California Passes Law Requiring Candidate Tax Returns

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Rich Pedroncelli/AP


We ran the numbers: There are 743 news articles covering this topic. 74% (549) are left leaning, 23% (172) center, 3% (22) right leaning.


On Tuesday, July 30th, Gavin Newsom, the governor of California signed a bill known as the “Presidential Tax Transparency Accountability Act” that requires all presidential candidates, including Donald Trump, to release their tax return information in order for their nomination to appear on the primary election ballot for the state of California. Trump has been the first major party presidential candidate in four decades to keep their returns private.

The Hill published a center-leaning article that notes that the intention behind this bill is to ensure that “leaders seeking the highest offices meet minimal standards, and to restore public confidence." The article quotes Gov. Newsom, “The disclosure required by this bill will shed light on conflicts of interest, self-dealing, or influence from domestic and foreign business interest.”

A Fox News article, reports Trump campaign official Tim Murtaugh called the law unconstitutional–violating the first amendment right of association. “The Constitution is clear on the qualifications for someone to serve as president and states cannot add additional requirements on their own,” Murtaugh says in the statement. "What's next, five years of health records?"

A New York Times article explains that this new bill will “most certainly lead to legal challenges,” as it escalates the “feud between the White House and California.” Many Republican officials are against this bill, but Democratic officials are supporting it.