Posted by: Ann Corcoran | February 27, 2012

Democrat Garagiola uses the ‘Geithner’ defense, says he didn’t know he had to report income

Here we go again, another prominent Democrat ATTORNEY doesn’t know how to follow instructions on financial reporting forms.  Senator Rob Garagiola, the Democrat who wants to represent mostly Republicans in the 6th District held by Rep. Roscoe Bartlett for nearly 20 years, gets caught with omissions (oops!) on reporting forms. Garagiola says it’s a “smear”campaign (of course, what else!).

Digressing slightly—Geithner, is Timothy Geithner, Obama’s Secretary of the Treasury who was forced to admit to Congress that he couldn’t figure out Turbotax and made substantial income reporting errors prior to being named America’s chief financial advisor by Obama.  And, in a little-known coincidence, Anne Dunham Obama Soetoro (Obama’s mother) worked for the Ford Foundation in Indonesia and her boss was Peter Geithner (Timmy’s dad).  Small world!  But, back to the story at hand….

From the Maryland Reporter:

Senate Majority Leader Rob Garagiola confirmed Friday that he failed to disclose income as a lobbyist from 2001 to 2003, as reported by the Washington Post. But the Montgomery County Democrat also said that he didn’t report income from another law firm from 2003 to 2006.

Garagiola said he did not report income from the two employers because he misunderstood the instructions on a required financial disclosure form.

The accusations came a week after he voted to censure Sen. Ulysses Currie  for failing to disclose consulting income on required ethics forms, among other charges. The charge against Garagiola was raised by an opponent in his campaign for Congress in the 6th Congressional District, an accusation he called “just smear.”

Senator Chris Shank (not an ATTORNEY) said, forms are clear, but if you are confused you ask someone!

Sen. Christopher Shank, R-Washington, said the instructions on the ethics forms were unambiguous and that employment income must be disclosed on the ethics form — even if you don’t own a business. Shank has been in the legislature for 14 years.

“To me it has been pretty straight forward. I’ve never owned a business, but I’ve always interpreted that you list your places of employment,” Shank said. “If you have any questions about it, you err on the side of caution and ask somebody about it.”

Garagiola, Geithner—one and the same.


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