Sep 21, 2012
Where Did You Get Your Millions, Jason Plummer?
Thirty-year old Jason Plummer falsely claimed he’s not “inherited” his millions from his family and even went as far as to say, “I see my parents out there, breathing, I’m not sure what I could have inherited from them.”
The truth is that Plummer has been caught lying about his work experience and he’s never worked for anyone outside his family. Plummer refuses to share his tax returns with voters and explain how as a 30 year old who makes $55,000 is worth as much as $30 million. Worse, Plummer won’t even say if he’s paid taxes at all.
Plummer is Worth Between $13.6 Million and $33.1 Million. “Plummer listed a personal worth -- excluding liabilities -- at between $13.6 million and $33.1 million” [Belleville News-Democrat, 8/20/12]
Plummer Earned $55,289 in 2011. According to his most recent personal financial disclosure Plummer earned $55,289 in 2011. [Robert Jason Plummer, Financial Disclosure, filed 5/17/12]
Plummer Exaggerated his Résumé. Jason Plummer has been repeatedly caught exaggerating his resume. “He has referenced his experience working for former U.S. Sen. Peter Fitzgerald and a conservative think tank, but doesn’t always mention both jobs were internships.” In 2010, he was caught trying to spin his Heritage Foundation internship as substantive experience. According to Brian Darling, a Heritage Foundation official, interns like Plummer spent a lot of their time “dragging around food for meetings and making copies.” [Chicago Tribune, 2/12/10; State Journal-Register, 2/11/10]
Plummer Dependent on Family Businesses. In October 2010, the Chicago Tribune reported that other than his internships, Plummer had never worked anywhere but the family business, RP Lumber. [Chicago Tribune, 10/10/10]
Plummer Refused to Release His Tax Returns. “Jason Plummer is standing by his policy against releasing his personal tax returns.” [St. Louis Post Dispatch, 2/23/12]
Editorial: Belleville News-Democrat Wondered if Plummer Has Something to Hide. In a February 2012 editorial, the Belleville News-Democrat urged Plummer to release his taxes. “The more Plummer refuses, the more it makes you wonder if he has something to hide. […] Plummer needs to release his tax returns.” [Belleville News-Democrat Editorial, 2/25/12]