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‘Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them’ author Al Franken, now a U.S. Senate candidate, in trouble with IRS

Post by Joe Turner on April 30, 2008 at 2:13 pm with No Comments »
April 30, 2008 2:13 pm

You just know the National Reublican Senatorial Committee is loving every minute of comedian-author Al Franken‘s tribulations with the Internal Revenue Service.


He’s been a thorn in Republican sides almost since is days on Saturday Night Live. Book like his 1996 “Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot” tend to get you there.


I’ve been on the NRSC e-mail list for several years now, and this might be the first news release I’ve bothered to post.


Here’s an excerpt:


Franken, according to the Associated Press, “said Tuesday he will pay about $70,000 in back income taxes in 17 states dating to 2003.” Franken was talking about “the years in question” — referring, presumably, to the news that Franken failed to pay income taxes in California from 2003 to 2007. (Associated Press, 4/29/08)


Does Al Franken really expect voters to believe that if he failed to pay income taxes from 2003 on, he was paying income taxes correctly up to 2003?


If not for the NSRC, I wouldn’t have known Franken is running for U.S. Senate in his home state of Minnesota. We don’t usually cover Minnesota politics. Oh wait. I mean, not since Jesse Ventura.



For Immediate Release:

April 30, 2008 Contact:

Rebecca Fisher

(202) 675-6066

rfisher@nrsc.org


Franken Comes Clean?

Countdown to the truth is on …


“If Al Franken has had the same accountant for the last 18 years — which he has admitted, why aren’t his financial records complete?” NRSC Chairman Sen. John Ensign asked. “Can you or I call the IRS and say, ‘you know, I’d love to pay today, but I just can’t get the paperwork together.’?


“The fact that Al Franken can’t get paperwork together leads to even more serious questions — one, how can voters expect Franken to handle the nation’s business if he can’t handle his own and two, what is the truth and why is Al Franken still attempting to tip-toe around it?”


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Add another chapter to Democrat Senate candidate Al Franken’s ongoing tax woes. Yesterday, Franken told the Associated Press that he was “releasing [tax information] to be transparent about his mistakes.” But in his attempt to answer the questions, Al Franken created a bundle more.


Franken, according to the Associated Press, “said Tuesday he will pay about $70,000 in back income taxes in 17 states dating to 2003.” Franken was talking about “the years in question” — referring, presumably, to the news that Franken failed to pay income taxes in California from 2003 to 2007. (Associated Press, 4/29/08)


Does Al Franken really expect voters to believe that if he failed to pay income taxes from 2003 on, he was paying income taxes correctly up to 2003?


Because, by 2003, Al Franken had a storied career — and the same accountant Franken’s company retains today.


In 1975, Al Franken joined the cast of NBC’s Saturday Night Live (SNL). In 1991, Al Franken incorporated a “domestic business corporation” in New York State, of which he is currently Chairman and CEO, naming the corporation Alan Franken, Inc. Franken has had the same accountant for 18 years.


In 1995, Franken left the cast of SNL, and published his book, “Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot” in 1996. In 1999, Franken published his book, “Why Not Me?” and debuted another book three years later with “Oh The Things I Know,” in 2002.


His book “Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them” came out in 2003, and Franken wrote “The Truth (With Jokes)” in 2005. In 2004, Franken joined Air America Radio.


Franken’s campaign manager even attempted to halt questions about 2003 saying, “…Franken was unable to reconstruct his tax situation prior to 2003 because those years’ financial records weren’t complete.” (Star Tribune, 4/30/08)


“If Al Franken has had the same accountant for the last 18 years — which he has admitted, why aren’t his financial records complete?” NRSC Chairman Sen. John Ensign asked. “Can you or I call the IRS and say, ‘you know, I’d love to pay today, but I just can’t get the paperwork together.’?


“The fact that Al Franken can’t get paperwork together leads to even more serious questions — one, how can voters expect Franken to handle the nation’s business if he can’t handle his own and two, what is the truth and why is Al Franken still attempting to tip-toe around it?”


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