Judge Blocks California Law Requiring Presidential Candidates to Reveal Tax Returns

A federal judge handed Donald Trump a big victory for his 2020 re-election campaign, Thursday, by blocking a California law that would require candidates running for president to reveal their tax returns to qualify for the state’s ballot.

U.S. District Judge Morrison England Jr. issued an injunction blocking the state law.

The state law, signed by Gov. Newsom in July, was created specifically to remove Donald Trump from California’s 2020 ballot.

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In his ruling, Judge England said that the law would cause “irreparable harm without temporary relief” for candidates including attempting to get on the state’s election ballot.

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Trump sued the state over the law claiming it violated his and every other candidate’s right to privacy.

According to the Los Angeles Times:

England spent much of the court proceeding on the question of whether a longstanding federal financial disclosure law preempts any additional rules that a state could impose. The federal law, known as the Ethics In Government Act, or EIGA, was originally passed in 1978 and applies to a range of top federal officials. Trump has filed the annual report, most recently in May, which provides an overview of his finances.

“Do we even need to get here if EIGA preempts [the new California law]?,” England asked in court of attorneys for the state. “Is that it?”

England insisted that the state’s requirement was essentially unconstitutional.

But a representative for the state insisted that the state’s law is perfectly legal.

“We remain firm in our belief that SB 27 is constitutional and provides invaluable transparency for voters as they decide who will hold the most powerful office in the United States,” California Secretary of State Alex Padilla said.

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