Mit Romney Spends $98,000 Hiding Records
At the end of his 2007 term as Governor of Massachusetts, Mit Romney terminated a computer lease early and 11 staff members purchased their hard drives. Romney also claimed the paper records created by his administration documenting the actions and decisions made during his tenure are not part of the public record.
According to a Reuters interview with Theresa Dolan, former director of administration for the governor's office, Dolan said that in her 23 years as an aide to successive governors "no one had ever inquired about, or expressed the desire" to purchase their computer hard drives before Romney's tenure.
Romney signed a new, three year lease for computer equipment totaling $205,000. The existing lease had cost $108,000 and still had eighteen months left. Whether this type of lease renewal at the end of a governor's term is simply poor fiscal management or part of an attempt to hide records is unclear.
If Romney does take office, he will, according to some, join a long line of both Democratic and Republican President's that have tried to hide or destroy their email records. Even if he doesn't destroy the records, he can count on the National Archives, which is still working on World War II records, keeping them from public view for quite a long time.