When Newt Gingrich released his 2010 tax returns on the day of the CNN debate in South Carolina, the pressure became even more intense for Mitt Romney to release his returns for 2010 and an 2011 estimate, as well. Reference was made to the Republican presidential candidate's father George Romney, who unsuccessfully sought the presidential nomination himself but set the standard for transparency.
Fred Karger displaying his tax returns at Adrian College, home of the George Romney Institute for Law and Public Policy (Photo courtesy Fred Karger)
On Thursday, openly gay Republican presidential candidate Fred Karger released his 2000 to 2010 federal tax returns today in front of the George Romney Institute for Law and Public Policy at Adrian College in Michigan, site of the next GOP primary where Karger is officially on the ballot. Karger's eleven tax returns are now posted on www.fredkarger.com plus his 2011 estimate.
"George Romney did the right thing 44 years ago when he released 12 years of his federal tax returns. He was the first presidential candidate to do so when he ran for president in 1968," said Karger. "At the time he said he released so many years of tax documents because one year was not enough. I just followed his lead."
From a Karger press release:
Karger has a history of fighting for truth and transparency in politics through his organization Rights Equal Rights. In November 2008, he filed a sworn complaint against the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church) with the California Fair Political Practices Commission, because he was convinced that the Mormon Church had spent far more money on California's Proposition 8 than it reported. Karger's complaint led to an unprecedented 18 month investigaton of the Mormon Church, its prosecution, a guilty plea on 13 counts of election fraud and a fine.
Then one year later, Karger asked the Maine Ethics Commission to investigate the National Organization for Marriage (NOM). He testified in Augusta, Maine three times, accusing NOM and its officers of money laundering in a Maine election to repeal that state's recently passed gay marriage law. The Maine Ethics Commission voted 3 to 2, and then unanimously to investigate NOM. Brian Brown NOM's President has been deposed and that investigation is in its third year.
"I have always worked toward truth and transparency in politics," said GOP candidate Karger. "I am for full disclosure and I strongly urge the other five remaining Republican candidates for President to release at least 12 years of their tax returns. So Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum and Buddy Roemer, you owe the American public full disclosure. It's the right thing to do."
Karger is in Michigan campaigning for a week. He is one of 6 Republican candidates on the February 28, 2012 Michigan GOP Primary ballot.
(Crossposted from LGBT POV)