Documents: Mitt Romney invested in company that disposed of aborted fetuses, challenge his claim he left Bain in early 1999


David Corn has an excellent piece up at Mother Jones. Whatcha wanna bet you never hear about this anywhere else? Well, maybe on MSNBC where he often appears as a commentator, but beyond that? *crickets*

Corn makes two main points: One is Willard Romney's connection to an investment in a firm that disposed of aborted fetuses. Not good news considering Mitt's Etch A Sketching on women's reproductive rights. The other issue centers around questions about his own account of when he left Bain Capital. So many scandals, so little time.

Of course, Willard will refuse to talk to the press about such matters. We know this because he said so; he will largely ignore journalists in favor of right-wing conspiracy websites.

David Corn:

Earlier this year, Mitt Romney nearly landed in a politically perilous controversy when the Huffington Post reported that in 1999 the GOP presidential candidate had been part of an investment group that invested $75 million in Stericycle, a medical-waste disposal firm that has been attacked by anti-abortion groups for disposing aborted fetuses collected from family planning clinics. [...]

But Bain Capital, the private equity firm Romney founded, tamped down the controversy. The company said Romney left the firm in February 1999 to run the troubled 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and likely had nothing to with the deal. ... But documents filed by Bain and Stericycle with the Securities and Exchange Commission—and obtained by Mother Jones—list Romney as an active participant in the investment. And this deal helped Stericycle, a company with a poor safety record, grow, while yielding tens of millions of dollars in profits for Romney and his partners. The documents—one of which was signed by Romney—also contradict the official account of Romney's exit from Bain.

The Stericycle deal—the abortion connection aside—is relevant because of questions regarding the timing of Romney's departure from the private equity firm he founded.

Please link over to Mother Jones for details.

H/t: @SangyeH