Target: Mitt Romney, presumptive Republican nominee
Goal: Release 12 years of tax returns in order to ensure finances are transparent to the public
Presidents of the United States have a massive amount of power and must be vetted very heavily before they are considered for the presidency. One such source of vetting is the public release of tax returns, in order to ensure that their finances are completely transparent to the public. Tax returns show sources of income, financial holdings and tax rates, thus are very important in assessing presidential candidates’ conflicts of interests and financial misdeeds (for example, tax avoidance).
Mitt Romney, the Republican candidate for the presidency, has yet to release more than two years of his tax returns to the public. Despite widespread requests for him to release more than two years of returns, Romney has given no indication that he will do so any time soon.
George Romney, Mitt’s father, ran for president in the 1968 presidential election and released 12 years of his tax returns to the public. Romney senior gave the very important rationale for his release of 12 years or returns when he said that “One year [of returns] could be a fluke, perhaps done for show.” This statement is very true, as it is easy to fix two years of returns to look good, and is the perfect reason why Romney junior should release more years of his returns.
Sign this petition in order to demand that Romney follow the great example his father set during his presidential run and release 12 years of his tax returns to the public. Two years of returns could easily have been manipulated to deceive the public, and Romney must release more years if he wants to be seen as an honest candidate.
Dear Candidate Romney,
Citizens who wish to be considered for the presidency are expected to release their tax returns for multiple years; this custom, while not obligatory under the law, has been held to by most serious presidential candidates in modern history, including your father. For reasons which you have yet to share, you have not followed your father’s example and released tax returns for a significant number of years.
Releasing multiple years of tax returns is necessary because it is possible for individuals to fix their tax returns once they start to run for president and conceal any damaging information. Your father touched upon this point when he said “One year could be a fluke, perhaps done for show” during his presidential run in 1968. I agree with your father and find your release of two years of tax returns to be inadequate.
I, as well as everybody else to sign this letter, implore you to follow the example your father set in 1968 and release 12 years of your tax returns. If you have nothing to hide, you have no reason not to do this and will benefit from the dispelling of rumors surrounding your finances.
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