Posted: 06/27/08 19:58, Edited: 06/28/08 17:36
by Dave Mindeman
There is a commenter on the TPM Muckraker blog who is talking about the Coleman/Larson "living arrangements" in interesting detail.
Some of the more interesting ones are listed below:
1) He appears to have copied the public records on Larson's townhouse (items in bold are my emphasis):
As for the DC townhouse, well, Mr. Larson is claiming a DC Homestead credit but lists his mailing address as Wisconsin. If Mr. Larson does not live in this house (or if he or his wife are not registered DC voters) then he's breaking the law.
(Information available through free DC Government online public records)
SSL: 0734 0085
Neighborhood: CAPITOL HILL Sub-Neighborhood: A
Use Code: 24 - Residential-Conversions-Less t Class 3 Exception: No
Tax Type: TX - Taxable Tax Class: 001 - Residential
Homestead Status: ** Currently receiving the Homestead Deduction*.
Assessor: MITCHELL HAMBURGER
Gross Building Area: Ward: 6
Land Area: 2,069 Triennial Group: 2
Owner and Sales Information
Owner Name: JEFF LARSON
Mailing Address: PO BOX 1324; HUDSON WI54016-5324
Sale Price: $989,900
Sale Date: 03/20/2007
Instrument No.: 38551
(Larson's mortgage is from Wells Fargo)
UPDATE: Open Secrets lists a campaign contribution from Jeff Larson to Norm Coleman on 12/6/2007 for $1,000. The address listed on the donation is Oakdale, MN 55128.
2) Here is the real estate listing for the property:
Here's how realtor Phyllis Jane Young described the property in her listing:
rare opportunity on one of Capitol Hill's most historic Grand Avenues, mere steps from the U.S. Capitol, the DNC, the RNC and the House office buildings, this classic bay front beauty combines sweeping entertaining space with truly exceptional family living!
An enormous living room gracefully flows into the banquet-sized dining room, both dazzled with sunshine and warmed by heart pine floors, fabulous custom moldings, and a stunning wood burning fireplace.
The chef's kitchen, a caterer's dream with its sleek stainless alliances and acres of counter, strolls out to a delightful back porch, a deep private garden, and that ultimate Capitol Hill amenity, a GARAGE!
Upstairs, the delicious master suite features a custom Italian marble bath, and two additional bedrooms (one with a private porch) and second bath are off a sky lit gallery-style hallway, beautifully lit with alabaster fixtures.
Downstairs, a huge English basement with a media center, office space, gorgeous custom marble and oak bar, plus an airy guest bedroom and bath. (A C of O allows you the flexibility of an income unit).
The commenter explains the C of O reference:
(In DC-parlance, CofO means that the city has certified the apartment is seperate from the house and has its own amenities and electical meter. Most "apartments" on Capitol Hill do not have this feature - and is MUCH sought after)
Granted...realtors can make anything sound like great digs...but this hardly sounds like the 10 X 10 "prison" cell that Senator Coleman describes in the article.
3) The commenter re-emphasizes his point that Larson does not "homestead" the apartment by quoting from the National Journal article:
It appears as though Mr. Larson is a tax cheat, because, according to the article, Larson does not occupy that residence:
As it turned out, he said, he decided to rent a portion of the basement apartment to Coleman and the top two floors to Rich Beeson, an FLS Connect partner who is on an unpaid leave of absence while serving as the RNC's political director. Both Larson and Beeson declined to say how much rent Beeson and his family are paying, except to say that it was "fair market value."
Now, I know these are merely comments on another blog site, but the commenter seems to know a great deal about DC real estate and makes some very valid points which I would sure like to see someone look into.
Just thought I'd put in an FYI.