These 2020 Presidential Candidates Are The Most (And Least) Open About Their Finances

These 2020 Presidential Candidates Are The Most (And Least) Open About Their Finances

These 2020 Presidential Candidates Are The Most (And Least) Open About Their Finances
These 2020 Presidential Candidates Are The Most (And Least) Open About Their Finances

President Trump’s rivals like to chide him about his financial dealings, calling for his tax returns and greater transparency. “Quit hiding from the American people,” Amy Klobuchar demands. Tom Steyer minces even fewer words: “This president is the most corrupt in American history.”

How transparent are those who are pointing their fingers? Well, it depends on the candidate. As Forbes investigated the finances of everyone in the 2020 race, we noted what information they were willing to put down on paper—in tax returns, financial disclosures and public documents like Securities and Exchange Commission filings—as well what questions they were willing to answer. 

We scored all candidates, including President Trump, on their level of financial transparency, ranking them on a scale of 0 (closed lips) to 5 (open book).

THE FIVES

No one, not even the Democrats who spend the most time bashing Trump for his financial dealings, were willing to release full tax returns, file financial disclosures and answer all of Forbes’ questions about their personal finances. Elizabeth Warren, for example, almost earned a 5, but she wouldn’t give guidance on the true value of her husband’s investments, listed on her disclosures with a vague value of “over $1 million.”

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