ICYMI: WJAC: Rep. Conklin calls out Wagner, pushing for others to release tax returns

* Rep. Scott Conklin is calling out Wagner, simply saying that for years people have been concerned about where candidates get their campaign money from. That’s why Monday, he said he’s pushing for new laws, for those running for a major elected office.

* Wagner is the first candidate in at least 20 years, who hasn’t released his returns. It’s something he announced early on during the primaries. But Conklin said it’s an issue across the board — so much that he’s in the works of writing a new legislation to address the matter.


ICYMI: WJAC: Rep. Conklin calls out Wagner, pushing for others to release tax returns

STATE COLLEGE – The race for state governor is just heating up and in Centre County, a Democratic state representative is demanding that Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner release his tax returns, though Wagner isn’t his only focus.

Rep. Scott Conklin is calling out Wagner, simply saying that for years people have been concerned about where candidates get their campaign money from. That’s why Monday, he said he’s pushing for new laws, for those running for a major elected office.

“In the last few years you’ve seen governors, president, other positions are billionaires or multimillionaires themselves so the agenda that they’re pushing may be a personal agenda.; one that is only to benefit them,” said Conklin, a Democrat representing the 77th District.

Conklin is demanding that Wagner, the GOP gubernatorial candidate and successful businessman and others running for big offices release their tax returns.

“I believe that Scott Wagner should release his federal taxes as much as Gov. Tom Wolf has released his for full transparency to show the public exactly where his money comes from because he’s self-financing this campaign,” Conklin said.

Wagner is the first candidate in at least 20 years, who hasn’t released his returns. It’s something he announced early on during the primaries.

But Conklin said it’s an issue across the board — so much that he’s in the works of writing a new legislation to address the matter.

He said his bill would prohibit those running for more higher offices like governor, Supreme Court and Congress — from appearing on the ballot if they don’t release their tax returns.

“Any candidate running, if they don’t disclose their federal income tax 90 days before an election, cannot be placed on the ballot,” Conklin said of his proposal. “And if they still don’t do it and they happen to win they cannot be seated until they disclose these taxes, because the public deserves to know.”

6 News reached out to Wagner and his campaign but has received no word yet whether he will release his tax returns. The campaign sent us a statement saying in part that Wagner has been transparent by meeting every single disclosure requirement but that statement didn’t answer our question.

The statement given by Wagner communications director Andrew Romeo states:

“Scott has been transparent by meeting every single disclosure requirement. Governor Wolf is hiding from Pennsylvanians how much of their hard earned dollars he’s giving to Amazon, won’t reveal the facts surrounding Mike Stack’s mistreatment of staff despite the fact that the investigation was funded by tax payers, and won’t explain why he still has Mary Isenhour on his campaign team, even though she did not block the appointment of Tim Solobay despite knowing he had committed acts of of sexual harassment prior to being named to the post. So if Governor Wolf wants to make this race a referendum on transparency, we like our chances at the ballot box.”

Conklin said he hopes to get his bill drafted and passed to help voters know what motivates a candidate and who is financing them.

Read the piece here.

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