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Monday, April 15, 2013

Happy Tax (Levy) Day to "Private Citizen/ Campaign Consultant (and tax dodge?)" John Shallman

Happy Tax Deadline Day to All as we ponder whether the Campaigns of Mike Feuer and to a lesser extent, Wendy "The Embraced Villar Greuel", are accessories to crafting consulting contracts with "Private Citizen/ Political Consultant" John Shallman, that enable him to dodge any outstanding tax issues (for now)?
What did the LA Times say about Shallman's secret consulting contract with Mike Feuer?

First, there are the troubling implications of the unusual financial relationship that Feuer had with his political consultant, John Shallman. Feuer and Shallman agreed that rather than pay Shallman his full fee as the race unfolded, Feuer would give him a sizable bonus at the end of the race, provided that Feuer won. There’s nothing inherently wrong with an incentive bonus, but in this case, it allowed Feuer to avoid an important aspect of Los Angeles’ campaign finance scheme: To receive matching funds (at taxpayer expense), candidates for city attorney have to agree, in writing, not to exceed a spending limit; in the first round of the city attorney race, that limit was $1.259 million. Feuer spent $1.212 million, so if he had been paying Shallman, he almost certainly would not have been eligible for the matching funds, the not-trivial sum of $300,000. It’s possible that Feuer had no idea that his arrangement with Shallman would have this effect, but it’s fishy enough to be worthy of an investigation, as well as enactment of further rules to prevent a recurrence of the situation. **  Especially, considering when you add in Shallman's past and current tax issues ...........  
 A Copy of "Notice of Tax Levy" against John and Lani Shallman, sent to a previous campaign.
"Private Citizen/ Political Consultant" John Shallman Defense Attorney Andrew Cowan.
Maybe Shallman's Barrister Cowan can enlighten us whether the root reason for secretive consulting contract understanding between his client and City Attorney Candidate Mike Feuer, was predicated on the candidate being an willing accessory to helping Shallman dodge pending tax issues (for now), while reaping a windfall ($300,000+) of public financing for his campaign? Just a thought (in question form) and we welcome a response from both Shallman and Feuer.

Your thoughts ..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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