California Passes Law Forcing Trump To Disclose Tax Returns To Appear On Ballot

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 16: U.S. President Donald Trump listens to a presentation about immigration by senior advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner during a cabinet meeting at the White House July 16, 2019 in Washington... WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 16: U.S. President Donald Trump listens to a presentation about immigration by senior advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner during a cabinet meeting at the White House July 16, 2019 in Washington, DC. Trump and members of his administration addressed a wide variety of subjects, including Iran, opportunity zones, drug prices, HIV/AIDS, immigration and other subjects for more than an hour. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) MORE LESS
|
July 30, 2019 2:50 p.m.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed a tax transparency bill on Tuesday that will require presidential and gubernatorial candidates to disclose their tax returns in order to appear on the state’s primary ballot.

With Congress tied up in the courts to get ahold of President Donald Trump’s tax returns, several states have taken the issue into their own hands.

“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,” Newsom said in an official statement after signing the bill. “The disclosure required by this bill will shed light on conflicts of interest, self-dealing, or influence from domestic and foreign business interest.”

The Trump campaign slammed the California law as “unconstitutional.”

“The Constitution is clear on the qualifications for someone to serve as president and states cannot add additional requirements on their own,” campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh told the Hill. “The bill also violates the 1st Amendment right of association since California can’t tell political parties which candidates their members can or cannot vote for in a primary election.”

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed a bill earlier this month that would allow the state’s Department of Taxation and Finance commissioner to hand over state tax returns to Congress’ Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Finance Committee, and the Joint Committee on Taxation.

Introducing
The TPM Journalism Fund: A New Way To Support TPM
We're launching the TPM Journalism Fund as an additional way for readers and members to support TPM. Every dollar contributed goes toward:
  • -Hiring More Journalists
  • -Providing free memberships to those who cannot afford them
  • -Supporting independent, non-corporate journalism
Are you experiencing financial hardship?
Apply for a free community-supported membership
Comments
advertisement
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Senior Editor:
Special Projects Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front-End Developer:
Senior Designer:
SPECIAL DEAL FOR PAST TPM MEMBERS
40% OFF AN ANNUAL PRIME MEMBERSHIP
REJOIN FOR JUST $30