New California Law Requires Presidential Candidates To Release Tax Returns

Posted August 02, 2019

A new California law that took effect Tuesday requires presidential candidates to submit five years of income-tax filings in order to be eligible for the primary ballot in the state, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The law stipulates that all presidential candidates must release the most recent five years of their tax returns to be listed on the primary ballot.

"While I recognize the political attractiveness - even the merits - of getting President Trump's tax returns, I worry about the political perils of individual states seeking to regulate presidential elections in this manner", Brown said at the time, warning of a slippery slope.

Jay Sekulow, counsel to the president, said California's law "will be answered in court", according to U.S. media reports.

Jay Sekulow, Trump's personal attorney, said in a statement that California's "attempt to circumvent the Constitution will be answered in court".

"The disclosure required by this bill will shed light on conflicts of interest, self-dealing, or influence from domestic and foreign business interest", said Mr Newsom.

The California legislature passed a similar bill in 2017, but then-Gov. And will these requirements vary depending on which political party is in power?'

While the law is aimed at Trump, it would apply to all presidential contenders and candidates for governor...

The state plans to post candidates' returns online.

But the law is double-edged and can bite Democrats as well.

Nonetheless, the bill doesn't prohibit candidates who refuse to hand over tax returns from appearing on the statewide ballot in the November 2020 election. The law does not apply to the general election ballot.

In a tweet to Trump, McGuire said: "If you want to be on the CA primary ballot, release your returns".

"The Constitution is clear on the qualifications for someone to serve as president and states can not add additional requirements on their own", said Tim Murtaugh, the Trump reelection campaign's communications director, told the Times. "No other constitutional provision is implicated or violated by a state's requirement that a Presidential candidate disclose tax returns", Boies said in a statement.

Of the 12 highest-polling candidates, four would not now qualify for a spot on California's ballot, including former Vice President Joe Biden - who has only released three years of tax returns...

Several top-tier candidates have already put out their tax returns, but not all candidates have yet.

David Boies, Chair of Boies Schiller Flexner LLP, famous Democratic litigator in Bush v Gore and the federal lawsuit against Prop 8 (with Ted Olson), also argued that point.

HASEN: And on that question, I think it's uncertain as to what the courts will do about a challenge to such a law.

Republican state Sen. Brian Jones predicted that if Trump's name isn't on the California ballot, the GOP could use it as a tool to energize his base.