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FACT CHECK: Rep. Scott Taylor Tries to Cover Up His Campaign Fraud

October 23, 2018

Virginia Beach, VA –. During today’s debate, Rep. Scott Taylor continued to dodge questions about what he knew and when he knew it regarding his campaign’s election fraud, and failed to explain why he broke his promise to immediately fire staff implicated in wrongdoing.

The truth is four staffers accused of fraud remained on Rep. Taylor’s payroll long after the scandal was brought to light, and received a paycheck days after a judge found that they had committed fraud. Notably, Rep. Taylor still refuses to confirm exactly which staff have and have not been fired from the campaign. The facebook live video where Taylor promised to fire the staffers was deleted by the Taylor campaign. However an archived version can be found here.

A campaign spokesperson for Taylor admitted that Taylor knew about the effort to gather signatures, “Yep, of course he knew.”

Background:

Taylor continued to pay staffers accused of wrongdoing
– Taylor had said he would purge his campaign of anyone involved in illegal activity.
– On September 5th, a Virginia judge threw out all of the petition signatures submitted by Taylor’s staffers, saying they were “rife with errors, inconsistencies,” and found “out and out fraud.”
– But Taylor continued to pay the staffers who collected the fraudulent petitions and signed affidavits invoking their Fifth Amendment rights if asked to testify against Taylor, including after the judge’s decision:
– Disbursed $6,000 for legal fees to Validus, an LLC associated with Daniel Bohner, and also paid him an additional $9,000 from consulting and staff time as recently as 9/12.
– Disbursed a total of $7,424.06 to Lauren Creekmore, including a 9/12 disbursement for “payroll”
– Disbursed a total of $13,500 to Heather Guillot, including a 9/12 disbursement for “campaign consulting – staff”
– Disbursed a total of $7,635.48 to Roberta Marciano, including a 9/12 disbursement for “payroll” and a 9/18 disbursement for “mileage reimbursement

Legal Fees
– Taylor’s campaign made four disbursements for legal fees during Q3
– $2,500 to Mark Andrews Law on 8/10 –Mark Andrews is a criminal defense attorney.
– $2,575 Plumlee & Overton PC 8/13 –Plumlee & Overton practices criminal law.
– $5,000 to Tavss Fletcher on 8/9 –Tavss Fletcher practices criminal law.
– $1,325 to Holtzman Vogel Josefiak on 9/18 –Holtzman Vogel Josefiak practices election law.
– Notably, four of those disbursements came within a week of the special prosecutor being appointed on August 7th.
– Also notably, Taylor had never paid any of these law firms prior to this quarter.

“The political scandal surrounding Virginia Rep. Scott Taylor’s campaign is still simmering as a state special prosecutor investigates allegations that four of Taylor’s campaign staffers and advisers forged dozens — possibly hundreds — of constituent signatures to help a third-party candidate onto the ballot this November. The 2nd District Republican continued to pay the four staffers accused of committing the forgeries, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $2,500 fine, his third-quarter filing with the Federal Elections Commission shows. Taylor also shelled out more than $10,000 in legal fees from his campaign coffers to at least four different law firms in August and September…Scott Weldon, a spokesman for Taylor, indicated that the staffers involved in the petition fraud scandal no longer work for the congressman’s campaign — even though they were each cut paychecks multiple times after reports of their alleged malfeasance surfaced in early August.”

“A judge on Wednesday found “out-and-out-fraud” in signatures Taylor’s campaign staff gathered to help get an independent spoiler candidate on the ballot. Richmond Circuit Judge Gregory L. Rupe ruled that independent Shaun Brown should be removed from the 2nd Congressional District ballot. Campaign staffers for Taylor helped gather signatures required to get Brown on the ballot. Investigations by news media and the Democratic Party showed forged signatures, including from voters who had died or no longer lived in the congressional district.”

FACT CHECK: Scott Taylor Plans to Cut Social Security and Medicare

October 23, 2018

Virginia Beach, VA –. During today’s debate, Scott Taylor continued to dodge questions and lie about Medicare and Social Security. Taylor continues to peddle the GOP line that earned benefits like Social Security and Medicare are “the real driver of debt” when they just voted to add $1.9 trillion to the debt for their tax giveaway to the wealthiest and large corporations. Last week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced his plan to cut Medicare and Social Security to pay for the growing deficit caused by last year’s GOP Tax Plan, the exact same plan that Representative Scott Taylor championed at the Virginia Chamber of Commerce earlier this month.

Background:

November 2016: Upon Winning Congressional Seat, Taylor Claimed That He Was Already Writing Legislation To Raise The Social Security Age By Three Years. “Republican state Del. Scott Taylor won Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District seat, outdoing Democratic community activist Shaun Brown to join the House of Representatives. […] Afterward, he old reporters he’s already drafting legislation to raise the age to qualify for government entitlements such as Social Security by three years for individuals currently younger than 41, and he plans to look at mandated budget cuts called sequestration.” [Virginian-Pilot, 11/8/16]

Taylor Promised That His Constituents Could “Expect [Him] To Look At Entitlement Reform And Raising The Age.” “[Taylor] said 2nd District voters can expect him to leap into that and a couple of other signature issues right off the bat. ‘They can expect me to look at entitlement reform and raising the age,’ Taylor said.” [Daily Press, 11/8/16]

Taylor On Social Security And Medicare: “We Need To Raise The [Retirement] Age.” “Scott Taylor, a former U.S. Navy SEAL and now real estate investor, has represented Virginia Beach’s 85th District in the Virginia House of Delegates since 2014. Taylor has taken aim at so-called entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare, saying he’d push Congress to take a good hard look at them. ‘Obviously entitlements are the big elephant in the room that nobody wants to talk about,’ Taylor said. ‘I believe my generation, 40 and under, will have to step up to the plate to reform entitlements to say, ‘Look, we’re living longer, we have more time, we need to raise the (retirement) age up three years.’” [Daily Press, 11/6/16]

February 2017: Taylor Said He Wanted To Raise The Minimum Retirement Age For Social Security For Younger Generations. “To free up more defense funds, Taylor said he and other Republicans want to reduce spending on some government assistance, such as food stamps, and potentially cut outdated military programs. Looking more broadly, Taylor said he also supports raising the minimum age for Social Security benefits for younger generations in order to keep the program solvent.” [Washington Times, 2/12/17]

The Republican tax bill is projected to add $1.9 trillion to the debt, and just last week CBO projected that the federal deficit is going to clear $799 billion due to the tax bill this year, and is expected to top $1 trillion in 2019.

FACT CHECK: Scott Taylor Voted to Gut Health Protections

October 23, 2018

Virginia Beach, VA — Once again, Rep. Scott Taylor lies to Virginians about his record during today’s debate. Taylor voted to kick 45,000 of his constituents off their healthcare, gut protections for people in his district with pre-existing conditions, and charge older Americans an “Age Tax” for their healthcare. Taylor voted against the needs of his constituents because he was promised help with his reelection campaign. The AARP, American Heart Association, and dozens of other patient advocacy groups also voiced their concern that repealing the Affordable Care Act and the poorly written replacement, AHCA would be devastating for older Americans  Americans with pre-existing health conditions.

 Background: 

Politifact Found That AHCA “Would Weaken Protections” For Those With Pre-Existing Conditions, “Would Allow States To Give Insurers The Power To Charge People Significantly More.” “An ad by the American Action Network says that under the American Health Care Act ‘people with pre-existing conditions are protected.’ The only kernel of truth here is that the amendment has language that states insurers can’t limit access to coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions. However, the ad omits that the House GOP health plan would weaken protections for these patients. The legislation would allow states to give insurers the power to charge people significantly more if they had a pre-existing condition. While Republicans point to the fact that those patients could get help through high-risk pools, experts question their effectiveness. Current law does not allow states to charge people with pre-existing conditions significantly more. We rate this claim Mostly False.” [Politifact, 5/24/17]

Washington Post Fact Check On AAN Ad Found Claim That Bill “Protected” Those With Preexisting Conditions To Be “Misleading.” “Protected” is an odd word choice here. As we have noted, people with preexisting conditions would not be denied coverage. But if they have a gap in coverage, they still could face higher, unaffordable premiums for a year. (Much would depend on what individual states do.) So this is misleading language.” [Washington Post, 5/24/17]

Washington Post: CBO Found That People With Pre-Existing Condition Would Be Far From “Protected” By AHCA, Undermining Claims Made By GOP Leaders. “The CBO found that while insurers could not deny coverage to sick Americans, they would be far from being ‘protected.’ In states that choose to waive certain insurance coverage mandates as allowed under the GOP bill, the report stated, ‘people who are less healthy (including those with preexisting or newly acquired medical conditions) would ultimately be unable to purchase comprehensive nongroup health insurance at premiums comparable to those under current law, if they could purchase it at all.’ […] The analysis undermines not only the claims made by GOP leaders, but also shows that their bill could, by undoing what is perhaps the Affordable Care Act’s single most popular provision, throw consumers back into insurance markets where their ability to purchase affordable insurance would depend on their health.” [Washington Post, 5/26/17]

Politifact: MacArthur Amendment Would Allow Health Insurers In Some States “To Charge Sicker People More,” And Overall “Seems To Weaken Existing Protections For People With Pre-Existing Conditions.” “Trump said of the GOP health care amendment, ‘Pre-existing conditions are in the bill.’ The amendment says that health insurers can’t limit access to coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, but that insurers can charge people more if states agree. In some states, health insurers would be able to charge sicker people more. And experts warn that high-risk pools — the mechanisms meant to keep premiums lower for sick people — might not be effective. Overall, the latest proposal seems to weaken existing protections for people with pre-existing conditions, not strengthen them. We rate the statement Mostly False.” [Politifact, 5/1/17]

Mitch McConnell supports Scott Taylor’s Plan to Cut Social Security and Medicare

October 22, 2018

Virginia Beach, VA — Last week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced his plan to cut Medicare and Social Security to pay for the growing deficit caused by last year’s GOP Tax Plan, the exact same plan that Representative Scott Taylor championed at the Virginia Chamber of Commerce earlier this month. McConnell and Taylor continue to peddle the GOP line that earned benefits like Social Security and Medicare are “the real driver of debt” when they just voted to add $1.9 trillion to the debt for their tax giveaway to the wealthiest and large corporations.

Earlier this month, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce asked Rep. Scott Taylor about the balance of prioritizing federal programs while also working to alleviate the national debt. He responded, “When you look at entitlements –– When you look at mandatory spending entitlements, that is the biggest driver of the trajectory of our debt…You gotta look at eligibility. You gotta look at age, and make small different adjustments to deal with that mandatory spending, to deal with those entitlements to be able to reduce the trajectory of our debt, because there’s no question that that entitlement spending, is eating up all of that revenue that is coming in, so the rest of the stuff we’re just basically paying for it on a credit card.” You can view the rest of his comments here.


The Republican tax bill is projected to add $1.9 trillion to the debt, and just last week CBO projected that the federal deficit is going to clear $799 billion due to the tax bill this year, and is expected to top $1 trillion in 2019.

Biden and Kaine Rally Around Elaine

October 22, 2018

Virginia Beach, VA —  Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Tim Kaine both made stops in Hampton Roads region this weekend to express their support for Elaine and to urge voters to turn out to the polls on November 6th.

Yesterday, Senator Tim Kaine joined Congressional Candidate Elaine Luria, Congressman Bobby Scott, and State Senator Lynwood Lewis for a Get Out the Vote Rally in Accomac, VA. The event was attended by over 200 people, including other local elected officials, and many supporters and volunteers from all over the Eastern Shore. Click here to view Senator Kaine’s endorsement video.

On Friday, Vice President Biden stopped by the United Steelworkers Local 8888 union hall to stump for Luria. “This woman is with you, this woman knows and understands what it means to make a living, she was a commander in the United States Navy, makes her a little tougher,” said Vice President Biden. “Do me a favor, and do yourself a favor. Elect this woman.” Click here to view Vice President Biden’s endorsement video.