with Romney’s discussions with his Bain partners said the contacts included several meetings in Boston, the company’s home base, but were limited to matters that did not affect the firm’s investments or other management decisions. Yet Romney continued to oversee his partnership stakes even as he disengaged from the firm, personally signing or approving a series of corporate and legal documents through the spring of 2001, according to financial reports reviewed by The Associated Press.
The details of Romney’s contacts with his Bain partners between his 1999 departure and his separation from the company in mid-2001 could show how involved he was—either as CEO or passive investor—in several multimillion-dollar investment deals, bankruptcies, and a spate of layoffs and overseas job shifts at Bain-owned companies that reportedly occurred during that span.”
Review the facts about Romney’s involvement yourself—check out the full AP article.