By Julian Pecquet - 07/20/12 02:59 PM EDT
Bain and the Romney campaign deny any wrongdoing to the newspaper.
"There were many investors who saw the opportunity of a firm that could help fix broken companies and help them grow," campaign spokesman Matt McDonald told the Times. A state delegate from Maryland who says she's the first Salvadoran-American elected to public office in the United States also weighed in.
In a statement, Ana Sol Gutierrez called the report “deeply troubling.”
“Having spent my childhood in El Salvador before migrating to the United States and becoming the first Salvadoran-American to ever hold elected office, I know firsthand the strife that El Salvador was going through during that time and the sensitivity of the issue for Salvadorans in the U.S.,” Gutierrez said. “Our community is still healing from the scars from this tragic time in our history and now, more than ever, Salvadoran-Americans and Latinos all over the U.S deserve answers about his 'profit at any cost' way of conducting business."
This post was updated at 1:50 p.m. with comment from the Romney campaign