facebook linkedin twitter

Trump Campaign Sues California Over Tax Return Release Ballot Requirement

August 6, 2019 by Dan McCue

The Trump campaign and the Republican Party sued California on Tuesday over a new law requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns to run in the state’s primary.

“Today we have taken decisive action in federal court challenging California’s attempt to circumvent the U.S. Constitution,” Jay Sekulow, a member of Trump’s personal legal team, said in a statement.

“The issue of whether the President should release his federal tax returns was litigated in the 2016 election and the American people spoke. The effort to deny California voters the opportunity to cast a ballot for President Trump in 2020 will clearly fail.”   

“Legal scholars from across the political spectrum have roundly condemned this flagrantly illegal statute. We are confident the courts will as well,” Sekulow added.

The lawsuit, filed in the Eastern District of California, argues the law signed by California Gov. Gavin Newsom last month is unconstitutional, violating both the First Amendment and restrictions on state power.

The law requires all candidates for president to disclose the previous five years of tax returns in order to appear on the primary ballot.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump repeatedly said he’d release his tax returns, but then reneged on that promise, claiming his returns are still under audit. 

The lawsuit, which names California Secretary of State Alex Padilla and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra as defendants, claims the law is a “naked political attack against the sitting president of the United States.”

Litigation

September 16, 2021
by Dan McCue
Lone Sentence in Popular Series Could Cost Netflix a Cool $5 Million

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - A single line in Netflix sensation “The Queen’s Gambit,” which is expected to rake in the... Read More

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - A single line in Netflix sensation “The Queen’s Gambit,” which is expected to rake in the statues at this weekend’s 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards, could wind up costing the streaming giant a cool $5 million thanks to a defamation lawsuit filed Thursday... Read More

Texas AG Paxton Now Suing 15 School Districts Over Masking Guidance

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has expanded litigation efforts against a swath of school districts that defied... Read More

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has expanded litigation efforts against a swath of school districts that defied Gov. Greg Abbott’s ban on mask mandates. Paxton announced on Tuesday his office had filed lawsuits against the Paris, Diboll, Honey Grove, La Vega, Longview, Lufkin,... Read More

August 26, 2021
by Dan McCue
Capitol Police Officers Sue Trump, Stone, Extremist Groups Over Jan. 6

WASHINGTON -- Seven Capitol Police Officers filed a federal lawsuit against former President Donald Trump, Roger Stone, and members of... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Seven Capitol Police Officers filed a federal lawsuit against former President Donald Trump, Roger Stone, and members of two right-wing extremist groups on Thursday over their role in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. The 71-page complaint accuses Trump of acting in... Read More

August 13, 2021
by Tom Ramstack
Nunes’s Defamation Suit Against Washington Post to Continue

WASHINGTON -- A lawsuit by Rep. Devin Nunes against The Washington Post for defamation is proceeding after a judge this... Read More

WASHINGTON -- A lawsuit by Rep. Devin Nunes against The Washington Post for defamation is proceeding after a judge this week declined to dismiss it. The Post reported that Nunes accused the Obama administration of spying on Trump Tower in New York City. Nunes, R-Calif., denies... Read More

August 11, 2021
by Tom Ramstack
Medical Groups Join Lawsuit to Support DC’s Vaccination Law for Children

WASHINGTON -- A group of medical associations is speaking out to support the District of Columbia’s new law that allows... Read More

WASHINGTON -- A group of medical associations is speaking out to support the District of Columbia’s new law that allows children as young as 11 years old to request vaccinations from health care professionals without their parents' permission. The plaintiffs submitted an amicus brief last week... Read More

August 10, 2021
by Dan McCue
Dominion Voting Systems Files Flurry of Defamation Suits

Dominion Voting Systems has filed a series of defamation lawsuits against One America News Network, Newsmax and Patrick Byrne, the... Read More

Dominion Voting Systems has filed a series of defamation lawsuits against One America News Network, Newsmax and Patrick Byrne, the former CEO of Overstock.com, over their roles in advancing conspiracy theories that Dominion rigged the results of the 2020 presidential election. The lawsuits against Herring Networks,... Read More

News From The Well
scroll top