A new ad from the Roskam for Congress campaign released today highlights Sean Casten’s previously unreported work as a federal lobbyist who sought taxpayer funded subsidies and attempted to sway members on Capitol Hill to grant him special tax incentives for his own company.
“Sean Casten takes every opportunity to talk about his ‘resume,’ but he conveniently leaves out that he was also a registered federal lobbyist who pleaded with congressional leaders for special tax breaks to benefit his own business,” said Roskam for Congress Spokesman Veronica Vera. “Casten’s hypocrisy in calling for raising taxes for 6th District residents, all the while lining his own pockets with taxpayer money through special interest tax breaks, is breathtaking. Casten’s history continues to reveal shady business dealings, cover-ups and contradictions—and now, Sixth District residents are getting to know the real Sean Casten.”
Roskam has worked government job or held an elected office since 1985 (33 years). The Chicago Tribune noted that Roskam earned over $615,000 in 2005 as a personal injury trial lawyer. people in glass houses…
==Roskam has worked government job or held an elected office since 1985 (33 years). The Chicago Tribune noted that Roskam earned over $615,000 in 2005 as a personal injury trial lawyer. people in glass houses… ==
Don’t forget part he’s a Denny Hastert understudy. - Though some still consider that a conservative credential.
==Just to be clear, Roskam is now down on corporate special interests lining up at the trough for tax breaks?==
I think the point here is that Casten constantly rails against a new competitive corporate tax rate that we’re seeing positive effects and calls them handouts from but when it came to him and his business, he lobbied to not only get those tax breaks, but to get special tax breaks just for his business.
So it’s fine for him to get special dispensation but not for any other business to benefit from more favorable tax rates? Come on… That’s what I call hypocrisy. It’s disingenuous and dishonest. And, yes, more than a little shady.
=a new competitive corporate tax rate that we’re seeing positive effects=
And at the same time those new tax rates have negative effects namely in the cap on SALT and the hole they blow in the deficit. Maybe the good outweighs the bad but its hard to tell since Roskam won’t have a conversation with his constituents on the topic.
Well apparently Sean Casten believes that better tax rates and breaks benefit businesses because he had no problem begging for them for his own business.
Also, SALT being capped is only one part of the equation. Child tax credit - doubled; qualifying income limit for that credit - more than doubled; Alternative minimum tax - DRASTICALLY fewer folks affected by that; and lower tax rates for every income bracket. Roll all those together and it’s definitely a net positive for taxpayers.
And Roskam has conversations *all the time* with constituents that both agree with and don’t agree with him. Anyone who says he doesn’t meet with or talk to constituents is intentionally lying (or unfortunately believes someone else who was intentionally lying). Either way, it’s not true.
Think Smart - Sounds like you have compelling arguments for the tax cut. Maybe you could provide your talking points to Roskam so he could overcome his fear of meeting with his constituents. To suggest that Roskam is doing this is to completely ignore reality. It’s one of the main reasons that Roskam finds himself in the vulnerable position he’s in and chooses to run ads like this.