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Mystery firm gives Romney a helping hand

by Adam Russett on August 4, 2011

The Citizens United case ruling that generated so much controversy when it was originally altered in the Supreme Court in 2009 is starting to show up in some strange ways as the 2012 campaign season enters full swing. 

Most recently, a mysterious company named W Spann LLC came together, donated $1 million to Mitt Romney's campaign and disbanded just as quickly. It was originally founded by a Boston lawyer, Cameron Casey, whose main legal responsibilities are to "high net worth individuals" who are planning their estates, according to MSNBC.

The address of W Span LLC was a building in Manhattan that had no record of the company ever functioning there. After six weeks, the company donated the $1 million sum and was dissolved on July 12 by Casey.

The Super PAC that received the money, Restoring Our Future, made its first official listing of donations two weeks later.

"I don't see how you can do this," Lawrence Noble, the former general counsel of the Federal Election Commission, told the news source. "What you have here is a roadmap for how people can hide their identities [when donating]."

In some respects, Restoring Our Future is just as questionable. While the group claims to have no political affiliation with Romney, it was formed by three former top Romney aides.

MSNBC points out that Casey is a partner of law firm Rope & Gray's. One of the company's biggest clients is Bain Capital, the investment firm formerly headed by Romney.

Super PACs do not need to disclose donors and have no limits on how much money they can spend or collect during a campaign.

"I'm not surprised that there’s even more money coming into this race to help Mitt Romney," Bill Burton, a former Obama spokesman, told The Washington Post. "He's a pretty deeply flawed candidate; he's going to need all the help he can get." 

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