Well-worn attacks on Matt Bevin's taxes resurface in new super PAC TV ad

08/11/2015 03:26 PM

A Democratic super PAC supporting Attorney General Jack Conway’s bid for governor has released a television ad attacking Republican Matt Bevin’s tax record.

The 30-second spot, released Monday by Kentucky Family Values, focuses on delinquent taxes against Connecticut-based Bevin Brothers Manufacturing Co. and Bevin’s $1.25 million Maine vacation home, and it could be mistaken for similar ads aired during this year’s contentious GOP primary or Bevin’s unsuccessful U.S. Senate campaign last year against now Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

The ad, which can be viewed here, also continues the portrayal of Bevin as an untrustworthy candidate, with a male narrator concluding that Bevin can’t be trusted to tell the truth.

“Matt Bevin says, ‘I have no tax delinquency problem, nor have I ever.’ But in Connecticut Bevin’s company was hit with eight tax liens for failing to pay over $100,000 in taxes and was the number one tax delinquent,” the narrator says in the spot. “Bevin also failed to pay taxes he owed on his million dollar vacation home in Maine.”

Bevin’s campaign did not immediately return an email message seeking comment.

A sense of déjà vu can be expected after seeing the Kentucky Family Values ad. McConnell’s campaign pounded Bevin on those two issues as they sought to paint him as a tax delinquent, and a super PAC backing Republican Hal Heiner, who finished third in the May 19 primary, lobbed the same criticisms at the GOP nominee during the primary.

Those attacks, though, have been refuted by independent fact checkers, as Pure Politics has previously reported on this topic.

Factcheck.org addressed several of McConnell’s accusations, including those raised by Citizens for a Sound Government, en masse in a 2013 report less than a month after Bevin entered the race.

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.

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a reporter for Pure Politics. He joined cn|2 in September 2014 after five years at The State Journal in Frankfort, where he covered Kentucky government and politics. You can reach him at kevin.wheatley@charter.com or 502-792-1135 and follow him on Twitter at @KWheatley_cn2.


Subscribe to email updates.

Subscribe and get the latest political intelligence delivered to your inbox.