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Teresa’s Taxes

Teresa Heinz Kerry still refuses to release her tax returns, even though her husband has relied extensively on her wealth to promote his political career and presidential campaign. This past Sunday, on Meet the Press, Kerry said he disclosed his tax returns because it is legally required, while there is no such mandate for spousal disclosure. Yet, as Bob Novak reports, there is no such legal requirement for candidates to disclose their tax returns. In 1984, Geraldine Ferraro’s husband initially refused to release his tax returns, but then reversed himself due to the public outcry. Can we expect Teresa to do the same?

Jonathan H. Adler — Mr. Adler is an NRO contributing editor and the inaugural Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. His latest book is Marijuana Federalism: Uncle Sam and Mary Jane.


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