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Occupy Tampa: Shut Down Bain Capital

Posted 11 years ago on Aug. 21, 2012, 3:39 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags: rnc, tampa, bain capital, romney

Bain Capitalists

Bain Capital represents the epitome of crony capitalism and the corrupting influence of money in politics. Romney worked with Salvadoran oligarchs to initially fund the corporation. These same oligarchs financed right-wing death squads that killed over 35,000 Salvadorans, and politically supported the military dictatorships there. This resulted in the death of over 75,000 people.

Bain Capital recently bought the Sensata plant in Freeport, Illinois. The company was profitable and competitive, but Bain Capital decided to move the plant to China and lay-off all the American workers. To add insult to injury, Bain Capital then brought over Chinese workers and made the soon-to-be-laid-off American workers train their replacements. The American workers had to watch people dismantle their factory and ship it, piece by piece, to China.

Bain Capital bought HCA (Hospital Corporation of America) after HCA settled with various government agencies for over $2 billion dollars due to a massive medicare fraud settlements. HCA seems to have not changed its ways. Recently, whistleblowers have revealed that, under pressure for profits and high returns on investment, HCA doctors misdiagnosed heart conditions and performed unnecessary heart surgeries in order to drive up business at several of its hospitals. After the whistleblowers exposed these dangerous and unnecessary surgeries, HCA fired them.

Earlier this year a Bain Capital subsidiary, OSI (Carabba’s, Outback Steakhouse, Bonefish Grill, Flemmings, and Roy’s), tried to push a bill through the Florida Legislature that would cut server’s pay in half from $4.65 an hour to $2.13 an hour. Bloomin’ Brands (formerly OSI) made millions this year after a successful IPO on the New York Stock Exchange, all the while advocating to reduce worker’s pay.

In 2010, the DeepHorizon oil rig spilled oil over the entire Gulf Coast. Fish, birds, and other dead animals started washing up on shore. BP had hired Bain Capital to give financial advice on how to cut costs and raise profits. Bain advised BP to make major cuts in safety-related expenses. Regulators cited these very cost-cutting measures as the main cause of the disaster.

Mitt Romney co-founded, served as CEO, and continues to own a major stake in Bain Capital. With the corrupting influence of money in politics, does it really surprise anyone that Romney is running for President?

We will peacefully protest Bain Capital on August 30th which is the day that Mitt Romney will give his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL. We will use this opportunity to protest and raise awareness about Bain Capital’s business practices. Hopefully this will pressure Bain Capital to behave ethically.

This statement reached consensus by the Occupy Tampa General Assembly on 8/17/2012.

More Info:

Occupy Tampa
Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign (organizers of Romneyville encampment in Tampa)
Facebook Event
FB event for Shut Down Bain action in Chicago

Some Bain Capital Companies:

Outback Steakhouse
Carrabba’s Italian Grill
Bonefish Grill
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine
Burlington Coat Factory
Clear Channel Communications
Dunkin’ Donuts
Baskin Robbins
Hospital Corporation of America
Michael’s Craft Store
The Princeton Review
Work ‘N Gear




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[-] 3 points by SingleVoice (158) 11 years ago

While everyone is protesting Bain, I just thought everyone should be aware that Obama just hired yet another former Bain executive for a job in his administration. I'm so tired of hypocrisy everywhere especially in the White House. When are we going to protest him?

From the Washington Examiner:

President Obama’s Office of Management and Budget is turning into something of a Bain alumni reunion, although you won’t hear about it from the president.

Obama picked Jeff Zients to lead the OMB earlier this year, as the attacks on Romney’s Bain Capital career were heating up in the Republican Primary. Zients worked at Bain and Company from 1988-1990, as The Washington Examiner first reported, although his White House biography made no mention of the fact.

Now Zients will be joined by another former Bain employee, as Obama appointed Boris Bershteyn to lead the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. Bershteyn’s White House biography, like that of Zients before him, also makes no mention of the Bain connection.

Of course they make no mention of Bain connections. President Obama’s campaign has consistently tried to paint Bain Capital as some sort of evil entity full of awful people that did nothing but destroy people’s lives on purpose, so they can’t really mention that now can they? Kinda blows their entire attack on them.

Of course, when he needs campaign cash or someone to to do a job for him? Bain Capital is just fine with him. Shocker.

[-] 2 points by progressive1 (4) from Milwaukee, WI 11 years ago

It's the two all powerful political parties that are corrupting America. They collaborate on threats to their power and giggle when 2 major candidate's debate and dominate the news, blocking out any 3rd party activity. It's our two party system with their absolute power that are driving America into the ditch.

[-] 1 points by 1971 (154) 11 years ago

Your right. It's good to see a few of us know what's going on.

du·op·o·ly (d - p -l , dy -). n. An economic or political condition in which power is concentrated in two persons or groups.

[-] 2 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 11 years ago

people say we vote with our pocket book

but I believe the elite have to money they need

I say we should vote by determining who we work for

[-] 2 points by repubsRtheprob (1209) 11 years ago

Boycott every corp that Bainified

[-] 2 points by Manna (85) 11 years ago

The photograph proves Romney cares for USA citizens. How beautiful is the slogan and the weed.

[-] 2 points by frogmanofborneo (602) from New York, NY 11 years ago

Some of these outfits are ripe for consumer boycotts too. Good going Tampa Occupiers!

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 11 years ago

"make my day"

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 11 years ago

One day left!

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 11 years ago

End Vulture Capitalism

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 11 years ago

Jail the plutocrats

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 11 years ago

Day 1-Shutdown! Day 2 next!

[-] 1 points by Builder (4202) 11 years ago

I guess the GOP thinks they are heading in the right direction.

Their last successful candidate bankrupted every business he got his hands on.

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 11 years ago

Shut down all vulture capitalist bainian 1% plutocrat corps

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 11 years ago

Vulture capitalists 1% plutocrats


[-] 1 points by Bighead1883 (285) 11 years ago

If America was a person,it would be locked up in an asylum for the criminally insane.At least now with causes like OWS,medication is being provided.We have similar symptoms in Australia where the MSM will not post a non status quo comment.Like hey to think of all the reds under the beds in the 50s,we now have mass psychosis of the fiscal kind.Solidarity.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 years ago


[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 11 years ago

vulture capitalism is the worst extreme of capitalism. Let's end Bain and all bainlike american job killing vampire corps.

A 1st step to ending the scourge of capitalism.


[-] -1 points by Lucky1 (-125) from Wray, CO 11 years ago

Wow! You have changes the world!

Get over yourself.

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 11 years ago

Romneyhood the Bain of our existence!

Vote out pro tinkle down republicans