Clyde Introduces TRUMP Act Requiring Presidential Candidates To Release Tax Returns To Get On Ohio Ballot
Lawmaker continues call for the President to disclose his financial interests
February 24, 2017
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State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today announced the introduction of the Tax Returns Uniformly Made Public (TRUMP) Act, legislation requiring candidates for president and vice president to release their tax returns in order to appear on the Ohio ballot.

“To get on our ballot, presidential candidates should have to show us where their money is,” said Rep. Clyde. “Since 1980, every major party candidate for president has released his or her tax returns, until now. Without full disclosure of the President’s assets and debts, Americans have no way to know if he is acting on their behalf or just to enrich himself. All evidence points to pure self-interest— and that’s just what we know about.

“The TRUMP Act will hold candidates accountable by requiring them to release their tax returns, showing Americans a clear financial picture. This is the surest way to protect against potential conflicts of interest. The American people deserve transparency— not this cloud of possible foreign influence, entanglement, and extortion.”

Under the TRUMP Act, candidates for president and vice president would have to disclose their tax returns to the public. Candidates failing to so would not appear on the ballot and would be disqualified from receiving votes from Ohio’s electors. Similar proposals have been introduced in at least four states, as well as the District of Columbia.

A recent public poll conducted by Pew Research Center indicates that nearly two-thirds of Americans believe presidential candidates should disclose their tax filings.

Rep. Clyde currently serves as Ranking Member on the House Government Oversight & Accountability Committee, which hears elections and voting rights bills.

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