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Bush, Trump Release Tax Returns — But Not Matt Bevin

FRANKFORT, KY — Today Jeb Bush will apparently become the latest high-profile Republican candidate to release his tax returns — while Matt Bevin is continuing to break with Kentucky’s bipartisan tradition of disclosure by refusing to release his taxes. In response, Kentucky Democratic Party Chairman Patrick Hughes issued the following statement: 
 
“Matt Bevin should listen to Republican leaders like Bush who are urging transparency and accountability and finally release his tax returns,” said Kentucky Democratic Party Chairman Patrick Hughes. “From his failure to pay his taxes 10 times to his possible ethics violation for hiding controversial companies, each day seems to bring a fresh example of Bevin’s deceit, hypocrisy and self-serving political agenda. By stubbornly hiding this information from Kentucky voters, Bevin is only continuing to prove that he cannot be trusted to serve as our governor — and why Republicans have labelled him an ‘East Coast Con Man’ and a ‘Pathological Liar.’" 
 
In the 20 days since Bevin refused to release his returns, he’s faced a series of escalating scandals surrounding his finances: The AP reported that Bevin failed to disclose controversial companies on required state documents in a “possible ethics violation,” WAVE 3 NBC Louisville revealed that Bevin has failed to pay his taxes on time at least 10 times, and the Courier Journal detailed Bevin’s ownership of a Common Core company, despite his opposition to Common Core during his campaign. 
 
BACKGROUND
 
CN2: 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]
 
AP Headline: "Bevin Didn't Disclose Positions, A Possible Ethics Violation." "Matt Bevin did not disclose his positions with two companies on his financial disclosure statement, a possible violation of state ethics laws. Bevin is the president of Bevin Bros. Manufacturing in Connecticut and a 'member, manager or other authorized person' with Academic Merit in Maine, according to records filed with the secretary of state's offices in those two states. Bevin disclosed both positions in his 2014 run for the U.S. Senate. But they do not appear on his financial disclosure statement for his run for governor this year.” [AP, 6/11/15]
 
The Courier-Journal: Bevin Claims to Oppose Common Core But Has Investments In Common Core Business. "Although he vows to repeal the Common Core education standards if elected governor, Republican gubernatorial nominee Matt Bevin owns part of an education technology company that embraces those standards…The Associated Press reported last week that Bevin did not disclose his position with Academic Merit and a second company (Bevin Bros. Manufacturing of Connecticut) in a disclosure form he filed as a candidate for governor this year with the Kentucky Executive Ethics Commission.” [The Courier-Journal, 6/18/15]
 
WAVE 3 NBC: Bevin Failed To Pay Taxes On Time 10 Times, Did Not Provide Explanation. "Matt Bevin has been late to pay property taxes on land he owns in other states at least 10 times since 2002, documents indicate. Local officials in Greenwood, Maine and Leesville, Louisiana provided the documents at the request of WAVE 3 News. Combined, they show Bevin paid more than $1,100 in interest and penalties to settle property tax bills. Bevin disputed the numbers but did not provide an explanation for what the Maine and Louisiana officials provided.”  [WAVE 3 NBC, 6/19/15]
 
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