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Rough Rollout For Ed FitzGerald’s Running Mate

- December 2, 2013

Less Than Two Weeks After Announcing Him, Ohio Gubernatorial Candidate Ed FitzGerald's (D-OH) Campaign Is Denying That He Will Dump State Sen. Eric Kearney (D-OH) As His Running Mate Following Revelations Of Kearney's Massive State And Federal Tax Debts. "As questions swirl about state Sen. Eric Kearney's unpaid tax obligations, the Democratic gubernatorial campaign of Ed FitzGerald emphatically stated yesterday that there is no discussion of dumping Kearney as FitzGerald's running mate." (Joe Hallett, "Kearney Won't Be Bumped Off Ticket," The Columbus Dispatch, 11/28/13)

ERIC KEARNEY AND HIS WIFE HAVE BEEN HIT WITH NEARLY $1 MILLION IN STATE AND FEDERAL TAX LIENS

Kearney, His Wife, And Their Publishing Company Have Collectively Been Hit With Nearly $1 Million In State And Federal Tax Liens." State Sen. Eric Kearney, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, owes more in unpaid taxes than he and his campaign disclosed last week. Since 1998, records show, the Internal Revenue Service and the state of Ohio have placed about $1 million in liens against Kearney, his wife and their publishing company. That's nearly five times higher than the $218,000 figure Kearney offered Friday when pressed about his tax debt." (Henry J. Gomez, "More Unpaid Tax Bills Linked To Eric Kearney, Democratic Candidate For Lieutenant Governor," Northeast Ohio Media Group, 11/26/13)

  • Kearney And His Wife Have Personally Had $218,000 In Federal Tax Liens Levied Against Them, On Which They Still Owe $83,000. "Kearney and his wife Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney have had federal tax liens of $218,000 associated with their business, Sesh Communications, also known as KGL Media Group, which they've paid down to about $83,000." (Julie Carr Smyth, "Tax Lien Flap Dogs Dem Governor Ticket In Ohio," The Associated Press, 11/27/13)
  • Kearney's Publishing Company, Sesh Communications/KGL Media Group, Has Had $683,000 In Federal Tax Liens Assessed Against It Since 1996. " Federal tax liens assessed against Sesh Communications itself since 1996 total $683,000, a portion of which is addressed by the Kearneys' payment plan." (Julie Carr Smyth, "Tax Lien Flap Dogs Dem Governor Ticket In Ohio," The Associated Press, 11/27/13)
  • Sesh Communications/KGL Media Group Also Owes The State Of Ohio $105,000 In Unpaid Unemployment Taxes. "The company, which publishes the Cincinnati Herald and other newspapers aimed at black readers, also has received state liens for unpaid unemployment compensation taxes totaling $105,000." (Henry J. Gomez, "More Money Problems For Eric Kearney, Ed Fitzgerald's Candidate For Lieutenant Governor," Northeast Ohio Media Group, 11/27/13)

KEARNEY'S UNPAID TAXES ARE NOT A "SETTLED ISSUE"

FitzGerald's Campaign Has Admitted That They Knew About Kearney's Massive Tax Debts And Insisted That He Had Been "Fully Vetted." "Aides to Ed FitzGerald, the Cuyahoga County executive and gubernatorial hopeful who chose Kearney last week as his running mate, also have not been able to provide complete details. But they say Kearney was fully vetted and that FitzGerald was aware of all the financial problems, including the credit card suit, before offering him the No. 2 spot." (Henry J. Gomez, "More Money Problems For Eric Kearney, Ed Fitzgerald's Candidate For Lieutenant Governor," Northeast Ohio Media Group, 11/27/13)

  • FitzGerald Spokesman Matt McGrath: "Ed Considered It An Asked And Answered, Settled Issue." (Laura Bischoff, "State Sen. Eric Kearney Owes $1M In Back Taxes," Dayton Daily News, 11/26/13)

Despite Their Claims That Kearney Had Been "Fully Vetted," The FitzGerald Campaign Is Still Unable To Say Exactly How Much Kearney Still Owes In Unpaid Taxes. "Aides to FitzGerald have not been able to provide complete details of Kearney's financial issues. FitzGerald said Friday that Kearney will be meeting with reporters once the holiday weekend is over to go over everything in further detail." (Andrew J. Tobias, "Ed Fitzgerald Stands By Lieutenant Governor Pick Eric Kearney," Northeast Ohio Media Group, 11/29/13)

FitzGerald Claimed That Kearney Deserves Credit For Taking "Personal Responsibility" For His Unpaid Taxes. "FitzGerald said Kearney, a Cincinnati Democrat, has shown character in choosing to keep his company, which publishes the Cincinnati Herald and other newspapers aimed at African-American readers, open for business through trying times. And while he didn't say it directly, in defending Kearney, FitzGerald appeared to criticize Republican Gov. John Kasich's tenure at failed investment bank Lehman Brothers. '[Kearney's company] has had some shortfalls in terms of taxes, and he said he's not going to walk away from it, and he is taking personal responsibility for it,' FitzGerald said. 'There are certainly business people I can think of when their companies started going bust, they walked away and stuck other people with the bill.'" (Andrew J. Tobias, "Ed Fitzgerald Stands By Lieutenant Governor Pick Eric Kearney," Northeast Ohio Media Group, 11/29/13)

Kearney's Tax Problems Are Not A "Settled Issue," He Was Still Being Hit With Tax Liens As Recently As June

The Ohio Department Of Job And Family Services Filed A Lien For $7,346.45 Against KGL Communications Inc For Unpaid Unemployment Taxes On June 28, 2013. (Hamilton County Recorder, Accessed 12/2/13)

The Ohio Department Of Job And Family Services Filed A Lien For $3,685.03 Against KGL Communications Inc. For Unpaid Unemployment Taxes On May 9, 2013. (Hamilton County Recorder, Accessed 12/2/13)

UNPAID TAXES ARE JUST PART OF KEARNEY'S HISTORY OF FINANCIAL IRRESPONSIBILITY

Kearney Was Sued By American Express In 2012 For Unpaid Credit Card Bills Totaling $14,449. "According to court records American Express filed a lawsuit in January of 2012 claiming Kearney owed $14,449. Kearney settled the case five months later, promising to make $500-a-month payments, plus pay 3 percent interest on the $13,107 that was still outstanding." (Sharon Coolidge, "Kearney Has Credit Card Problems Too," Cincinnati Enquirer, 11/27/13)

In 2003, Foreclosure Proceedings Were Initiated Against Kearney. "Sesh Communications has been beset for years by problems challenging all newspapers, said Kearney, who also is a lawyer. He and his wife had been pouring their own money into the company, a factor that led to the 2003 foreclosure filing. Records show that the filing was dismissed in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court months later. Kearney said he and his wife 'rectified that situation' and 'are current on our mortgage.'" (Henry J. Gomez, "Eric Kearney, Ed Fitzgerald's Candidate For Lieutenant Governor, Owes Thousands Of Dollars In Unpaid Taxes," Northeast Ohio Media Group, 11/22/13)


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