Ben Smith: Sen. Claire McCaskill is selling the personal plane that has caused her turbulence in recent weeks after POLITICO revealed she used taxpayer money to cover the cost of political travel.The first-term Democrat said she was very happy she was able to convince her husband to "sell the damn plane."
In a conference call Monday afternoon, McCaskill revealed that after her own review of the plane's records, she had not paid personal property taxes on the aircraft over the past four years.
"I have discovered that the personal property taxes on the plane have not been paid. There should have been a reporting to the county of the existence of this plane. There are people I could blame for this, but I know better. I take full responsibility," McCaskill said to reporters, after revealing she had conducted her own audit of all 89 flights she had taken.
"This was a mistake, It should have been reported in Missouri. It will be paid in Missouri today," she said.
McCaskill said she would be sending a check for $287,273 to St. Louis County Monday for the back taxes she owed between 2007 and 2010. She also said she had campaign lawyers looking into the flights to determine if any more in-kind contributions needed to be reported to be in compliance. [MORE]You really have to be kidding me. When you stop to think about this, McCaskill's tax cheating is just evil. As a sitting senator she is damn well aware that the United States is borrowing over 40 cents of every dollar it spends. All that debt will have to be paid for by our children and grandchildren. So reimbursing herself for flights on a plane she owns and stiffing her share of taxes owed, tells me that she doesn't given a damn about the burden she is placing on our future generation.