Conservative Group Files Lawsuit Challenging California Law Requiring Presidential Candidates Release Tax Returns

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A conservative activist group filed a lawsuit challenging a new California law requiring presidential and gubernatorial candidates to release their tax returns in order for their names to appear on the state’s primary ballot.

Judicial Watch named California Secretary of State Alex Padilla as defendant in the case. The conservative activist group sued on behalf of a registered Independent, Democrat, and Republican voter.

In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs noted that the California law known as SB 27: the Presidential Tax Transparency and Accountability Act added a new qualification for a presidential candidate.

Plaintiffs claim that California violated the Constitution

They argued that the law “imposes candidate qualifications beyond those allowed by the U.S. Constitution and impermissibly burdens a voter’s expressive constitutional and statutory rights.”

Additionally, the plaintiffs alleged that California or its Secretary of State Alex Padilla does not have the lawful authority to impose additional qualifications for presidential candidates.