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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Bigot, Carpetbagger, and Tax Evader

Posted by on Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 3:05 PM

We’ve already established that pastor Gary Randall makes money off of running a bigoted, anti-gay organization in Washington State, that his group Faith and Freedom plans to run a referendum to repeal the state's domestic-partnership bill, and that because he’s not registered to vote in Washington he can't even file or vote on the referendum himself.

35b4/1240524101-randall_tv.jpgBut what about the tens of thousands of dollars he makes as president of Faith and Freedom, which is already raising funds for a possible referendum? One thing is clear: He isn’t paying all of his taxes.

According to the Clackamas County Clerk Recording Division, a Gary Randall who owns property in West Linn, Oregon has several federal tax liens against him. The county’s Assessment and Taxation Division confirms that Gary and Marjorie Randall own that West Linn property. In other words, it's the same Gary Randall. Here, according to the recorder's office, are the liens filed against Gary Randall for unpaid taxes:

• The IRS filed a tax lien against Randall in 1990 for $9,991.42.

• The IRS filed another tax lien against Randall in 1990 for $4,584.38.

• And finally, the IRS filed a tax lien against Randall in 2008 for failing to pay taxes in 2005 and 2006. The total for those two years is $21,436.79. These are the years that Randall received the greatest pay from the Faith and Freedom Foundation. The nonprofit paid him a salary of $28,552 in 2005 and $53,877 in 2006.

• In addition, the Clackamas County Clerk Recording Division says Randall owes the Oregon Department of Revenue $2,479.04 for a debt from 1991.

I called Randall to ask how he explains the tens of thousands of dollars in unpaid taxes. I also wanted to know if he had additional employers in 2005 and 2006, and by whom he was paid in the other years for which he owes taxes. But before I could get to those questions, Randall said, “I have tried to make myself available to you and be open and respectful to you. You have not been respectful in return. So I do not have any more comments for you.” He added that I have made errors in my previous posts, but when I asked what those errors were he hung up the phone.

Another thing: Randall told me on Monday, “I have a home in Issaquah,” but it appears he doesn’t actually own any property there. The King County Assessor’s Office searched for properties owned by people named Gary Randall in King County—of which there are three—but none is in Issaquah (they are in Seattle, Redmond, and Federal Way), and none is owned or co-owned by a Marjorie Randall. If Randall has a home anywhere in King County, he rents it.

Why shine a spotlight on the personal details of this man’s finances and domicile? By preparing to change our laws by public vote, Randall is supposedly acting in the interest of Washington state voters and making himself a public figure here. But he holds no real stake here. The laws in Washington are of no more consequence to Randall than the laws across the border from Washington in Canada, where same-sex marriage has been legal since 2005.

It’s also a matter of public interest that Randall is raising money from Washingtonians—money that donors assume will be handled in accordance with state and federal law—while simultaneously failing to pay taxes intended for the common welfare 19 years after it was due. So, sorry if asking questions about the money you owe isn't “respectful," Gary, but some of us find it pretty disrespectful to meddle in our lives, our laws, our families, and our elections, all while draining from the public coffers.


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He appears to be a grifter practising psuedo-moral-crusade flim-flammery.
Posted by ragsoftime on April 23, 2009 at 3:12 PM · Report this
Posted by another Andy on April 23, 2009 at 3:14 PM · Report this
This is quite a step up from rain-making or snake oil.

But it sounds like he may be cut from the same cloth as those professions.
Posted by Ackham on April 23, 2009 at 3:18 PM · Report this
Why all the concern? This is the "gathering storm" stuff and we know all the Gay folk think that's a joke. You're not really afraid of this man and the money he is raising are you? Come it's just a joke like the "gathering storm". Give it a rest because it's so campy and funny and ha ha ha. What he's doing is less than honest. Yet as I've said in the past, anything the Radical Religious Extremists do I take VERY seriously as they have money, grass roots support, money, a built network, money, people willing to donate money, and a strong message, as well as money.

ERW has no such money. I'd take this all very seriously.
Posted by Sargon Bighorn on April 23, 2009 at 3:20 PM · Report this
Awesome work, Dom.
Posted by Dan Savage on April 23, 2009 at 3:20 PM · Report this
What Dan said, though I suppose it means a lot more from your editor than some random asshole on Internet.

But great job, nonetheless.
Posted by ryan on April 23, 2009 at 3:29 PM · Report this
Great job exposing this guy for the shyster he is, Dominic.
Posted by Hernandez on April 23, 2009 at 3:33 PM · Report this
This is great
Posted by Aaron Pickus on April 23, 2009 at 3:34 PM · Report this
Sexy, smart and an adroit writer: Dominic Holden.
Posted by Iridius on April 23, 2009 at 3:34 PM · Report this
Book 'em, Dom.
Posted by on April 23, 2009 at 3:37 PM · Report this
We need to get you one of those spandex suits.

Go, Dominic!
Posted by Original Andrew on April 23, 2009 at 3:47 PM · Report this
Can't they put him in jail for not paying taxes?
Posted by very bad homo on April 23, 2009 at 3:48 PM · Report this
How about filing an initiative to ban the marriages of balding, pathologically lying, tax-cheating, sadistic, homophobic bigots?
Posted by Original Andrew on April 23, 2009 at 3:51 PM · Report this
Good work.
Posted by kim in portland on April 23, 2009 at 4:01 PM · Report this
How is his poll looking?

I still think he'd make more money by pulling out and stringing along his supporters for the next decade. His core group won't really shrink, so he'll get the same money each time he proposes it for a few years, especially if he doesn't file a referendum citing "enormous political and media pressure, invasive and insulting" as he drops out, opting instead to keep the money and prevent others from grabbing his base by insisting he's got something better planned. Since he reads Slog, it's something he can do under the radar since Slog doesn't have the far-reach that would make people wise-up to that kind of tactic, they'd all just think that "next year he'll get on that ballot, gosh darn it... where's my wallet?"

Like Eyman, he cannot afford to put out another losing ballot measure, nor can he afford to let his base be sucked away. Pulling an Eyman by promising his "next big thing" will certainly work.

He knows polling is working against him, it's only a matter of time before he decides to know when to walk away (with a heap of cash).
Posted by Baconcat on April 23, 2009 at 4:02 PM · Report this
Of course, he could be tempted to stay in the public spotlight long enough that he doesn't take the carrot and slink into the shadows to fundraise himself a new house.

In that case we'll find out more about these, ah, "tax problems".
Posted by Baconcat on April 23, 2009 at 4:07 PM · Report this
Man, I hope someone turned him in for the IRS bounty of 10 percent of assets recovered - and then donated some of that to fight him!

Remember, the Treasury is your friend, citizen!
Posted by Will in Seattle on April 23, 2009 at 4:09 PM · Report this
@17: Dom did, I hope.

If he doesn't win a pulitzer, he could at least "win" $5k.
Posted by Baconcat on April 23, 2009 at 4:13 PM · Report this
I actually appreciate all the work he's doing on behalf of the gay community in WA. He's obviously a shyster. The money that gets donated to him and his fundrasing machine won't be used in any effectual way towards the causes that he touts. That money could be dangerous in the "right" hands.

Bilk away, Gary-boy!
Posted by The Amazing Jim on April 23, 2009 at 4:25 PM · Report this
If ever there was a good example of why laws on who can file these initiatives and referendums need to be written and made iron-clad, this is it.

Not a Washingtonian? Get out of our business and mind your own, or be made to get by law.
Posted by Joe on April 23, 2009 at 4:33 PM · Report this
"Our efforts to overturn SB 5688 will draw national attention and nationwide financial support from homosexual activists to defeat us."

Gary Randall on his blog 04/20/09

Seems Randall thinks the origin of attention and support is an appropriate and respectful topic of conversation when he is demonizing his opposition.
Posted by JC on April 23, 2009 at 4:49 PM · Report this
@21: He's writing a self-fulfilling narrative. Essentially, "they outspent me!" he'll scream, even if he doesn't run the referendum. Nobody will blink twice at that, they won't ask for their money back at all.
Posted by Baconcat on April 23, 2009 at 4:55 PM · Report this
The thing is, this guy doesn't seem to be all that good at the fundraising part. Seriously, a $54,000 salary, and what was it? $180,000 something in total fundraising in his best year is pretty small-potatoes so far as an effort like this goes.

He's going to have to do a whole heck of a lot better than that just to afford the signature gatherers.
Posted by COMTE on April 23, 2009 at 4:58 PM · Report this
Good work from Dominic and Lurleen at Pam's HouseBlend who have been illuminating the character of this feckless central casting sleeze-ball.
Posted by The Gay Curmudgeon on April 23, 2009 at 5:14 PM · Report this
Call the IRS, then heat up the tar, I've got the feathers all ready to go for the deceitful toadstool.
Posted by yucca flower on April 23, 2009 at 5:23 PM · Report this
If there's one thing "Christians" worship it's the almighty dollar. Fuck them and their phony piety.
Posted by Vince on April 23, 2009 at 5:25 PM · Report this

Sadly, it does often appear to be the case. I'm sorry.
Posted by kim in portland on April 23, 2009 at 5:53 PM · Report this
Nice work. But the same could be said of "Citizens for More Important Things" Chris van Dyk, who campaigned tirelessly for a Seattle City initiative that drove the Sonics out of town (he lives on Bainbridge Island, in Kitsap County) and Tim Eyman, a Mukilteo resident, who is also always meddling in King County affairs.

It always burned me to see letters to the editor in the Seattle Times bitching about our Mayor or City Council from people living in Issaquah or Auburn. Hey, I don't bitch about who runs Kirkland, so shut the fuck up about how we do business here.
Posted by kk on April 23, 2009 at 6:11 PM · Report this
Where does it end really? What about those residents of Washington who happen to be in his church or follow him will they also be persecuted for wanting to introduce this referendum? Please Mr Holden do keep up, the more people see how vicious some gay activist can be the sooner their eyes will be opened.
Posted by Loveschild on April 23, 2009 at 8:03 PM · Report this
If I had any idea where to do it, I'd nominate you for one of those fancy journalism prizes I hear they give out.

Who needs the PI? Journalism doesn't need grey years behind it to be valid and valuable.

Thank you!
Posted by Arboreality on April 23, 2009 at 10:16 PM · Report this

Where does it really end? When will Gary Randall stop attacking and trying to persecute President Obama? Did you even bother to learn anything about him, before you rushed to his defense? No, as always you go off half-cocked and sound like an idiot. Take your opinions somewhere else.

Election Over--Gary Randall Still Smearing Obama [blackwhite ...
Faith and Freedom Network's Gary Randall wasted no time is continuing the campaign of misinformation about Barak Obama in his first post-election ...…...……
Posted by tired of your inability to comprehend on April 23, 2009 at 10:31 PM · Report this
Nice work, Mr. Holden.
Posted by William Randolph Liverwurst on April 23, 2009 at 10:32 PM · Report this
@29: You, Ms. "Let The People Decide", are saying that someone from out of state can have a referendum filed if he makes someone else do the work for him?

He's admitted fully it's his desire and goal. His. Someone from Lake Oswego, OR. With a verifiable lack of Washington citizenship.

He has no vested interest in this aside from making money.

You have no right from this point on to whine about "let the people decide" because you've proven without a shadow of a doubt that you don't care about letting people decide unless they want to decide how you do, you selfish sinful woman.
Posted by Baconcat on April 23, 2009 at 10:47 PM · Report this
I wonder if we can report the Faith & Freedom Network to the IRS. They claim to be a 501(c)4 organization. Which the IRS defines as "Organizations that promote social welfare should primarily promote the common good and general welfare of the people of the community as a whole." and not "An organization that primarily benefits a private group of citizens".…
Posted by Doug on April 23, 2009 at 11:13 PM · Report this
Well, I'm going to submit a report based on my limited knowledge of the IRS tax codes. From what I can tell, 501(c)3 applies to religious organizations, but limits their lobbying abilities. 501(c)4 does not place limits on lobbying, but requires that the organization benefits the general public. I'm going to argue that "lobbying and advocating for policies that support Judeo-Christian values and principles" do not benefit the general public.
Posted by Doug on April 23, 2009 at 11:39 PM · Report this
Loveschild, you stupid fucking cunt:

Why do you hate constitutional representative democracy so?
Posted by I'm Just A Bill, Yes I'm Only A Bill on April 24, 2009 at 12:21 AM · Report this
This latest revelation should come as no surprise. Most of these anti-gay activists are also anti-tax deadbeats. The Oregon Citizens Alliance, which sponsored a bunch of measures down here, also had lots of tax problems.
Posted by Matt in PDX on April 24, 2009 at 12:37 AM · Report this
Loveschild, will you please state clearly for the record that you support illegal activities as long as it's against gays? Because that's exactly what you're implying here.

You rail against gay activists but refuse to acknowledge the deception, lies, recruitment, and illegalities in your own ranks.

All we want to do is protect our families. Stop projecting your sins onto us. For shame!
Posted by Donolectic on April 24, 2009 at 12:51 AM · Report this
Real Journalism on slog!
Get the smelling salts!!
And the BenGay (all this patting ourselves on the back is going to strain some muscles)

You girls still miss the point.

You prefer demonizing anyone who disagrees with you to discussing the merits of the situation.

Randall is a creep and scumbag.
So is Warren, if we're on the topic.
And so are the Youth Pastors Dan fetishes over.

But that says nothing about the issue.

Trash Randall and opponents of gay marriage are not going to say-
"ah hah! Randall is a bum thererfore gay marriage must be OK!"

Spend you efforts promoting what you believe.
Not demonizing anyone with a different opinion.
Posted by Randall is flawed?! I'm shocked- SHOCKED to find out !!!! on April 24, 2009 at 5:32 AM · Report this
"If Randall has a home anywhere in King County, he rents it."
Posted by SHOCKING REVELATION ! on April 24, 2009 at 6:39 AM · Report this
What a sleeze!

If he isn't careful he will be as bad as Obama's Treasury Secretay Timmy "I Pay No Taxes" Geitner!

Well, maybe not- he would have to quadruple the amount of unpaid taxes to be in Timmy's league:

At his Senate confirmation hearings, it was revealed that Geithner had not paid $35,000 in self-employment taxes for several years, even though he had acknowledged his obligation to do so, and had filed a request for, and received, a payment for half the taxes owed. Geithner was also assessed additional taxes of $14,847 for the 2003 and 2004 tax years. Geithner also failed to pay the self-employment taxes for the 2001 and 2002 tax years. He also deducted the cost of his children's sleep-away camp as a dependent care expense, when only expenses for day care are eligible for the deduction. Geithner also was charged by the IRS $15,000 interest.

Randall is misguided to meddle in Washington State affairs, he is obviously an Obama Washington DC kind of guy!
Posted by watch out Dom, hypocricy will make your ass leak on April 24, 2009 at 7:11 AM · Report this
WTF @41 does Gaither's tax issues have to do with Randall's?

Why don't you make a comparison between George Washington chopping down a cherry tree and ecoterrorism while you're at it?
Posted by COMTE on April 24, 2009 at 7:32 AM · Report this
Because Democrats who don't pay taxes for years are Obama Cabinet Secretaries who we look to be Saviors of Our Economy.
While Randall who doesn't pay one/fourth as much in taxes is a Bigoted Carpetbagging Tax Evader.
Posted by see the difference? on April 24, 2009 at 7:41 AM · Report this
The 'Public Interest' aspect is laying it on a little thick.
Randall owes nothing to anyone except his donors and if he achieves the desired result they could care less about his tax records.
Posted by but nice try anyway, asshole on April 24, 2009 at 8:07 AM · Report this
I am a bad bad man.
Posted by Gary Randall on April 24, 2009 at 8:08 AM · Report this

Well then in that case I guess the difference would be that Geithner, when notified by the IRS that he owed back taxes promptly paid them - with interest.

I'm eagerly awaiting Mr. Randall's equally prompt response...
Posted by COMTE on April 24, 2009 at 8:37 AM · Report this


At the Senate confirmation hearings, it was revealed that Geithner had not paid $35,000 in self-employment taxes for several years, even though he had acknowledged his obligation to do so, and had filed a request for, and received, a payment for half the taxes owed.

The failure to pay self-employment taxes was noted during a 2006 audit by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), in which Geithner was assessed additional taxes of $14,847 for the 2003 and 2004 tax years.Geithner paid back taxes and interest for 2003 and 2004 after an Internal Revenue Service audit. While he made the same tax error in 2001 and 2002, he did not pay back taxes for those years until AFTER Obama expressed interest in nominating him to be Secretary of Treasury. Geithner subsequently paid the IRS the additional taxes owed, and was charged $15,000 interest, but was not fined for late payment.

Geithner testified that he used TurboTax to prepare his own return and that the tax errors are his own responsibility. This statement is in conflict with statements by the Obama campaign that Geithner was advised by his accountant that he did not owe the taxes. Geithner said at the hearing that he was always under the impression that he was an employee, not a self-employed contractor, while he served as director of the Policy Development and Review Department of the IMF.Geithner comments are contradicted by the Senate report that showed he was not only informed of his status, but that he actively applied for the allowance.

Geitner only paid up after Obama tapped him to be in the Cabinet. And he did not have to pay the penalties regular taxpayers would have. And he lied repeatedly about his tax situation.

GEITNER the TAX CHEAT is the Democrat Obama selected to police TAXES for the rest of us.

Posted by but Randall is the Tax Evader on April 24, 2009 at 9:26 AM · Report this
Tax evader?

Well then, clearly, he belongs in Obama's cabinet.

Problem solved!
Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me on April 24, 2009 at 9:35 AM · Report this
can't we sue or something to take away their 501 (c) 3 status?
Posted by Marie Antoinette on April 24, 2009 at 10:40 AM · Report this
"Render unto Caeser that which is Caeser's..."
Posted by Robert on April 25, 2009 at 1:10 PM · Report this
This is what journalism is all about. Great job!
Posted by Joe on April 26, 2009 at 9:52 AM · Report this

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