Buffalo News journalist Tom Prohaska wrote a story this week detailing the financial woes of Somerset and Cambria town attorney Ed Shoemaker. Apparently Shoemaker owes the IRS over $108,000.
Now, everyone has their personal financial situation that they deal with on a daily basis, and we certainly don't claim to know anything about Shoemaker's finances.
What is troubling is that while Shoemaker has failed to pay his taxes, he has donated generously to political candidates. A review of the New York State Board of Elections shows Shoemaker has personally given over $2,500 to various political candidates and organizations, including $2,000 to the Niagara County Democratic Committee.
His law firm, Andrews, Pusateri, Brandt, Shoemaker & Roberson, PC, has given over $2,100 to various candidates and political organizations.
So Shoemaker has plenty of money to throw around to protect his plum political patronage appointments, but can't muster the dollars to pay his massive IRS bill. Just as we said about petition fraud, people need to be sent a message that this type of behavior will not be tolerated. Shoemaker needs to be given the maximum penalty for his failure to comply.
I pay my taxes every year, and I'm sure most of you do as well. Why should Shoemaker not be held to the same standard?