California lawmakers think they can get Trump to reveal his taxes
September 16, 2017
• Pass legislation that faces uncertain future
• Say it would reveal “potential conflicts of interest, business dealings, financial status, and charitable donations”
Who knew that California's state lawmakers have such a sense of humor? In the final hours of the just-completed legislative session, lawmakers passed a bill that would require presidential candidates in California to disclose their tax returns – or not be allowed on the ballot.
It may have caused a few chortles in the White House.
Because although aimed at Donald Trump, who has refused to disclose his tax returns, it really would not have mattered had it been in force for the 2016 elections.
Mr. Trump, although losing the popular vote, won election because he beat Hillary Clinton by 77 electoral college electors – 22 more than California has.
The legislation, which might never make it into law because it still has to be signed by the governor, is authored by state Sens. Mike McGuire, D-Healdsburg, and Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco. It says voters need the tax return information from candidates because it could point to “potential conflicts of interest, business dealings, financial status, and charitable donations.”
Attorneys for the Legislature have questioned its constitutionality.