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Mitt Romney Aides Paid $97,000 To Erase Governorship Records

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Before preparing to launch his first presidential bid in 2007 aides for former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney paid nearly $100,000 of taxpayer money to order hard drives from his time as governor erased and destroyed.

According to reports Romney’s staff purchased the hard drives of their state-issued computers and then proceeded to wipe out emails from state servers before signing a lease for new computers for the governor’s office, breaking a former lease and costing the state $97,000.

Former Romney representatives say the practice followed all proper uses of law and precedent however the former director of administration for the Governor’s office says the efforts to wipe out all forms of records was unprecedented in her 23 years of serving successive Governors.

Massachusetts state laws have not been updated to include digital records requests which has caused an influx of requests for paper records from Romney’s time as governor, including some documents he failed to destroy before leaving office. In the meantime Romney has argued that a 1997 state court ruling states that governor records in the state are not subject to disclosure, a contention that is being fought against by various public records rights activists.

Do you think records of public matter should be allowed to be erased and destroyed as a governor leaves office or should those documents be made available as a record of public interest barring classified documents.

When serving as Governor Mitt Romney worked with a Democrat-led state house to correct a budget shortfall and he signed into law a healtcare bill that required all state residents to buy insurance or face penalties, a bill that helped the Obama administration model the Health Care Reform act. It’s likely that as Romney now criticizes the Obama plan that he wanted those records erased to protect his new attack platform against the President.

Do you think Mitt Romney is attempting to hide information that would destroy his chances to become the next President of the United States?

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5 Responses to “Mitt Romney Aides Paid $97,000 To Erase Governorship Records”

  1. Ron Tepper

    Mitt, just a suggestion. If you are going to run for president, never have your name in the same sentence as the word "Erase".

  2. Israel Talavera Jr.

    Obama's college records and other records are hidden; now Romney's governor's records are hidden. How convenient….

  3. James Johnson

    True Israel but Obama's records were not released because schools do not release such records, in fact they can't hand them over to reporters and other requests under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. Reporters would literally have to get Obama to personally sign for those records. It's not uncommon for college and other school records of politicians to remained sealed, mainly because there is no real reason to have those records. George W. Bush also refused to open up his Andover or Yale records even after it was learned that he was a C- student.

  4. James Johnson

    It should also be noted that the other "Obama" records from the tragically flawed "Columbo investigation" didn't take into account that while his staffers did not pull many of his voting and floor speech records at the request of the investigator they were commonly available via the Illinois Legislature website which provides documentation of bill votes, floor speeches and meeting minutes from Obama's 2004-2007 time as an Illinois Junior Senator.