http://twitter.com/#!/billclunie/status/259069633431220224

The conspiracy-theorist fringe of the American left has found yet another ghost to chase after. This time, the boogeymen are a bunch of voting machines owned by a company partially owned by another company where a small minority of the partners and directors are ex-Bain employees and Romney bundlers.

Tagg Romney’s equity fund (Solamere Capital) is invested in another investment firm, which invests in the company that owns voting machines.

What’s more, almost all of the partners and directors of the voting machine company are — gasp! — white men.

These eeeeeevil machines are now apparently being programmed to mis-tabulate our votes and foist Mitt Romney upon an unwilling electorate. This is the video that started the madness:

Yeah, we’re not buying it either. The best part is that, if our fresh-faced conspiracy reporter has his facts right, the supposedly dirty investors  weren’t even Bain Capital people. Listen carefully to this dude explaining the grand conspiracy. He self-corrects to say that the evil overlords worked at Bain and Company. That’s not Bain Capital. It’s the company that Bain Capital spun off of in 1984. Mitt Romney was never CEO of Bain and Company. He worked there in the late ’70s and early ’80s and then left to start Bain Capital. So, this is the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon of conspiracy theories.

Still, that doesn’t mean there aren’t a ton of people falling for it:

Americans, send tweets 2 @civilrights @davidaxelrod. Let’s make sure GOP can never steal anthr election. youtu.be/sasfm_fTuyQ. 10 yrs JAIL!

— Trisha D Mitchell (@go4stimulus) October 18, 2012

MT @dncalan: Republican playbook on how to win/steal an election 1Tell lies = FOXnews2 Steal it=Voter suppression 3Buy it=Citizens United

— Les (@LesHugTX) October 18, 2012

@statedept get to ohio the voting machines are owned by tagg romney snd mittromney companies they will steal the election by 3pArty transfer

— gloria Obama vaughan (@gloriajbv) October 18, 2012

If We let tha GOPeeParty Steal this Election 99% of #Americans will be totally SCREWED-if U vote GOP ur Selling OUT USA Again @cspanwj #P2

— Kay Ydill (@SirrK) October 19, 2012

Finally a Romney has invested in America, as it comes out that Tagg Romney has investments in Ohio’s electronic voting machines.

— DR (@pollbuster) October 18, 2012

@shawnmurry Yes, Willard @mittromney is stooping to bottom feeding desperado status to steal the election. Dirty Scumbag

— Nicole(@MzDivah67) October 18, 2012

Republicans Will NOT STEAL This Election!!!! #FiredUpAndReadyToVote #Obama2012

— Lisa Hussein Obama (@mombizzz) October 18, 2012

@hardball_chris @bayonnebernie bit.ly/RDxT3K Y WOULD BAIN CAPITAL BUY BIG IN AN ELECTRONIC VOTING MCH CO IF NOT 2 STEAL THE ELECTION?

— BayonneBernie (@bayonnebernie) October 18, 2012

@edshow please investigate the ownership of the voting machines!! Romney is trying to steal election!

— notanegg (@AmyDelgado98) October 18, 2012

@joy__hart They’re getting the public ready for when they steal this election!

— lorena dietz (@bigl8551) October 18, 2012

Not been following this for the past few years, but how the hell does the #Dem party allow for voting machines built by #Bain/#Romney?

— America 2.0 (@America2_0) October 19, 2012

Oh, and here’s our personal favorite:

@almeidajba There’s a BRAND NEW PETITION asking to have VOTES FROM BAIN/ROMNEY-owned voting machines NULLIFIEDsignon.org/sign/nullify-t…

— Linda(@DebtTrut) October 19, 2012

So the idea is to solve perceived disenfranchisement with purposeful mass disenfranchisement? Brilliant!

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/10/18/tinfoil-hat-crowd-bain-stealing-election-with-tainted-machines/

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