Pro-Newt Gingrich Super PAC Sends Letter To Mitt Romney
WASHINGTON -- A super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich sent a letter late Friday to Mitt Romney, asking him to disclose information about his past employment and financial relationship with Bain Capital.
Gregg Phillips, managing director of Winning Our Future, sent the one-page letter to Romney in response to a call by Gingrich earlier in the day for the super PAC to correct or take down a 28-minute film attacking Romney's career at Bain, a private equity firm where he worked from 1984 to February 1999.
Gingrich's public request to Winning Our Future came after people interviewed for the film said their quotes were taken out of context and after the Washington Post's fact-checker, Glenn Kessler, judged the film shot through with inaccuracies.
Kessler's "review," wrote Phillips in his letter, "seems to rest its case on the 'fact' that you left Bain to run the Winter Olympic Games in 1999."
"This date now looms important since the media has questioned facts stated in the video asserting that you could not have done much if any of the terrible things portrayed because you were not at Bain past 1999," Phillips wrote.
The letter from Phillips represents something of a gambit by the pro-Gingrich super PAC. By asking Romney detailed questions about his financial involvement with Bain -- specifically how long he has continued to reap financial benefits from the firm -- Phillips is trying to put the onus on Romney to move the process forward.
"We will await your response and stand committed to address any discrepancies," Phillips wrote. "Hearing no response, we will assume you can offer no evidence of errors and we will continue to stand by the film as presented."
Phillips signed the letter, "Kind regards and best of luck."
Read the full letter below:
UPDATE: 10:30 a.m. -- The Romney campaign responded to Phillips' letter this morning. Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul sent The Huffington Post the following statement:
“It is sad to see just how desperate Speaker Gingrich and his allies have become as his campaign continues to flounder. It is a matter of public record that Mitt Romney left Bain Capital in 1999 to run the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. At that time, he gave up all management control and operational responsibility over the firm and its investments."
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