N.C. Democratic Party chair owes $286K in back taxes

posted at 2:31 pm on February 28, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

The left is ramping up its efforts to turn North Carolina blue again, and this is the man who shall lead them:

Court records show the new head of the North Carolina Democratic Party owes nearly $286,000 in back taxes and penalties.

Pittsboro Mayor Randy Voller was elected party chair earlier this month, pledging to rebuild an organization still reeling from defeats at the ballot box in November.

Records show the North Carolina Department of Revenue filed a 2010 lien against Voller and his wife with a remaining balance of nearly $98,801. The following year, the Internal Revenue Service filed a second lien with a remaining balance of nearly $187,715.

A real estate developer, Voller said Wednesday his family business was a casualty of the national economic downturn, which triggered a credit freeze in the homebuilding industry.

Voller, 44, said he is making monthly payments to the state that has brought his current balance lower than what’s on records obtained by The Associated Press, to about $67,000. He said he is negotiating with the IRS on a payment plan to settle the rest of that debt.

Lots of people can get a little behind, especially when times are bad. Or, just confused when the tax code is complex, but almost $300K? Voller will be the guy tasked with leading the charge against attempts to eliminate North Carolina’s state income tax— an idea favored by a group of state Republicans looking to spur business investment and in-migration to the state. Why should people listen to anything he says about taxes when he owes more than most North Carolinians make in a year? Voller says this liability is actually a plus:

“We’re keeping our obligations, but it has been very tough,” Voller said. “That’s why I feel that as party chair I have a real good insight into what a lot of folks are dealing with here in North Carolina.”

“This is an emotional issue for me,” Voller said. “My feeling is most North Carolinians understand what it’s like to actually go out here and try to create jobs and fight. I think it gives me a lot of empathy for people in the state who have tried to do what’s right, help their family and still end up in a tough circumstance.”

The Democratic Party is the party of taxes. It is nearly always their desire to raise taxes on someone, somewhere, somehow, to pay for the spending habit they can’t otherwise control. Republicans certainly have their bad actors in this area, too— lookin’ at you, Gov. Bob McDonnell—but there is only one party that is defined by its insistence on the righteousness of higher taxes. Paying taxes, they say, is patriotic and a sign of one’s compassion for others. When someone refuses to quietly submit to whatever new, problematic rate is foist upon them, daring to point out problems with that plan, one is tarred by Democratic operatives as selfish, heartless, and dishonest. Voller, by his own party’s logic, is something far worse. He’s not just critical of tax policy, but derelict. If taxes are social goodness, Voller is -$300K caring.

Taxes are to Democrats as family values are to Republicans. A tax scandal for a Democratic official should get exactly as much coverage and shame as a sex scandal does for a socially conservative Republican. We are told Republicans’ affairs are more important because of the hypocrisy, you see, not because Democrats care what goes on in people’s bedrooms. This applies even when the Republican is not a particularly outspoken social conservative. Well, a Democratic tax scandal has the advantage of being both incredibly hypocritical and nowhere near anyone’s bedroom or personal life. Have at it, press! And yet, Tim Geithner.

Speaking of staying out of everyone’s personal lives, the liberal 501(c)3 Blueprint North Carolina had its attack strategy memo leaked last week, causing lots of embarrassment and possibly a loss of funding. Among the suggestions— private investigators assigned to anyone and everyone in new Gov. Pat McCrory’s executive branch. Turns out, liberal foundations aren’t really keen about being associated publicly with the idea:

A group that sent out a memo with tips on how to attack Gov. Pat McCrory and other Republican leaders exercised “bad judgment” that could jeopardize its funding, the director of a foundation that finances the group said Friday.

Leslie Winner, executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, said she was “surprised and disappointed” by the actions of Blueprint North Carolina.

“(Z. Smith Reynolds) believes in robust debate on issues of public importance, (it) does not support attacking people,” Winner said. “We were disappointed to learn that Blueprint is advocating this strategy…

“We are taking this seriously. We are determining our options and our obligations. We will get to the bottom of it.”

The Foundation is providing $400,000 of Blueprint’s nearly $1 million budget, Winner said.

Blueprint now claims it didn’t author the memo, and another liberal group, America votes has taken credit, saying it came out of a brainstorming meeting they held in December about “fighting for what they believe in.” Nice for the state’s voters to see in print what Hope & Change looks like behind closed doors. The talking points from the memo, which was forwarded to friendly liberal non-profits and supposed to stay private, have already made it into the Democratic response to the State of the State address:

When House Minority Leader Larry Hall of Durham gave his response to McCrory’s State of the State address last week, he talked about how McCrory’s plan for charter schools “lacks accountability and would allow out-of-state corporations to create online, for-profit virtual charter schools.”

Those remarks, and ones about charters that followed, were identical to language in the memo forwarded by Blueprint.

Hall said Thursday he’s not sure where his language came from, that he researches a variety of sources. He said the memo may have taken the language from earlier speeches he gave on the subject.

Uh huh.


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More proof that Socialism is for the other guy.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 28, 2013 at 2:33 PM

Charlatanic thugs and Lilliputians rule the land.

“They won” — HotAirLib

Schadenfreude on February 28, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Is this another American Marxist, who demands service to the State, obedience to the State, and confiscation by the State, while he vacations in his American-style dacha?

You know, like the ones in Congress and in the White House?

OhEssYouCowboys on February 28, 2013 at 2:37 PM

With that kind of tax paying record, he could be Treasury Sec. for this admin. and the media wouldn’t ask 1 damn question about it.

gsherin on February 28, 2013 at 2:38 PM

As my Dad used to cynically say, it’s better to owe you than gyp you out of it.

Liam on February 28, 2013 at 2:38 PM

The left is ramping up its efforts to turn North Carolina blue again, and this is the man who shall lead them:

This guy is what Obama and Holder consider, a Democrat in exceptional standing.

SWalker on February 28, 2013 at 2:40 PM

The typical super hypcorite liberals… Preach higher taxes but find every way under the sun not to pay them or pay less taxes…

mnjg on February 28, 2013 at 2:40 PM

Folks listened to geitner too so there is that

cmsinaz on February 28, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Taxes are for thee, not me.

- Typical, Filthy, Stinking, Repulsive Democrat

OhEssYouCowboys on February 28, 2013 at 2:41 PM

I wonder if his yacht is berthed in Rhode Island?

OhEssYouCowboys on February 28, 2013 at 2:43 PM

or pay less taxes…

mnjg on February 28, 2013 at 2:40 PM

there is nothing wrong with finding ways to pay less in taxes, as long as those ways are legal.

SWalker on February 28, 2013 at 2:44 PM

Ni3men5 dou1 bi4zui3!

Don’t they understand??!! He was selected as the Chairman of the North Carolina Democratic Party. He is a Democrat official. Taxes are not for highly placed Democrats. There is an implied exemption in every tax law telling Democrat tax agents to write off anything they owe. And not to make it public. SOMEONE is going to REGRET letting that information out.

Subotai Bahadur on February 28, 2013 at 2:44 PM

Y’know what? Good for you, Randy Voller. You broke the law and you’re going to escape any punishment. Me, I’d be incarcerated had I done what you did. But you’re free (and will remain so) because you’re above the law. So congratulations are in order, I guess.

Jeddite on February 28, 2013 at 2:45 PM

What’s the phrase I’m looking for…it’s right here on the tip of my tongue…what was it again…oh…that’s right:

“Pay yo’ damn taxes!”

bigmacdaddy on February 28, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Another tax-dodging Democrat. He should fit right in.

GarandFan on February 28, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Love the county sign on the home page picture for this thread. Apt for a bunch of blood sucking parasites.

Happy Nomad on February 28, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Bush’s fault.

JeremiahJohnson on February 28, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Love the county sign on the home page picture for this thread. Apt for a bunch of blood sucking parasites.

Happy Nomad on February 28, 2013 at 2:50 PM

I just caught that, too.

Only these filthy, Democrat, fu*&ers CAN suck blood out of a turnip – unless they’re the turnip.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 28, 2013 at 2:53 PM

When somebody takes a deduction from their taxes, that revenue has to be made up from other sources — you and I.
 
urban elitist on July 28, 2012 at 8:17 PM

rogerb on February 28, 2013 at 2:53 PM

This guy should listen to Rush. If he did, he would have just heard Rush’s “Tax Resoultion Services” commercial. LMAO, but this guy won’t listen to Rush, so maybe he can end up in debtors prison…..

Yeah, I know…

44Magnum on February 28, 2013 at 2:58 PM

Oh, I love the “Transylvania County” sign you pictured MK! A vampire of a Democrat is he!

MTF on February 28, 2013 at 3:04 PM

If North Carolina is anything like Missouri, the voters may just shrug, agree that taxes are only for little people, and elect a new ruling class, anyways.

locomotivebreath1901 on February 28, 2013 at 3:06 PM

And the NC GOP will probably make as big of deal as what they did for the year long sexual harassment cover up by the previous leader of the NC Democrat party.

As in, none.

LoganSix on February 28, 2013 at 3:06 PM

When somebody takes a deduction from their taxes, that revenue has to be made up from other sources — you and I.

urban elitist on July 28, 2012 at 8:17 PM

rogerb on February 28, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Hmmm, I do suppose that urban elitist is currently at Costco trying desperately to get a pallet full of Tucks medicated pads to ease the butt hurt that caused… O_O

SWalker on February 28, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Oh, I love the “Transylvania County” sign you pictured MK! A vampire of a Democrat is he!

MTF on February 28, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Democrat Politicians=Vampires
Democrat Voters=Zombies

SWalker on February 28, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Charlatanic thugs and Lilliputians rule the land.

“They won” — HotAirLib

They did indeed, and are taking more than full advantage of that fact.

hawkeye54 on February 28, 2013 at 3:22 PM

Another tax-dodging Democrat. He should fit right in.

Well, actually, he already does. Someone must be taking note of this qualification for keeping him in mind for a higher and more powerful position. He’s going places, I tell ya.

hawkeye54 on February 28, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Another tax-dodging Democrat. He should fit right in.

Well, actually, he already does. Someone must be taking note of this qualification for keeping him in mind for a higher and more powerful position. He’s going places, I tell ya.

hawkeye54 on February 28, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Jack Lew’s replacement. probably a candidate for senate finance chair once he’s elected to office. Howover, since he likes to bang underage boys he might be a candidate for the senate foreign relations commit chair.

acyl72 on February 28, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Is the IRS Director position open? This guy would be perfect for the job….

dentarthurdent on February 28, 2013 at 3:42 PM

Another Dem alumnus of the show “How to Make Mo Money Without Usin Yo Money”.

dentarthurdent on February 28, 2013 at 3:43 PM

He’s got all the qualifications to be a member of the Obama cabinet.

MTF on February 28, 2013 at 4:03 PM

The Dirt Bag Party dems.

Suppose the Feds will drop down on this piece o’ crud and confiscate his tropical hardwoods so he can’t make guitars?

Doubt it.

Obama is the King Dirt Bag.

Give me Nixon anytime.

Sherman1864 on February 28, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Who says some aren’t more equal than others.

If that debt were owed by a common person, they’d be under investigation by the criminal division.

EdmundBurke247 on February 28, 2013 at 5:34 PM

a leader of a state democratic party a tax cheat? It’s also known as a resume enhancement.

deimos on February 28, 2013 at 5:46 PM

He will be confirmed for White House cabinet position next week.

doublee on February 28, 2013 at 7:03 PM

I love my state.

30 years ago, when still active Democrats and soon after moving here, we attended a Jefferson Jackson Dinner. Shook hands with some of the locals Dems & officials. Left thinking we would never be involved in party politics again and started voting conservative not too many years later.

Democrats here make NY & CA democrats look like fine upstanding citizens by comparison.

SteveInRTP on February 28, 2013 at 7:27 PM

in-migration to the state

You mean immigration to the state?

(Best wishes from NC.)

Tzetzes on February 28, 2013 at 11:28 PM

Why hasn’t he paid his “fair share”?

ama on March 1, 2013 at 2:36 PM