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Benjamin criticizes Finlay over thousands in overdue taxes

There are 22 comments on the WIS-TV Columbia story from Apr 17, 2010, titled Benjamin criticizes Finlay over thousands in overdue taxes. In it, WIS-TV Columbia reports that:

Columbia mayoral candidate Steve Benjamin is criticizing his rival, City Councilman Kirkman Finlay, over Friday's discovery that Finlay owes thousands of dollars in overdue property taxes.

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“Lets take America Back!”

Since: Apr 07

America, U,S,A.

#1 Apr 17, 2010
Benjamin is an even bigger crook.His hands are covered in blood of the poor who use cash advance.

rwwllms

“If you can't be a good example”

Since: Mar 07

be a warning

#2 Apr 17, 2010
Last week, we stumbled upon an interesting tidbit regarding the Columbia (S.C.) mayoral race. It involved numerous “sample ballots” that were being distributed to parishioners at various African-American churches around town less than 48 hours before last week’s election.

These ballots urged church-goers to cast their vote for Columbia attorney Steve Benjamin – which raised a few eyebrows seeing as no one was exactly who paid for them (which is a violation of campaign law).

For more on that story, click here.

Anyway, Friday afternoon we stumbled upon another example of questionable tactics allegedly being employed by Benjamin’s campaign – which must “turn out” the African-American vote in a big way next Tuesday (April 20) if Benjamin hopes to win his runoff election against city councilman Kirkman Finlay III.

Well, it looks like nothing’s out of bounds when it comes to that effort …

According to a video clip posted on YouTube, an unidentified African-American woman tells an interviewer that a “young man … on the campaign of Steve Benjamin” provided voters with food, drinks and other “incenitives (sic)” as well as rides on a “Party Bus” in exchange for their votes.

Check out the video:

Amazing …

Obviously, we’re all for as many people as possible availing themselves of their constitutional right to vote. Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in Democracy’s sight – or at least they should be.

Of course if the admission contained in this clip is accurate, this isn’t expanding democracy … it’s vote-buying.

In fact, we have no idea what the procedure is for protesting absentee ballots, but the last time we checked it was illegal to offer anybody any sort of “incenitives”(including food, drink or a ride on the “party bus”) in exchange for their vote.

Finlay’s campaign was not immediately available for comment on the video, but a spokesman said that the campaign “was aware of” the clip.

Developing …

UPDATE: Whoever cut the video, we’ve got to say the John Philip Sousa was a nice touch …

rwwllms

“If you can't be a good example”

Since: Mar 07

be a warning

#3 Apr 17, 2010
Dueling tax accusations have taken center stage in the race to lead South Carolina’s Capital City. Local attorney Steve Benjamin and city councilman Kirkman Finlay III are currently competing in a runoff election for mayor of Columbia, S.C.– a race that (up until now) has centered on the deplorable state of the city’s finances. The final weekend of campaigning, however, has been dominated by allegations regarding each candidate’s personal finances.

Specifically, both Finlay and Benjamin are facing scrutiny regarding their tax records.

On the one hand, sources close to the Benjamin campaign are alleging that Finlay owes $3,000 in back taxes – allegations he hotly disputes.

From WACH TV 57 (FOX – Columbia, S.C.):

Finlay spoke exclusively to WACH Fox Friday afternoon and said he is unaware of owing any back taxes. The councilman provided a February tax receipt from the Richland County Treasurer issuing a $72.52 refund to his Rising High company.

According to Finlay, his company paid several hundred thousand dollars in taxes to Richland County during the past four years. He said it wouldn’t make sense to intentionally leave out $3,000 while paying that much.

“Everything has been paid for 2007, 2008 and 2009. Why would I leave two bills out there unpaid,” said Finlay.

Finlay said while he does not think he owes any additional tax, if it turns out he does he will pay them.

Meanwhile, Benjamin may have his own tax issue to deal with.

According to Richland County property records obtained by FITS, Benjamin and his wife – local judge DeAndrea Gist Benjamin – appear to have claimed two primary residences for tax purposes in 2009.

State law permits just one primary residence – and requires that any secondary residence be declared an investment property.

Primary residences are taxed at a 4 percent rate, while investment properties are taxed at a 6 percent rate.

A source close to Benjamin’s campaign tells FITS that the tax discrepancy stems from the family’s decision to move out from the predominantly African-American community of Eau Claire and into an upscale, predominantly white neighborhood in Northeast Columbia.

The neighborhood – Woodcreek Farms – is a gated community with home prices ranging from $300,000 to $3.5 million. Property owners at Woodcreek Farms include some of the city’s wealthiest and most famous residents, including USC head football coach Steve Spurrier.

Benjamin’s campaign is also dealing with allegations of vote-buying stemming from an anonymous video posted to YouTube on Friday.
Sutton

Houston, TX

#4 Apr 18, 2010
What?

“Lets take America Back!”

Since: Apr 07

America, U,S,A.

#5 Apr 18, 2010
Sutton wrote:
What?
who? when? where? and Why?

“Don't Worry, Be Happy”

Since: Apr 07

Smile...Someone loves you!

#6 Apr 19, 2010
I saw on the news this a.m. that Finlay actually received a refund. From my experience you don't get a refund if you owe back taxes.
.
I DO NOT like the type of campaigning that Benjamin has been doing.

rwwllms

“If you can't be a good example”

Since: Mar 07

be a warning

#7 Apr 19, 2010
Johnny Dollar wrote:
I saw on the news this a.m. that Finlay actually received a refund. From my experience you don't get a refund if you owe back taxes.
.
I DO NOT like the type of campaigning that Benjamin has been doing.
If you were to read my SC politics thread you could have read about the refund check he got last week.

I try to keep you current..........

rwwllms

“If you can't be a good example”

Since: Mar 07

be a warning

#8 Apr 19, 2010
Hell, I even posted that here over the weekend.
Read the post above yours.

Sheesh!

“Don't Worry, Be Happy”

Since: Apr 07

Smile...Someone loves you!

#9 Apr 19, 2010
So...
I was agreeing with you.
Sheesh right back atcha.
underhay

Chapin, SC

#11 Apr 19, 2010
sheesh!

rwwllms

“If you can't be a good example”

Since: Mar 07

be a warning

#12 Apr 19, 2010
underhay wrote:
sheesh!
That's what she said!
loggerblogger

United States

#13 Apr 23, 2010
rwwllms wrote:
Last week, we stumbled upon an interesting tidbit regarding the Columbia (S.C.) mayoral race. It involved numerous “sample ballots” that were being distributed to parishioners at various African-American churches around town less than 48 hours before last week’s election.
These ballots urged church-goers to cast their vote for Columbia attorney Steve Benjamin – which raised a few eyebrows seeing as no one was exactly who paid for them (which is a violation of campaign law).
For more on that story, click here.
Anyway, Friday afternoon we stumbled upon another example of questionable tactics allegedly being employed by Benjamin’s campaign – which must “turn out” the African-American vote in a big way next Tuesday (April 20) if Benjamin hopes to win his runoff election against city councilman Kirkman Finlay III.
Well, it looks like nothing’s out of bounds when it comes to that effort …
According to a video clip posted on YouTube, an unidentified African-American woman tells an interviewer that a “young man … on the campaign of Steve Benjamin” provided voters with food, drinks and other “incenitives (sic)” as well as rides on a “Party Bus” in exchange for their votes.
Check out the video:
Amazing …
Obviously, we’re all for as many people as possible availing themselves of their constitutional right to vote. Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in Democracy’s sight – or at least they should be.
Of course if the admission contained in this clip is accurate, this isn’t expanding democracy … it’s vote-buying.
In fact, we have no idea what the procedure is for protesting absentee ballots, but the last time we checked it was illegal to offer anybody any sort of “incenitives”(including food, drink or a ride on the “party bus”) in exchange for their vote.
Finlay’s campaign was not immediately available for comment on the video, but a spokesman said that the campaign “was aware of” the clip.
Developing …
UPDATE: Whoever cut the video, we’ve got to say the John Philip Sousa was a nice touch …
This will also happen in future elections..if we aren't careful.

“I'm just sayin' ......”

Since: Nov 07

Elgin, SC

#14 Apr 23, 2010
Jack Black wrote:
<quoted text>
who? when? where? and Why?
And who cares?

Sheesh !!!
underhay

Chapin, SC

#15 Apr 23, 2010
sheesh...

rwwllms

“If you can't be a good example”

Since: Mar 07

be a warning

#16 Apr 24, 2010
That's what she said......

“I'm just sayin' ......”

Since: Nov 07

Elgin, SC

#17 Apr 24, 2010
rwwllms wrote:
That's what she said......
I just wish I'd thought of it first.

“Don't Worry, Be Happy”

Since: Apr 07

Smile...Someone loves you!

#18 Apr 26, 2010
Sheesh.

“I'm just sayin' ......”

Since: Nov 07

Elgin, SC

#19 Apr 26, 2010
Johnny Dollar wrote:
Sheesh.
Pffft

“Don't Worry, Be Happy”

Since: Apr 07

Smile...Someone loves you!

#20 Apr 26, 2010
shovelhead wrote:
<quoted text>Pffft
/////////
That's what I was going to say. You took the words (?) right out of my mouth.(My avatar too)

rwwllms

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be a warning

#21 Apr 26, 2010
Johnny Dollar wrote:
<quoted text>
/////////
That's what I was going to say. You took the words (?) right out of my mouth.(My avatar too)
That's nasty. Taking things out of people's mouths. That ain't right.
I hope SH washed his hands. There's no telling where JD's mouth has been.......

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