Republican candidate's tax problems become campaign issue | Arkansas Blog

Monday, May 21, 2012

Republican candidate's tax problems become campaign issue

Posted By on Mon, May 21, 2012 at 8:59 AM

CRYING FOUL: No fair to use facts against him, Rep. Ed Garner says.
  • CRYING FOUL: No fair to use facts against him, Rep. Ed Garner says.
Rep. David Sanders, battling with Rep. Ed Garner for the Republican nomination for a state Senate seat, has distributed a mailer hitting Garner for his long-standing tax problems.

Talk Business reports. The mailer says Garner is about $75,000 in arrears. (Say, didn't Sen. Joyce Elliott make Page one of the Democrat-Gazette recently for being $1,600 in arrears? Still time for some election-time Page One-ing of Ed Garner, right, in addition to those earlier smaller articles?)

I've reported these liens before, too. Garner has cried foul. It's not fair to use facts against a man so little accustomed to using them himself. (Remember his fanciful campaign to further cut the capital gains tax for rich people.)

Sanders actually pulled some punches. Left unplumbed is Garner's dubious use of his business, the Mama's Manna bakery, on which he owes so much in the way of unpaid taxes. Garner has claimed rent from state taxpayers for using his business as an office in his claims for expense reimbursements of $2,350 a month. He has also at times charged his campaign funds for rent ($600 a month) of the same space. Is it a triple dip when you claim reimbursement twice for a business on which you are not paying required taxes? Nicely played, Mr. Garner

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