As the battle in Warren continues, and the wider American fight against drug addiction wears on, so too does Mitt Romney's campaign for the White House. It's curious, in this battle between small-town America and out-of-state corporate interests, that the pro-business GOP candidate stands to profit, through Bain, from taxpayer-funded health care for some of the country's least fortunate.

MUTUAL DEPENDENCE: GOVERNMENT-CORPORATE TIES

It's difficult to deny the need for opiate-addiction treatment in Maine, but the tactics that Bain subsidiary CRC Health Corporation uses to force its way into towns like Warren to reap the profits of rising drug addiction, illuminate the hidden connections between government and corporate interests.

A quote from retired Army general Barry McCaffrey, the US drug czar in the Clinton administration, reads in bold on CRC's Opiate Treatment Program brochure, "No other treatment program provides those in recovery with this level of ongoing support."

McCaffrey, one of CRC's most vocal advocates, went straight from government to a corporate career, awarding him continued public policy influence and exorbitant personal profit.

Backed by the authority of his former position, McCaffrey speaks publicly about drug-addiction issues and then promotes the services of CRC. What he doesn't advertise is the fact that he is a paid member of CRC's Board of Directors.

And via the political-action committee of another of his employers, HNTB Holdings, McCaffrey contributed $20,000 to Mitt Romney between 2007 and 2010.

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