Romney’s Bain Aided by Government

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Mitt Romney aboard his campaign plane before departing for Colorado on May 28, 2012 in San Diego.

“Government does not create prosperity,” Republican Mitt Romney likes to say.

Yet it certainly hasn’t impaired his prosperity, as Bloomberg’s David Lynch reports.

In California, Lynch writes today, taxpayer money built one Bain company a conveyor bridge between two of its buildings. New York City gave another Bain company tax breaks and lower energy bills to discourage it from moving to New Jersey. And in Indiana, a county government issued bonds to help buy new equipment for a Bain-owned steel plant — a business success featured in a Romney campaign ad touting his private sector prowess.

The public-private agreements, which began in the first decade of Romney’s tenure as CEO, show that government played a supporting role in establishing Bain as among the nation’s most successful private equity firms and enabling him to accumulate a fortune his campaign says could reach $250 million, Lynch reports.

See the full report on Bain and government support at

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