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The United Autos Workers, which has endorsed President Barack Obama, announced Thursday that its members want the US Office of Government Ethics to investigate Gov. Mitt Romney for violations.

The UAW leadership held a press conference in Toledo, Ohio, Thursday, alleging that Romney profited from the 2009 automotive bailout of General Motors and Chrysler Group through an investment in a company that itself was invested in Delphi Automotive. The irony, of course, is that Romney opposed a government bailout of the auto industry.

"The American people have a right to know about Governor Romney's potential conflicts of interest, such as the profits his family made from the auto rescue," said UAW President Bob King in a press release. "It's time for Governor Romney to disclose or divest."

The UAW based its claim that the Romney family profited on an article published in The Nation magazine. That article claimed Romney's family made more than $15 million through the auto bailouts based on investments in a company invested in Delphi.

However, after carefully examining the article, as well as another article in The Huffington Post, it remains unclear exactly how that money was made. Furthermore, the original article noted that Romney's disclosures were not illegal, meaning, in fact, that they were legal.

No matter for the UAW.

"While Romney was opposing the rescue of one of the nation's most important manufacturing sectors, he was building his fortunes with his Delphi investor group, making his fortunes off the misfortunes of others," King added.

Personnel at the Office of Government Ethics could not be reached for immediate comment.


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      janka51
      • 2 Years Ago
      someone needs to investigate UAW and find out why they ignore retiree's needs and give away their benefits.
        dpg1dspd
        • 2 Years Ago
        @janka51
        janka51, you mean that you haven't seen what UAW has and is doing with the money earmarked for benefits for the dues paying members, some of which have been paying for years?? See the donations to the current Obama campaign and the underthe table advertising paid for with UAW monies designated for membership benefits. The UAW member should be asking the so called leadership what is being spent, from what allocated accounts , by whose authority and who benefited from our funds??? Bet you will never get a honest and direct answer !!
      matchoo1
      • 2 Years Ago
      pull out all of the stops, your man is losing... as losers will.
      billythekid1942
      • 2 Years Ago
      UAW = Universal Ass Wipes!
      redgg78
      • 2 Years Ago
      what's the UAW so mad about? they made out fine, getting the Obama-ites to clean out the GM bond-holders and give that stake to the union. GM wasn't bailed out, it was the UAW that was bailed out, and now the UAW wants an investigation of Romney??? this doesn't pass the laugh test.
        imoore
        • 2 Years Ago
        @redgg78
        It has more to do with that stupid claim Romney made that Jeep was moving all production to China. We all know that isn't true, but you can bet he will try to force all US auto production should he become president. More Americans unemployed. That should make you happy.
          Luke
          • 2 Years Ago
          @imoore
          He didn't say they were moving *all* production to China. He said they were moving production to China. One word, big difference. It is the truth, regardless of how you look at it. Misleading? Maybe. But it is the truth.
      tljjohnson
      • 2 Years Ago
      **** the uaw
      hemipwr54
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh yeah like the UAW did not profit from the bailouts, REALLY !!!!!!!!!!!!!! SCUMBAGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        lulu0510
        • 2 Years Ago
        @hemipwr54
        The bail out money went right into their bloated pension fund. So now we have millions of new cars on the road spewing carbon gasses and contributing to global warming and future "Sandys". And the hundreds of thousands of cars that were destroyed in the storm will cause another financial crisis when the owners dont pay off their loans. Wait and see.
      tall123
      • 2 Years Ago
      You know what is so funny about this...hahahaha The UAW calls for an investigation while they are well known and notorious for everything illegal. They bury their opponets in 65 feet of cement. LOL
      cesarvis
      • 2 Years Ago
      Someone do an investigation on the UAW please, that would be money better spent. Perhaps there would be a story here if he encouraged the bailouts so he could profit, he disagreed with bailouts but profited when the government went ahead anyway, there is no guilt for him....sorry not a story actually says more to me about R's priorities, he stood to gain but opted to not support the bailouts GOOD FOR HIM!
      bosshogno1
      • 2 Years Ago
      yes, dah....he is a businessman, eactly what we need
      watsonkbsj
      • 2 Years Ago
      That absolutely cracks me up!
      songbirdgray
      • 2 Years Ago
      I SHOULD THINK THOSE PEOPLE WOULD BE THE LAST TO EVEN SAY THE WORD ETHICS, THIS IS REALLY GRASPING FOR A STRAW, THEY ARE DESPERATE , LYING PEOPLE , WHO WOULD DO ANYTHING FOR A BUCK OFF THE BACKS OF OTHER PEOPLE, LEECHES ALL UNIONS.
      billythekid1942
      • 2 Years Ago
      Janice, you will say anything to get Nobama re-elected. So sorry it isn't going to work for you this time.
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