Campaign 2010

Jul 19, 2013

Millionaire Dan Benishek Won’t Explain His Unpaid Business Taxes

Even though he is worth at least $1 million, Congressman Dan Benishek can’t be bothered to pay his business taxes in the state of California. And now he’s ducking accountability and refusing to explain why he didn’t pay his taxes or what his business was doing in California.

“Michigan voters deserve better than another millionaire who thinks he doesn’t have to pay his taxes like Michigan’s hardworking families,” said Brandon Lorenz of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “At least Congressman Benishek is consistent—time and again he’s voted to help millionaires like himself in Congress at the expense of the middle class.”

Background:

Benishek “Did Not Respond to a Request for More Information” About Why a Tax Lien was Filed. According to the Detroit Free Press, “A business associated with U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek, R-Crystal Falls, is the subject of a tax lien in California, but the congressman has so far declined to describe in detail what caused it to be filed… Benishek‘s office said the congressman has received no income in California. It did not respond to a request for more information about the facts behind the dispute.” [Detroit Free Press, 7/12/13]

Wild River Management and Marketing Inc. had a $3,769.46 Tax Lien. According to the Sacramento County City Clerk, Wild River Management and Marketing Inc. had a tax lien of $3,760.46. [Sacramento County City Clerk, accessed 7/8/13]

Benishek was listed as President of Wild River Land Management. According to Benishek’s most recent personal financial disclosure that was filed in May of 2013, he was listed as President of the Wild River Land Management and Marketing Inc. [Benishek Personal Financial Disclosure, filed 5/15/13]