Martha Coakley Senate Campaign Update

The Martha Coakley campaign revealed today that Republican opponent Scott brown is a tax cheat. He does not pay employment taxes or provide health care coverage (as is required by Massachusetts law) to his campaign employees. Watch this video and then read this great article from Crooksandliars.com.

We already know Scott Brown’s vision of taxes and public service. Brown’s on the side of the powerful and the wealthy and the big banks, but he doesn’t mind sticking it to the little guy, to the family struggling to cover their mortgage and save a little for their kids’ college education, the patriot who rushes to people in need.

We already knew Scott Brown was looking out for his fact cat backers. Now, as we learn how he treats his own employees, we see that he’s really just out for himself.

Scott Brown’s campaign wants you to believe they don’t have employees. According to his campaign finance reports, Brown pays his staff as if they were independent contractors. He doesn’t just pay his media and other consultants that way, he pays his lowest-level staff as if they weren’t really his employees.

Campaigns often use the services of people who are accurately classified as independent contractors. But it’s impossible for any major campaign to reach the final weekend of the race and, as the Brown campaign wants people to believe, not have employees. It may be true that the Federal Elections Commission doesn’t designate how campaigns designate their staffers. But the Internal Revenue Service does have specific rules on who can and cannot be classified an independent contractor. If a worker takes direct instructions on tasks, has hours mandated by the employer, uses facilities and tools supplied by the employer, or is working exclusively for that employer, they’re not an independent contractor, they’re an employee. [Look here;(pdf) for the kinds of questions the IRS asks to determine employee status.] By any reasonable standard, at this late point in the campaign, when workers are working exclusively for the campaign, are taking direct orders from the candidate or other staff, and where they are working in campaign headquarters, spending campaign money, using campaign equipment, and representing themselves as Brown’s campaign staff, they’re undoubtedly employees.

By paying his staff as contractors instead of employees, Scott Brown avoids any responsibility to be a good employer and provide them health insurance. That alone should be enough to disqualify him in the minds of many voters. But by paying his staff as contractors, Brown has also managed to avoid his responsibility to pay their payroll taxes. Brown has pushed his tax obligation off on to his employees, which is not only selfish, it’s also probably a violation of federal law.

It’s no surprise that Brown evaded questions about paying his staff as contractors, directing people to speak to his attorneys. And it’s no surprise his attorneys wouldn’t comment on the issue, because Scott Brown is almost certainly in violation of federal tax laws.

Scott Brown: champion of bankers and special interests, and tax cheat who pushes his obligations off on to his employees.

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Posted on January 17, 2010, in Ted Kennedy and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Thank you for that update, and may it go far and wide to all MA voters. And then blow up in the R’s face completely.

  2. Here we go again. Who will listen and take action on this? People are voting AGAINST a party and AGAINST a specific candidate rather than FOR the best person for the state and country. I guess that isn’t new, or news, just very very sad for our country. Thanks LynnRockets and crooksandliars.com for shining light on this.

  3. Drop a dime on him with the IRS.

    Why is no one putting his Cosmo pictures on signs and parading around… MA’ers need to know about buffy brown.

    What about his houses down near the Cape and up on the NH beach? Anyone talk to the tenants on Comm Ave?

  4. It is more than health care reform:

    http://www.smirkingchimp.com/thread/26133

    For any of you that know anyone in MA, please do your own Get Out The Vote, and ask them to please get their friends and neighbors to do so as well, especially after reading that link. The R’s are not interested in anything but money for a few. Don’t let them screw the rest of the country by voting for Brown.

    From the link:
    “Ah, but it gets so much deeper as we descend through the regressive spiral of lies. Because what McCain did in this case is what regressives do all the time. Any honest assessment of contemporary American politics would immediately reveal that more or less everything the Republican Party (and now most of the Democrats as well) does today is treason of this sort. Lie Number Eight is that they actually care about security. Or freedom. Or religion. Or guns. Or who you get to sleep with or marry. The truth is that these are almost entirely diversionary ploys to make sure that you don’t notice their real purpose, which is to abet the oligarchy in looting every dollar possible from America and Americans.

    And these diversionary tactics of the regressive elite work so well because of Lie Number Nine regarding those they readily manipulate. All the nice folks on the right will claim that their shock troops are rationally deciding what’s best for America in determining their allegiances and their votes, just like the Founders intended. But this is nonsense. Sarah Palin has shown herself to be a boob of first proportions, an even bigger one than George W. Bush. In both cases, however, their supporters love them even more for it. These politicians play perfectly to the insecurities of right-wing voters, who respond intensely to the emotional content of their rhetoric. This is the politics of resentment, and political figures who are (or can appear to be) exceptionally ordinary are only more revered, not less, for the big finger they supposedly send to so-called liberal elites.”

  5. Brown may be a Tax cheat, but Martha lets child rapists out on bail because they are politically connected.

    Martha never fought corruption for any of the mass officials in jail.

    Martha terrorized the Amirault family, and kept innocent people in jail when she knew better.

    Go Martha!

    • Scott Brown filed an amendment which would prevent rape victims from receiving emergency contraception in hospital emergency rooms.

      I do not even know what you mean by this:”Martha never fought corruption for any of the MA officials in jail”?

  6. **Scott Brown filed an amendment which would prevent rape victims from receiving emergency contraception in hospital emergency rooms.**

    This is a Coakley talking point. What he did was allow for a conscience exemption. I thought you Liberals were all about tolerance? LOL!

    **I do not even know what you mean by this:”Martha never fought corruption for any of the MA officials in jail”?**

    Of all the pols that have been caught in correuption probes (All Dems by the way), Martha has stood by the sidelines.

    Scott Brown sends his best Lynnrockets!

    • A “conscience exemption” is the same thing as denying rape victims emergency contraception in hospital emergency rooms. It is tantamount to allowing Christian Scientist physicians the right to deny medical treatment to patients in hospital emergency rooms because they do not believe in modern medical procedures.

      The corruption cases in MA have and are being prosecuted. These cases tend to involve Democrats because there so few Republican office holders in MA. And now there is one less.

      Tell Brown to keep his clothes on in Washington with Larry Craig and David Vitter stalking about. Thank God Brown’s term is only for a few years so we can vote him out sooner.

  7. **A “conscience exemption” is the same thing as denying rape victims emergency contraception in hospital emergency rooms.**

    Not at all. It’s respecting others right to choose. 😉

    **It is tantamount to allowing Christian Scientist physicians the right to deny medical treatment to patients in hospital emergency rooms because they do not believe in modern medical procedures.**

    I assume that Christian Scientists would not be in the Er…why would they? They are not MD’s or RN,s etc.

    **The corruption cases in MA have and are being prosecuted.**

    Not by Martha Coakley!

    ** These cases tend to involve Democrats because there so few Republican office holders in MA.**

    Gee ya’ think? Can you say one-party rule? OPR = Corruption!

    **Tell Brown to keep his clothes on in Washington**

    I hope he continues to take them off!

    **Thank God Brown’s term is only for a few years so we can vote him out sooner.**

    Yes, Martha will be ready by then …!

    • It is illegal for hospitals which accept federal and state tax monies to deny legal emergency medical procedures to patients when requested. That is simply the law.

      “I assume that Christian Scientists would not be in the Er…why would they? They are not MD’s or RN,s etc. ”

      – Why would an anti-abortion M.D. learn the procedure in the first place but then refuse to use it in an emergency room where it is mandated that he do so?

      “The corruption cases in MA have and are being prosecuted.
      Not by Martha Coakley!”

      – the MA corruption cases were commenced by means of federal indictment. When such is the case, individual states do not prosecute the same matters in state courts because the federal courts have primary jurisdiction.

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