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Remember how the Republicans keep trying to push bills that require Presidential candidates to provide their birth certificates?

Well, Michigan's own Sandy Levin (MI-12, soon to be MI-09 and, presumably, my new Congressman) has introduced a bill that would require anyone running for President to release at least the past 10 years' worth of their tax returns!


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But that's not all:

The legislation, which will be introduced by Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich.), is specifically aimed at presidential candidates with complex and secretive financial holdings -- much like the former governor of Massachusetts. It would require candidates to disclose information "not currently included on disclosures and not easily discernible from tax returns," and would help "provide a fuller picture of a candidate's financial holdings and interests," according to a press release Wednesday from the House Ways and Means Committee.
Levin's legislation would also require the release of more information on assets held in IRAs, 401(k) plans and other tax preferred accounts, and would force the disclosure of any ongoing compensation received by the candidate.
Woo-Hoo!! GO SANDY!!
On a conference call Wednesday afternoon, Levin told reporters that he hopes to formally introduce the legislation before the congressional recess in August, hopefully with Republican support.
Hmmm...normally I'd laugh out loud at the "hopefully with Republican support" bit, but given that practically every GOP pundit has been out there screaming at Romney to just release his f*cking tax returns already, it very well may happen.
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