Supports of Gov. Mitt Romney and other conservatives spent Wednesday promoting a story apparently first published in May -- that Jonathan Lavine, a "bundler" for President Barack Obama, was a managing director at Bain Capital in 2001, when GST Steel in Kansas City declared bankruptcy.
Lavine has bundled between $100,000 and $200,000 in contributions for Obama, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
SEC records show Lavine was a managing director at Bain in 2001, when the GST plant declared bankruptcy. The same records show Romney was the president of the firm at the time.
There is no direct evidence Lavine was involved in the GST bankruptcy decision, as the original story on the conservative website Breitbart said. "While we don't know the specific role Lavine had in decisions regarding the bankrupt company, GST Steel, he certainly had more influence than someone who had left Bain two years before," the story says.
The last phrase refers to Romney, who says he left Bain in 1999. His exact departure date remains the subject of some dispute.
There were 13 managing directors at Bain in 2001, the SEC filing shows, including Lavine and Romney.