Maryland Multimillionaire Either is Ineligible to Run or Committed Tax Fraud
Concord, NH-- Walt Havenstein, Washington Republicans' hand-picked candidate for Governor, plans to formally announce his candidacy this week, without having addressed the residency and tax issues surrounding the Maryland multimillionaire. The NHDP's new web video lays out for New Hampshire voters the fundamental problems with Havenstein's candidacy.
"Granite Staters don’t know much about Walt Havenstein or what he stands for, but this web video highlights what we do know: either he is ineligible to run for Governor in New Hampshire or committed tax fraud in Maryland," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley. "Havenstein's campaign hasn't even left the gate, yet the hand-picked candidate of Washington Republicans has already shown that he is willing to break the rules to be elected Governor.
Click here to watch the new web video and see below for the transcript.
A Nashua Telegraph expose outlined how Walt Havenstein took Maryland property tax breaks that required his principal residence to be in that state, raising a host of questions and placing his candidacy in doubt.
The Telegraph uncovered that Havenstein “saved $5,354 from 2008-11 by getting a homestead exemption from local property taxes in Bethesda, Md. He also paid a lower state property transfer tax while buying the property in that state. To get both, Havenstein had to acknowledge that his $1 million condominium was his ‘principal residence' where he was living at least seven months of the year." [Nashua Telegraph, 3/23/14]
That same report found that in addition to registering a car in Maryland, Havenstein briefly held a driver’s license in that state. New Hampshire doesn’t allow someone to hold a valid driver’s license in this state while having an active license in another state. [Nashua Telegraph, 3/31/14, State of New Hampshire, accessed 4/2/14]