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New round of attacks target Mitt Romney

Democrats and their support groups are unrelenting in their criticism of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

The labor-backed Americans United for Change is today unleashing a multimedia campaign linking Romney, a former venture capitalist, with Gordon Gekko, the fictional, greed-crazed titan from the 1987 Oliver Stone film “Wall Street.”

The effort includes a new website, www.RomneyGekko.com, which offers an interactive quiz challenging readers to decide whether Romney or Gekko uttered a phrase; a fake Twitter account, @RomneyGekko; a plan to station “Romney-Gekko” supporters outside the candidate’s big-ticket fund-raisers; and web videos led by one pivoting off Ronald Reagan’s famed “It’s Morning in America” theme.

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The spot concludes with Romney’s own voice saying he approved the message, followed by the printed disclaimer: “Needless to say, not authorized by Romney for President Inc.,” and a statement saying it is satire.

“Above all, it is campaign to warn the middle-class about the consequences of Romney’s Bush-era, trickle-down economic proposals,” Americans United for Change said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the Democratic National Committee is releasing its own web video pivoting off reporting by the Globe and other news organizations about efforts to purge state computers of electronic records as Romney concluded his term as governor of Massachusetts in 2007.

The DNC is lumping the record elimination with Romney’s refusal to release his tax returns as evidence of a penchant for secrecy.

“In the case of tax returns, his refusal to release his returns is even inconsistent with his father did when he ran for president, by Mitt Romney’s own account,” said DNC National Press Secretary Melanie Roussell.

In a recent interview with PARADE magazine, Romney said of his father, George Romney, a former auto executive, Michigan governor, and 1968 presidential candidate: “When (my father) ran for president and his tax returns were published, it was clear he could’ve hired a landscaper. But he decided we would learn to work with our hands.”

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The Romney campaign has said its gubernatorial records maintenance practices complied with and even exceeded state requirements.


Glen Johnson can be reached at johnson@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @globeglen.