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More tax troubles for Dudley

In another tax-related embarrassment, Oregon gubernatorial candidate Chris Dudley has reportedly been taking deductions on his Oregon tax return for the garbage carted away from his Lake Oswego home.

According to an exclusive report in the alternative weekly Lake Oswego Buzz, Dudley has claimed the write-offs as charitable contributions to the town of Arlington, Oregon, where the Lake Oswego garbage is deposited in a landfill.

Dudley's campaign defended the moves as perfect legitimate. "He's allowed under the law to take a deduction and he did everything by the books," campaign manager Josh Ginsberg said late Sunday night in a statement. "It was legal, ethical and proper and any suggestion otherwise is completely unfair to Chris Dudley."

Ginsberg produced a letter of thanks from then-Arlington Mayor Carmen Kontur-Gronquist, acknowledging Dudley's contribution to the small Oregon town's growing landfill. "Your gift," the mayor wrote, "has filled a void, literally and figuratively." Kontur-Gronquist and Dudley first discussed the idea of the deduction at a sports-themed charity fundraiser in 2007, at which she beat him in three straight bouts of arm wrestling.

The Dudley campaign produced an appraisal backing up Dudley's claimed deduction of $250 per bag of garbage. The appraisal, which Ginsberg claimed was "conservative," computed the value of the refuse by valuing the amount of time that Dudley family members took to produce it. The appraiser estimated that each bag consumed 25 hours of family time, and that the time was worth $10 per hour. "A premium is justified," the appraiser wrote, "in that the material had been meticulously sorted to remove 62% of all recyclables."

When asked whether the appraisal signaled that Dudley thought $10 an hour was a living wage, Ginsberg responded, "He thinks it's high, but he won't do anything to lower it."

Comments (22)

Wish I can vote for "none of the above" this November...

I am surprised that a true-believer would fall for the gag, Jack.

How about some Kitzy satire:

"oooohhhhh THAT envelope stuffed with Benjamins doesn't have to go on my financial disclosure form, that came from my girlfriend's employer...I would only have to disclose THAT envelope of cash if I married her, and I didn't"...

Christian: If you were voting in Nevada you would have that "None of the Above" choice...

Wow, what a clever tax-dodger Dudley has turned out to be. I'll vote for him anyway.

It'll solidify the progressive base, but probably not keep the independent vote from leaving John.

It's not April 1st but this has to be a joke. But if it isn't I want more details so I can do it too.

Hardy har har har...

Nice one Jack, if only it were true we could all try it!! Vote Dudley, save Oregon.

clever one Jack. Satire becomes you........The Oregonian endorsed Dr. Retread in their Sunday editorial. I thought the headline should have read, "Oregonian endorses mediocrity."

We need to shake this state up. Get rid of all the worn out users and abusers of the public trust. Tri-met, metro, judges, legislators. Everyone. Remember the definition of insanity. Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

There hasn't been a better time to clean house in the last THIRTY years.

John Kitzhaber's record of contributing to and defending failed education reforms (CIMCAM, ESL etc) has not been reported at all.
How is it that the Oregonian doesn't report ANY of Kitzhaber's track record on education while he was the two term governor?

Simple, the Oregonian supported and defended the same failed policies. So in covering up for John Kitzhaber they are covering up their own track record of misguided reporting and editorial advocacy.

Now here we are exactly where we were during Kitzhaber's first term and the Oregonian is doing everything it can to have Oregon repeat every mistake made n the last 20 years.

It's not satire if you have to explain to folks that it's satire.

Sid

Talk to the people who DIDN'T get it.

Well, if anything, it's kind of entertaining these tax deduction maneuvers. I am voting for Dudley because he has first hand experience at looking at tax loopholes. If he wants to keep his job as governor, he'll put himself in better light if eliminates these types of tax deductions.

I am voting for Dudley because he has first hand experience at looking at tax loopholes.

Following this logic, we should make Homer Williams head of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, because he understands how developer weasels work the system.

Jack,

Funny stuff but have you got the same spirit of satire in you to lampoon Kitzhaber as well?

LexusLibertarian
Funny stuff but have you got the same spirit of satire in you to lampoon Kitzhaber as well?

Funny, I thought he was.

"Wow, what a clever tax-dodger Dudley has turned out to be."
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Didn't the draft-dodger Bill Clinton deduct on his taxes (as Governor of Arkansas) his old boxers (no tighty-whiteys for him) he donated to Goodwill?

Not that there's anything wrong with that...

Bob Clark wrote:

"Well, if anything, it's kind of entertaining these tax deduction maneuvers. I am voting for Dudley because he has first hand experience at looking at tax loopholes. If he wants to keep his job as governor, he'll put himself in better light if eliminates these types of tax deductions."

Using that yardstick, why vote for Dudley? Vote for Dudley's tax accountant or financial advisor.

Lake Oswego has an alt newspaper?? huh. Okay.

Can anybody prove the source ... is an actual source?

Who's got a website or link to Lake Oswego Buzz?

Use your favorite search engine -- can anybody find a any listing, blog, anthing anywhere, for this alternative newspaper?

Is this real, or is it not?

The LO Buzz is like the Onion-real news. That's how the Oregonian gets it's real news.

hell, even Rassmussen has Kitzy leading and Rassy is pretty much an outlier for every R in every race. kinda surprised actually. that behind the scenes video of Dud talking about the waitresses is pretty damning and i don't even like both of the candidates.


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