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KY Dems Statement on Matt Bevin’s Refusal to Release His Tax Returns

Following Matt Bevin’s refusal to release his tax returns, Kentucky Democratic Party Chairman Patrick Hughes issued the following statement: 

“Matt Bevin’s refusal to release his tax returns is a deeply troubling breach of the public’s trust, and breaks with Kentucky’s long, bipartisan tradition of disclosure from gubernatorial candidates. Bevin’s cavalier disregard for transparency raises several deeply disturbing questions, most importantly: what exactly is Bevin hiding? Kentuckians need to know this information in order to make an informed decision about the gubernatorial candidates, which is why we are calling on Bevin to follow the lead of past Republican gubernatorial nominees and disclose his tax returns.” 

BACKGROUND: 

When Asked If He Would Release His Tax Returns As A Gubernatorial Candidate, Matt Bevin Refused. "’No,' said Bevin, who last year held interests worth either more than $10,000 or at least 5 percent in seven businesses specializing in products such as LED lights, candy and medical devices according to his financial disclosure form filed with the Executive Branch Ethics Commission. 'Why? Why would I?' When Pure Politics told Bevin others, such as Gov. Steve Beshear, released such records as candidates, he said he sees no value ‘whatsoever' in publicizing his tax returns as a gubernatorial hopeful.” [CN2, 6/10/15]

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