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California Governor Signs Law That Would Require Trump to Release Tax Returns
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Wednesday, 31 July 2019 08:14

Excerpt: "California's governor has signed a law requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns before they can be listed on the state's primary ballot."

Protestors participate in the Tax March in Los Angeles. (photo: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)
Protestors participate in the Tax March in Los Angeles. (photo: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

California Governor Signs Law That Would Require Trump to Release Tax Returns

By Associated Press

31 July 19

The measure requires presidential candidates to release the documents before being listed on the state’s ballot

alifornia’s governor has signed a law requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns before they can be listed on the state’s primary ballot.

The measure signed Tuesday by the Democratic governor Gavin Newsom is aimed at Donald Trump, who has refused to release his tax returns. Trump has said his returns are being audited.

The action further escalates California’s feud with the president.

The law will likely face legal action and Trump could avoid the requirement by deciding not to compete in California’s primary. With no credible GOP challenger at this point, he likely won’t need California’s delegates to win the Republican nomination.

The new law requires candidates for president and governor to submit their tax returns to California’s secretary of state at least 98 days before the primary. The returns will then be posted online.

“As one of the largest economies in the world and home to one in nine Americans eligible to vote, California has a special responsibility to require this information of presidential and gubernatorial candidates,” Newsom said.

“These are extraordinary times and states have a legal and moral duty to do everything in their power to ensure leaders seeking the highest offices meet minimal standards, and to restore public confidence.”

The Trump campaign called the bill “unconstitutional”, saying there were good reasons why California’s former Democratic governor Jerry Brown vetoed a similar proposal last year.

“What’s next, five years of health records?” said Tim Murtaugh, communications director for Trump’s campaign.

Newsom’s message to state lawmakers on Tuesday said the law is constitutional because “the United States constitution grants states the authority to determine how their electors are chosen”.

But Murtaugh said the law violates first amendment right of association “since California can’t tell political parties which candidates their members can or cannot vote for in a primary election”.

While states have authority over how candidates can access the ballot, the US constitution lays out a limited set of qualifications someone needs to meet to run for president, said Rick Hasen, a professor specializing in election law at the University of California Irvine School of Law. Those qualifications include the requirement that presidential candidates be over age 35.

The US supreme court has previously stopped state efforts to add requirements on congressional candidates through ballot access rules.

New York has passed a law giving congressional committees access to Trump’s state tax returns. But efforts to pry loose his tax returns have floundered in other states.

Although California’s law is aimed at Trump, it would apply to all presidential contenders and candidates for governor.

The major Democratic 2020 contenders have already released tax returns for roughly the past decade. Trump has bucked decades of precedent by refusing to release his. Tax returns show income, charitable giving and business dealings, all of which Democratic state lawmakers say voters are entitled to know about.

Candidates will be required to submit tax returns for the most recent five years to California’s secretary of state at least 98 days before the primary. They will then be posed online for the public to view, with certain personal information redacted.

California is holding next year’s primary on 3 March, known as Super Tuesday because of the high number of states with nominating contests that day.

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+3 # Citizen Mike 2019-07-31 12:04
This may bring out a challenging Republican candidate.
0 # indian weaving 2019-07-31 12:11
Yes, next a law requiring Trump to release 5 years of health records before being listed on the primary ballot. This gives other GOP candidates a platform, stage and venue for exposure, hopefully. The tax law is a start on Trump anyhow. CA is, by itself, the 5th largest economy on the planet, btw!
0 # giraffee23 2019-07-31 13:02
It may not work with this criminal who gets away with crimes right under our noses - but it brought a smile to me - a 2nd since this creep owned the presidency (did he really win on his own without foreign help? I doubt it.)

Last night Elizabeth Warren made me laugh out loud (and I was alone) when she rubbed her hands together about the 2% tax on another candidate. And Bernie Sanders made me LOL with his shoulder shrug followed by "I wrote the damn bill"

Both have the American people's interest - i.e. the 99% - at heart. Harris and Pete are also good candidates. I wish Pete could win but if Biden is the only one to beat the creep (almost rhymes) -- I'll put my money on him --- age won't matter so long as we "clear the swamp" (Biggest swamp dweller is Orange)

0 # wilhelmscream 2019-07-31 18:17
President Hypocrite will just complain that this law is Unconstitutiona l, all while undermining the Constitution!
0 # DongiC 2019-08-01 20:58
California seeks to shine a light on Trump's elusive tax returns. The president, apparently afraid of what those returns may reveal, resists with a mighty effort. Everyone wonders what is in those returns. Something illegal in his gift-giving, perhaps? Or, maybe, downright proof of his business incompetence in having net losses in income, year after year. Whatever, with Trump, it is probably something juicy and illegal. Such is the swamp creature that dwells in the White House.

My God! Whom have we chosen to represent us and be our chief executive? It feels like Putin may have had the deciding vote.