The Obama campaign continued their attack on Mitt Romney’s offshore assets and refusal to release more of his tax returns with a new ad this morning entitled “Makes You Wonder.” In the ad, a narrator points to the Vanity Fair investigation of Mr. Romney’s finances and suggests his use of “tax havens,” “offshore accounts” and “carried interest” and his low overall tax rate indicate he may not have “paid any taxes at all” outside of the one year for which he did release returns, 2010.
“Mitt Romney has used every trick in the book. Romney admits that over the last two years he’s paid less than 15% in taxes on $43 million in income. Makes you wonder if some years he paid any taxes at all,” the narrator says as text flashes across the screen showing the years 2005 through 2009 followed by question marks.
Mitt Romney’s newest web video accuses President Barack Obama and the Department of Energy of using a stimulus program to spur green jobs to pay off their friends by giving money to failing business ventures run by Democratic donors. The commercial highlights three energy companies that received loan guarantees through a DOE program and later lost money or went bankrupt; Solyndra, ECOTality, SunPower and First Solar. The ad alleges these companies received the cash because of their ties to the Obama ddministration and the Democratic Party.
“You’ve heard of Solyndra. They took $535 million in taxpayer loan guarantees and went bankrupt. But that’s not even half the story,” the video’s narrator says as an ominous piano sountrack plays. “More than 16 billion dollars have gone to companies like Solyndra that are linked to big Obama and Democrat donors. … Obama is giving taxpayer money to big donors and then watching them lose it.”