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January 30, 2012

Beverly firm reaping consulting fees from Romney

BEVERLY — A company based in Beverly is quietly playing a supporting role in Mitt Romney's campaign for president.

Red Curve Solutions had been paid nearly $500,000 in consulting fees through October by the Romney for President campaign, according to campaign finance records.

Red Curve Solutions was founded in 2008 by Bradley Crate, a Beverly resident who worked in Gov. Romney's administration and helped run his previous campaigns for governor and president. The company is in an office building at 138 Conant St.

Crate, who declined to be interviewed for this story, is the brother of Darrell Crate, who is listed as treasurer of both the Romney for President campaign and Free and Strong America, a political action committee that supports Romney. Free and Strong America had paid Red Curve Solutions $95,200 in consulting fees through June, according to campaign finance records.

Darrell Crate is the former chairman of the Massachusetts Republican Party and the former chief financial officer at Affiliated Managers Group, a Beverly company run by Sean Healey. Healey's wife, Kerry Healey, was Romney's lieutenant governor.

Red Curve Solutions advises Republican political candidates on how to manage their campaign finances. The company does not reveal its clients' names due to the "confidential nature of our work with these campaigns," according to its website.

According to Federal Elections Commission filings, the Romney campaign paid the company $119,931 for "equipment purchase" in April 2011 and had paid Red Curve $350,000 for compliance consulting, software and software development through October.

Red Curve Solutions' employees include Brett Schetzsle, a Beverly city councilor and former Republican state representative candidate, and Alexandra Cahill and Mike Welch, two former interns for the Free and Strong America PAC.

Campaign finance records also show payments by the Romney campaign to two other companies listed at the same Conant Street address. American Rambler Productions was paid a total of $955,000 for "strategy consulting" through September 2011. Skyshoe II LLC received $150,174 from the Romney campaign for air travel expenses.

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