On her website, christine2010, Christine O’Donnell’s “e-Team” has a post up called “Christine Counters” that is a “counter” to claims that have been made about a 2005 tax bill, a lien and the sale of her house. You can go there and check it out.
According to O’Donnell’s counter:
During my previous campaign against then Sen. Joe Biden, I was audited by the IRS – so were some of my family members and a campaign worker. (Let’s chalk that up to a coincidence.) After a long appeals process, this was supposed wrap-up this past spring.
Yet, in March, rather than a letter finalizing the appeals process, I received an erroneous tax lien claiming I had not responded to their previous correspondence. The IRS admitted the letter was a mistake and chalked it up to a “computer error.”
But the “Notice of Federal Tax Lien”, which has been posted on this site previously, shows that the orginal assessment for O’Donnell’s 2005 tax return was on May 29th, 2006, then again on December 29th, 2008, and that it was still an issue in March of 2010.
The February 2010 IRS Appeals Officer’s letter that O’Donnell uses to “counter” the claims against her shows that in March of 2010, O’Donnell had still not provided documentation for deductions she took on her 2005 tax return.
This letter shows that this Appeals Officer was in contact with O’Donnell in December of 2009, and wanted to clear O’Donnell’s tax issue by January, now it was February and the Officer is still trying to get documentation for deductions from O’Donnell’s 2005 taxes. The Officer wants it cleared up “in the first week of March.” No where in this letter does it say that the tax issue is a “computer error” as Christine O’Donnell states, the letter is asking for “more information” about deductions from her 2005 tax return.
If there is a letter from the Appeals Officer to Christine O’Donnell stating that the lien was “erroneous” and the IRS action was a “computer error” this is not that letter.
Next, O’Donnell’s “counter” states, “I sold my home in 2008. My opponent claims I lost it in foreclosure.”
The Delaware Republican Record showed in THIS post that Christine O’Donnell’s mortgage company, in May of 2008, asked the court for a judgment against O’Donnell for failing to pay her mortgage, and for not responding at all to the suit.
The document shows that as of May, 2008, Chistine O’Donnell still had not made a mortgage payment, and was delinquent from October 2007.
The document also states that Christine O’Donnell, “failed to appear, plead or otherwise defend” which means that O’Donnell simply did not even respond the court notices she was receiving and the mortgage company directed the court to “enter Judgment by Default”. The word “FORECLOSURE” appears on page 2, where Christine O’Donnell’s mortgage company is asking for reimbursement for “FORECLOSURE COSTS” in the amount of $543.00.
This is the case history for Christine O’Donnell’s mortgage forclosure.
1) Christine O’Donnell was “served personally” the first notice of the mortgage suit by the New Castle County Sheriff’s office on March 25, 2008. In her March 2010 News Journal interview, O’Donnell told Ginger Gibson that, “she was not aware of the mortgage company lawsuit and that she never received a notice of foreclosure.”
2) That Christine O’Donnell’s mortgage company was granted their request for a judgment of foreclosure on June 4th, 2008. The term “LEV FAC issued” means that the mortgaged asset is being taken and will be proceeding to a sale.
3) And the last item on Christine O’Donnell’s mortgage history is from September 11, 2008 which reads:
LEV FAC RET’D
Which clearly states that the “8/12/08” “SHERIFF SALE” was “STAYED” by the lawyers representing Christine O’Donnell’s mortgage company. The sale was “stayed” because O’Donnell managed to sell the property for full price to a campaign worker who was also a lawyer and her boyfriend.
Now, for the record, the Delaware Republican Record (and the News Journal for that matter) did not accuse O’Donnell of “losing her house in foreclosure” as she stated. The Delaware Republican Record (and The News Journal) correctly stated that Christine O’Donnell sold her house before the Sheriff’s sale. O’Donnell sold her house on June 30th, 2008, 26 days after judgment.
The July letter that O’Donnell uses as proof of the sale of her home is, to my knowledge, valid, but does not in any way invalidate claims made that the home was slated for Sheriff’s Sale when she sold it. It invalidates claims that no one made.
The last claim in Christine O’Donnell’s “counter” is, ” My opponent is trying to start a rumor that I am not a Delaware resident. This is simply not true.”
That “rumor” started in the comment section of THIS blog post.
The Delaware Republican Record apologizes for the redundancy in this post, but it was needed. And again, the issue is NOT Christine O’Donnell’s financial problems, the issue is her continued attempts to cover up her financial problems by blaming others, parsing her words and distorting the truth.