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taxing vacation homes may open campaign doors

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There's some good news in this Wall Street Journal report about vacation homes subjecting their owners to a host of local taxes. It may also help those same people establish residency, if they wanted to do something like run for office.

Attorney Jerry Goldfeder of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan - who literally wrote the election law book - had this to say:

"This ruling is a very expansive view of residency. While not welcome from a tax perspective, it will make it easier for candidates to prove residency when running for office. In this respect, it reflects 21st century reality -- many people have 'second' homes and each one is a bona fide residency."

One reader emailed me to ask, "What would have happened to Regina Calcaterra if this ruling was controlling?"