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Former employees at companies owned by Bain to speak at DNC

Former employees of companies owned by Bain Capital, the private equity firm founded by Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, will speak at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte this week, according to an Obama campaign official.

The official, who requested anonymity to discuss speakers not yet on the convention’s official schedule, contradicted an earlier report by Fox News that at least two Bain Capital executives will address delegates.

Fox News reported that speakers could include managing director Steve Pagliuca, the Celtics co-owner who ran against state Attorney General Martha Coakley in the 2010 Democratic primary for the Senate seat eventually won by Scott Brown. Other possible speakers named in the Fox News report were Jonathan Lavine, an Obama bundler and managing partner of Sankaty Advisers, a Bain Capital affiliate, and managing director Matt Levin .


All three men overlapped with Romney, who was the firm’s owner and chief executive from 1984 to 2002.

Spokespeople for Bain Capital, the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic convention did not respond to Globe requests for comment.

Romney is running largely on his business experience, telling voters that his work at Bain Capital taught him how to create jobs -- his top priority, if elected.

The Obama campaign has sought to refute Romney’s claim, arguing that Romney’s mission in private equity was to make money for himself and the firm’s partners and investors, not to create jobs for others.

The Obama campaign official said the speakers will offer personal testimonies that resemble those featured in campaign ads, in which laid-off workers have talked about losing jobs at Bain-owned companies.

Callum Borchers can be reached at callum.borchers@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @callumborchers.