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Suzan DelBene wants to make the price of silence steeper

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Washington, D.C., December 4, 2017 | comments
It seems like every week we’re hearing about more allegations of sexual misconduct against men in powerful positions, either in recent years or from decades ago.

Now, one of our Washington state Congress members is taking action to help stop the cover-ups.

From, the $100,000 settlement Harvey Weinstein paid Rose McGowan to settle a 1997 hotel room encounter, to the more than $27,000 paid to a former staffer of Congressman John Conyers to settle a wrongful termination issue after she allegedly refused his advances.

It turns out those settlements have been tax deductible since the 1960s, and Congressmember Suzan DelBene says that’s unacceptable.

“It’s really shameful that our tax code allows corporations to deduct settlement payments. And I think it propagates the rampant problem we see of sexual misconduct,” she said.

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