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The man who secretly recorded Mitt Romney at a Florida fundraiser making his infamous “47 percent” comment has revealed his identity.
Scott Prouty, a bartender working the fundraiser, told MSNBC’s Ed Schultz that he lost sleep and struggled for weeks before deciding to release the recording to the magazine Mother Jones.
Prouty says he thought it was important that people heard Romney and knew what he was really thinking.
In the video, Romney tells donors paying $50,000 apiece that 47 percent of Americans are dependent on government, see themselves as victims and believe the government has a responsibility to care for them.
Romney’s critics used the video to argue that he was out of touch with average Americans.