Romney As Auditing Chairman Saw Marriott Use Tax Shelters

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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks at a town hall meeting at Eagle Manufacturing Corporation in Shelby Township, Mich., Tuesday, Mich., Feb. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) | AP

Mitt Romney has long had close ties to hotel operator Marriott International Inc. (MAR) The candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, whose full name is Willard Mitt Romney, was named after the chain's founder, J. Willard Marriott, a friend of his father. He joined the company's board in 1993, and has served on it for 11 of the past 19 years, including six as chairman of the audit committee.

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