KDP Calls on GOP Candidates to Release Tax Returns

by Tony McVeigh on April 12, 2011

The head of the Kentucky Democratic Party wants two Republican gubernatorial candidates to release their income tax returns. Dan Logsdon says Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear annually makes his returns public.

However, Kentucky Senate President David Williams says he won’t be releasing the ten years of income tax returns sought by Dan Logsdon, chairman of the Kentucky Democratic Party.

Williams is seeking the Republican gubernatorial nomination and campaign manager Scott Jennings says public information on Williams’ finances is readily available.

“David has been filing financial disclosure forms with the Legislative Branch Ethics Commission since 1993, and this year filed an additional form with the Executive Branch Ethics Commission as a candidate,” says Jennings “These forms outline financial interests, income, property holdings, gifts, business dealings, investments and debts.”

Dan Logsdon says Republican gubernatorial hopeful Phil Moffett should release his 2010 tax returns, but Moffett’s campaign manager says the information is private and won’t be released.  Republican gubernatorial candidate Bobbie Holsclaw intends to release her tax returns.  Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear, who’s seeking re-election, has a history making his tax returns public.

In 1991, Sen. David Williams was campaign manager for gubernatorial candidate Larry Hopkins.  Williams accused Hopkins’ Republican opponent Larry Forgy of being “arrogant” for refusing to release ten years of tax returns.  But now, Williams, who’s running for governor, is refusing to do the same thing.  That’s hypocritical says Kentucky Democratic Party Chairman Dan Logsdon.

“When running for governor, a person has an obligation to be honest,” Logsdon says “open and transparent with the people of Kentucky.”

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Rob April 13, 2011 at 12:17 am

The tax return issue is a smokescreen. Of course the head of the Kentucky Democratic party is trying to light a fire here. It takes the voter’s attention away from the real issues.
Don’t fall for it Kentucky. Make the press and the candidates speak directly to the issues that will make or break Kentucky’s future. Those issues have very little to do with the candidate’s tax returns.

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