1/28/2005

Tricky Ricky has been telling fibs!


Dear Senator Santorum,

Stop saying you live in our county and thereby deserve a tax reduction (the Act 50 Homestead Tax Exemption) which you know is intended for property owners who actually live in their houses, not for out-of-state landlords from VIRGINIA!

Stop claiming the exemption, pay back the money (plus interest and penalties), and if you are ever again asked if you LIVE in Allegheny County, just say NO !

Your friends in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania,
A S A P

1/16/2005

Just the facts, please...

The facts:
* santorum has never lived in the Penn Hills, PA, house
* santorum lives with his family in his Loudoun County, VA, house
* santorum receives a tax break from Allegheny County, PA, intended for property owners who actually live in the house
* santorum must have lied on the Act 50 form to get that tax break (the first question: "Is this your primary residence?")
* santorum has tenants who live in his Penn Hills house
* the tax break is not intended for the owners of rental property
* there are provisions for a fine and criminal prosecution for false statements on the Act 50 form

The story in a few links –

11/19/04 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette…Editorial…contains the first editorial mention of this issue
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/04324/414066.stm

11/19/04 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review…Daniel Reynolds...contains the first reporting on this issue
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/search/s_274635.html


N/A Allegheny County (PA) Property Assessment Web Site...enter "stephens" for street and "111" for number (without the " ")...click on "Tax information/Pay Taxes" tab...documents santorum receiving homestead exclusion
http://www2.county.allegheny.pa.us/RealEstate/Search.asp?InvalidQuery=true&

N/A Allegheny County County ACT 50 info..MUST HAVE ADOBE to view…click on "act 50 form and instructions"…contains questions asked and penalties for false answers: payment of back taxes + interest + penalties + up to $2,500 fine + prosecution as a 3rd degree misemeanor (up to one year in prison)
http://www.county.allegheny.pa.us/opa/act50frm.asp

1/08/2005

Where does Tricky Ricky really live ???
Pictures of his HOME in Virginia


santara 1


santara 2


santara 3

These are pictures of Tricky Ricky Santorum's house on his 4 acre estate located just outside of Leesburg, Virginia (Loudoun County). For complete details go to the Loundoun County website listed in the "Other resources" section of the santorum CYBERGATE SCANDAL LINKS.

Feel free to distribute these pictures, but PLEASE give a little credit to a little blog.

Tricky Ricky / Santorum / Residency / Pittsburgh / Pennsylvania / PA

CYBERGATE SCANDAL LINKS Updated 7/1/05

(next update - when we get around to it! )

DATE……SOURCE……AUTHOR……NOTES

Print media

6/29/05 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette...Tom Barnes
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05180/530020.stm

5/12/05 Pittsburgh City Paper...Chris Potter...
http://www.pittsburghcitypaper.ws/archive.cfm?type=News%20Briefs&action=getComplete&ref=4230

5/11/05 Penn Hills Progress...Patrick Finnegan...
http://www.gatewaynewspapers.com/pennhillsprogress/46601

5/11/05 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette...Staff...
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05134/504642.stm

5/11/05 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette...Staff...meanwhile on the Penn Hills front....
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05131/502496.stm

5/7/05 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review...Reid Frazier...rightwing attack dogs set loose
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/search/s_331941.html

5/6/05 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review...Reid Frazier...D.A. to investigate
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/search/s_331494.html

5/4/05 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review...Reid Frazier...DfPgh to take issue to Allegheny County D.A.
http://pittsburghlive.com/x/tribune-review/trib/tribeast/s_330720.html

5/4/05 Penn Hills Progress...Patrick Finnegan...
http://www.gatewaynewspapers.com/pennhillsprogress/46319/

4/29/05 Pittsburgh Post- Gazette...Editorial...Pgh. P-G says Ricky Doesn't LIVE here!
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05119/496176.stm

4/23/05 Pittsburgh Post- Gazette...Jerome Sherman
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05113/493181.stm

4/20/05 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review...Staff...DfPgh Says Ricky doesn't LIVE here!
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/search/s_326168.html

4/20/05 Pittsburgh Post- Gazette...Jerome Sherman
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05110/491029.stm

3/31/05 Philadelphia Daily News / philly.com...Frederick Cusick...Dean says Ricky doesn't LIVE here!
http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/local/11273047.htm

3/30/05 Pittsburgh Post- Gazette...Staff...No more PUBLIC Hearing!
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05089/479760.stm

3/3/05 Pittsburgh City Paper...Marty Levine...FIRST article on santoum tax petition
http://www.pittsburghcitypaper.ws/archive.cfm?type=News%20Briefs&action=getComplete&ref=3828

3/2/05 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette...Judy Laurinatis..."mystery polling" in Penn Hills
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05061/464828.stm

2/9/05 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review... Reid Frazier...public CYBERGATE hearings
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/search/s_301757.html

2/9/05 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette...Staff..state to hold public CYBERGATE hearing
http://www.pittsburghpostgazette.com/pg/05040/455035.stm

2/8/05 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review... Reid Frazier...new law to help Tricky Ricky?
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/search/s_301341.html

1/23/05 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette...Barnes & Niederberger...many PA taxpayers may miss out on homestead tax reduction, but not TRICKY RICKY!
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05023/446742.stm

1/19/05 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette...Judy Laurinatis..Penn Hills wants definition
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05019/444403.stm

1/2/05 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette…Martha Raffaele(AP)…CYBERGATE continues
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05002/435465.stm

12/30/04 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review…AP…
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/search/s_288225.html

12/25/04 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette…guest editorial…ricky’s Christmas present to PA – a lecture on what should be taught in PUBLIC schools!
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/04360/432177.stm

12/16/04 Pittsburgh City Paper...Chris Potter...BEST article on homestead tax issue
http://www.pittsburghcitypaper.ws/archive.cfm?type=Potter&action=getComplete&ref=3412

12/13/04 Hershey Patriot-News…Peter Decoursey…ricky can’t shake issue
http://www.pennlive.com/news/patriotnews/index.ssf?/base/news/110293320014170.xml

12/10/04 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette…Eleanor Chute…challenge to residency
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/04345/424753.stm

12/9/04 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review…Reid Frazier...
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/search/s_281357.html

12/8/04 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review…Frazier & Boren...
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/tribune-review/trib/tribeast/s_280973.html

12/8/04 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette…staff…school district calls for reform
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/04343/423629.stm

12/5/04 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review…Reid Frazier...
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/search/s_279902.html

11/28/04 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette…Editorial…santorum’s civic duty
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/04333/417912.stm

11/24/04 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette…Eleanor Chute…house gets occupant permit
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/04329/416647.stm

11/24/04 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review...Mark Houser...
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/search/s_276236.html

11/23/04 Cumberland County The Sentinel…Francis Volpe…editorial columnist
http://www.cumberlink.com/articles/2004/11/23/editorial/francis_volpe/volpe01.txt

11/22/04 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette…Eleanor Chute…tolltaker takes on santorum
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/04327/415581.stm

11/21/04 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review…Eric Heyl...
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/search/s_274956.html

11/20/04 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review…Reid Frazier...
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/search/s_274996.html

11/19/04 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette…Editorial…claims tax break illegally
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/04324/414066.stm

11/19/04 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette…Eleanor Chute…no santorum left behind
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/04324/414263.stm

11/19/04 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review…Daniel Reynolds...
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/search/s_274635.html

11/18/04 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette…Joe Fahy…town wants REFUND
http://www.postgazette.com/pg/04323/413787.stm

11/18/04 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette…Joe Fahy…santorum withdraws kids
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/04323/413675.stm

11/17/04 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette…Eleanor Chute…ONLY santorum does it!!!
http://www.postgazette.com/pg/04322/412987.stm

11/13/04 Philadelphia Daily News / philly.com…AP…need to log in
https://registration.philly.com/reg/login.do?url=http://www.philly.com%2Fmld%2Fdailynews%2Fnews%2Flocal%2F10171378.htm

11/12/04 Tallahassee Democrat…AP(Jennifer Yates)…picked up nationally
http://www.tallahassee.com/mld/tallahassee/10169219.htm

11/11/04 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review…Frazier & Jewell...
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/search/s_271582.html

11/10/04 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette…Sally kalson…has PA supreme ct info
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/04315/409553.stm

11/6/04 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review…Vera Miller...
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/tribune-review/trib/pittsburgh/s_269995.html

10/20/04 Penn Hills Progress…Vera Miller…the ORIGINAL SOURCE
http://www.gatewaynewspapers.com/pennhillsprogress/36884

Web media

6/21/05 pennlive.com...AP...PA House votes 175 - 24
http://www.pennlive.com/newsflash/pa/index.ssf?/base/news-28/1119394468170160.xml&storylist=penn

12/8/04 kdka.com (kdka tv/radio)…AP…schoolboard wants reform
http://kdka.com/local/local_story_343115749.html

11/18/04 kdka.com (kdka tv/radio)…AP…will home school kids
http://kdka.com/topstories/local_story_323100927.html

11/18/04 wpxi.com (wpxi tv)…staff…will home school kids
http://www.wpxi.com/politics/3930341/detail.html

11/17/04 kdka.com (kdka tv/radio)…AP…ricky doesn’t live here
http://kdka.com/siteSearch/local_story_322110955.html

11/13/04 FOXNEWS.COM.. AP…fox - fear and unbalanced
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,138485,00.html

11/8/04 the Pittsurghchannel.com…WTAE-tv Pgh PA…santorum DEFENDS theft
http://www.thepittsburghchannel.com/news/3901275/detail.html

Other resources

N/A Allegheny County County ACT 50 info..MUST HAVE ADOBE to view…click on “act 50 form and instructions”
http://www.county.allegheny.pa.us/opa/act50frm.asp

N/A opensecrets.org…Trombetta (Cyber CEO)…GOP contributions
http://www.opensecrets.org/indivs/search.asp?NumOfThou=0&txtName=Trombetta&txtState=PA&
txtZip=&txtEmploy=&txtCand=&txt2004=Y&txt2002=Y&txt2000=Y&Order=N


11/17/04 santorum statement...ricky...hold your nose
http://santorum.senate.gov/pressreleases/record.cfm?id=228108

N/A santorum internets page...ricky’s friends...whewww!!!!
http://santorum.senate.gov/

N/A Allegheny County (PA) Property Assessment Web Site...official PA property info
http://www2.county.allegheny.pa.us/RealEstate/General.asp?Street=stephen&MuniCode=934&CurrBloLot=0367G00075000000

N/A Loudoun County (VA) Property Site…enter 17650 Tobermory in address field
http://inter1.loudoun.gov/webpdbs/default.htm

N/A Western PA Cyber Charter School Site…gives RESIDENCY requirements
http://www.wpccs.com/

Letters to the editor

5/8/05 - http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05128/500489.stm
3/17/05 - http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05076/472485.stm
3/8/05 - http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/search/s_310822.html
12/13/04 - http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/04348/425925.stm
12/10/04 - http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/04345/424574.stm
12/05/04 - http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/04340/421545.stm
12/02/04 - http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/04337/420306.stm
11/30/04 - http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/04335/419013.stm
11/29/04 - http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/04334/418575.stm
11/28/04 - http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/04333/417913.stm
11/26/04 - http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/search/s_277044.html
11/25/04 - http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/04330/417152.stm
11/23/04 - http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/04328/415948.stm
11/22/04 - http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/04327/415522.stm
11/21/04 - http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/04326/414708.stm
11/19/04 - http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/04324/414068.stm

Miscellaneous

For Immediate Release December 7, 2004
Contact: Christine Shott, 202-224-0610

Below is a statement from U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, in reference to tonight's Penn Hills School Board meeting:


“Tonight’s meeting of the Penn Hills School Board affirms that my wife, Karen, and I have complied with the letter and spirit of the law regarding residency requirements in the Penn Hills School District. We have been very forthcoming regarding our children’s involvement in the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School. Each year since 2001, our children’s enrollments within the Cyber School have been approved by the Penn Hills School District without question.

“In recent weeks, my family’s residency has been made an issue by individuals seeking political gain, not because of any inappropriate actions on the part of myself or my family.

“Karen and I thank those who have offered their support to us over the past several weeks, and to those who took time out of their busy schedules to show their support for our family at tonight’s school board meeting.”
(Santorum Statement courtesy of Reid Frazier, Pittsburgh Tribune Review. Statement was released to the press but NOT posted on the Junior Senator's website.)


11/16/04 - Rooney Demands Refund For Santorum's Cyber School Costs
PA Dem Chair Says Santorum “Robbing Pennsylvania Students” for Personal Gain

HARRISBURG, PA: After days of news reports detailing how Senator Rick Santorum has taken $100,000 in Pennsylvania taxpayer dollars for cyber-schooling his children, Rep. T.J. Rooney, Chair of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, today called on Santorum to refund Pennsylvania's children the taxpayer dollars he has taken from their education to put towards the education of his own children.

Santorum and his family live in Virginia.

Rooney said today, “Senator Santorum keeps going around trumpeting family values, trying to convince citizens that he is the voice for the Pennsylvania family. Now we learn that apparently Mr. Santorum believes that family values means taking from the children who need our help to pay huge bills for his own family, even though they don't live in Pennsylvania.”

According to the Associated Press, the Penn Hills School District in suburban Pittsburgh has spent $100,000 on the Internet-based education of Santorum's children since 2001-2002. Santorum purchased his two bedroom residence in the school district in 1997 for $87,800. His Leesburg, Virginia home was assessed at $757,000 this year.

“This is a classic case of the rich man's Robin Hood,” Rooney followed. “Mr. Santorum makes a generous salary and lives in a very expensive home in Virginia, but he didn't let that stop him from unfairly taking from the Pennsylvania students who need those school funds desperately.”

NOTE: We do not have a link for this story but we have reliable sources.


DU sources: RamboLiberal / No Mandate Here / Joy Anne / kimchi / makhno
http://democraticunderground.com

1/01/2005

Winning (and Losing) on Character Issues

From USA Today 1/9/05

Democrats "as a group are uneasy" about attacking and defending on character, says Harold Ickes, a former Clinton aide who heads the Media Fund, a political ad organization. "But they damn well better get the stomach," he adds, because "we've seen way too many of our candidates taken down on issues of character."

www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2005-01-09-dems-character_x.htm
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