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The following analysis of the personal financial disclosures of Monica Wehby and Jeff Merkley  was done for the Oregonian newspaper.  The story by Jeff Mapes resulting from the analysis can be accessed here:  Senate Candidates Financial Disclosure- Part I   Also note that the analysis was updated after Wehby disclosed her final statement on August 15, after requesting two extensions.  See Senate Candidates Financial Disclosure – Part II.  The only substantive difference from the previous disclosure was the investment in a biopharmaceutical company in which Stimson Lumber CEO Andrew Miller serves as a board member.  It was Miller who contacted the police and filed a restraining order against Wehby after their relationship ended.

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The purpose of this analysis was to provide an impartial financial review of both Wehby and Merkely’s personal financial disclosure statements, the findings of which were the basis for the story in the Oregonian.

Senate Candidate Monica Wehby:

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Note (Not Copyrighted) : This basic post was updated December 10, 2010 given the current debate in Congress over extending the Bush tax cuts and numerous inquires regarding my position in this debate.  The purpose of this post is to highlight that although rates are important, perhaps more important are overall fairness issues associated with two situations in particular.  Put another way, why don’t we all forget about the rates and focus on basic fairness first.  Doing that should allow rates to come down in all brackets.

With the financial reform package now passed, all eyes are on the setting of specific rules regarding its implementation.  And while lobbyists attempt to direct the debate away from where it should be, let’s instead visit the core issue, tax rules.

This rollout of specific rules related to the Volcker Rule and related tax considerations will squarely position Paul Volcker, pictured on the lower left below and current IRS commissioner Doug Shulman, lower right, against Blackstone Group LP’s Steve Schwarzman and other leveraged buyout artists operating under the guise of “private equity.”  Why are tax rules key one might ask, especially if these rules have nothing to do with the debate over carried interest?

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