GOP presidential candidate, Mitt Romney’s, worries extend far beyond the ransom note just posted online, according to political intelligence expert, Robert Williams, who just released results of a shocking 10-month investigation into the financial affairs of the United States’ top legislators.
The Secret Service has still not released information regarding whether Romney’s tax records have indeed been stolen. Or if the letter sent to accounting firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers, is just a big hoax.
The letter threatens a September 28, 2012 release date unless a $1,000,000 ransom is paid.
“Using your Office @ 830 Crescent Centre Drive, Suite 260, Franklin, TN 37067 Telephone:  (615) 503-2860 we were able to gain access to your network file servers and copy over the tax documents for one Willard M Romney and Ann D Romney.
“We are sure that once you figure out where the security breach was, some people will probably get fired but that is not our concern.”
The note’s author ends with a casual “Cheers!”
So far, there’s no indication of any security breach.
Regardless of the hoax, though, Romney and Ryan still have plenty to worry about, like the release of a new investigation into how the nation’s top lawmakers were able to financially “game the system.”
While Romney is reluctant to address his gaudy net worth, which is estimated at $250 million, his running mate also has some explaining to do.
In a decade marred by one of the worst economies in history, Paul Ryan’s net worth exploded by as much as 130% over the last 10 years.
“It’s absolutely stunning,” says Williams.
“What Ryan accomplished during a decade devastated by a deep economic recession is virtually impossible. He must have been playing with a loaded deck.”
Williams just released the the profound results of his investigation into the financial affairs of Congress.
While the investigation exposes – at times, even embarrasses – D.C.’s top brass, Williams admits that even he’s surprised by the findings…
“I now know things that very few Americans know. Shocking things. It’s scary, actually.”
The investigation indiscriminately hits both parties, too.
Democratic House Representative, Maurice Hinchey (New York), had a net worth in 2004 of around $74,000. By 2008, he was worth $727,000.
Williams’ investigation discovered that Hinchey helped earmark $800,000 to the Department of the Interior for wastewater infrastructure improvements to the Partition Street corridor in the town of Saugerties.
Hinchey just happened to own a huge chunk of land sitting under the Partition Street project.
The blueprints included a three-story, 30-room hotel with a restaurant and a catering hall.
Records indicate that Hinchey bought the property for as little as $30,000. And sold it for upwards of $500,000.
“I finally found the loaded dice everybody’s been using for the last 20-plus years,” says Williams.
According to a recent study conducted by the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, U.S. Congressmen are definitely master investors.
The study examined 4,000 trades made by senators and 16,000 trades made by members of the House.
The results? Well, they crushed the performance of the benchmark indexes. Especially the senators.
While the recent passage of an ethics bill prohibits Congress from trading inside legislative information for personal gains, Wall Street already knows just how lucrative political intelligence can be.
Data shows that hedge funds with lobbyists on the payroll are able to score abnormally high rates of return. Those hedge funds typically invest in politically sensitive stocks that are influenced by government actions.
In Peter Schweizer’s book, Throw Them All Out, he describes a world where access to government information is “critical.”
“Being on good terms with the gatekeepers of information – elected officials, political appointees and bureaucrats – can make all the difference between getting rich and getting hammered in the market.”
“The lesson is clear,” says Schweizer in the book. “If you’re a big investor, you’re a sucker if you don’t play the Washington game.”
Information this shocking should never be hidden from Americans. Especially when we’re all being asked to make an informed decision in November.
The United States Presidential Election is Tuesday, November 6, 2012.
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