Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and President Barack Obama’s re-election
campaign team have been waging a coordinated effort against Republican
Presidential nominee Mitt Romney by repeatedly casting aspersion on the
length of his tenure at Bain Capital as well as the limited disclosure
of his past personal income tax returns.
has been relentless in her mocking of Romney’s offshore holdings and
tax records even after it was disclosed that she had her own offshore
investments including a Swiss Bank Account and holdings in foreign drug
companies and the State Bank of India. In a desperate attempt to
distract from the president’s record of failure, Wasserman Schultz has
tried to paint Romney as a “one percenter” who outsources American jobs
overseas and is disconnected from the American people. Wasserman Schultz has even boldly claimed that “I’m a Middle Class American.”
now the Shark Tank has come into possession of information that has
never been publicly disclosed which completely undermines Wasserman
Schultz’ credibility as it pertains to her calls for transparency or the
claim that she qualifies as “middle class.”
Speaking of “offshore” interests, on 6/9/12 Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz took a one-week cruise aboard the Royal Caribbean ‘Oasis of the Seas’
luxury liner to the Western Caribbean, embarking from Port Everglades,
Florida. According to an individual that we’ll simply identify as “Bruce
from Weston” who was also on the same cruise along with his family,
Wasserman Schultz took the cruise with her husband Steve and three
children along with Broward County School Board member Robin Bartleman
and her family.
informed us that his own son became friendly with one of Wasserman
Schultz’ daughters while the kids were playing in one of the ship’s
designated play areas. Wasserman Schultz’ daughter then invited him up
to the suite that her family was staying in.
it shouldn’t be remarkable that Wasserman Schultz and her family took a
cruise, the extent of her accommodations are most certainly
two-story, spiral-staircase ‘Loft Suite’ that Bruce’s son was invited
up to was on the 17th deck that overlooked the rear of the ship.
According to Royal Caribbean, a 7-Day Cruise for 4 guests ranges from
$15,264.08 in the Crown Loft Suite, to $19,364.08 in the Sky Loft Suite.
These two types of suites are only found on the 17th Deck. (Source-Royal Caribbean)
the question begs- how can someone earning a living on a congressional
salary afford such a lavish suite on a cruise ship- especially someone
who so adamantly claims she is “middle class?” Also take into
consideration that Wasserman Schultz’ family was a party of five on
board the cruise ship, meaning that they would have been charged an
additional $1615 for the fifth guest, bringing the cost of the cruise
somewhere between $16,879.08 and $20,979.08.
the Shark Tank contacted and spoke to a Royal Caribbean sales agent, we
were informed that as per maritime laws enforced by the U.S. Coast
Guard, families of five or more that wish to reside in a ‘Loft Suite’
are mandated to upgrade to the Royal Loft Suite as per safety
regulations. That brings a one-week excursion
in a Royal Loft Suite aboard the Oasis of the Seas for a family of five
to $33,151.65, taxes included.(Source- Royal Caribbean Email)
Debbie Wasserman Schultz may be a Member of Congress and the Chair of the DNC, but she’s not the Sultan of Brunei.
did the Schultz’ pay the full ticket price of the cruise or did they
pay for a less expensive boarding arrangement and then receive an
upgrade from the cruise ship?
If Wasserman Schultz did receive a complimentary upgrade, it’s possible
that she would be in violation of the House Ethics Gift Rule. (See- House Ethics Rules)
possibility also exists that this cruise was paid for by the Democratic
National Committee- perhaps this expenditure could be classified as
“voter outreach?” If that’s the case, donors to the DNC might want to
think twice about contributing hard earned dollars that wind up paying
for the ultra-expensive cruises of the DNC Elite.
But that’s not Debbie’s only instance of hypocrisy.
on the mainland, Newbury, New Hampshire is a quaint little town that’s
located in Merrimack County. According to public records, we’ve learned
that Wasserman Schultz owns a second home here along with another land
parcel. Based on our own public records search, these assets have never
been previously disclosed by Wasserman Schultz.
per congressional disclosure rules, Wasserman Schultz is not required
to report either her personal residence or additional properties that do
not generate rental income. If Wasserman Schultz were to release her
personal income tax returns as requested by her Republican congressional
opponent Karen Harrington, these assets would then be disclosed.(Source)
may not be not running for President, but she is running for federal
office. We believe that what’s good for the goose is good for the
gander- if you are repeatedly calling for your political opponents to
fully disclose their tax returns, Debbie should be prepared to do the
this point, Debbie continues to dodge our request for her tax returns.
The question now arises- just what is the Congresswoman hiding?-Karen Harrington
was this not-so incidental piece of information never discovered?
Wasserman Schultz signs her name on legislative documents using “Debbie
Wasserman Schultz,” but when she signs public records that require her
legal signature, Wasserman Schultz signs her name “Deborah Schultz.”
Example 1-Congressional Mailer-
Example 2-Personal signature on a mortgage agreement-
The first piece of property listed as owned by Wasserman Schultz is identified as Lot 17 at 17 Meadow Rd, Newbury, NH. The
second property listed is as being owned by Steve and Deborah Schultz,
located at 57 Meadow Rd, Newbury, NH. The Schultz’ have carried several
mortgages on this property, the first on May 20, 2005 for $349,660, the second on June 30, 2008 for $371,250, the third on April 27, 2009, and the last one on November 24, 2010 for $374,500.
So let’s do some simple math. The Schultz’ 2010 value of their Newbury, NH home is estimated at$503,400,
which includes the land and the 3 bedroom structure. When you add the
total estimated value of her primary residence in Weston, Florida,
valued in 2012 at $409,850, Wasserman Schultz has close to $1 million in total real property.
with her recently disclosed foreign investments and her husband’s
undetermined salary at the Community Bank of Broward, can Debbie
Wasserman Schultz really count herself as just another “middle class”
American who practices full disclosure of her own assets in the
interests of transparency?