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Paying for dirt on Romney

HAMILTON — Publisher and free speech activist Larry Flynt has offered Bermudians up to $1 million to strip bare Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s investments on the island.

Flynt, the publisher of adult magazine Hustler, made the offer because he is convinced Romney has undisclosed business interests offshore.

Mark Johnson, the editorial director of Flynt’s publishing company LFP, told the Sun yesterday: “We would love to work with the people of Bermuda. The president of the United States has an influence on every country in the world and who is president will affect Bermuda as well.”

A full-page advertisement in the Bermuda Sun appeals for “information about Mitt Romney’s unreleased tax returns and/or details of his offshore assets, bank accounts and business partnerships”.

And it asks: “What is he hiding?”

Johnson said the advert – which has already run in the US in USA Today and The Washington Post – will also be published in Switzerland and other jurisdictions in a bid to gain full disclosure of Romney’s finances.

Spotlight on Bermuda

The spotlight turned on Bermuda in July after it emerged that Romney has offshore accounts, including a shell company in Bermuda.

The Bermuda-based Santaky High Yield Assets Investors, which recently posted earnings of nearly $2 million, was transferred to a blind trust in Romney’s wife’s name in 2003, just before he became Governor of Massachussets. (Bermuda Sun)

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