The name of the acquiring company is listed as H.I.G. Capital. H.I.G. Capital is one of one of the largest partners in a politically connected equity fund run by Tagg called Solamere. (Other investors in the fund include Mitt Romney, his wife and brother.)
The Hart Intercivic company supplies electronic voting machines and paper ballot tabulators that will be used to tally votes in the Presidential Election this year in many swing states: all or parts of California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Washington.
No one is seriously claiming the GOP has anything illegal planned. (Even though GOP voter fraud is suspected in at least seven states.) It does smell funny, however, since investors in Solamere are among Romney's largest campaign donors, according to the New York Times.
An emergency forum, called to discuss this amazing coincidence, takes place tomorrow, Monday, October 22, in New York City from noon to 2pm at The Open Center, 22 East 30th Street, (betw. Madison and Fifth Avenues). More here.
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