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Fishing for the Truth with Dan Sullivan

In Short: In 2009, Dan Sullivan applied for an Alaska fishing license as a non-resident.  In 2010, he applied as a one-year resident of Alaska.  Then in 2013, the year he announced he was running for Senate, he applied for his fishing license as a ten-year resident of Alaska.  But official documents from 2006 through 2010 show Dan Sullivan declared his principal residence had been a $1.3 million dollar house in Maryland.  Dan Sullivan.  Marylander or time traveler?  Either way he should tell Alaskans the truth.

The Facts:

Inconsistent Fishing License Applications

Sullivan Received Alaska Nonresident Fishing License In 2009, Listed Length Of Alaska Residence As 1 Year In 2010. “In 2009, [Sullivan] received an Alaska nonresident fishing license, and on fishing and hunting licenses for 2010 and 2011 listed his length of residency as one year and two years, respectively, according to public records. To qualify for a resident license, one must, according to state Fish and Game rules, be physically present in the state, maintain a home for the preceding year and not claim residency in another state. ” [AP,12/18/13; Alaska Department of Fish & Game – Daniel S. Sullivan license, 9/14/09; ADFG – Daniel S. Sullivan license, 7/2/10] Note: personal information redacted.

2013: Sullivan Listed Alaska Residency As 10 Years “Because He Knew Politicians And Political Operatives Would Try To Make An Issue Of This.” “Sullivan in 2013 listed his residency as 10 years, according to a copy of the Fish and Game license provided to The Associated Press. Campaign spokesman Mike Anderson said Sullivan called Fish and Game for guidance on what to list there and followed that guidance ‘because he knew politicians and political operatives would try to make an issue of this.’” [AP, 12/18/13; ADFG – Daniel S. Sullivan license, 7/11/13] Note: personal information redacted.

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Claimed Maryland Home As Principal Residence For Years

December 2006: Sullivan Purchased Maryland Home For $1,362,000, Designated As Principal Residence. According to Montgomery County Department of Assessments and Taxation, the property located at 6212 Maiden Lane was purchased on December 29, 2006 for $1,362,000. The Sullivans signed a rider to the December 2006 deed on the Maiden Lane property that indicated the property would be used as a principal residence. [Montgomery County Department of Assessments and Taxation, accessed 12/10/13; Montgomery County Land Records – Deed 33556/ 00304, 12/29/06]

Sullivan and Wife Paid Taxes on Home at 6212 Maiden Lane in Bethesda MD in 2007 Tax Year.According to Montgomery County tax records, Sullivan and his wife paid property taxes on the home at 6212 Maiden Lane in Bethesda, MD for the tax period from July 1, 2007 – June 30, 2008. [Montgomery County Tax Records, Accessed 5/16/13]

  • Sullivans Received $613 County Property Tax Credit on Bethesda Home as “Principal Residence” in 2007. According to Montgomery County tax records, the Sullivans received the County Property Tax Credit in the amount of $613 on their home in Bethesda, MD in the 2007 tax year. [Montgomery County Tax Records, Accessed 5/16/13]

Sullivan and Wife Paid Taxes on Home at 6212 Maiden Lane in Bethesda MD in 2008 Tax Year.According to Montgomery County tax records, Sullivan and his wife paid property taxes on the home at 6212 Maiden Lane in Bethesda, MD for the tax period from July 1, 2008 – June 30, 2009. [Montgomery County Tax Records, Accessed 5/16/13]

  • Sullivans Received $579 County Property Tax Credit on Bethesda Home as “Principal Residence” in 2008. According to Montgomery County tax records, the Sullivans received the County Property Tax Credit in the amount of $579 on their home in Bethesda, MD in the 2008 tax year.” [Montgomery County Tax Records, Accessed 5/16/13]

2010: Sullivans Sold Maryland Home For More Than $1.3 Million, Certified House Was A Principal Residence. According to Montgomery County Department of Assessments and Taxation, the property located at 6212 Maiden Ln in Bethesda was sold by Daniel S. Sullivan and Julie F. Sullivan on May 25, 2010 for $1,325,000.  The Sullivans each signed a certification indicating the property was a principal residence. [Montgomery County Department of Assessments and Taxation, 6212 Maiden Ln; Deed 39334/ 00288, 5/25/10]

Plagued By Residency Issues

National Journal: Sullivan Is A “Relative Newcomer” To Alaska. “Compared to [Treadwell and Begich], Sullivan is a relative newcomer to the state and its politics. His wife is an Alaska native, but he first moved to the state in 1997. His family designated its Maryland home as its principal residence while he worked for the Bush Administration, during which time Sullivan continued to vote absentee in Alaska but skipped some elections including major Republican primaries involving former Gov. Sarah Palin and GOP Rep. Don Young.” [National Journal, 10/15/13]

Treadwell: “I’ve Got A Jar Of Mayonnaise In My Refrigerator That’s Been There Longer Than Dan Sullivan’s Been In Alaska.” “‘I’ll put my 40 years of working in Alaska … against anyone,’ Treadwell said. ‘I’ve got a jar of mayonnaise in my refrigerator that’s been there longer than Dan Sullivan’s been in Alaska.’” [Politico, 9/19/13]

ADN: Sullivan “Often Airbrushes Out” The Years He Spent Outside Alaska. Reported the Anchorage Daily News in February 2014, “Sullivan’s residency in Alaska has been a hot-button for Democrats, the Begich campaign and GOP rival Mead Treadwell. While Sullivan first came to Alaska in 1997, he moved away for seven years. But he often airbrushes out that part.” [Anchorage Daily News2/13/14]