Despite Claiming ‘Error,’ Ernst Signed Affidavit to Illegally Apply for Multiple Property Tax Breaks

American Ledger: Despite Claiming ‘Error,’ Ernst Signed Affidavit to Illegally Apply for Multiple Property Tax Breaks
By Cole Driver | February 13, 2019

Despite Sen. Joni Ernst’s claims that she illegally received a tax break for Washington homeowners in “error,” records showed that Ernst had to sign an affidavit to get the tax break.

After the Des Moines Register reported Monday that Ernst, R-Iowa, illegally applied for multiple housing deductions for her homes in the capital and Iowa, Ernst attempted to mute the controversy by repaying the District of Columbia.

“Regrettably, this was an error and upon it being brought to her attention, she immediately paid back the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue,” Ernst’s spokesman Brendan Conley told the Register.

However, according to the district’s Homestead Deduction Application, homeowners must sign an affidavit, under penalty of perjury, that they are primary residents of Washington to receive the homestead tax credit.

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QUICK CLIPS: Day 2 of Joni Ernst’s Tax Fraud Fallout

Joni Ernst’s tax fraud fallout has reached a fever pitch in Iowa, and voters are taking note.

Iowans tuning into local TV last night learned that Ernst had “filed for a tax break in Washington, DC illegally,” and “Ernst claimed a homestead tax credit on both her home in Iowa and her residence in DC. You’re not allowed to claim the credit on more than one residence.”

“Joni Ernst broke the law by seeking multiple homestead deductions,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman. “She also submitted a signed affidavit under penalty of perjury that swore her primary residence was in Washington, DC. Iowans are watching, and they deserve answers.”

Here’s what Iowans are watching:





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NEW: Joni Ernst Illegally Accepted Homestead Tax Deductions

Ernst claimed Washington, DC as her primary residence

“Senator Ernst clearly violated the law by seeking multiple homestead deductions,” said American Bridge spokeswoman Amelia Penniman. “Millions of Iowans pay their taxes on time under penalty of law. Why is it that Senator Ernst will only pay hers when she’s caught red-handed?”

Des Moines Register: U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst refunds $1,900 illegitimate tax break on D.C. condo; she also took break on Iowa home
By Jason Clayworth | Feb. 11, 2019

“U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst last week repaid almost $1,900 for a tax break that she had claimed on her Washington, D.C., condo since 2016, while simultaneously claiming a similar tax break in Iowa. Homestead tax credits are available only to people who own property and claim the property as their primary residence.”
“Her office said her claim of the homestead tax credit in Washington, D.C., was an error that she rectified with the check. […]

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QUICK CLIP: Joni Ernst sheds crocodile tears for Iowan farmers

Last night on Fox News Joni Ernst acknowledged Iowan farmers are “feeling the pinch” of President Trump’s disastrous trade war.

But Ernst has been conspicuously absent from high profile bipartisan efforts to alleviate tariff pressure on farmers and small businesses.

Yesterday, while two of her Republican Senate colleagues held a bipartisan press conference with suffering famers, Ernst continued her empty rhetoric on the trade war. Meanwhile, farmers in Iowa and across the country are increasingly squeezed by a trade war with no end in sight.

Watch Ernst’s crocodile tears on Fox News:

Watch the clip online here.

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Ernst Gets An Earful From Iowans

Iowa Senator and shutdown-sympathizer Joni Ernst got an earful from frustrated constituents at a town hall in Red Oak, Iowa yesterday.

One constituent said: “I am deeply ashamed that we have, at the moment, federal employees in soup lines and trying to find food for their families while they’re still working, and I wonder how in the world anyone in the Senate can defend that.”

Another constituent said: “The wall is a waste of money, the wall makes more problems…these families don’t have food on their tables.”

Watch MSNBC cover Ernst’s town hall confrontation:

Watch American Bridge’s footage of the full town hall here.

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Kim Reynolds Endorses Plan To Kick 172,000 Iowans Off Their Health Insurance

A new analysis out Wednesday shows Kim Reynolds is supporting a bill that would cost 172,000 of her constituents their healthcare. On Tuesday, Reynolds signed a letter supporting Cassidy-Graham, the latest version of Trumpcare. On Wednesday, a new analysis found that Reynolds’ chosen plan would kick 172,000 Iowans off their health insurance.

Cassidy-Graham is the worst version of Trumpcare yet. Over the next ten years, it would rob Iowa of $2.3 billion in federal funding and kick 172,000 Wisconsinites off their health insurance. The bill also ends Medicaid as we know it, guts protections for people with preexisting conditions, and bars funding for Planned Parenthood. The American Medical Association, AARP, The American Heart Association, and 35 anti-cancer advocacy groups all oppose the bill.

American Bridge Spokesperson Lizzy Price made the following statement:

“Kim Reynolds is siding with Washington Republicans over Iowa families. She’s championing a […]

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In Iowa, Trump Admits He Doesn’t Like “Poor People”

American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah released the following statement on Donald Trump admitting he doesn’t “want a poor person” working with him:

“Trump made billions as a racist slum lord, profiting while screwing over Americans of all stripes to line his own pockets. And as president, he has spent his first first months in office throwing working people under the bus while trying to strip millions of low-income Americans of their health insurance. So while it’s not surprising that he doesn’t want to give a ‘poor person’ a job, it’s still disgusting to hear those words come from the President’s mouth.”

Watch Donald Trump admit it: “I just don’t want a poor person. Does that make sense? Does that make sense? If you insist I’ll do it, but I just like it better this way.”

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5 Months In, Trump’s Sold Out Iowa’s Workers and Economy

Donald Trump is headed to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for a campaign rally in a state that has already felt the pain of Trump’s presidency. Trump — who won’t stop issuing waivers to allow former lobbyists to join his administration — is sure to lead some raucous “Drain the Swamp” chants. But there’s one thing Trump won’t do in Cedar Rapids: talk about the 120,772 American workers who’ve been told they’re going to be laid off since his January 20th inauguration. That includes 1,248 Iowans who’ve been given pink slips and told they’ll be losing their jobs. Meanwhile, Trump refuses to do anything about it and has yet to offer a real economic agenda.

Instead, the self-heralded “greatest jobs president that God ever created” — a lifelong outsourcer and importer of foreign labor — is proposing cuts to crucial job-training programs and eroding workers’ rights while continuing to hire foreign workers at his family’s companies. Meanwhile, […]

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Constituents Demand GOP Reps. & Sens. Back Independent Commission on Trump/Russia Scandal

Voters are heading to town hall events across the country to demand their members of Congress support an independent commission or special prosecutor to investigate the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia. The demands follow Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, a transparently political maneuver designed to obstruct the Bureau’s ongoing investigation. 

Voters want to know: As Congress heads back into session this week, will their Representative take a stand against Trump’s abuses of power and endorse an independent commission or special prosecutor?


Rep. Rod Blum (IA-01)

WATCH: “Are you [inaudible] to call for an independent counsel? [Applause].”

WATCH: “Real simple question for you: today, at 4:30, Donald J. Trump fired the director of the FBI. I want you to tell me, will you help [inaudible] voice the need for a special prosecutor? [Applause].”


Rep. Tim Walberg (MI-07)

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175 Days Of Unprecedented Supreme Court Obstructionism From The GOP Senate

After a six week vacation, Senator Chuck Grassley is back in DC — and still refusing to do his job. This morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hold a nomination hearing to confirm judicial nominees. One glaring omission from the docket? Judge Merrick Garland.

Senate Republicans have made headlines for months on their historic obstructionism and it has now been 175 days of unprecedented obstructionism on the Supreme Court vacancy, and Senate Republicans are STILL refusing to do their jobs.

With Chuck Grassley leading the charge, Senate Republicans are actively working to hold the Supreme Court vacancy open for a potential Donald Trump nominee. That’s right — Senate Republicans want the unhinged GOP nominee (who has made multiple racist attacks against judges) to choose the next Supreme Court justice. With judicial vacancies hitting crisis level since the GOP Senate took office and a majority of […]

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