So you saw a nasty ad…

As you may have noticed, Erik Paulsen and his special-interest patrons are spending millions of dollars to flood the airwaves with negative attack ads against Dean Phillips. You might have questions, and we’re happy to shed light on the truth.
Attack: Dean was “charged with covering up harassment” and “sued repeatedly.”

Truth: This is categorically false. The main claim is a reference to a lawsuit from 2007 against a doctor at one of Allina Health System’s 60 clinics. Everyone from Allina to business and community leaders to the women who filed the suit have said that Paulsen’s claim is false, and they have asked Paulsen to take down the ad and apologize. He has not. Dean has never been the subject of a lawsuit, and had no involvement in the suits Paulsen references.

Attack: “Dean doesn’t provide healthcare to his employees at Penny’s Coffee.” 
Truth: WCCO TV verified that all​ full-time employees at Penny’s are offered healthcare (and always have been), and every employee makes at least $15/hour. ​Dean is a small-business owner and part of a family that is known for taking good care of its employees. Meanwhile, Congressman Paulsen has voted to undermine the Affordable Care Act more than 60 times, stripping 23 million people of their healthcare and raising costs for millions more.
Attack: “Dean avoids paying his taxes but wants to raise yours.” 
Truth: Dean and all of the businesses he has managed have always paid their taxes. ​In 2012/13 one Talenti Gelato ice-cream plant paid property taxes a few weeks late and incurred an $89 interest charge. His personal property taxes were paid five days late (in full) last year due to a fraud-alert hold on his bank account. Dean didn’t support Erik Paulsen’s tax bill because it did not give ​enough​ of the benefit to the middle class,​ and it punished states like ours by capping state and local tax deductions, raising taxes on thousands of families.
Attack: “Dean stashed his family millions in offshore accounts.” 
Truth: This refers to The Jay & Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota, not Dean’s personal finances. Other than a small federal excise tax, foundations are non-taxable organizations and have nothing to gain by “stashing money” in offshore accounts​. The foundation has invested more than $400 million in today’s dollars in our communities over the past 75 years.
Attack: “A company Dean ran tried to take healthcare away from nurses.” 
Truth: Dean was a volunteer board member at Allina Health during a one-day nursing strike in 2010. He did not “run” Allina, and — as ​KARE11 verified​ — he was never involved in negotiations between Allina and its employees. ​As the Minnesota Nurses Association said: “At no time during the 2010 negotiations did Allina Health propose cutting healthcare. At no time in 2010 did Minnesota Nurses sit down at the negotiating table with Dean Phillips. Minnesota nurses reject any implications that Congressman Paulsen would act to preserve their healthcare when he has voted multiple times to repeal the ACA.”
Attack: “Dean’s company was cited for marketing alcohol to underage people.” 
Truth: Dean left his position as CEO of Phillips Distilling in 2012, two years before this complaint was filed by a private citizen ​with the Distilled Spirits Council over Hunger Games-themed cocktail recipes. Dean continued as a member of the board but had no management role or ownership interest in the company in 2014.
Attack: “Dean claimed the homestead tax credit on two homes at the same time.”
Truth: A clerical error by Hennepin County may have indicated otherwise, but property-tax records confirmed that Dean has always paid his taxes and never double homesteaded. Congressman Paulsen, however, supported the GOP tax bill, which raised taxes on Minnesotans by reducing the mortgage-interest deduction and SALT deductions.
Attack: “Dean supports an energy tax that would raise heating bills and gas prices.” 
Truth: Dean supports a carbon fee and dividend plan, which is a free-market approach to addressing climate change that ​returns all of the money generated​ ​to taxpayers​. ​It has bipartisan support, as well as from business leaders and the environmental community.
Attack: “Dean’s companies have laid off hundreds of people.”

Truth:  This ad claims that as a volunteer board member Dean was responsible for the day-to-day operations of Allina, which independent fact-checkers have verified is false.​ Operations and employee management are handled by management teams, not board members.

Dean Phillips is running a people-powered campaign because he believes that that our politics are broken — and ​these kind of ads are part of the problem​. Dean has taken $0 from PACs, lobbyists or members of Congress; instead, 64,000 individuals have contributed to the campaign, at an average donation of just $32. Change is coming, and everyone’s invited!