It seems that our favorite Governor Mitt Romney is in a bit of hot water again. It's not Alan Fabian who defrauded millions of dollars from companies, no it's someone who has a long history of abusing children, Robert Lichfield.
From the Salt Lake City Tribune
A top Utah fund-raiser for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign – who has links to an organization facing a civil lawsuit alleging child abuse – is no longer part of Romney's state finance team.
Robert Lichfield of La Verkin, who founded the umbrella group called the Worldwide Association of Specialty Schools, brought in some $300,000 earlier this year for Romney during a single Utah event and has donated tens of thousands to the former Massachusetts governor and other Republicans in recent years.
Worldwide Association of Specialty Schools (WWASP) are schools advertised as helping troubled teens. Here is description of the help these children had in Lichfield's school.
Lichfield was named in a June 2007 complaint filed in federal court in Utah by the families of 133 children who have attended schools associated with WWASP, alleging that they were subjected to physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. Plaintiff Chase Wood, who attended the Cross Creek Center for Boys (founded by Lichfield in the late 1970s) and another WWASP-affiliated school, claims he was fondled, forced to eat his own vomit, and locked in a dog cage.
Romney has another bundler named Mel Sember. Mel is in another category of fundraiser, he a guy who can bring in millions, not the hundreds of thousands that Lichfield brings in. A little history on Mel Sembler who is still with the Romney campaign, he co-founded a similar organization called Straight, Inc. which had since folded.
Straight Inc., paid out millions of dollars in similar suits during the 1980's and 1990's. The abuse included kidnapping, false imprisonment, beatings, sexual humiliation (boys were called “fags,” girls, “whores”), punitive use of isolation and restraint and bizarre incidents like teens being gagged with Kotex and held on the floor for hours until they wet or even soiled themselves. In every state where Straight had a facility, regulators and/or lawsuits eventually documented serious abuse.
It seems that raising money is a higher priority to Mitt Romney than persons who have a history like Lichfield and Sembler.