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SuperPAC hits Bill Nelson over ag property



American Crossroads is putting $2-million behind a new ad running in Florida, seizing on this Tampa Bay Times story about U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson having taken advantage of Florida's "greenbelt" law to lower the tax value of land used for cattle. "...Nelson's situation is legal but nonetheless cuts to a long-running debate over Florida's "greenbelt" law, originally intended to give farmers a break as the state modernized," the story said.

Nelson response:

"All the negative ads coming from Connie Mack's side so far have been judged false or misleading by fact-checkers including Politifact.  His new ad about cows is no different.   Sen. Nelson did not lease land or cows just to get a tax break.  The family’s pastureland has had livestock on it for the past 57 years straight - from when his dad owned it to when Bill raised cows there to pay his own way through college. It's always been pastureland and always will be.  Even the courts have upheld its use as such.  It’s interesting the congressman behind this accusation has his own personal tax issue, because of two homestead exemption claims.  To my knowledge, married couples in Florida aren’t entitled to two residences for tax exemptions." -- Nelson campaign.

[Last modified: Monday, October 8, 2012 12:31pm]


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