Saturday, April 26, 2008
Business Mishaps Threaten Franken Campaign: Rivals Are Pouncing on Charges of Unpaid Taxes and Workers Comp (Minneapolis Star Tribune), by Patricia Lopez & Kevin Duchschere:
Al Franken's career as an entertainer made him famous and rich and positioned him to run for the U.S. Senate. But now, just as he appears on the verge of securing the DFL endorsement to take on Republican Sen. Norm Coleman, Franken could be tripped up by missteps in the way his show business enterprise was run. ...
On Friday, Franken's campaign manager, Andy Barr, declined to say whether Franken had paid taxes on earnings in California between 2003 and 2007. He said Franken's accountant is working with California officials to sort things out.
The latest Republican charge that Franken's taxes there have gone unpaid comes in the wake of earlier disclosures that Franken failed to pay workers' compensation and disability premiums in New York and botched the dissolution of his California corporation. Since then, Franken has paid more than $25,000 in fines to New York and still owes more than $4,700 in corporate taxes and fines to California.
More press and blogosphere coverage:
- Associated Press: Franken Acountants Looking Into Extent of Tax Problem, by Patrick Condon
- Minneapolis Star Tribune: New Round of Financial Questions Dogs Franken, by Kevin Duchschere & Patricia Lopez
- Taxable Talk: Is Al Franken the Next Celebrity Tax Scofflaw?, by Russ Fox