Romney Was Involved in Scandal During The Olympics? BUNK!

Propaganda: The 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City were rife with bribery and scandal. Mitt Romney is directly tied to the people indicted in this scandal. His turnaround of the Olympics is tainted.

FACTS:

  • Mitt Romney was brought in to clean-up the scandals that had plagued the Olympics prior to his involvement.
  • By all accounts, Romney did just that (see “Turnaround”, a book on his rescue of the Salt Lake City Olympics)
  • There were no allegations against Romney. The bribery scandals involved Romney’s predecessors – the ones he was brought in to replace.
  • The “scandalous” Romney-connected people involved are:
  1. Sead Dizdarevic
  2. David Simmons

In fact, the only two people convicted were Simmons and Alfredo La Mont. Both men were let off at sentencing without penalty.

As with the Romney “Swiss Bank Accounts” propaganda, there are no facts here. Progressives are using a scandal that had nothing to do with Romney to hint “there might be more.”

I’ll save you the drama: there isn’t.

What is factual is that Romney swept out the corruption plaguing the Olympics, and turned a $379M deficit into a $100M surplus. He also donated his entire salary during this time to charity.

Even Politifact rates Romney’s claim that he saved the Olympics as “mostly true”.

When left-leaning Politifact says a Republican’s claim is “mostly true” they mean it’s drop-dead, verifiably, unquestionably, “take it to the bank” true.

What about the side meme that Sead Dizdarevic and David Simmons contributed to Romney’s campaign? So what? Romney is supposed to refuse campaign investments given lawfully by private citizens?

If we’re going down that road, let’s look at Obama:

  • Obama bundler Marjorie Rawls Roberts represented convicted $7 billion ponzi schemer R. Allen Stanford with his application for tax benefits from the U.S. Virgin Islands Economic Development Corporation
  • Disgraced Jon Corzine is a major Obama bundler.
  • Shervin Neman, under investigation by the SEC for a $7.5M ponzi scheme, gave the maximum allowable $35,800 to the Obama Campaign. He also gave $30,800 to the Democrat National Committee. When this scandal broke in late April 2012, the Obama campaign scurried to pledge they would return these funds. But they took them in the first place.
  • Serial misogynist, Bill Maher, has donated $1M to Obama’s SuperPAC. Despite calls to return this donation, Obama refuses.

Increasingly, progressives are being forced to “hint” at “possible” wrong-doing by Romney – because they’ve run out of factual reasons why he should not be the next President of the United States.

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  1. […] 2002 Olympics were dealing with scandal and fiscal destruction long before Mitt was involved. Romney was tasked to save the day. And he […]

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