Campaign 2010

Oct 12, 2006

DCCC Launches New Website Highlighting Joy Padgett’s Career of Putting Ohio Families Last

DCCC Press

Oct 12, 2006

DCCC Launches New Website Highlighting Joy Padgett’s Career of Putting Ohio Families Last

New DCCC Website Shows Padgett’s Connections to Corruption in Columbus as Well as Padgett’s Record of Fleecing the Taxpayers

Visit www.ThePadgettPage.com to Learn More

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced the launch of the DCCC’s new website highlighting how Bob Ney’s handpicked choice to replace him in Congress, Joy Padgett, has made a career out of putting herself and the special interests ahead of Ohio families. Padgett, the website shows, is closely tied to convicted Ohio Governor Bob Taft and admitted felon Congressman Bob Ney. Not only has Padgett accepted nearly $8,000 from Ney but Padgett is Ney’s handpicked choice for the 18th district. Bob Taft appointed Padgett to serve in his administration. Through these connections, Padgett is connected to both convicted Ohio Republican fundraiser Tom Noe and admitted felon and former Republican super-lobbyistJack Abramoff. The site not only details Padgett’s connections to her convicted supporters, it describes Padgett’s history of fiscal recklessness. Padgett has fleeced the taxpayers after defaulting on a $737,000 small business loan, guaranteed by the government and even failed to pay her income taxes. Now she seeks a seat in Congress and a salary funded by the same taxpayers she has defrauded. If elected to Congress, according to the Columbus Dispatch, Padgett’s wages would be garnished to pay her back taxes, again hurting taxpayers.

The website calls Joy Padgett “Another Bad Apple” and goes through her record and the record of those connected to her. Viewers can click on apples that feature images of Padgett, Taft, Ney, Noe and Abramoff and read more. Those who navigate to the site can also register to vote, write letters to the editor and tell friends about Padgett’s career of putting Ohio families last.

“Joy Padgett stands for more of the same corruption that Ohio families are sick of seeing in both Columbus and Washington and it’s time for a change,” said Bill Burton, communications director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “This website shows that Padgett consistently put herself ahead of Ohioans, and if elected to Congress she will continue to fleece the taxpayers and make choices that benefit the special interests. After a years of being put last by Ohio politicians such as Bob Taft and Bob Ney, it’s time for a new direction.”

Bob Ney’s Handpicked Candidate Joy Padgett Repeatedly Fleeces Taxpayers. Ohio Republican congressional candidate Joy Padgett, disgraced Congressman Bob Ney’s handpicked choice, has a record of fleecing Ohio taxpayers. Padgett defaulted on a $737,000 small business loan, guaranteed by the government and even failed to pay her income taxes. Now Padgett seeks a seat in Congress and a salary funded by the taxpayers she has defrauded. If elected to Congress, according to the Columbus Dispatch, Padgett’s wages would be garnished to pay her back taxes, again hurting taxpayers. [Columbus Dispatch, 9/29/06]

Taxpayers Foot the Bill for Padgett’s Salary – Which Is Above Average for the Area. According to her personal financial disclosure report, Padgett earned $62,000 last year as a state senator. As the head of the Governor’s Office of Appalachia, Padgett was paid $63,000 per year. The median two-person household income for Padgett’s area is $46,250. [Padgett 2006 Personal Financial Disclosure; Associated Press, 6/7/99; New Philadelphia Times Reporter, 9/12/06]

  • If Elected, Padgett’s Congressional Salary Would Be Garnished to Satisfy Creditors. “If she wins, Padgett’s $165,200 congressional salary would be garnisheed to help satisfy creditors.” [Columbus Dispatch, 9/29/06]

Padgett Declared Business and Personal Bankruptcy, Defaulted on a $737,000 Government Guaranteed Loan. Padgett and her husband declared business and personal bankruptcy and defaulted on a $737,000 Small Business Administration loan. According to the Columbus Dispatch, the bankruptcy payments the Padgett’s set up “will not cover the cost of the Padgetts’ default on a $737,000 Small Business Administration loan that their business received in August 2004.” According to Brian Rothenberg, executive director of Progress Ohio, a political blog, “One thing we know from these bankruptcy filings is that Joy Padgett and her husband had over $500,000 in debt at the time they received this guaranteed government loan, which they failed to make almost any payments on.” [Columbus Dispatch, 9/29/06]

Padgetts Failed to Pay Their Income Taxes. Padgett and her husband Donald filed a voluntary bankruptcy petition on June 15, 2006. The petition noted that the Padgetts failed to pay their income tax in 2006 for the year 2005. The petition noted that “all tax returns and tax reports due as of the date of the petition had not been filed.” [United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Ohio, Case No. 2:06-bk-52898, Donald R. and Joy A. Padgett, Chapter 13]

Padgetts Owe Thousands in City, State and Local Taxes. “The Padgetts owe $2,847 in city, state and local taxes.” [New Philadelphia Times Reporter, 9/12/06]

Padgetts Were Not Paying Their Creditors. “Some filings in the case indicate that the Padgetts weren’t paying their creditors. Padgett said of the bank, ‘They weren’t getting all that they wanted to get. There was no lapse in payments.’” [New Philadelphia Times Reporter, 9/12/06]


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