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Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Al Franken Doesn't Pay Work Comp for Employees

Michael Brodkorb got the scoop, and has pushed it out to the mainstream media. He's also done his trademark repetive breathless posts on the topic. Liberal Talk show host, Ed Schultz said today that Franken needs to get out in front of this story. Now from the Hill:

Democratic Senate candidate Al Franken owes the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board $25,000 for not providing workers’ compensation insurance for his employees between 2002 and 2005.

Franken moved back to Minnesota, the state he grew up in, in 2005. Notices were reportedly sent beginning that year.

Spokeswoman Jess McIntosh said the company penalized, Alan Franken Inc., comprised only Franken and his wife, Franni, but occasionally hired a couple workers.

“We’re trying to figure out exactly where the point of contention is ourselves, but we know that the state says Alan Franken Inc. had 17 employees at that time, and that’s not true,” McIntosh said, adding that the campaign’s accountant was looking into the matter.

A commenter on Minnesota Democrats Exposed claims:

Alan Franken Inc. had WC coverage from the state fund from 3/29/05-7/3/07.
The 3\29/05 policy was a renewal policy.
You do know what renewal means don’t you.
So the whole time the state of New York is “sending” him automated notices for non-coverage, he was sending them checks for WC coverage.
That’ll do Sheeple, that’ll do