Conflict of interest in H.I.G. owned voting machines?
- H.I.G. was founded by Tony Tamer, a former Bain employee and bundler for Mitt Romney’s campaign.
- 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
- Of these 22 American directors, seven of them (nearly one-third) are former Bain
employees. Now, we should note, 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 still, H.I.G.’s overwhelming allegiance and
financial support of the Romney campaign is 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. Two of H.I.G.’s managing directors, Douglas Berman
and Brian D. Schwartz, were present at the $50,000-per-plate fundraiser
where Mitt Romney made his notorious "47%" comments.
- H.I.G. employees currently make up the majority of 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.
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