WASHINGTON – A lien was filed against the campaign office of Democratic Sen. Mark Udall for failing to pay jobless insurance to the State of Colorado.
The tax lien was assessed Jan. 29 and paid Feb. 4, according to the listing for $458 that appeared Wednesday in the Denver Business Journal. Colorado Peak Politics first drew attention to the notice.
Chris Harris, a spokesman for Udall, did not return a call for comment.
The disclosure of the lien comes as conservatives hammer Udall for his record of support for government regulations in the areas of health care, energy, and the environment. Udall voted for the Affordable Care Act in 2010 and voted against an extension of the Keystone XL pipeline last year.
Udall’s voting record on business-related issues has been mixed. He received a rating of 44 percent from the National Federation of Independent Business in 2011, 48 percent from the National Association of Manufacturers in 2012, and 64 percent from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 2011.
Kelly Maher, executive director of Compass Colorado, a conservative 501(c)4 organization, said that Udall deserved the fine.
“Every day small business owners struggle with onerous red tape and complicated government regulatory schemes,” Maher said in a statement.
“It is ironic that a major proponent of taxes and regulations cannot himself jump through the many varying hoops created by government,” Maher said.
Udall is not the first candidate to have been hit with the disclosure that a tax lien had been levied against him.
Businessman Robert Blaha, who was running in the GOP primary against Rep. Doug Lamborn of Colorado Springs, was accused of serving as a director of a Nebraska business that had been fined more than $80,000 in tax liens. Blaha said he did not manage the operations of the company, Tournament Gold/Attendeez.