It seems that Al Franken has been avoiding paying state taxes for a number of years. Not one state, mind you. In fact a total of 17 states would like Mr. Franken to cough up some $70,000 he owes them.
DFL U.S. Senate candidate Al Franken, frontrunner in the race to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman, owes $70,000 in back taxes in 17 states, where he earned income going back to 2003.
Franken on Tuesday told the Associated Press that he never intended to avoid paying taxes and that on the advice of his accountant, had paid taxes to the city and state where he lived.
Franken has been under fire since early March, when a Republican operative revealed that Franken had failed to pay workers' compensation and disability premiums for employees of his New York-based corporation, Alan Franken, Inc., between 2002 and 2005.
New York state officials had tried to collect the back premiums for four years, resorting to a collection agency and even filing a summary judgment against Franken in state Supreme Court last May for $25,000.
Franken said he was unaware of the state's numerous attempts to contact him and finally was forced to acknowledge his error and make restitution earlier this month.
Ed Morrisey happens to know the "Republican operative" who broke the story and points out that Michael Brodkorb didn't even know about 15 of the states who'd like Franken to cough up some of his cash. This is the kind of story that sinks candidates. Franken is representing the Democrats (or their local proxy, Minnesota being somewhat odd) who are very much in favor of raising taxes in general. Apparently, just so long as they don't actually have to pay them.