Who blew the whistle on Romney not paying any taxes for the past ten years?

Pat 2012/08/10 17:42:45
John Huntsman, Sr.
John Huntsman, Jr.
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Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 05:03 PM PDT

It's Jon Huntsman Sr, right Harry?

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Harry Reid's source. Probably.

Reid has a Republican source who has told him that Mitt Romney didn't
pay taxes in 10 years. Who could he possibly known that would have that

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman's dad sounds like the likely source.

Huntsman Sr, is business partners with Robert C. Gay, who also happened
to be Bain's managing director between 1989 and 2004. And if anyone
knows the machinations Bain used to evade taxes for itself and its
partners, well, it would be the guy in charge of the firm's finances.

is also a Republican and a Mormon (like Harry Reid). As governor of
next-door Utah, his son (who also served in the Obama administration as
ambassador to China) likely developed a close working relationship on
regional issues.

Want more? The Huntsman family gave some serious scratch to Reid's reelection campaign:

the Huntsmans have long been Reid supporters, although the former
governor, who is scheduled to be be in Nevada on Friday, has never given
directly to Reid's Senate campaigns.

[Jon Huntsman, Jr's]
parents and a couple of his brothers (Peter, James) and some in-laws
have. And his Dad even helped the Nevada Democratic Party ($5,000) in
2008. I’m told Reid has known the senior Huntsman since the 1990s and is
friendly with the son, too.

Here’s a list of the donations from the GOP candidate’s family to Reid (with help from CQ MoneyLine):
Jon Huntsman, Sr., Karen Huntsman $9,600 (2/4/09)
Peter, Brynn Huntsman $9,600 (12/31/09)
James, Marianne Huntsman $4,600 (11/30/09)
Jon Huntsman, Sr. $2,000 (11/2/04)

Sure, the evidence is circumstantial, but still pretty solid, wouldn't you say?

PM PT: Reid said his source was a Bain investor. Not sure if Huntsman
Sr fits the bill just yet, but Bain has certainly invested in Huntsman:
Corp. Friday announced a deal in which venture capital firm Bain
Capital Inc. will invest more than $600 million in Huntsman.

5:33 PM PT: Great point, from the comments:
Remember it was a Huntsman daughter who penned
article at HuffPo with Ryan Grim that had sources saying Romney would
have never ran if he knew he had to open up his tax filings.
Does the Huntsman family talk Romney's taxes around the dinner table?
by Jacoby Jonze

5:42 PM PT: The blogger Cannonfire came to this conclusion last Sunday, and his reasoning is far more developed than mine.
Now he thinks it's Jr, but his reasoning makes me even more convinced it was one of the Huntsmans. My money is still on Sr.

PM PT: Oooh, I had forgotten that Huntsman is skipping the GOP
convention, certainly pointing to a major rift with his party and
Originally posted to kos on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 05:03 PM PDT.
Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  • Q 2012/08/10 18:00:08
    John Huntsman, Sr.
    Interesting...interesting indeed! It would be a devastating blow to Mitt's presidential campaign should he come out and admit that he was Harry Reid's source. ayl

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  • JackSchitt 2012/08/10 18:33:33
    None of the above
    Harry got the tip from his "imaginary friend". It must be the same "imaginary friend" who gave Joe McCarthy his list of 205 Communists back in 1950.

  • Idiot r... JackSchitt 2012/08/10 20:40:29
    Idiot repubs
    john huntsman

    john McCain

    Could be either on of these guys, they don't look imaginary.
  • JackSchitt Idiot r... 2012/08/10 21:04:20
    COULD BE? COULD BE a total LIE!
  • Pat JackSchitt 2012/08/10 21:11:33
    If it's a lie, Romney could end this in 5 minutes by releasing he returns. It's no longer a matter of whether he HAS to or not. He MUST release them at this point or the issue will dog him throughout the campaign right up to November. That is, if the GOP even lets him get that far. I'd be willing to bet the powers that be in the GOP are already pressuring this guy to either release the returns or withdraw from the election.
  • JackSchitt Pat 2012/08/10 21:48:20
    He shouldn't HAVE TO. For a sitting Senator to get away with this "Guilty until you prove yourself innocent" crap on the Senate floor is a DISGRACE. That he has not been censured, and that Obama has not denounced this blatant McCarthyism shows that the Democrats will stoop to any level to win this election.
  • Pat JackSchitt 2012/08/10 21:52:12
    I appreciate your opinion but I disagree with you. Romney should release his tax returns. We all know he's rich beyond anything we can imagine. All we want to know is that he paid his fair share of taxes like the rest of us. I don't think that is too much to ask of someone who wants to be our President.
  • **Starz... JackSchitt 2012/08/10 22:31:30
    You're grasping at straws. lol Not a lie and you know it. That's why all the cons are getting so nervous.
  • Rebel Yell 2012/08/10 18:20:23
    None of the above
    Rebel Yell
    Could be. But my guess is someone in John McCain's circle. Romney was on the VP list and was invited to the Arizona ranch, where he laid out his tax record for McCain. Shortly after that he was booted from the VP list and McCain has never said why. Apparently a big red flag went up. I don't know if it was McCain, but my bet is on someone who worked within that campaign circle.
  • **Starz... Rebel Yell 2012/08/10 22:32:04
    I think you're right.
  • Aurora 2012/08/10 18:17:59
    None of the above
    Unless the “person is Romnney’s personal accountant or an IRS agent this story doesn’t hold water…
  • Pat Aurora 2012/08/10 21:05:24
    Of course it holds water! McCain had copies of Romney's tax returns for ten years. He probably took one look at them and said to himself, I can't have this guy on the ticket with me! Maybe he squealed to Reid. Which begs the question, why did Romney think he could get away with running for President now? Probably because he thought he could bluff his way out of releasing his taxes by just complying with the very minimum amount of info with his 2010 and an "estimate" of 2011. Uhhh...taxes were due on 4/15/12, right? My taxes are paid already! WTF!?
    I think the Republicans had better clear this up or they may have to find another last minute candidate to nominate. This is not good for Romney.
  • Aurora Pat 2012/08/11 19:25:07
    another delusional liberal. Any deflection for Obama and his minions not to talk about the unemployment, obamacare, fast and furious, delphi pensions, gm bankruptcy, higher regulations, higher tax rates. See ya loser.
  • Q 2012/08/10 18:00:08
    John Huntsman, Sr.
    Interesting...interesting indeed! It would be a devastating blow to Mitt's presidential campaign should he come out and admit that he was Harry Reid's source. ayl
  • Simmering Frog 2012/08/10 17:58:21
    None of the above
    Simmering Frog
    It doesn't matter. Have Romney arrested if he intentionally dodged paying taxes. Otherwise, STFU.
  • Idiot r... Simmeri... 2012/08/10 18:15:28
    Idiot repubs
    Such a shame reality doesn't agree with you. Mitt looks guilty as hell and you support a tax cheat.
  • Simmeri... Idiot r... 2012/08/10 19:05:19
    Simmering Frog
    So why isn't he being arrested?
  • ProudPr... Simmeri... 2012/08/10 18:53:35
    Once again - no one is accusing Romney of breaking any laws. Obviously he has intentionally dodged paying taxes, given that the one return he did provide shows that he paid only about 14% in taxes. But if he LEGALLY intentionally dodged paying taxes, that's not something he could be arrested for. We won't know until he releases his returns, but clearly there is SOMETHING in those returns he is desperate to keep a deep dark secret.
  • Sister Jean 2012/08/10 17:47:18
    None of the above
    Sister Jean
    IRS should
  • **StarzAbove** 2012/08/10 17:45:20
    John Huntsman, Jr.
    Could be Huntsman, or John McCain. McCain would have all Romney's records at hand and that's why he didn't choose him to run as his VP.
  • Pat **Starz... 2012/08/10 21:06:58
  • **Starz... Pat 2012/08/10 22:29:58
    I hope whoever it is comes forth soon, and really puts Romney on the hot seat! lol
  • Pat **Starz... 2012/08/10 22:30:35
    Me too!

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