Back when LetOhiOVote.com started their lawsuit to protect the names of their contributors The Dispatch reported

…the court also delayed a subpoena issued to Norm Cummings, identified as a consultant for LetOhioVote.org living in Colorado. Cummings and Crawford had argued that Brunner cannot issue subpoenas out of state.

Cummings, as we’ve recently noted, has been living and working on a campaign out in Colorado for the past year.

It’s hard to really track where he really lives though.

He may be living and working in Colorado now but he and his wife have registered home and business addresses all over the DC area as well as owning a house in Columbus.

The funny thing about that house in Columbus: Norm is claiming the Owner Occupied property tax Reduction of 2.5% for it.

According to the auditor’s office to receive the 2.5% homestead tax reduction:

  • you must own and occupy your home as your principal place of residence
  • A person only has one principal place of residence.
  • Your principal place of residence determines, among other things, where you are registered to vote and where you declare residency for income tax purposes.

Since Norm obviously lives, votes and pays his income taxes in Ohio this kind of makes LetOhioVote.com’s argument against issuing subpoenas out of state moot, right?

So did LetOhioVote.com lie when they claimed Norm Cummings was living out of state?

Or did Norm Cummings lie to Franklin County in order to receive an undeserved tax reduction?

Hell if I know. Maybe all three. Maybe none of the above.

But there always seems to be something shady about the groups Norm Cummings chooses to hang with. And LetOhioVote.com is no exception.

And now that the Supreme Court turned down their request to block Jennifer Brunner’s subpoenas, hopefully we’ll find out at least some of their dirty little secrets very soon.

(ht to micmac over at palingates for the tip)

 
  • adrienne

    Hey,
    Why is this important? Not sure what this is about. Joseph what's up?

  • Hi Joseph,

    I am sure you will put this valuable piece of information to good use! 🙂

    Love back from Palingates!

  • Norm Cummings is a Republican political operative who has a long history of shading activity in Ohio.

    Right now he's trying to use the fact that he doesn't live in Ohio as an excuse for not responding to a subpoena issued by SOS Brunner.

    But it turns out he own a house in Columbus (i.e. in Ohio) and he claims to live in this house so he can get a 2.5% break on his property taxes.

    So either he lives in this house in-state and his out-of-state subpoena argument is a lie.

    Or he doesn't live in the state and his claim that he lives in his house is a lie.

    It wouldn't surprise me if both were lies knowing Cumming's history.

  • emiliepeacock

    And hopefully all this information and documentation is on its way to SOS Brunner as we speak. : )

    Time to fumigate all these bad nasties.

  • adrienne

    Hey Joseph,
    thanks o much for the reply but I don't understand the underlying issue. Is “letohiovote” some sort of conservative front-group to prevent people from voting.

    This dodge of the supoena is an old GOPER dirty trick since they don't believe in rules except for everyone else.

  • KarenJ

    Sarah Palin's husband Todd (the shadow governor of Alaska) was enabled by Palin's personally handpicked state of Alaska attorney general Talis Colberg to do that very thing, ignore a subpoena, as did some of Palin's government appointees, back in 2008 during the “Troopergate” investigation.

    They were found in contempt — but I don't think the charge had any teeth. That's the way government is run in Alaska….one giant corkscrew-crooked “Corrupt Bastards Club”, and the Palin were and still are members — despite whatever Palin has claimed otherwise.

  • JT

    Adrienne, the underlying issue is that letohiovote is most likely being paid for by the casino companies that had their issue approved by Ohio voters last November. Letohiovote blocked legislation that allowed slot machines at Ohio's horse racetracks. The governor pushed the slot machines to cover a $900 million gap in the state budget. The result was Ohio residents paying higher taxes, so the casino owners don't want their names associated with the higher taxes resulting from their efforts to gain a monopoly. Now the story is that the casino owners are trying to buy up all the racetracks. If that happens, then letohiovote will likely drop their issue and give the same casino owners a bigger monopoly on more casinos in Ohio. All the while, Ohio residents end up paying a higher tax bill. I'm sure the casino owners are paying Tim Crawford and the rest of their consultants/lobbyists to keep this as quiet as possible.

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