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July 22, 2008

Denver Lets DNC Convention Committee Avoid Paying Gas Taxes

Gas taxes are for the little people not Democratic party dignitaries.

The committee hosting the Democratic National Convention is using the city's gas pumps to fill up on fuel, avoiding state and federal highway taxes, officials said today.

"There's something there that just doesn't seem right to me because, in a sense, you're saying then that the officials who pass the laws are not willing to live by them, and that concerns me," Councilwoman Jeanne Faatz said.

...Faatz asked if it was customary to have "fleets for dignitaries" not pay for highway taxes if they're using government fuel facilities.

(Mayor John) Hickenlooper said it was.

"I believe this is only for elected officials, government dignitaries," Hickenlooper told Faatz.

"... I do know for a fact that they're doing the same exact thing in Minneapolis," which is hosting the Republican National Convention, the mayor said.

...Teresa McFarland, a spokeswoman for the Minneapolis-St. Paul host committee, said they're getting their gas at the pump.

"We're not getting a tax break on fuel," she said. "That's not the set-up at this end."

Anyone else see a McCain ad in the works..."Senator Obama opposed giving ordinary working Americans a holiday from gas tax this summer. Meanwhile the group organizing his convention? They got a sweetheart deal...."

h/t The Weekly Standard Blog

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