Attorney general candidate Maura Healey released five years of personal tax returns Tuesday, hoping to build on efforts to showcase transparency in the race for the state’s top law enforcement position.
Healey became the first Democratic candidate in the race to release tax returns ahead of the Sept. 9 primary. Between 2009 and 2013, the former assistant attorney general reported income ranging from $76,167 to $98,831. She paid between $13,265 and $17,288 in taxes over that period.
Healey did not call on her Democratic opponent, Warren Tolman, to release his tax returns Tuesday, but her campaign spokesman said the release of Healey’s tax information raises the bar in a race in which transparency has been a focus.
“This is a continuation of Maura Healey’s [effort] to run the most open and transparent campaign and be the most open and transparent attorney general in the country,” said David Guarino, Healey’s spokesman. “We’ll leave it to the Tolman campaign to make their decision about whether they want to meet her in doing this.”
Tolman’s campaign released a statement Tuesday evening indicating the candidate plans to release his taxes in the coming weeks.
“Warren has been dedicated to openness and transparency his entire career,” said campaign manager Chris Joyce. “This is the first time this has been raised in the campaign, and since he files jointly with his wife, he’ll be discussing the issue with her. But his intent and expectation is to release his tax information in the next couple of weeks.”
Tolman has served in the Legislature, as an attorney at the Holland & Knight law firm, and as a director of business development at Fast Strike Games, an online gambling company.
Tolman and Healey have both made efforts to promote openness in the attorney general’s race.
They have signed versions of a People’s Pledge barring special interest groups and super PACs from pouring money for advertising into the race. The version signed by Tolman on Monday, however, allows direct mail advertising from outside groups, similar to the pledge signed by US Senate candidates Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren in 2012.
The pledge signed by Healey mirrors the updated version endorsed by US Representatives Stephen F. Lynch and Edward J. Markey in their 2013 race for US Senate, which did ban direct mail advertising from outside groups.Faiz Siddiqui can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.