United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Accused of Filing False Tax Return

September 14, 2012 at 4:09 pm (2010, False Returns, Kirsten Gillibrand, New York, NY-20, Sears Holding, Tax Returns, Wendy Long)

Citing what they call an “impossible transaction” the campaign team for Wendy Long sent out a press release today accusing United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of filing a false tax return in 2010.

Here is a copy of the press release:

A cursory review of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s taxes indicates a transaction that was impossible.  But the New York Times refused to even examine the issue.
U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long said, “Two things stand out here: we have a tax code that even a U.S. Senator can’t get right and a liberal media goliath that is playing one side of this election.  Neither is surprising, and both are wrong.”
Long added, “Senator Gillibrand has a history of ‘shorting’ America, but did she short the taxpayers too?  The New York Times doesn’t care.”
Kirsten Gillibrand’s 2010 tax return  shows that she purchased 80 “shares” of Sears Holding Corp. (“Sears”) for $22,780 on January 12, 2010.  Her return shows that the 80 “shares” were sold on June 21, 2010 for $23,980.  This is impossible.
The stock price on January 12, 2010 (purchase date) had a low of $97.67 per share and on June 21, 2010 (sale date) it was a high of $77.80 per share.  Details fromYahoo Finance on the Sears stock prices are shown below:
Adj Close
If Gillibrand purchased 80 “shares” of the stock for $22,780 on January 12, 2010, it would have meant that the value of the stock was $284.75 per share.  Based on the data reflected in the chart above, that is impossible.
In January, The New York Times used opposition research provided by the Gillibrand in a high profile article on a potential opponent. But when provided with a simple and clear trade that was impossible to occur, the Times refused to even investigate, much less report on the matter.
Concluded Long, “Senator Gillibrand should explain her error and provide all her taxes and backup data to an independent entity, not her brother, for a full review since it’s clear that either through ignorance or intent they aren’t compliant with the law.”

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Long Continues Hitting Gillibrand on Her Support for Scandal Plagued Speaker

September 12, 2012 at 8:57 pm (Kirsten Gillibrand, New York, NY-20, Sheldon Silver, Vito Lopez, Wendy Long)

Democrat Assembly Leader Sheldon Silver’s unethical coverup of sexual harassment claims against prominent politicians and former staff, has been covered extensively here at the Mental Recession. 

Despite what would seem like a tactic that should be universally denounced – using taxpayer money to pay off victims of sexual harassment – all of New York state’s top Democrats have stood by Silver.

One in particular, Kirsten Gillibrand, seems curious mostly because of her platform of being allegedly pro-Woman.

As the “Gropez” probe widens, U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long once again called upon Senator Gillibrand to end her support for Speaker Silver and tell him to step aside from his leadership position pending the outcome of investigations.

“It’s time for New York’s cheerleader-in-chief to back up her rhetoric with real action. The fact is Kirsten Gillibrand is promoting Albany’s culture of corruption, and putting her political and personal interests ahead of young professional women,” said Long.

Long asked, “Why would Gillibrand call for Speaker Hastert to resign in similar circumstances, but call Speaker Silver the ‘perfect’ person to represent New York?“

She added, “How can Kirsten Gillibrand hold herself out as an advocate for women, but stand silently by as hush money is used to silence victims of sexual assault?”

Long today also released a new video, hammering Gillibrand’s support of Silver in which she called him “perfectly poised” to represent New York state.

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Long: Time for Gillibrand to Denounce the Culture of Corruption in Albany and Call on Speaker Silver to Step Aside

September 6, 2012 at 10:49 am (Albany, Corruption, Kirsten Gillibrand, New York, NY-20, Rutnick Law, Sheldon Silver, Wendy Long)

U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long today called on Senator Gillibrand to immediately end her support for Sheldon Silver’s leadership and the culture of corruption that makes victims of young women.

“As she did with Speaker Hastert, it’s time for Kirsten Gillibrand to call on Speaker Silver to step aside and allow the special prosecutor to get to the bottom of the sexual harassment cover-up that has plagued Albany,” said U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long.

“Given her self appointed role as cheerleader-in-chief for women’s issues, Gillibrand’s silence leads to the question whose interests is she protecting –women and New York taxpayers, or the lobbying practice of the Rutnick Law Firm?” concluded Long.

Gillibrand indicated yesterday in Charlotte that she continues to support Speaker Silver despite his collusion in attempting to silence victims of sexual harassment. Gillibrand said, the Speaker is “perfectly poised to be able to offer our votes and he will do so proudly on behalf of our state.”

“It’s inconsistent to say in one breath that you have ‘zero tolerance’ for sexual harassment, and yet still support Speaker Silver’s leadership,” concluded Long.

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Gillibrand Still Supporting Assemblywoman Under Multiple Investigations

September 5, 2012 at 7:00 am (Bronx, Facebook, FBI, JCOPE, Kirsten Gillibrand, Naomi Rivera, New York, NY-20, Wendy Long)

Earlier in the campaign season, Naomi Rivera mailed out an endorsement from Kirsten Gillibrand which read in part…

“Naomi is working 24-7.  You see her in the neighborhood talking to seniors, to moms in schools, to families struggling to build a better future.” 

Nowadays however, you’re more likely to see Naomi Rivera showing off her “lacy red bra” on Facebook, or  working 24-7 to fight off four separate investigations by the Bronx District Attorney’s Office, the state Attorney General, the Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE), or even the FBI.

Rivera is embroiled in a scandal – or scandals – in which she is alleged to have inappropriately employed one boyfriend, while another boyfriend working for a non-profit that she helped fund used the charities money for their romantic dinners and campaign expenses.

Associating with somebody being probed for multiple allegations of impropriety and ethics violations may not be a wise campaign move for Ms. Gillibrand – yet here she is.

Gillibrand however, is not backing down – reiterating support for Rivera to Capitol New York just yesterday.

“A campaign spokesperson for Gillibrand told me today that the senator still supports Rivera…”

Gillibrand should be denouncing such corruption in New York politics, but she remains firmly in her stance backing Rivera.

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Long: Gillibrand Needs to Tell Speaker Silver to Step Aside in Light of "Gropergate" Investigation

September 4, 2012 at 1:00 pm (Dennis Hastert, Gropergate, John Sweeney, Kirsten Gillibrand, New York, NY-20, Off the Sidelines, Sheldon Silver, Vito Lopez, War on Women, Wendy Long)

A whole new level of hypocrisy and dysfunction, that’s the state things have gone to in Albany where top Democrats pay taxpayer dollars in hush money to silence victims of sexual harassment. But where is Senator Gillibrand, America’s number one cheerleader for women’s rights?

U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long said, “As New York Democrats rally in Charlotte and attempt to distract attention from jobs and the economy with talk of a phony ‘war on women,’ they turn their back on systematic and government-sanctioned sexual harassment back here in New York. It’s time for Senator Gillibrand, self-anointed protector of women’s rights, to get ‘off the side lines’ and call on Speaker Silver to step aside while investigations by JCOPE and Staten Island District Attorney Donovan proceed.”

Gillibrand, who only belatedly called for Lopez’s resignation, has worked fanatically to position herself as an advocate for women’s rights, even claiming that her campaign front, Off the Sidelines, assists Republicans. But when it comes to standing up for victims of sexual harassment and bucking her party, she has lost her voice.

In her 2006 race for Congress, Gillibrand urged then Congressman Sweeney to join her in calling for the resignation of Speaker Dennis Hastert in the wake of his negligence in handling the information provided to his office about Congressman Foley’s interaction with young Congressional pages.

“Democrats are scurrying like rats off a sinking ship to distance themselves from Lopez’s predatory behavior, but equally disturbing is the good old boy network that attempted to sweep ‘Gropergate’ under the rug and use taxpayer dollars to silence victims. New Yorkers deserve to know the truth, and Senator Gillibrand should call on the Speaker to step aside from his leadership post to assure a swift and complete investigation of the matter,” added Long.

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Conservative Party Chairman Blasts Speaker Boehner For Ignoring New York Senate Race

September 1, 2012 at 10:53 am (Chris Gibson, Conservatives, John Boehner, John Cornyn, Kirsten Gillibrand, Mike Long, National Republican Senatorial Committee, New York, NRSC, NY-20, Senate, Wendy Long)

Earlier in the week, Speaker of the House John Boehner slighted Wendy Long in her bid to upset Kirsten Gillibrand for Senate in New York’s 20th congressional district.

During a speech at a breakfast for New York delegates on Wednesday, Boehner spoke of the challenges that House GOP candidates faced in “orphan districts” in Illinois, California, and New York. Of those districts, which include Long’s, Boehner claimed there is “no significant Senate race underway.”

Boehner talked up the possibility of grabbing four more House seats, but said the GOP is going to have to fight hard in what are known as “orphan districts,” located in states such as New York and California where the party won’t undertake a serious campaign in the presidential election and “there’s no significant Senate race underway.”

Did John Boehner forget about the record-setting Republican victories which swept him in to power in 2010?  Did he forget already that it was conservative enthusiasm that brought about that Republican tidal wave?  Apparently, he has.  Is there really no chance that with the proper funding and backing from the party, that something similar could happen again in New York?

Just ask Chris Gibson if upsets are possible in New York.

The shameful dismissal of Long’s chances prompted Conservative Chairman Mike Long to write a ‘Dear John’ letter to the Speaker.

Long wrote (full text at the end of this post):

“Our US Senate candidate, Wendy Long, with little money and shear faith in New Yorkers waged an almost impossible primary campaign challenge and won the right to be on the GOP line against all odds,” Long wrote in the letter. “Every place Wendy Long goes throughout New York State she wins over voters and impresses all who make the effort to be an educated voter.”

“Every Republican/Conservative Congressional candidate will benefit in November with Wendy Long’s name above his or hers on the ballot,” he wrote. “You, as Speaker of the House, would benefit with a strong Republican/Conservative voice in the Senate from New York State, instead of the current Senator who does nothing to pass the legislation the House sends to the Senate.” 

Senator John Cornyn also helped quell the Speaker’s snub with his endorsement for Long, stating:

“Wendy Long would make an outstanding addition to the U.S. Senate, and I believe she is the perfect candidate to break the Democrat stranglehold on New York.  I endorse her with enthusiasm and believe with her platform of Jobs, Freedom, and Accountability she can win this race.”

Unfortunately Senator, endorsements, while fantastic for moral support, do not win races alone.  Long is vastly underfunded in the race against liberalism’s darling, Gillibrand.  Through the end of June, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, of which Cornyn is Chair, has yet to contribute to the Long campaign.

It’s time to put your money where your mouth is Mr. Cornyn, otherwise your endorsement is about as helpful as John Boehner’s words have been thus far.

Here is the full text of Mike Long’s ‘Dear John’ letter:

Imagine for a moment how surprised I was to read that when you addressed the New York delegation breakfast in Clearwater at the RNC convention on Wednesday, August 29 that you considered New York’s US Senate race one of the places where there is “no significant Senate race underway. Imagine my disappointment, which unfortunately is very real and quite disconcerting when so much is at stake.

New York State, in 2010, delivered more new GOP Congressmen to you than any other state in our Nation. They helped you become the Majority Leader and this year will help keep the GOP Majority in the House, in fact may even be part of giving you a bigger majority.

Why would you say there is “no significant US Senate race underway when we both know that we are already fighting the enrollment numbers in this blue state? New York voters are concerned about the fiscal future of our nation and are looking for candidates who will go to Washington to make a difference.

Our US Senate candidate, Wendy Long, with little money and shear faith in New Yorkers waged an almost impossible primary campaign challenge and won the right to be on the GOP line against all odds. Every place Wendy Long goes throughout New York State she wins over voters and impresses all who make the effort to be an educated voter.

Every Republican/Conservative Congressional candidate will benefit in November with Wendy Long’s name above his or hers on the ballot. You, as Speaker of the House, would benefit with a strong Republican/Conservative voice in the Senate from New York State, instead of the current Senator who does nothing to pass the legislation the House sends to the Senate.

Instead of trying to strengthen a coalition of republican/conservative voices that will help the country you and I are proud to be active political participants in, you let a golden opportunity slip by and in fact inadvertently undermined what we both work so hard to accomplish: a strong fiscally sound nation.

Congressman Boehner, New York State has a very significant Senate race underway. Wendy Long, despite all the odds, is making this a very significant race and come November 6, 2012 you may realize just how significant it was, especially when more republican/conservatives congressional candidates benefit by having her name above theirs on the ballot.

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GOP Calling Gillibrand’s Bluff, Demand Proof That Her Independent Organization Has Benefited Republican Women

August 21, 2012 at 7:00 am (Alex Wagner, Buffalo News, Congress, GOP, Kirsten Gillibrand, MSNBC, New York, NY-20, Off the Sidelines, Women)

Yesterday, the New York GOP released the following statement in response to Senator Gillibrand’s (D-NY) appearance on MSNBC, where she claimed her “independent” organization helps women of both parties get elected:

Yesterday, on MSNBC, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand proudly touted her organization “Off the Sidelines.org” as one that works with both Democrat and Republican women alike, when in fact all proceeds of her seemingly independent organization go directly to her campaign war chest.

Last year, the Buffalo News reported on Senator Gillibrand’s “independent organization” as nothing more than a distraction.  The website encouraged people to donate to her re-election campaign by leading them to believe they were supporting women’s rights.  It was a duplicitous cash grab and a total misrepresentation of the group’s efforts and under pressure Senator Gillibrand admitted as much.

One year later, Senator Gillibrand is back at it, telling Alex Wagner of MSNBC that Off the Sidelines is helping both Republican and Democrat women get elected.

We call on Senator Gillibrand to identify those Republican women whom benefit, or have benefitted, from Off the Sidelines.org, or simply admit that contributions to the organization go directly to her reelection campaign, rather than to getting both Republican and Democrat women involved in the issues, as she claimed on Alex Wagner’s show yesterday.

Instead of touting bogus bipartisanship, Senator Gillibrand should focus on getting co-sponsors for any one of her stalled jobs bills or sponsor legislation to repeal Obamacare, which has raided $741 Billion from Medicare, putting our seniors at risk.

Here’s the video of Senator Gillibrand on the Alex Wagner show…

This report from the Weekly Standard seems to indicate that Gillibrand isn’t exactly being honest when she said Off the Sidelines benefits women of both party…

But OffTheSidelines appears to be nothing more than a gateway site and fundraising tool for the Gillibrand campaign. A disclaimer at the bottom of the page says the site is “paid for by Gillibrand for Senate.” The homepage has a prominent link to “Contribute to Gillibrand for Senate,” and another link to simply “contribute” leads to a Gillibrand for Senate contribution form.

Seems Gillibrand is all for supporting women’s rights – if that means sending money to one woman in particular.

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