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Letter from Jerry Brown Concerning Tax Returns Release by BayAreaNewsGroup

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Attorney General Jerry Brown's letter accepting the Mercury News proposal for the three major gubernatorial candidates to release their federal and state tax returns.

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									April 21, 2010


Dear Mr. Butler:

I am writing to accept your proposal for the three major gubernatorial candidates to
release their federal and state tax returns.

As you wrote, “If candidates pledge in writing, their word will be on the line, and we
believe they'll live up to it. If anyone refuses, then the others will be off the hook — but
neither we nor voters will forget who refused.” So now you have my pledge, and I
obviously am hopeful that Ms. Whitman and Mr. Poizner will also agree.

As you know, shortly after being elected governor in 1974, I did something no governor
had done before – I released my tax returns. I have always believed this is important,
and today – after revelations of Wall Street manipulation and crimes and an economic
meltdown caused by greed and deception – it’s even more important.

Under the terms you outlined, I am more than happy to release 10 years of tax returns
and to post those returns on www.jerrybrown.org at noon on May 5th.


Sincerely,




Jerry Brown




      291 3rd Street, Oakland, CA 94607 - (t) 510-628-0202 (f) 510-628-0909
                      ID #1321867     www.JerryBrown.org

								
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