Beckner admitted that his campaign office erred in accepting campaign contributions from four donors who exceeded the limit of $500. The error was noted by development consultant David Campo, who told the Tampa Tribune that Beckner angered him after leading a critical discussion about the Board of County Commissioners' Economic Prosperity Stakeholder Committee, a group that has drawn the suspicions of county observers due to the composition of its members.
But that wasn't the last of Campo's charges against the Hillsborough Democrat facing re-election in November. Last week he claimed that Beckner was responsible for more than $200,000 worth of no-bid contracts that the Children's Board of Hillsborough County awarded to Beckner's current aide and her former roommate. Beckner denied the claims.
Today, the Tribune's Mike Salinero looked at Iuculano, who denied being aware of two outstanding tax liens filed against her by the state's Department of Revenue totaling more than $17,000. The story also stated that the GOP candidate and her husband filed for bankruptcy in 2008 when a real estate deal went bad.
The Beckner campaign went further with a statement that was released Wednesday morning.
In the press release, the Beckner campaign claimed that in 2007, Iuculano and her husband were issued a tax warrant by Hillsborough County for delinquent tangible taxes owed by their company Cafe Denali.
"The Iuculano's were also delinquent on their 2007 personal taxes, owing over $6,000 in property tax on their riverside property on Apollo Beach," said Beckner spokesperson Kevin Cate.
In addition, the statement claimed that in September 2009, Iuculano Family Enterprises ran into more financial trouble. The company failed to file a 2009 annual report with the State of Florida, and the Florida Secretary of State Corporations Division administratively dissolved Iuculano Family Enterprises.
"Before Margaret Iuculano starts talking about spending taxpayer dollars, she needs to get her own fiscal house in order," Cate said. "Outstanding tax warrants are bad enough, but denying responsibility is exactly the type of politics that people hate. We need accountable reformers in office, not tax dodgers."
CL contacted Iuculano for comment early on Wednesday, but received no response.
Beckner is one of only two Democrats on the seven-member county commission.