|"Taxes? I don't pay no stinkin' taxes!"|
She now has joined a long list of radical Democrats who refuse to pay their own taxes, while criticizing the Tea Party for wanting lower taxes for average Americans.
McCaskill revealed she failed to pay nearly $290,000 in Missouri property taxes on her private plane, state Republicans called on her to release all tax returns associated with the aircraft to prove she hasn’t profited from publicly funded flights.
“We’re saying release the damn records,” Lloyd Smith, executive director of the Missouri Republican Party, said Tuesday on a conference call with reporters.
|Not nearly as lavish as Nancy Pelosi's plane|
Despite pressure from Republicans, McCaskill’s office has refused to release any tax returns and has no obligation to do so under state or federal law.
But McCaskill has repeatedly denied that she or her husband, St. Louis businessman Joe Shepard, profited from the taxpayer-funded flights. Depreciation of the plane has more than offset any revenues, she said.
“I can assure you that this plane has not been a profitable endeavor,” McCaskill told reporters on Monday.
Smith said the Missouri GOP plans to file a second letter with the Senate Ethics Committee by Wednesday, supplementing a complaint it filed last week against McCaskill urging an investigation into the senator for using taxpayer dollars to pay for political trips on the plane.
Ms. McCaskill is now in the company of:
Tom Daschle tax-cheat
Rahm Emanuel tax-cheat
Al Franken tax-cheat
Timothy Geitner tax-cheat
Caroline Kennedy tax-cheat
John Kerry tax-cheat
Nancy Killefer tax-cheat
Ron Kirk tax-cheat
William Lynn tax-cheat
Leon Panetta tax-cheat
Charlie Rangle tax-cheat
Bill Richardson tax-cheat
Ron Sims tax-cheat
Hilda Solis tax-cheat
Earlier this month, McCaskill reimbursed the Treasury Department $88,000 after she used taxpayer dollars to pay for 89 flights on her private plane. At least one of those publicly funded trips was to a political event, Democrat Days in Hannibal in 2007.
The Missouri GOP is now pressing McCaskill to release tax records from two of her husband’s limited liability corporations linked to the plane: Delaware-based Timesaver LLC, which owns the plane, and Missouri-based Sunset Cove LLC, which leases the plane.