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GOP Candidate Owns Vintage Ferrari and British Jets, Yet Paid Virtually No Taxes Last Year

Republican investor Thomas Foley owns a vintage Ferrari and millions of dollars in assets. Still he has essentially paid nothing in federal taxes for the last three years.

The GOP hopeful for the Connecticut Governor’s job paid less than $700 in taxes last year despite his immense wealth, according to a report by the New York Times.

“The campaign released his 2010, 2011 and 2012 tax summaries last month; 2013 was the third year in a row that Mr. Foley effectively paid no federal income tax,” the Times reported, adding at the same time he has shelled out over $11 million of his own money in a bid to get elected.

Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s campaign manager also pointed out that the GOP challenger also lives a lavish lifestyle, even though somehow he pays substantially less taxes than most middle-class Americans scraping to get by.

“Tom Foley owns a multi-million dollar mansion, two British fighter jets, and a $5-million-dollar yacht, yet takes advantage of tax loopholes middle-class families can only dream about, allowing him to pay no income taxes for three years,” Malloy staffer Mark Bergman told Greenwich Time. “Tom Foley lives in a different world than most Connecticut working and middle-class families.”

Governor Malloy also told voters that the people of Connecticut deserves a candidate that can relate to their concerns and not exploit loopholes aimed at making the rich richer.

I don’t own a $10 million house and a $5 million boat and a $1 million plane and not pay taxes in the state of Connecticut. That’s not who I am,” Malloy said.

Foley, though, has countered that all the talk about his taxes is much adieu about nothing.

“I didn’t have any income [during that tax year]. It’s pretty easy,” he told reporters about his questionable returns. “It’s America, you know. If you don’t have any income, you don’t pay taxes.”

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