Financial Transparency for Ballot Access
State assembly leaders in New York, California, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island have introduced legislation that can fix some of the damage done by the 2016 election and force future Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates to fully disclose tax returns. The Presidential Transparency and Accountability 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. Access our toolkit to start financial transparency legislation in your state. Sign up to receive project news and updates.
Toolkit
A grassroots and coordinated direct action campaign is underway to change state-level ballot access laws. Each state controls how and when Presidential candidates gain access to state-level election ballots so we aim to change the state level laws to require ten years of tax returns as a requirement to gain access to the ballot and requirement for electoral college participation.  Follow the steps below to initiate conversation with your state elected officials and participate in the campaign on Facebook. You have the ability to make a difference in national elections by changing state level laws!

Steps:

  1. Contact your local state legislator to declare your support for "tax returns for ballot access" legislation
  2. Download the draft bill and communicate with your state legislator
  3. Follow up with weekly phone calls to her/his office and tweet at your legislator
  4. Participate in the Facebook Group to collaborate with others and learn best practices

State Statutes to Target:

  1. New Hampshire: New Hampshire Statute; Title LXIII Elections; Chapter 655; Nominations; Section 655.29   http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/LXIII/655/655-mrg.htm
  2. Connecticut: Connecticut Statute: Chapter 154 Presidential Preference Primary.  https://www.cga.ct.gov/current/pub/chap_154.htm#sec_9-465
  3. Delaware: Delaware Statute; Title 15 Elections; Chapter 30 Ballot Qualifications.  http://delcode.delaware.gov/title15/c030/index.shtml
  4. OregonOregon Statute: Chapter 249 Candidateshttps://www.oregonlegislature.gov/bills_laws/ors/ors249.html

Current Status:

High Priority States: State government trifecta states where one political party holds governorship, a majority of state senate seats, and a majority of the state house in the state's government.
  1. Rhode Island (10 Co-Sponsors) - Senate Bill introduced 1/19; House Bill introduced 2/3
  2. Connecticut (6 Co-Sponsors in House) - Bill introduced 1/24
  3. Delaware
  4. Oregon - (Rep. Margaret Doherty, District 35) - House Bill introduced
  5. California (Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco;  Sen. Mike McGuire, D-Healdsburg) - Bill introduced 1/17/2017
Priority States:
  1. Massachusetts (Sen. Mike Barrett, D-Lexington) - Bill introduced 1/11/2017
  2. New York (Sen. Brad Hoylman, D-Manhattan) - Bill introduced 1/4/2017
  3. Maine (Rep. Seth Berry, D-Bowdoinham)
  4. New Mexico (Sen. Jacob R. Candelaria; Reps. Georgene Louis and Gail Chasey) - Bill introduced 1/21/2017
  5. Hawaii (Rep. Chris Lee, D-Lanikai, Waimānalo) - Bill introduced 1/25/2017
  6. New Jersey (10 Co-Sponsors) - Senate Bill introduced 2/27/2017; House Bill introduced 1/23/2017
  7. Pennsylvania (Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery)
  8. Virginia (Rep. Mark Levine, D-Alexandria) - Bill introduced 1/20/2017 - Died in Committee
  9. Minnesota (Sen. Schoen, DFL - Cottage Grove) - Introduced 1/26/2017
  10. Maryland (39 Co-Sponsors in House, 19 Co-Sponsors in Senate) - Introduced 1/27/2017
  11. Vermont (42 Co-Sponsors) - Senate Bill introduced 2/9; House Bill introduced 2/9
  12. Michigan (10 Co-Sponsors) - Senate Bill introduced 3/7
  13. Ohio (10 Co-Sponsors) - House Bill introduced
  14. Tennessee - House Bill introduced 2/9/2017
  15. Iowa - Bill introduced
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Financial Transparency for Ballot Access

State assembly leaders in New York, California, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island have introduced legislation that can fix some of the damage done by the 2016 election and force future Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates to fully disclose tax returns.

The Presidential Transparency and Accountability 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.

Access our toolkit to start financial transparency legislation in your state.

Sign up to receive project news and updates.

Goal #1: Create draft legislation to require tax returns for ballot access.
100%
Goal #2: Identify state sponsors in high priority states with trifecta governments.
20%
Goal #3: Identify state sponsors in priority states with at least two government positions controlled by one party.
80%
Goal #4: Introduce bill in each state legislature within at least five states.
40%
Goal #5: Pass legislation in each state legislature within two US court of appeals regions.
1%

Latest blogs

NJ Legislators Introduce Bill to Require Presidential Candidates Disclose Tax Returns for Ballot Access
January 27, 2017
This bill requires candidates for President and Vice-President of 4 the United States to submit their federal income tax returns to the 5 Division of Elections ...
ACTION Needed in Massachusetts to Support SD.98 – Tax Returns for Ballot Access
January 26, 2017
State Sen. Mike Barrett has filed a bill to ensure that individuals who run for president in Massachusetts make their tax returns public and disclose real or po...
Rhode Island Legislators Introduce Bill to Require Tax Returns for Ballot Access
January 23, 2017
Rhode Island State Senators Goldin, Miller, DaPonte, Goodwin, and Gallo introduced legislation on Jan. 20th, 2017 that would require all candidates for United S...
Virginia delegate proposes law to force presidential candidates to show tax returns
January 23, 2017
By Matthew Chaney  Published: January 20, 2017, 2:05 pm http://wric.com/2017/01/20/virginia-delegate-proposes-law-to-force-presidential-candidates-to-show-ta

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