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Al Franken to save California from financial ruin?

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Tuesday, May 20th, 2008 at 11:35 am in 2008 November election, California budget, Republican politics.

The California Republican Party wants the state to investigate the finances of political comedian Al Franken and Minnesota senate candidate, who owes back taxes in a bunch of states including California.

“Given the present challenges facing our state budget and the struggle to ensure funding for the critical services provided to the people of California, it is incumbent upon us to ensure that every individual and corporation lives up to its legal obligations to report its income, and pay its fair share of taxes,” GOP Chairman Ron Nehring wrote in a letter to state Controller John Chiang.

Wow! We might not have to lay off teachers or close the yacht tax loophole after all!

Read more for the party’s press release:

California Republican Party Chairman Ron Nehring Writes Letter Urging Controller John Chiang To Investigate Operations Of Al Franken, Inc. In California

SACRAMENTO – On the heels of revelations that the business of Al Franken, candidate for US Senate in Minnesota, has been operating illegally in 17 states, including California, California Republican Party Chairman Ron Nehring called on California State Controller John Chiang to investigate the California operations of Al Franken, Inc.

In a letter delivered last week to the State Controller’s office, Chairman Nehring urged Controller Chiang to fully investigate the operations of Al Franken, Inc. in the state of California since 1991 or the earliest known date of its business dealings in the state. The text of the letter is as follows:

May 15, 2008

The Honorable John Chiang

Controller, State of California

300 Capitol Mall, Suite 1850

Sacramento, CA 95814

Dear Controller Chiang:

It has come to my attention that Alan Franken, Inc., a New York based corporation, has potentially been operating illegally in 17 states, including California, by not filing corporate income tax returns or paying legally obligated taxes.

Given the present challenges facing our state budget and the struggle to ensure funding for the critical services provided to the people of California, it is incumbent upon us to ensure that every individual and corporation lives up to its legal obligations to report its income, and pay its fair share of taxes.

Franken has publicly stated that he would go back to 1991 in a review of his records; we would also request that a full and complete review of the California operations of Alan Franken, Inc. be conducted by the California Franchise Tax Board since 1991 when the company was first formed in the State of New York, or the earliest known date of the corporations business dealings in our state.

Sincerely,

Ron Nehring

Chairman

California Republican Party

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