When you run for office, your life will be scrutinized. For former eBay CEO and gubernatorial Republican candidate Meg Whitman, she's been hit hard over the last week. Today, the California Democratic Party called attention to over $1,600 in unpaid employment taxes for household servants when she lived in Boston during the 1990s.
“It’s true that most of us don’t know what it’s like to be a billionaire and to keep household servants but you would think she could afford to pay the $1,648.58,” huffed John Burton, Chairman of the California Democratic Party, in a statement. “This development only adds to the long list of questions that are starting to pile up on team Whitman’s doorstep."
Also on the proverbial doorstep are questions about a $4 million offshore investment, in Hedge Funds based in Bermuda and the Cayman Islands, made by Whitman's charitable foundation in 2007. "Is Meg Whitman still shifting her millions into offshore tax havens to avoid having to pay her fair share?" questions Nick Velasquez of the California Accountability Project, who is asking for full transparency by Whitman. "The release of tax returns by wealthy candidates for governor is a well-established precedent in the State of California."
Whitman is reportedly worth $1.4 billion.