FACT CHECK: Republicans Attempt to Distract from Mourdock’s Tax Issues and “My Way or the Highway” Campaign

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Indianapolis, Ind.-- Today, Joe Donnelly’s U.S. Senate campaign responded to National Republicans’ latest misleading ad attempting to distract from Richard Mourdock’s “my way or the highway” campaign and his own tax issues.

“This is the worst of Washington-style politics,” said Elizabeth Shappell, communications director.  “Richard Mourdock’s friends are attempting to distract from his ‘my way or the highway’ approach to politics that Hoosier voters are clearly rejecting.  Further, Mourdock cheated the tax system for years until he decided to clean up his act to run for U.S. Senate.  Joe Donnelly is the only candidate in this race who will work with both parties to move our country forward.  Richard Mourdock promises more of the same: gridlock, debt, and fewer jobs.”

 

Script The Truth
Narrator: Joe Donnelly voted for a massive tax increase on the middle class. Joe Donnelly did not vote for a massive tax increase on the middle class. American families will receive over $588 billion in tax cuts. An estimated 18 million individuals and families will receive tax credits of about $4,000 each to help them afford health care coverage. [Joint Committee on Taxation, 6/15/12; CBO, 3/2012; White House, 6/28/12]

Joe Donnelly voted to provide American families and small businesses $828 billion in tax credits. [CBO, 3/2012]

Joe Donnelly opposes allowing present tax rates to expire on any income levels. Reported the New York Times, “Representative Joe Donnelly, a Democrat running for an Indiana Senate seat, announced Tuesday he would vote for the Republican plan to extend all the Bush-era income tax rates when it comes up in the House next week.”[New York Times, 7/24/2012]
But when he says:

Donnelly: I don’t like taxes.

Narrator: He means it. For himself. Donnelly has a habit of paying his taxes late. 18 late payments.
Joe Donnelly has paid every tax and penalty in full. [Washington Post, 9/18/10; St Joseph and LaPorte County Treasurer’s Offices, accessed 9/09/11]

Mourdock Should Have Corrected Deductions In 2008 When He Reassessed The Value Of His Condo. In July 2011, the Evansville Courier & Press reported “Homestead deductions come in three parts. First, all homeowners get to chop $45,000 in assessed value off their homes; that amount is not taxed. Then, they get to add another amount, worth 35 percent of the home's assessed value. Last, they also get an additional credit from the state. Mourdock should have qualified for none of these, nor the mortgage deduction on the condominium. But, last year, the deductions, which added up to $93,535, saved Mourdock from having to pay $2,118 in property taxes. He also got a credit for $109.04. There have been opportunities to correct the problem. One chance could have come in 2008, when Mourdock filed to have his condominium's value reassessed.” [Evansville Courier & Press, 7/16/11]

Mourdock Had Homestead Exemption For 3 Years “Until He Finally Noticed It In 2011.” In June 2011, WTHR Channel 13 reported, “The only problem with that is the amount of time that elapsed. That means Treasurer Mourdock had the homestead exemption credit in 2008, 2009, 2010 until he finally noticed it in 2011 when he was checking personal records prior to his run for Senate.” [WTHR, 6/23/11]
And Donnelly was Vice President of a company that failed to pay its taxes. Joe Donnelly had no involvement in business decisions in a family firm run by his brother. According to the South Bend Tribune, after April 1997, Joe Donnelly was uninvolved in the business. “Jack Donnelly said his brother was listed as a registered agent for the company because it made sense to have an agent of record living in Indiana. ‘I live in New Jersey,’ said Jack Donnelly, adding that he has served as president of the company since 1991.” [South Bend Tribune, 8/4/06]

Joe Donnelly was no longer active in the business, and did not discuss the company’s tax issues. The company later challenged the late penalty charges and received a rebate from the IRS, according to the South Bend Tribune. [South Bend Tribune, 8/4/06]
Joe Donnelly raised your taxes and failed to pay his.

Donnelly: I don’t like taxes.
Joe Donnelly did not vote for a massive tax increase on the middle class. Even after accounting for increased tax revenues from the ACA, American families will still receive over $588 billion in tax cuts. An estimated 18 million individuals and families will receive tax credits of about $4,000 each to help them afford health care coverage. [Joint Committee on Taxation, 6/15/12; CBO, 3/2012; White House, 6/28/12]

Joe Donnelly voted to provide American families and small businesses $828 billion in tax credits. [CBO, 3/2012]

Joe Donnelly opposes allowing present tax rates to expire on any income levels. Reported the New York Times, “Representative Joe Donnelly, a Democrat running for an Indiana Senate seat, announced Tuesday he would vote for the Republican plan to extend all the Bush-era income tax rates when it comes up in the House next week.”[New York Times, 7/24/2012]

Joe Donnelly has paid every tax and penalty in full. [Washington Post, 9/18/10; St Joseph and LaPorte County Treasurer’s Offices, accessed 9/09/11]





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