Al Franken to Cough Up $70K in Back Taxes

Tax issue rattles comedian's Senate campaign
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 30, 2008 5:43 AM CDT
U.S. Senate candidate Al Franken speaks during a picnic for Democrats in Edina, Minn., in this July 21, 2007 file photo.    (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt, File)
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(Newser) – Funnyman-turned-Democratic candidate Al Franken has announced he'll pay up $70,000 in back taxes to 17 states, AP reports. Franken blamed the backlog on bad advice from his accountant. Most of the income at issue was from speeches and other appearances dating back to 2003. The tax issue has sidetracked Franken's Minnesota Senate campaign, and the state's Republican Party has been quick to pounce.