The Fulton County Republican Party has sent out a press release drawing attention to unpaid federal and state tax liens outstanding against Lynn Brown McKinney, the Democratic nominee for State House District 54 in Fulton. McKinney faces House Whip Edward Lindsey in the November 6 election.
“According to court records, Ms. McKinney presently has over $43,000 in federal and state tax liens,” Bonds said. “There is no evidence on record of her contesting these tax liens or putting into place a payment plan with the IRS and Georgia Department of Revenue.”
House Democratic leadership are hosting a fundraiser for McKinney tonight.
Full release and supporting documents below the fold.
For Immediate Release
Contact: Roger Bonds, Chair
Fulton County Republican Party
So what kind of candidate does the Georgia Democratic Party believe is fit to serve in the Georgia House?
Leaving the Democratic Party for the Republican Party is one quick way for the Georgia Democratic Party to denounce one of its candidates as unqualified for office. However,the party has been noticeably silent about its candidates with long-standing debt, tax and bankruptcy liabilities.
In fact, the state Democratic hierarchy gathers this week to celebrate a candidate who has an extensive history of not fulfilling her debt and tax liabilities.
On Thursday, October 4th, Ms. Lynn Brown McKinney, the Democratic nominee for State House District 54 in Fulton County, is the honoree of a fundraiser hosted by Democratic legislative leaders from around the state.
This action has raised serious concerns from Republican leaders in Fulton County including Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones, House Committee Chairman Tom Rice, House Committee Chairman Chuck Martin, House Committee Chairman Wendell Willard,
House Committee Chairman Joe Wilkinson, House Committee Vice Chairman Harry Geisinger, House Committee Vice Chairman Lynne Riley, former GOP State Party Chairman Rusty Paul, former GOP State Party Chairman Bob Shaw, and Fulton County
Republican Party Chairman Roger Bonds.
“Before making their donations, however, these Democratic state and legislative leaders should demand answers about her fitness to make decisions about taxpayer dollars when she can’t seem to manage her own finances,” said Fulton County Republican Party Chair Roger Bonds. “Her personal tribulations with debt and tax liabilities even call into
question her fitness for office.”
Bonds noted Article II, Section II, Paragraph III, of the Georgia Constitution states in part:
“No person who . . . is a defaulter for any federal, state, county, municipal, or school system taxes required of such officeholder or candidate if such person has been finally adjudicated by a court of competent jurisdiction to owe those taxes, but such ineligibility may be removed at any time by full payment thereof, or by making payments to the
tax authority pursuant to a payment plan, . . . shall be eligible to hold any office or appointment of honor or trust in this state.”
“According to court records, Ms. McKinney presently has over $43,000 in federal and state tax liens,” Bonds said. “There is no evidence on record of her contesting these tax liens or putting into place a payment plan with the IRS and Georgia Department of Revenue.” (A copy of the filed tax liens is attached.)
According to Bonds, Federal and State court records, as well as her recently filed Personal Financial Disclosure with the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission (“state ethics commission”), raise additional questions as to this matter.
Records from Fulton County show that Ms. McKinney’s home in Buckhead Forest was foreclosed upon for non payment of her mortgage. Records from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Northern District of Georgia, reveal she also filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection and the matter is still open. The schedules on her bankruptcy petition make no
reference to outstanding tax obligations, which are not dischargeable in bankruptcy, and the latest report filed by the bankruptcy trustee on April 30, 2012, shows no evidence of payments to satisfy tax obligations. (A copy of these court records is also attached.)
Ms. McKinney’s recently filed Personal Financial Disclosure – which was filed two months late and is subject to late fines of $1375.00 under O.C.G.A. 21-5-50 (f)(1) — reveals no assets or employment. This disclosure can be found at http://media.ethics.ga.gov/search/Financial/Financial_Details.aspx?FilerID=F2012013258.
“Holding public office is a public trust and it is incumbent of candidates and their party supporters to make full disclosures of relevant matters to assure the citizens of Georgia of a candidate’s ability to serve and protect their interest at the State Capitol,” Bonds said. “This is especially true in terms of meeting tax obligations.”
Bonds challenged the Democratic Party leadership hosting Ms. McKinney’s fundraiser to do the following:
1. Demand that Ms. McKinney lay out immediately to the public any documentary evidence of payment plans for past due taxes with the IRS and the Georgia Department of Revenue;
2. Require that she show through documentation whether she is current under any such plans;
3. Demonstrate through documentation that Ms. McKinney has paid all late fines owed to the state ethics commission under O.C.G.A. 21-5-50 (f)(1) (under the Rules of the Georgia House of Representatives, failure to pay ethics fines bars a member from serving on any House Committee); and
4. Explain why they believe someone who does not pay her own taxes on time should hold an office that gives her the power to tax others.
“The people of Georgia deserve nothing less,” he said.