May 19, 2013
‘Romney Girl’ video shocks Republican headquarters
Parodying the '90s hit "Barbie Girl," a new music video titled "Romney Girl" has hit the internet mocking Mitt Romney's offshore accounts and undisclosed tax returns, while making clear that the conservative candidate's wealth makes him out of touch with the average US citizen.
The video-clip is a fresh attempt to hurt the Republican candidate who dragged his heels over releasing his tax returns and then only produced his returns for the last two years.
In July, US magazine Vanity Fair revealed that Romney had a Swiss bank account worth $3 million, according to his 2010 tax return.
According to the website (romneygirl.org) , the Swiss girl is "Harry Reid's secret source" from Bain Capital-Romney's private equity firm prior to running for governor of Massachusetts–and "she first met Mitt Romney, who would frequently show up to the bank unannounced and throw $100 bills up in the air while shouting, 'Thank God for Amnesty!'"
Last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid claimed Romney has not been paying taxes according to an unnamed source who was an investor with Bain. The powerful Democrat has not backed down on his claims or demand that Romney release more tax returns.
So far, Romney has released his tax returns from 2010 and an estimate for 2011, and has remained firm on his plans not release any more years of tax documents.
The website highlights a variety of statistics slamming Romney for his wealth, including the reported US$77,000 price tag on caring for his wife's dressage horse, Rafalca, and polling numbers of Americans who think the Republican candidate should release his tax returns.
In the clip, entitled “Romney Girl”, the singing protagonist hails the Romney approach of “tax shelters everywhere”, while a list of countries appear on screen showing Romney with bank accounts in Switzerland, Luxembourg, the Cayman Islands and Ireland.
Switzerland’s Federal Department for Foreign Affairs hit back at the video by expressing that “The video gives the impression that having a bank account in Switzerland is dubious in itself and its only aim is to hide money from the tax authorities.”
Whether it is not confirmed if the clip and the web site are the product born out of the Obama’s campaign headquarters, Switzerland’s embassy in Washington reportedly expressed its unhappiness at the clip to the Obama team.