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NV Cities Join Tax-Day Marches, Pressing President to Release Returns

On the campaign trail, then-candidate Donald Trump promised to release his income-tax returns eventually. Now, he says he doesn't think people are that interested. (Wikimedia Commons)
On the campaign trail, then-candidate Donald Trump promised to release his income-tax returns eventually. Now, he says he doesn't think people are that interested. (Wikimedia Commons)
April 14, 2017

LAS VEGAS – Protesters are expected to take to the streets in Las Vegas, Reno and Elko tomorrow, and in hundreds of sister marches across the nation. They'll demand that President Trump release his income-tax returns, as Americans prepare to file theirs by the deadline on Tuesday.

Before the election, then-candidate Trump promised to release the returns but then reneged, claiming voters don't care that much about what's in them.

Delia Brown, co-organizer of the Los Angeles march, disagrees. She says the public deserves transparency and accountability from the White House.

"We think that there are conflicts of interests that would be exposed," she said. "We know from his sons' assertions that he has a lot of business dealings with Russia but we have no way of knowing what they are or how deep they go."

The Elko event is at 9 A.M. at the Elko County Courthouse. The Reno march is at 11:30 A.M. at Wingfield Park. And in Las Vegas, the event is at Trump International Hotel at noon.

More information about the protests nationally is online at Tax March.org.

Brown says at the marches, speakers will call for tax fairness, measures to fight income inequality, and a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, that allows corporations to contribute vast sums to political campaigns without full disclosure.

"What the people desire doesn't stand a chance next to the big money that corporations have to push their agendas forward," she added. "The American people's voice is lost as soon as corporations are allowed to have great influence over who is elected, and what kind of legislation is passed."

The marchers are also pressing for an investigation into whether President Trump continues to profit from income streams tied to foreign powers, which would be a violation of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution.

Suzanne Potter, Public News Service - NV