Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Posting Her Taxes Online, Gillibrand Takes A Swipe At Trump

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand once again posted her tax return documents online and took a not-so-veiled swipe at President Donald Trump’s refusal to do the same.

“We need to keep demanding transparency and accountability from all of our elected officials,” Gillibrand wrote in an essay published on Medium. “Americans need to know that their representatives in government are working for them, and not influenced by conflicts of interest.”

Gillibrand began posting her taxes online in 2012 and has backed legislation like the STOCK Act, which would require members of Congress and the administration to reveal financial data such as stock trades.

Trump so far has declined to release his own taxes, breaking a presidential tradition that stretches back to the aftermath of the Watergate scandal. In Washington, Trump’s refusal to disclose the information has led to Democrats linking it to the overall trouble at achieving tax reform this year.

Updated: Chris Pack from the Crossroads/Senate Leadership Fund points out Gillibrand and her husband had an effective tax rate of 13 percent, which is half of what is publicly known about Trump’s taxes. Trump, based on the tax documents that have been leaked to the press, paid $38 million in taxes. At the same time, he noted Gillibrand gave less than 2 percent of her income to charity and did not make voluntary contributions on her return to organizations that benefit breast cancer research, Alzheimer’s, the Sept. 11 memorial or homeless veterans.  Read full post here 

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