Report questions Republican Joe Kent’s employment claims

Reports published by The Daily Beast show no public records exist of the business Kent claims to be employed in.

VANCOUVER, Wash. New questions raised in a report in The Daily Beast suggest that the company Republican Joe Kent claimed was the source of his six-figure salary last year does not appear to exist.

The article credits the Republican candidate for Washington’s 3rd congressional district saying he earned $122,110.36 as a project manager for a tech startup called American Enterprise Solutions. The problem, according to the article, is that no records of the company exist. The Daily Beast reported via email that a Kent spokesperson said American Enterprise Solutions is a technology company registered in Delaware and operating out of Reston, Virginia.

KGW ran its own search and found that three separate databases were empty for business entities registered in Delaware under American Enterprise Solutions. Additionally, a national search of America’s Enterprise Solutions found several businesses, though none in Delaware.

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In Vancouver on Monday night, Kent took to the stage at a town hall event to a standing ovation. What he doesn’t get are inquiries from the media. KGW wants to ask Kent to clarify who he worked for and why the company he listed was not shown in any public records. He declined to answer questions and a member of Kent’s campaign said they planned to issue a statement in response to the article on Tuesday.

Next to Kent on Monday was former Congressman Tulsi Gabbard, who recently left the Democratic Party.

“Everything I’ve been thinking about [Kent] “He’s a great American who loves our country,” Gabbard said.

Kent is running against Democratic candidate Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, who owns an auto shop. On Monday, she responded to the Daily Beast’s article on Twitter, post“My business definitely exists, no one needs to ask.”

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Edmund DeMarche

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