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Wynn Robocalls Target Edwards' Past Tax Liens

Rosalind Helderman

Tax liens once filed against the home of congressional candidate Donna F. Edwards are the subject of "robocalls" to voters by Edwards' primary opponent, U.S. Rep. Albert R. Wynn (D) that began Thursday night. The liens have all been released.

Wynn manager Lori Sherwood acknowledged that the campaign was using the robocalls. She said Edwards opened the door to questions about her finances when she talked publicly about almost facing foreclosure on her home.

Edwards, an attorney running against Wynn in the 4th Congressional District Democratic primary on Tuesday, said the tax liens were at one time filed against her Prince George's County home when she was struggling financially. She said all have been released.

She cried foul over the calls, noting she has talked frequently on the campaign trail about facing financial problems in the years after she separated from her husband, including a two-year time span when she went without healthcare and a decade when she received no child support.

"Like a lot of working moms throughout our community, I've faced some really tough times. I haven't hidden that," she said. "I dug in, and I little by little, I paid all the bills back."

She called the telephone messages "a really desperate attack." "For the Congressman to attack me personally like this, shame on him," she said.

Wynn rejected that Saturday and said other struggling residents pay all their taxes. According to Wynn, the issue suggests "this person is not who she says she is."

"I think it's an example of her disingenuous approach to life and politics," he added.

You can read the tax liens here.

The records show that federal government filed a tax lien against her in 2002 for failing to pay $9,786 in 1994, 1995 and 1999. She repaid the debt and the lien was released in 2006. She has also faced two liens from the state of Maryland, one for a delinquent payments totaling $11,693 from 1999 to 2003, which was released in 2006, and another for $645 owed in 1999 and released last year.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  February 9, 2008; 5:22 PM ET
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Dona Edwards claims that the $565,000 that SEIU spent for nasty TV ads attacking Wynn was an "independent," expenditure. Not true. I received Edwards literature yesterday which contains an extensive quote from Terry Cavanagh, Executive Director of SEIU. That literature was "Paid for and Authorized by Donna Edwards for Congress." The huge expenditures by SEIU are obviously anything but "independent.' Edwards learned nothing from the Watergate scandals. 86% of her contibutors are from outside Maryland. She should run for the state legislature in 2010 to show she has some inerest in our state.

Posted by: Robin Ficker Broker Robin Realty | February 10, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse


You lost my vote. Al Wynn pays his taxes. Why can't you?

Posted by: Former Donna Edwards Supporter | February 10, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Lori Sherwood says that Edwards opened the door to questions about her finances when she talked publicly about almost facing foreclosure on her home. The Wynn response, GO NEGATIVE, with personal robocalls that have noting to do with the ISSUES. The Wynn campaign tries to penalize an opponent for being open and honest. Tells you all you need to know about the ethics of the Wynn campaign. Reminds me of the Clinton campaign tactics against Obama in South Carolina.

Selective statistics from Robin Ficker, again. Figures lie, liars figure. It may be correct to say that Edwards has raised 86% of her contributions from out of district, (it also may not be correct, since new figures were released on 1-31), but it is true to say that she has raised 96% from individuals, whereas, Big Al, the Fat Cat, has raised only 41% from individuals, and 58% from PACs. Somehow, I doubt that all those corporate Wynn PACs live in MD04. More likely DC, which is also OUT OF DISTRICT! Al has raised $588K from PACs, and $418K from individuals. Donna has raised $29K from PACs and $765K from individuals, nearly twice as much as Al. See the Center for Responsive Politics comparison.

Others have suggested that Robin Ficker does not live in MD04, I don't know, but I find the idea that he would prefer to be represented by Wynn rather than Edwards, both funny and fascinating.

Posted by: Count Bobulescu | February 10, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Since Al Wynn now thinks it's OK to talk about "personal" issues, let's talk about his personal situation.

He's been married three times. His third wife accused him of throwing her out of the house at Christmas, along with their young daughter. He attempted to avoid paying child support as a tactic in their divorce.

Says a lot about a guy. Here's what I say: nice people can have financial problems. Some of them actually live in the Fourth Congressional District (not that Al Wynn would notice, because they're not donating to him).

But no one who claims to be a nice person throws his wife out of the house at Christmas time, much less his young daughter.

Information on Wynn's divorce from Jessie Wynn can be viewed here:

Wynn's earlier divorce from Alice Wynn was in Baltimore City in 1993:

Something about stones and glass houses seems appropriate here. Wynn is a desperate, reprehensible cretin.

Posted by: lefty | February 10, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Robin does NOT live in CD4. Has not been to a single event that was not of his own self-promotion in our part of the county -- EVER.

He is a disbarred lawyer who supports Wynn.

Now we find out that Wynn kicked his ex-wife out at Christmas time.

So here is the latest campaign slogan for Wynn from Ficker:

Out of District & Disbarred Lawyers for Husbands who cheat and fail to provide child support.

Those two deserve each other.

Posted by: MidCo Maven | February 10, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Count, I know you can count. The Post reported that as of 1/31 that 85% of Edward's contributors were from outside Maryland. That leaves 15% from the eight congressional districts in Maryland. The fourth is the wealthiest black district in the country. Why are all those people outside Maryland so interested in this seat? Don't they have people in their own states that interest them? When these out-of-state folks see somebody who is vulnerable to prefering interests outside their own district, they are out like flies on a dead deer. Why couldn't Edwards find contributors in the Fourth? She has had since Nov. 06 to collect them. In fifty years of observing Maryland politics, I have never seen a Congressional race where there are "independent," contributions of $1.5 million. That is the equivalent of "independent" contributions of $650 million in a Presidential race. They see Edwards as someone who can bought, sold and packaged, which she is. Do you know who is calling her tune?---not the Fourth District.

Posted by: Robin Ficker Broker Robin Realty | February 10, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

How can Donna Edwards vote on a budget for the whole country, when she can't even manage her own budget? Everyone knows that IRS files liens only as a very last resort when there is no response. Did she play a part in the D.C. accounting scandal?

Posted by: Go figure | February 10, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

So, am I, as a voter from Wynn's district supposed to believe that Edwards and Wynn are the best two people to rise to the top of the ticket. Why are they running against each other? What a farce!

When voting for the lesser of two evils you are still choosing evil.

Posted by: No choice | February 10, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Ike Leggett, the first African-American County Executive from Montgomery County, supports Wynn and says he has done a good job.

Posted by: Leggett supports Wynn | February 10, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

I just saw a TV blasting Wynn and touting Edwards on Channel 9. It wasn't even paid for by the Edwards campaign. Why can't she speak for herself?

Posted by: Not Donna | February 10, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

To No Choice and anyone else who is tired of having to choose between the lesser of two evils, you have another alternative - me. I can not promise you the world, but I can promise you a decent, hardworking, intelligent and competent leader who will put our collective interests above my personal interests.

We need to end the separation and division of the Prince George's and Montgomery county sections of the district and start trying to support one another. It is a difficult prospect and will take many years, but it is worth the effort. If you are undecided, go to my web site (, read my positions and view the debate video clips and then decide for yourselves.

Jason Jennings

Posted by: Jason Jennings | February 10, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Robin, I believe the claim of 86% "foreign" donors for Edwards originated with the Wynn campaign prior to 01-31. My point was, that as a result of the 01-31 filings that 86% figure is now likely inaccurate.

Posted by: Count Bobulescu | February 10, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Al Wynn has always put the needs of big oil and predatory lenders above the needs of Prince George's county.

With nothing positive to offer our community, it's not surprising that he would use any excuse to attack Donna Edwards.

Posted by: Jerimee | February 11, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

According to Matt Stoller of OpenLeft, Al Wynn just got a wave of corporate cash from the following folks:

Foundation Coal, Verizon, Society of Independent Gasoline Markets, Reliant Energy, Allegheny Energy, American Electric Power, American Healthcare Association, BankAmerica Corporation, Cisco Systems, Coventry Health Care, Dell Inc, Dominion PAC, Eastman Kodak, Gaylord Entertainment Co PAC, General Electric PAC, Genesis Healthcare Corporation, Healthcare Distribution Management Assocation, Hogan and Hartson PAC, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, Microsoft, Mirant, National Fisheries Institute (FISHPAC), National Association of Broadcasters, NODAK, Norfolk Southern, NORPAC, Pinnacle West Capital Corporation, US Chamber of Commerce

Here is the link:

Posted by: Jerimee | February 11, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

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