How to Penalize Campaigns that Hide Tax Returns and Deny Press Credentials

Presidential campaigns derive substantial subsidies from Federal law.  For example TV stations are required to offer lowest rates to campaigns under certain conditions.

Surely the law, maybe by regulation, could be changed so that to obtain those benefits the campaign would have to certify that it has released the candidates tax returns, and also given press credentials to all legitimate outlets.

While there might be a First Amendment right to refuse to release tax returns, it would surely be hard to construct an argument that the First Amendment so protects to right to exclude the press from the greater access they need at public events that violators should have their TV ads subsidized.

 

 

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