California Passes Law Requiring Presidential Candidates to Release Tax Returns to Get on the Ballot

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law Tuesday a requirement for candidates to release their tax returns in order to participate in the state’s presidential primaries. The law is clearly aimed at President Donald Trump and his no-show taxes and will likely result in high-stakes legal challenges from the Trump campaign and its allies. California, the country’s most populous state, has used its significant economic weight to take the lead in combating Trump administration policies with state laws of its own, which at the moment have the administration and the state locked in more than 40 lawsuits over a range of issues.

The Trump campaign fired back Tuesday after the bill’s signing, declaring the law unconstitutional. “The Constitution is clear on the qualifications for someone to serve as president and states cannot add additional requirements on their own,” a Trump campaign spokesperson said. “The bill also violates the First Amendment right of association since California can’t tell political parties which candidates their members can or cannot vote for in a primary election.” The Trump campaign appears destined to file a lawsuit challenging the measure and could be joined by the Republican National Committee and the California Republican Party.

The tax-return-disclosure requirement was previously vetoed in 2017 due to questions over its constitutionality by former Gov. Jerry Brown, who, along with his Republican opponents, refused to disclose tax returns during his successful campaigns for governor in 2010 and 2014. “A qualified candidate’s ability to appear on the ballot is fundamental to our democratic system,” Brown wrote in his veto message at the time. “For that reason, I hesitate to start down a road that well might lead to an ever escalating set of differing state requirements for presidential candidates.” Newsom, however, signed the bill into law, which requires presidential and gubernatorial candidates to submit five years of tax returns at least three months before the state’s primary. Primary day in California is scheduled for March 3, 2020, which means Trump — and others — would have just over four months to submit returns to the California secretary of state. …

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  1. Damocles says

    Almost too funny. Do you really think that Demoncrapic Candidates will submit their tax returns ? How about the Governor’s position , will they now have to submit their tax returns ? If so then you can bet the penalty for submitting a false tax return will be reduced to a 100.00 fine.
    Maybe this new ” law” that once again breaks Federal Law and violates the governors oath of office, will finally push the Fed to come and arrest Newsom for sedition and Treason. We can only hope against hope.
    From the sword of———

  2. Newsom is a spineless coward,

  3. Unconstitutional? What a ploy to deny people choice. Another attack on the First Amendment…a form of censorship aka Google, Youtube, Twitter, etc. Democrats, “my way or the highway”.

  4. Rick Lagrand says

    Gee, I wonder who will pay the State’s legal bills when Trump takes it to the courts. What’s that you say? The taxpayers? But what about the taxpayers who disagree with this State law? WHATTYA MEAN “TS”?

  5. Yes JimM, but he should be recalled. Is anyone on this yet? Pretty Boy Newsom is a showboating grandstander who has to go!

  6. The name is Anziani, not An.

  7. How can this be made into law? I’ll write Trump in. Piss on Newsome, friggin commie bastard!

  8. This is taxation without representation. Let’s all stop paying taxes to Crapifornia.

  9. Donald J. says

    The Commie California votes didn’t sway the election of our MAGA POTUS last time and will mean a big zero next time! Forty plus lawsuits generated by the Socialist State of Cali against America and to paid for off the backs of Californians who actually pay taxes? When will the Cali voters wake up and face reality?

  10. Bogiewheel says

    Have fun at the Supreme Court with this lemon……..

  11. Dntgiveup says

    F Mewsome he’s a moron that stares into the sky when he talks because it’s all lies. What the hell rights does he have to say who I vote for, Newsom needs to be recalled if for nothing else just plain outright being stupid. The Democratic un-leadership has screwed up CA. If Trumps not a choice on the ballot he will surely be my write in for 2020 and I hope the feds take Newsom and his band of stupid renegades to the cleaners.

    • showandtell says

      Wow you’re right —– looking up at the ceiling or the sky is the classic “tell” of a liar

  12. He is the most obnoxious and law-defying governor of all states!
    He must be arrested and made an example of what not to do. There should be more than enough grounds to arrest him by now.

    • showandtell says

      Imagine — Newsom is SO odious that he actually makes us prefer the Jerry Brown era. (!!) He delights in metaphorically giving the finger to decent people and has no respect for the law —- in fact he goes out of his way to flaunt it, doesn’t he. He is so sick with arrogance that he probably thinks he is being courageous in his “resistance.”

  13. What I want to know is: will this apply equally to Democrat AND Republican candidates or is this just a slap in the face to President Trump? If so, you can bet your bippy that it will be ruled unconstitutional.

  14. TheRandyGuy says

    The applicable SC case is Term Limits Inc. v. Thornton, 514 U.S. 779 (1995). 5-4 decision where the SC held that states are prohibited from adding any qualification to appear on the ballot outside what the Constitution lists as requirements to run. If any non-liberal state did this, the leftists would be screaming voter suppression.

    • John Galt says

      Obviously Kommieforniastan is a country unto it’s own, so….it’s time for a violent invasion and arresting all of the miscreants in Sack-0-Tomatoes for violation of Federal Law, heck toss in the Sanctuary City BS and start cleaning house.

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