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Is Barbara Comstock Dodging Taxes?

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Barbara Comstock has made taxes a campaign issue, lobbing baseless attacks on John Foust while completely ignoring her own tumultuous relationship with finances. What she hasn't said is that not only did her own property taxes go down since John Foust first became Supervisor, but it now appears that she has been mis-classifying campaign staff as independent contractors to avoid paying payroll taxes.

A look through publicly available tax records shows over a hundred thousand dollars spent on payments classified as consulting "staff." Less was spent on payroll or salary payments. By classifying staffers as consultants, Comstock can avoid paying tens of thousands of dollars in payroll taxes and contributions to Medicare and Social Security.

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Statement from Virginia Democrats Condemning Hateful Attacks from Top VA GOP Adviser

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Today, senior Virginia GOP adviser Steve Waters unleashed a barrage of unacceptable, offensive and wholly inappropriate attacks on LGBT individuals. Waters has worked for and advised a wide range of Virginia Republicans, including U.S. Senator George Allen, Delegate Bob Marshall, and current Congressional candidate David Brat. In light of his hateful behavior, the Democratic Party of Virginia released a statement from State Senator Donald McEachin:
 
"Senselessly attacking a group of people like this is far beyond unacceptable and cannot go without repercussion," said Senator Donald McEachin. "His open hatred for LGBT individuals bizarrely coupled with blatantly false medical claims has no place in Virginia discourse. Given the progress Virginia has made in recent months towards inclusion and equality, it would be unacceptable for Republicans to allow such ignorant behavior to set the Commonwealth back. Republican leadership and all Virginia Republicans, many of whom have relied on Steve Waters' guidance, should condemn his actions immediately."

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Barbara Comstock Doubles Down on Offensive Insult to Immigrants

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As if offending Virginians last month wasn't enough, Barbara Comstock has doubled down on her disparaging statements comparing immigrants to shipping cargo. In a recent Fairfax Times interview, Comstock repeats her dehumanizing line that "If FedEx can track every package, we can track who comes into this country." 
 
While demographics in Virginia and the 10th District continue to shift to include more immigrants and New Americans, it's clear that tone-deaf Comstock has fallen far behind the times when it comes to basic human respect. Virginians deserve a Member of Congress who will approach the issue of comprehensive immigration reform with seriousness and decorum, not extremist insults.
 
"Virginians need a Member of Congress who respects all people, not ideologues hurtling careless insults to pander to the extreme right wing," said Morgan Finkelstein, press secretary for the Democratic Party of Virginia. "Rather than apologize for her offensive remarks, she's continued to prioritize Tea Party radicals over her own constituents. This type of hurtful rhetoric is far below the standards we expect from our elected officials, and far short of what the 10th District deserves."
 

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HYPOCRISY ALERT: Ed Gillespie Pretends to Care About Hourly Wage Workers, Doesn't Support Raising Federal Minimum Wage

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In a recent interview with the Associated Press, Ed Gillespie, who not only opposes the minimum wage, but has demeaned minimum wage workers repeatedly on the campaign trail, reached the height of hypocrisy, saying "this economy has been great for the top 1 percent, it's been awful for people on hourly wages."
 
Ed Gillespie has gone so far as to say that minimum wage jobs are “where you play on the work softball team or go out for a beer after work. After that out-of-touch comment, a radio station in Southwest Virginia had to remind Gillespie that many heads of households in the region relied on minimum wage jobs despite his insistence that this is not the case.

"Ed Gillespie's feigned concern for hourly workers doesn't pass the smell test. He has spent months campaigning against an increase in the minimum wage by dismissing those who earn it as only there to play softball or drink beer. Gillespie is out of touch with Virginians and should stop using soundbites to try to cover up his partisan positions," said Morgan Finkelstein, press secretary for the Democratic Party of Virginia.

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DPVA Holds Press Conference on Gillespie's Troubling Support for Social Security Privatization

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Today, the Democratic Party of Virginia held a press conference with Delegate Rosalyn Dance and Virginia senior Marjorie Clark to discuss Ed Gillespie's troubling support for privatizing Social Security. Gillespie was an advisor to the Bush-Cheney White House, where he championed the administration's widely discredited plan to wager seniors' retirement on the stock market. Even as recently as last year, Gillespie praised the plan to privatize Social Security. 

Yet at Monday night's debate hosted by the AARP and League of Women Voters, Gillespie still could not explain his support for an initiative that would create instability for Virginia seniors and take away protections from their earned retirement savings. Instead, he hid behind his role as a "staffer" giving no explanation for his support of Social Security privatization.

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Gillespie and Rand Owe 717k Virginians an Answer

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To: Interested Parties

From: Democratic National Committee & Democratic Party of Virginia

Date: October 15, 2014

Re: Gillespie & Paul Campaign Events

 

Ed Gillespie has trailed in every poll since getting into the race - so he may be happy Senator Rand Paul is coming to try to boost his campaign, but there’s a group of approximately 717,200 Virginians who will be less than thrilled.

 

717,200 Virginia workers would benefit from an increase in the minimum wage – an increase that both Gillespie and Paul have opposed in words and in their actions.

 

Gillespie said he didn’t “believe in a federally mandated increase in the minimum wage” and has misrepresented the issue during the campaign. And Gillespie has been called out by Virginians for saying minimum wage jobs are where you play on the work softball team or go out for a beer after work.” 

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Statement from the Virginia Democrats on Tonight's People's Debate

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Following Senator Mark Warner's clear victory at the People's

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Following Revelations About Her Conflict of Interest, Barbara Comstock Skips Forum

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On the heels of a new story in Politico revealing that Barbara Comstock abused her position as delegate by pushing the interests of her paying clients, tonight Comstock is once again ducking Virginians: skipping a McLean Citizens Association forum she was supposed to attend co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the AARP.  

 

“Barbara Comstock can’t defend her right-wing agenda and she can’t explain why she abused her position as delegate to push the agenda of her paying clients – so she’s hiding from Northern Virginians,” said Morgan Finkelstein, press secretary for the Democratic Party of Virginia. “Whether she’s running away from questions about her right-wing record on women’s healthcare or refusing to level about the growing scandal surrounding her conflict of interest as a delegate, Comstock keeps proving she’s totally out-of-touch with Northern Virginia’s values.”

 

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Politico: Comstock Pushed Client's Issues, Didn't Disclose [DPVA statement]

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Last night, news broke that three anti-worker laws shepherded by Barbara Comstock had something fishy in common: they were all key priorities for the Workforce Fairness Institute, a conservative special interest group who just so happened to have Comstock on their payroll. Consistent with her other questionable financial dealings, Comstock apparently didn’t find this connection worthy of sharing.

“It’s unacceptable that Barbara Comstock failed to disclose this conflict of interest: this is a blatant example showing that Comstock has been bought off by her right-wing clients. Her responsibility is to represent Virginians, not special interests or her own bank account,” said Morgan Finkelstein, press secretary for the Democratic Party of Virginia. “Legislation should never be for sale. This latest revelation of Comstock's shady dealings proves she just can’t be trusted to do the right thing. Virginians deserve a representative who puts their needs first, not the interests of the highest bidder.”

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Will Speaker Howell and Leader Norment Support Fair Redistricting?

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Yesterday's historic decision by the Eastern Court of Virginia has paved the way for fairer Congressional districts that better reflect Virginia's unique demographics. Governor McAuliffe and Democrats statewide have welcomed this important ruling and its implications for fairer representation for all Virginians.  Editorial boards like the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Virginia Gazette have already weighed in to call for fair redistricting. Will Republican leadership follow suit, or continue to spew the same extreme partisanship that puts ideology ahead of the Virginians they're supposed to serve?

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