July 31, 2018
31 Jul 2018

Political Update – July 31, 2018

Nevada AG candidate Aaron Ford had past liens for unpaid taxes

By Colton Lochhead
Las Vegas Review-Journal
July 21, 2018

The Democratic nominee in the race to become Nevada’s top prosecutor has a history of failing to fully pay his taxes, public records show.

The IRS filed three liens against Aaron Ford, the Democratic nominee in the race for attorney general and current state Senate majority leader, for what amounted to more than $185,000 in unpaid taxes, interest and penalties from 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, according to Clark County records.

The first lien was filed in October 2013 and indicated unpaid taxes of $14,754.34 from 2010 and $70,005.28 from 2011. The second was filed against Ford in April 2014 for $41,896.43 in unpaid taxes for 2012, and the third came in December 2014 for $58,685.07 for tax year 2013.

The federal government released the three liens against Ford in early 2016, according to IRS notices filed with the county.

Ford didn’t personally respond to the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s questions for this story. His campaign manager, Peggy Yang, said in an email statement that Ford did pay taxes every year, but that his unpaid taxes occurred because of a combination of financial issues and his rise to partner at his then law firm.

“After the recession hit, like a lot of families, the Fords faced some financial difficulties, and after becoming partner at his firm, not enough taxes were withheld from Aaron’s paycheck, which is why he ended up owing more,” Yang said.

Yang also noted that Ford disclosed the liens in personal finance disclosure records that require candidates for office in Nevada to list any debts owed that exceed $5,000.

Ford reported the debts on those disclosure forms in 2014 and 2015, according to Nevada Secretary of State records.

John Vick, campaign manager for Ford’s Republican opponent Wes Duncan, said it was “pretty arrogant” for Ford to vote to raise taxes in the Legislature while having his own tax debts.

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Quote of the week



"The most disturbing thing about Aaron Ford failing to pay his taxes is not just that it happened, but that it happened multiple times while he was serving as a Nevada state senator, and while he was voting to raise Nevadans' taxes." – Colton Lochhead,
"Nevada AG candidate Aaron Ford had past liens for unpaid taxes"
Las Vegas Review-Journal,
July 21, 2018


Nevada AG candidate Aaron Ford arrested 4 times in 1990s

By Ramona Giwargis
Las Vegas Review-Journal
July 27, 2018

Nevada Senate Majority Leader Aaron Ford, the Democratic candidate for attorney general, was arrested four times in Texas in the 1990s for public intoxication, stealing tires and twice for failing to appear in court.

The longtime senator also was investigated for trespassing into his now ex-girlfriend’s home, documents show.

The documents, first obtained by the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Tuesday, detail several years of legal troubles for Ford in his early 20s. The revelations come a week after the Review-Journal reported that Ford owed more than $185,000 in unpaid taxes, interest and penalties.

Ford on Friday acknowledged making bad decisions in his youth and said he has learned from his mistakes.

“I obviously made some bad decisions, but college kids make bad decisions,” he said. “I’ve learned from these. I’ve grown from these. It’s part of what makes me so passionate for what I fight for. I don’t want the first 20 years of my life to be the judge of what’s happened the last 25 years of my life.”

According to records, Texas authorities issued an arrest warrant for Ford in October 1994 after he skipped arraignment on a misdemeanor theft charge. Ford was arrested in June that year and accused of stealing $20 to $200 worth of tires in Brazos County. His bail was set for $10,000, documents show.

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