Neumann screw-up lands front page above the fold

If you are a Republican gubernatorial candidate in Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel considers you front page news. This morning Dan Bice has a piece on Mark Neumann’s “screw-up” regarding paying document fees when transferring property between his businesses. Bice asks the question: “Was the gubernatorial candidate trying to avoid paying his fair share, or was he the victim of bad legal advice?”

Maybe it will make you all feel better to know a girlfriend told me this morning the very same thing happened to her when they were moving things into an S corp, and they found it about a year and a half later. They paid the interest and negotiated the penalty and that was that.

Well go on. Prosecute him below. But kindly use your head. Do you really think a candidate for governor would risk it all to save $20,000 when transferring $7 MILLION in assets? If that’s the case, I have some Lake Michigan coffee I’d like to sell you after the last rain storm.

This morning’s Neumann piece shares the prime space with the news another panel will be coming down from the O’Donnell parking garage. The Milwaukee County official “declined to give details” on how the panel was attached.

Comments

  1. Oshkosh says:

    In one other odd twist, Neumann and his son both signed documents over the past 1½ years as the top official at MN Holdings.

    For instance, in July 2008, Matt Neumann signed a deed saying he was the company president. Less than two weeks later, his father listed himself in another document as the MN Holdings president, a title Matt Neumann reclaimed on yet another deed on Aug. 14, 2008.

    The annual report filed with the state Department of Financial Institutions has the candidate’s son as the company president; it lists no other officers.

    “Business owners can change titles as many or as few times as they wish,” Lato said.

    Real estate attorneys agreed, but they said they couldn’t explain what was happening.

    Mark Neumann last signed a document saying he was company president on Nov. 1, 2009, less than two months after signing a document as the firm’s vice president. His son claimed he was the president again in another deed on Nov. 11, 2009.

    The whole thing is very baffling.

  2. Oshkosh says:

    In one other odd twist, Neumann and his son both signed documents over the past 1½ years as the top official at MN Holdings.

    “For instance, in July 2008, Matt Neumann signed a deed saying he was the company president. Less than two weeks later, his father listed himself in another document as the MN Holdings president, a title Matt Neumann reclaimed on yet another deed on Aug. 14, 2008.

    The annual report filed with the state Department of Financial Institutions has the candidate’s son as the company president; it lists no other officers.

  3. Oshkosh says:

    “In one other odd twist, Neumann and his son both signed documents over the past 1½ years as the top official at MN Holdings.”

  4. Mr. Oshkosh has been posting on the Walker thread, too. You might want to check in there to see how strongly he feels about this issue.

  5. So in Cindy land, Walker is guilty of “pay to play”, Neumann made a simple error.

    Got it, thanks.

  6. And in fred’s world Walker has never accepted campaign contributions from the elite of companies he later rewards with no-bid contracts.

    BTW – I never called Neumann’s mess a “simple error,” but if you insist…