As part of a recent anti-corruption push and in a direct challenge to Trump, Sen. Elizabeth Warren just released 10 years of tax returns by posting them online.
The federal and state returns were posted on her website Wednesday, a release date that comes as the conviction of Paul Manafort and guilty plea of Michael Cohen for felonies have dominated headlines, as has the case of the allegedly comically corrupt GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter. It also follows the serendipitously timed release of a plan she says would fight corruption in Washington: a bill packed with dozens of major changes requiring, for example, that members of Congress share their tax returns for the prior two years and every year they serve in their role. The bill also proposes a ban on top federal officials using their stature and access to become lobbyists when they leave office.
“Every year she’s been in public service, Sen. Warren has been required to disclose her income and assets annually,” reads a note on her site, which is accompanied with scans of her returns. “She’s gone a step further and released her tax returns covering her time in public service to-date.”
According to those records, in 2017, Warren and her husband Bruce Mann raked in a combined $913,000, paid $302,000 in taxes, were eligible for $34,000 in refunds, and gave $82,000 to charity. She’s paid $174,000 a year as a Senator and reported $430,000 from book sales.
Consider this a preview of how Warren—who is currently campaigning for a re-election bid she is all but assured to win, and who may have her sights on running for you-know-what—would campaign should she find herself in a race for higher office sometime in the next couple years. As the transparency and anti-“swamp” candidate, Warren will have a pretty good case to make against the president, who still refuses to release his own taxes and who promised to promised purge Washington of swamp creatures while, it seems, surrounding himself with them from the start.
“People don’t trust their government to do right because they think government works for the rich, the powerful and the well-connected, and not for the American people,” Warren said in a speech at the National Press Club to announce the proposal. “And here’s the kicker: They’re right.”
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