The French, connard, meaning asshole, jerk, dickhead, and so on, actually takes two "n"s. Yet, it turns out that Romney's PAC-man is, as we might say for adolescent kicks, un espèce de Conard.
Edward Conard came forward this weekend as the man behind the donation from New York firm W Spann LLC, founded shortly before giving the $1 million check to Romney-leaning Restore Our Future PAC. W Spann dissolved three months later, business records show, prompting outrage from campaign-finance watchdogs who said the secret contribution violated the law.
Conard is a former executive at Boston-based Bain Capital, which was co-founded by Romney in 1984. Conard could not be immediately reached for comment Saturday.
Federal Election Commission records show that in May, Conard and his wife, Jill, gave to Romney's presidential committee $2,500 each — the maximum allowed under federal regulations by individuals to presidential candidates. Edward Conard also gave $2,300 toward Romney's 2008 White House run, records show.