CREW Files DOJ Complaint Against Rep. Scott for Possible Violation of Tax Law and Misuse of Staff
Washington, D.C. – Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a complaint with the Department of Justice asking for an investigation into whether Rep. David Scott (D-GA) violated federal tax law and laws prohibiting the use of official resources for campaign activities.
Dayn-Mark Advertising, a company owned by Rep. Scott and his wife, began missing federal tax payments in 2003, and now owes over $150,000 in back taxes. In addition, since 1998 Dayn-Mark Advertising has failed to pay over $4,600 in local and state taxes, and the Scotts failed to pay $23,200 in taxes on their home. During that time, the Scotts’ stock holdings grew from $5,000 to over $65,000 and they purchased a home in Washington, DC worth over $700,000. Currently, there are over 40 tax liens on Rep. Scott’s home and business.
Anyone who willfully attempts to evade paying taxes may be imprisoned up to 5 years and anyone who commits fraud or makes false statements in connection with filing a tax return may be imprisoned up to 3 years. Fines may also be imposed.
Additionally, in July 2007, The Politico reported that a staffer for Rep. Scott alleged misuse of congressional office staff and resources to run his reelection campaign. The staffer also stated that Rep. Scott designated certain employees to only perform campaign work, often during official office hours, while using government equipment, and that employees often performed political work from Rep. Scott’s advertising firm on taxpayer time.
Federal law prohibits members of Congress using from soliciting political contributions from employees, including in-kind contributions in the form of service. In addition, taxpayer dollars may not be spent on congressional campaigns. In the past, the Department of Justice has prosecuted the misuse of official resources.
“Members of Congress, like all other citizens, cannot pick and choose which laws to obey,” Melanie Sloan, executive director of CREW said today. Sloan continued, “Rep. Scott failed to pay taxes and used congressional staff for campaign work, both clear violations of the law. We urge the Justice Department to commence an investigation immediately.”
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is a non-profit legal watchdog group dedicated to holding public officials accountable for their actions. For more information, please visit www.citizensforethics.org or contact David Merchant at 202.408.5565 or firstname.lastname@example.org