STOP TRUMP in 2020: Tax Returns for Rhode Island Ballot Access

As reported in the New York Times, LA Times, Boston Globe, and Maine Public, state assembly leaders in New York, California, Massachusetts, and Maine are introducing legislation that can fix some of the damage done by the 2016 election.

The Tax Returns for Ballot Access Act would force candidates for president to release up to ten years of tax returns, stock holdings, and business relationships to the state level board of elections no later than 50 days before the general election, which would in turn redact personal information and make the returns public. Failure to comply with the legislation should it become law would prohibit the state’s electors from voting for that candidate and the candidate’s name would not appear on the state ballot.  The President elect’s refusal to disclose his tax returns, stock holdings, and business relationships denied voters an important perspective on the candidate’s potential conflicts of interests as well as their financial well-being and how much he gave to charity. The current lack of transparency with his financial relationships places our country at a higher security risk.  Since the Republican administration and congress would be unlikely to act on this, this becomes a matter for the states. And thus it is up to Democrat majority states like Rhode Island to lead the nation in requiring tax and financial disclosure for the 2020 Presidential election for ballot access in the state.

 

Support the TRUMP Act: No Presidency without Tax Returns

As initially reported in Buzzfeed, Fortune, and now the New York Times editorial board, New York State Senator Brad Hoylman (D. 27th District) has introduced a bill that can fix some of the damage done by the 2016 election. This bill deserves and needs popular support.
The T.R.U.M.P. (Tax Returns Uniformly Made Public) Act, “would force candidates for president to release five years of tax returns to the New York State board of elections no later than 50 days before the general election, which would in turn redact personal information and make the returns public. Failure to comply with the legislation should it become law would prohibit the state’s electors from voting for that candidate and the candidate’s name would not appear on the New York state ballot.” As Hoylman states, Trump’s refusal to disclose his returns have denied voters “an important perspective on the candidate’s potential conflicts of interests as well as their financial well-being and how much he gave to charity.”

 

Make presidential candidates release their tax returns? Two senators take a shot at it

SACRAMENTO BEE: Two state senators are introducing legislation to require presidential candidates to release their tax returns in order to appear on the California ballot, a direct response to President-elect Donald Trump’s refusal to disclose his tax documents prior to the November election.

“The American people deserve honesty and transparency from their president,” said incoming Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, in a statement. “Unfortunately, we are getting lies and obfuscation from President-Elect Trump, especially in regards to how his business interests may impact his administration.”

The bill, which will be co-introduced by Wiener and Sen. Mike McGuire, D-Healdsburg, in January, is modeled after New York’s TRUMP Act, also known as Senate S8217. Introduced by Sen. Brad Hoylman, the New York bill requires presidential and vice presidential candidates to file five years of tax income returns at least 50 days before the general election.

“Transparency is a non-partisan issue,” McGuire said in a statement. “Voters not only deserve full disclosure of their future leader’s tax returns, they should be entitled to them.”

 

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article121773703.html#storylink=cpy

Tax Returns for Ballot Access in Maine

The #taxreturnforballotaccess movement continues with three legislative sponsors stepping up to lead the effort in Maine, Massachusetts, and New York.  Representative-elect Seth Berry (D-Maine 55th) will be the latest sponsor to step forward to lead the effort in Maine.    Representative Berry previously represented Maine’s 67th district from 2006-2014.   http://mainepublic.org/post/bill-would-require-presidential-candidates-release-tax-returns-maine#stream/0

Officially Launched

We have officially launched our website, Facebook Group, and Twitter account!  The website contains necessary contact information to identify you local state legislator and provides a draft template bill that can be used as a start point to draft new legislation.  In the coming weeks will be expanding the toolkit to include state by state specific statutes/laws that oversee the ballot access process.  We will also be expanding our resource templates to include canned emails, talking points, and FAQs for holding meetings with state legislators.

We are excited to launch this campaign to hold our elected officials accountable and maintain the necessary transparency to minimize conflicts of interest.  We look forward to advancing this cause in the coming year.