Dear MoveOn member,
For months, MoveOn members have been clamoring to see Trump's taxes—to find out who's been paying him and why. Now, as Tax Day approaches, it’s the perfect moment to turn up the heat.
The truth is, we don't actually need Trump to willingly show us his taxes. Congress has the necessary oversight power to demand that the Treasury release them. In fact, nearly every week, House Democrats propose legislation to compel the release.1
But Republicans are voting against these measures, covering for Trump, and denying Americans the opportunity to see who Trump has been working on behalf of over the last decade—and may still be working for now. Congress thinks that they're better off falling in line with Trump on this than looking out for their constituents.
We've got to show up with a clear question for our lawmakers, the Trump administration, and the media: Who pays Donald Trump?
Will you join us on April 15—Tax Day—at one of over 120 Tax March rallies around the country, from Los Angeles to Mar-a-Lago, to demand Donald Trump's taxes?
RSVP for a Tax March event near you!
These rallies, organized by grassroots activists and dozens of partner organizations, are a chance to publicly demand transparency and accountability. We shouldn't have to do this—every President in the last 40 years released his taxes. We need to show that we won't stand for undisclosed foreign entanglements and financial ties, nor will we let Trump and his cronies get richer at the expense of the rest of us.
Trump is already under FBI investigation for possible coordination with Russian cyberhackers. Every day seems to bring a new revelation about Trump's first National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, working with foreign governments. Recently, we learned that Trump's campaign manager, Paul Manafort, had a $10 million a year contract to lobby for Russian interests in the US. The American people deserve a full account of Trump's ties to Russia. That begins with a full disclosure of his taxes and a thorough, independent investigation.
Trump says that loyalty is paramount to him, but who does he feel loyalty to? The American people should be his only employer, but who else holds his debts and pays his bills?
This isn't just some partisan football—it's about national security. But Congress is falling asleep at the wheel. A sign-on letter demanding Trump's taxes got 140 backers in the House, but only two brave Republicans.2 Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins has said she'd consider subpoenaing Trump's taxes in the Senate Intelligence Committee, but the committee's leadership hasn't done it.3 Let's ratchet up the pressure to force Congress to get us Trump's tax returns!
The last few months have been humbling, making us realize just how fragile and broken our politics are. But they've also been inspiring and empowering because we've seen what we're made of. It's how we beat back the assault on health care against the odds, and stalled a xenophobic travel ban. On April 15, we’re keeping the fight alive and demanding transparency and accountability from our lawmakers.
Thanks for all you do.
—Justin, Maria, Emma, Ben W., and the rest of the team
P.S. Tonight, Sunday, April 9, MoveOn, The Working Families Party, People’s Action, and The Center for Popular Democracy are hosting a Ready to Resist Emergency Conference Call to get ready for these congressional recess actions and the Tax Day marches with Representatives Maxine Waters and Barbara Lee, and "House of Cards" creator Beau Willimon. Click here to RSVP for it.
1. "Dem uses new tactic to get Trump's tax returns," The Hill, March 10, 2017
2. "Now Senate Democrats are pushing to get Trump's tax returns," NJ.com, March 1, 2017
3. "Senate may force Trump to Turn Over Tax Returns," U.S. News & World Report, February 22, 2017
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