Pro-Jack Conway super PAC ad sharpens focus on Matt Bevin's refusal to release tax returns

08/25/2015 01:37 PM

Democratic super PAC Kentucky Family Values is sharpening their messaging in their latest TV with a focus on Republican gubernatorial nominee Matt Bevin’s refusal to release his tax returns.

The 30-second ad released on Tuesday by the pro-Jack Conway PAC focuses on the “tradition” of gubernatorial candidates releasing their tax-returns for public inspection as a candidate.

The ad also turns to the previous tax delinquency claims made by the campaign of U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in the 2014 GOP primary against Bevin, and numerous Democratic attacks in the gubernatorial campaign this year.

“It’s a tradition in Kentucky,” A male narrator says in the ad. “Candidates for Governor release their taxes, but not Matt Bevin.”

Bevin first told Pure Politics that the issue of tax filings was a distraction in the Election.

“I think people who want to be titillated by and distracted by things that have nothing whatsoever to do with building a better economy, they’re going to always want to talk about chickens or other peoples’ tax returns or whatever they want to talk about. It’s nonsense,” Bevin told Pure Politics in June.

While Bevin has flatly refused to issue returns when asked by reporter, he has said he will regularly release his income tax filings if elected.

Conway released his tax returns in mid-June showing $5 million invested in various energy stocks, according to a summary released by his campaign.

From our previous reporting on Conway’s returns:

Conway, who filed jointly with his wife Elizabeth, paid $837,700 in capital gains taxes in the sale — $644,385 to the Feds and $193,315 to the state — according to campaign spokesman Daniel Kemp.

That’s 76.8 percent of his family’s $1.3 million in state and federal income taxes paid, according to the tax summary.

He also reported $18,875 in charitable contributions last year.

The super PAC ad also goes back to the now stale attack over delinquent taxes against Connecticut-based Bevin Brothers Manufacturing Co. and Bevin’s $1.25 million Maine vacation home — claims refuted by independent fact checkers in 2013.

The website, a nonpartisan effort by the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center, noted that the $100,000 state grant used to restore the bell-making facility after it was destroyed by fire in 2012 came months after Bevin fully rectified the business’ tax issues. He had taken a more prominent role with the bell manufacturer in 2008 after his uncle, the former owner, had fallen into poor health, according to the report.

What’s more, the website notes the missed tax payment on Bevin’s Maine vacation home in 2007 came after he switched mortgage companies and didn’t get notice of the delinquent payment. Bevin paid two liens against the house a month after noticing the discrepancy, according to the report.


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