Al Franken is a big, fat tax cheater

Al Franken, the Rush Limbaugh of the left wing, is finding out the glare of the political spotlight can raise questions about his own honesty and integrity.

Frankin, the comedian turned politician, will have to pay at least $70,000 in back taxes to states he stiffed and is also paying a $25,000 fine to the state of New York for failure to carry workers’ compensation insurance.

Like any politician, Franken is blaiming his woes on someone else: His accountant screwed up, he and his wife lived in too many states, he couldn’t keep up with all his successes, etc.

Maybe he should write a new book: Al Franken is a big, fat tax cheater.

Reports The Associated Press:

Senate candidate Al Franken, dogged by accusations that he failed to file tax returns in California, said Tuesday he will pay about $70,000 in back income taxes in 17 states dating to 2003.

Most of the income at issue was from speeches and other paid appearances by the comedian-turned candidate, who said he got bad advice from his accountant but takes responsibility for the errors.

The Minnesota Democrat told The Associated Press that he and his wife, Franni, “paid taxes on every cent of income we ever had.” He said that during the years in question, he followed the accountant’s advice and paid his entire income tax bill to the city and state where he lived at the time. He lived in New York City from 2003-05 and Minnesota in 2006.

“What happened is our accountant made a mistake, and all of these are repercussions of that same mistake,” said Franken. “His mistake was not understanding the law, the obligation to pay these state taxes.”

Franken said his finances became more complicated when he branched out from “Saturday Night Live” and started writing books and making speeches around the country.

His communications director, Andy Barr, said none of the 17 states attempted to contact Franken or his accountant seeking the unpaid personal income taxes.

Franken said once the payments to the states are settled, he would seek retroactive credit from his states of residence since much of the income taxes he paid to them was supposed to go instead to the 17 other states.

Franken has been preparing for a tough fight against incumbent Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., but his campaign has been sidetracked in recent weeks by bookkeeping errors related to his private corporation, Alan Franken Inc.

The campaign said last month it would pay a $25,000 fine to the state of New York for failure to carry workers’ compensation insurance there.


  1. Ted Remington

    If we are to believe his statement that he paid taxes on his income but not to the proper state, it becomes a vicious lie to call him a tax cheater; cheaters evade taxes. All Mr. Franken apparently did was make an honest mistake.

    Further, the $25,000 fine for failure to carry proper insurance was not levied against Mr. Franken, but against his campaign. The two are separate legal entities.

    You should be ashamed of yourself.

    But somehow I doubt that you are. Didn’t even put your name on it. Is that you, Karl?


  2. karen

    Ted is right. You should be ashamed of yourself. Instead of checking the facts, you used an incorrect and inflammatory headline for the sole purpose of grabbing attention.

    Comparing Al Franken to Rush Limbaugh is reprehensible and despicable. Mr. Franken is an intelligent man with integrity. Mr. Limbaugh is a lying buffoon who wouldn’t know integrity if it came up and bit him on the nose.


  3. Jeffers

    Oh, so it’s alright to attack a Republican!

    It is you guys who should be ashamed of being hypocrites.

    Franken will fit right in with the Senators. Perhaps Coleman was not ready for this level of lying, but I thought Minnesotans expected a higher level of integrity from it’s. We’ll see.

    Peace without freedom is still slavery.

  4. Ted Remington

    Jeffers, you are WAY off the mark in directing such a comment at me. I am just as likely to defend a Republican if one is unfairly attacked here. It is not right to make an unfair attack on anyone. Sounds to me like a knee-jerk conservative response.

    Oh, yeah. One question. Where is the lack of integrity on Franken’s part? He did not evade any taxes, if his statement is to be believed; instead he just reported the income to the wrong state and paid taxes there. I believe you owe both Mr. Franken and me an apology.


  5. surgethis


    Come on … what is this a stealth right wing hit piece? It’s bad enough we have Doug Thompson who regularly puts down those who accurately question what the government claims are the facts about 911 … now we have this bozo making outrageous comparisons to the pig man Limbaugh … Al Franken is no Rush that’s for sure … anyone suggesting that is either a right winger or just a stupid idiot? This piece … especially the headline, is bile.

  6. Doug Thompson

    I wrote the lead in to this article and I wrote the headline. I stand by both.

    If you want left-wing propaganda, try Democratic Underground or Daily Kos.

    If you want right-wing pap, try Free Republic or NewsMax.

    Nobody gets a free ride here.

  7. Ted Remington


    On this one you are plain flat wrong. If Franken’s statement is correct (and it sounds perfectly logical to me) he did not cheat on his taxes. Cheating is a willful failure to report income and pay taxes on it. Franken’s statement rings true to me, and you are sullying not only his but your own integrity by failing to consider a retraction. If you have evidence that what he says is incorrect, lying, or misleading, you have the duty to set forth that information. Otherwise you should retract.


  8. Doug Thompson

    If he is so honest, why the problem with workers comp. taxes in New York? I’ve always been amazed at the way people line up behind this buffoon and take him seriously. He’s a joke, but a joke is what I expect from a comedian.

  9. Ted Remington


    1. With all due respect I must point out that workers’ compensation payments made by the employer ARE NOT taxes. They are insurance premiums. I stand by my statement that, unless he lied about the state income taxes, which appears doubtful, he did not cheat on his taxes. He didn’t pay his premiums for whatever reason and he got socked with a $25,000 fine.

    2. I am not “lining up behind him”, nor am I taking him seriously. I believe that this sort of candidacy makes even more of a mockery of our political process than it already is, and it reminds me of Pat Paulsen’s STAG Party. I merely point out that in my opinion you grossly libeled him by labeling him a tax cheat. This is particularly true because the underlying article makes no such assertion nor does it make any inference that he is a cheat. It merely reports the facts.


  10. Doug Thompson

    Let him sue me then. I’d love to haul his lying butt into court and have fun with discovery.

  11. ernie.schumann

    Not paying his work comp premiums was not an honest mistake, snd shows he does not care about his employees as much as he cares about his wallet.

    If his tax issues were, indeed, an “honest mistake” (even though he admitted that he significantly “underpaid” in sum total), then it necessarily means that he did not understand a very simple law that we all must live with. I would question his qualifications to be a lawmaker.

    Ernie Schumann
    Wishing for honest leadership