Ky. Family Values continues to press taxes in three anti-Bevin ads

10/21/2015 03:53 PM

The Democratic super PAC Kentucky Family Values has released a trio of television ads featuring Republicans who say they will not be voting for GOP gubernatorial nominee Matt Bevin in the Nov. 3 election.

The 30-second spots will air throughout the state, according to a Wednesday release from KFV, which has received $1.75 million from the Democratic Governors Association per its campaign finance report to the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance.

On the heels of a new round of advertising against Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway by the Republican Governors Association, the ads continue the narrative pressed by Democrats that Bevin has a history of tax issues and should publicly disclose his returns.

“The fact that there were the previous tax lien issues with his business and his vacation home, whether they’re resolved or not, the fact that he said I’ve never had a tax lien issue, that’s problematic for me,” says a woman identified as Louisville resident Leslie in two of the ads. “And now that he won’t disclose his tax return, I feel like, well, what are you hiding? What’s there that you don’t want the public to see?”

The 30-second spots can be viewed here, here and here.

These lines of attack against Bevin have been well documented and, at least with the tax delinquency issue, date back to his U.S. Senate campaign against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Fact-checkers like FactCheck.org, an Annenburg Public Policy Center project, have previously combed through claims of Bevin’s tax delinquency raised by the McConnell campaign.

FactCheck.org, in an August 2013 piece, reported that delinquent taxes attributed to Bevin Brothers Manufacturing came before the GOP nominee took control of the company in August 2011 and were paid in full by November 2012. The report also said Bevin’s Senate campaign attributed the late 2007 taxes on Bevin’s Maine vacation home to a new mortgage company, which failed to contact him. Both liens were paid in 2009, according to the piece.

PolitiFact, a project of the Tampa Bay Times, ruled similar tax delinquency claims levied by McConnell “mostly false.”

WAVE-TV has since reported in June that Bevin paid $1,006 in interest and fees for late taxes on the Maine vacation home between 2002 and 2008, and, in a July report, that one of his companies, Integrity Holdings, has paid $670 in interest and late fees on delinquent property taxes since 2009.

While Bevin has said he would release his tax returns if elected governor, he has repeatedly declined to do so as a candidate.

His campaign did not immediately return a request for comment.

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers Kentucky politics and all the goings-on at the State Capitol. Kevin was born and raised in Frankfort so he grew up around politics and has always had the drive to follow the political process and hold lawmakers accountable. Before joining Spectrum News Kevin covered government and politics for The State Journal in Frankfort. You can watch Kevin’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. You can reach him at kevin.wheatley@charter.com or 502-792-1135.

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