Now even the mainstream media have had to admit that details of the Clinton family fortune are becoming more and more confusing. Perhaps this is the way it’s supposed to be, but that’s just poor, poor cynical me talking. In any case, the Clinton family fortune is acknowledged by one and all to be large and getting larger by the day.

During the presidential campaign of 2012, a popular Democratic theme song was “Mitt Romney Killed My Wife,” a reference to the fact that at one time the Republican presidential candidate had been associated with Bain Capital, a venture capital organization that in 1999 had let a non-profitable business die. In the process, the employees lost their health insurance. Six years later, the wife of one of the previous employees died of cancer because their health insurance had expired.

Bain Capital was and still is, in business to make money — lots and lots of it. So perhaps it might be enlightening to list, as of September 2012, just a few of the organizations who entrusted their capital with Bain (according to columnist Deroy Murdock, National Review Online, Sept. 3, 2012) in the hope that Bain will make them even more money.

• 12 retirement funds, representing unionized teachers, social workers, public health employees and first responders, more than $1.5 billion.

• At least 10 universities, among them MIT, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Purdue, California, University of Michigan, at least $5 billion.

• Numerous foundations and cultural establishments, including (my personal favorite) the Oprah Winfrey Foundation.

Terence McManus

New Sharon