I am very excited to report that my bill (HB17-1328) requiring candidates for president and vice president release five years of their tax returns to qualify for the ballot in Colorado passed the Colorado State House today!
Four decades of presidential candidates from both major parties have voluntarily released their federal tax returns. It was President Trump’s break with that tradition, and the specter of doubt that it raised about conflicts of interest that could interfere with putting the nation’s best interests before his own, that prompted legislators from 27 states to introduce this legislation. I am very proud to include Colorado among them.
Candidates for the highest office should disclose their personal finances to reassure voters that…
- The taxes they pay on their income and assets will not drive federal tax policy.
- Their domestic business interests will not unduly favor certain industries.
- Their foreign business interests will not take precedent over national security decisions.
- Their charitable contributions reflect their capacity to make them and their values.
Cabinet and sub-cabinet level nominees do not get a hearing by the Senate until their tax releases are disclosed and conflicts corrected. Why should they be held to a higher standard than the President?
It is time we put on paper what has long been respected as a gentleperson’s agreement.
HB 17-1328 will now move to the Republican-controlled State Senate and must pass committee and floor votes in order to become law.
Call Colorado State Senators now and let them know that Coloradans demand transparency and accountability of our presidential candidates!
Learn how you can get involved in the process using the links below!