Report Says Romney Paid $100,000 To Purge Computer Records

Source: Sarah B. Boxer / CBS News

White House hopeful Mitt Romney spent nearly $100,000 of taxpayer’s money to replace staff computers when he left office as governor of Massachusetts, the news agency Reuters reported Tuesday, reprising questions about whether records of his tenure were properly preserved.

The amount spent was well above levels reported earlier by the Boston Globe, which published a story last month saying that 11 Romney administration officials bought 17 hard drives from the governor’s office, paying $65 for each one, and that the Romney administration’s e-mails were all wiped from a server.

At the time, Romney said his aides followed the letter of the law and handled the records properly. Asked about the Reuters report, Romney spokesman Andrea Saul said “Governor Romney followed precedent in the handling of documents in his office and there was nothing unusual about it. He voluntarily transferred 700 boxes of documents to the state archives, more than any prior governor.”

The fact-checking website Politifact conducted its own review of the issues raised by the initial Globe story and concluded, “the Romney administration’s decision to erase most electronic files is neither illegal nor unusual.”

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