Monday, June 23, 2003
Found Guilty! Romney Crony Broke Law

An illegal campaign ad helped Willard Mitt Romney win the governors race last year. The $50,000 ad, which urged supporters of left-wing-nut Jill Stein to vote for Romney, was part of a last-minute barrage of negative campaigning, and invoked the name of Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone who had recently died. It was paid for by a shadowy group out of Washington, D.C. called "Citizens for Good Government." A spokseman for the group said it backed Romney's candidacy but had no connection to the Romney campaign or the GOP. Romney continued this charade, telling Boston newspapers "We don't have anything to do with this." (source: Boston Globe, 11/5/2002)

Tell it to someone who cares, Fraudo. The Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance today (June 2003) fined John W. Childs and Robert A. Maginn for illegally sponsoring the ads and violating campaign finance law. (source: State House News Service, 6/23/2003)

Maginn and Childs. Sound familiar? John Maginn is a Bain Capital drop-out who lost his Treasurer's race to Shannon O'Brien in 1998. On October 9, 2002 Maginn stood in front of the State House with Romney and endorsed the Fraud Candidate on jobs and the economy. He was listed on the subsequent press release that Romney's now loathsome $150,000-a-year spokesman released (source: Fraud Gov campaign, "Business Leaders Endorse Romney on Jobs and the Economy, Romney Denounces O'Brien for Dinosaur Insults" 10/0/2002)

But here is where it gets weird. Robert Maginn was a supporter of Wilard Mitt Romney and (according to OCPF) gave him $500 on June 29, 2002. However, Childs was not a Romney supporter. He never gave Romney cash - at least not legally.

This is not to say the famously shy* Childs abhorred contributions. On February 28, 2002, John Childs gave $500 to Lord Jim Rappaport. (Sherry Healey, bow your blond dye-job in shame. Again.) But Childs never gave to Romney. (Neither did his lovely and talented wife, Marlene.)

So why would he make a $25,000 illegal campaign contribution to Willard Mitt Romney? Like Carl Bernstein once said, follow the money, doofus.

John M. Childs owns (through his investment firm J. W. Childs Associates) a number of companies, including the Edison Schools, which run for-profit charter schools. When things looked tight, Childs, who has given to a passel of Republican candidates, from Rick Lazio to John Ashcroft to James E. Rogan to Spencer Abraham, sat on the sidelines. (source: opensecrets.com; OCPF) He sat and he sat and he sat and he didn't give to Romney - or O'Brien. He was playing it safe.

However, when it came down to crunch time and the polls began to break, Romney loyalist Robert Maginn trolled for illegal contributions to put his dark master over the top, and came up gangbusters.

And now Romney is coming up gangbusters for Childs. Just last week, in fact, the Fraud Governor came out against a legislative moratorium on charter schools. (source: Associated Press, 6/18/2003) Which means more work for Childs' Edison Schools.

Translation: Childs Backed Romney, Romney backs the Edison Schools. Romney must have bought Ivory Soap Inc. He has a lot of hands to wash.

*(Childs told the Boston Globe in 1995 "My theory has generally been: Don't talk to people and they won't write about you." Good theory. But will it stop them from putting your address (421 Heath Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467) on the internet?) (source: OCPF)


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