on January 20, 2017 at 1:20 PM, updated January 20, 2017 at 6:14 PM
President Donald Trump has taken the oath of office and still has not released his tax returns. In Sen. Daylin Leach’s ideal world, that might not have happened given the importance of Pennsylvania’s electoral votes to Trump’s election.
The Montgomery County Democrat on Friday shared a memo asking his colleagues to support legislation he is proposing to require U.S. presidential candidates to make their tax returns public to be eligible to appear on the Pennsylvania ballot.
Noting the fact that 2016 was the first time in half a century that a major party candidate refused to make his tax returns public, Leach said in the memo, “The need for this tradition is clear. Many Americans, not to mention the national security community, want to know whether presidential candidates may have personal or business interests that could undermine their commitment to acting in the best interests of the United States should they become president.”
Leach said his bill would ensure presidents are transparent about any financial entanglements that could potentially impact the nation’s economy, security, and foundational principles. And that, he said, “will go a long way toward ensuring citizens’ faith in their Presidents and their democracy.”
Asked if the senator felt the same need for financial transparency for gubernatorial candidates as well as other statewide office seekers, Leach’s spokesman Steve Hoenstine said Leach might but not for the same reasons.