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Dem House candidate penalized for not paying taxes on time

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A Democratic Congressional candidate in California has been hit with a penalty after failing to pay all the taxes due on her Washington, D.C., apartment.

Amanda Renteria, who is challenging incumbent GOP Rep. David Valadao, has outstanding taxes due on the D.C. row house she owns with her husband, Patrick Brannelly.

A tax bill -- which misspells her last name as “Rentenia” and is viewable online here -- shows she is behind by $349.47, and that she has been penalized $29.37, as well as charged an extra $26.43 in interest.

The property is located near Capitol Hill.

Renteria’s campaign emphasizes her roots to California’s Central Valley, where the district she is running in is located, using the slogan “From Our Valley, For Our Values.”

But Renteria has been criticized by Republicans as a Washington insider. The candidate previously served as chief of staff to Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.

On a fake campaign website, www.renteria4congress.com, the National Republican Congressional Committee called Renteria “the epitome of a Washington insider.”

Renteria isn't the only Democratic House candidate with tax troubles. The New York Post reported that the city of New York issued a lien for $2,657 to Domenic Recchia, who is challenging Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y.

The Renteria campaign did not return a request for comment.

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Betsy Woodruff

Political Writer
The Washington Examiner