Democracy and the Constitution Clinic
Elections are at the foundation of our democracy, but voters sometimes cast their ballots without critical information about presidential candidates. This report calls for requirements that candidates release more personal financial information, including five years of tax returns, and undergo criminal and intelligence background checks. The report also advocates for a system allowing candidates to submit to voluntary medical exams with some results released to the public.
This report was researched and written during the 2018-2019 academic year by students in Fordham Law School’s Democracy and the Constitution Clinic, which is focused on developing non-partisan recommendations to strengthen the nation’s institutions and its democracy. The clinic's reports are available at law.fordham.edu/democracyreports.
Megha Dharia, Rikki Lavine, Ryan Partelow, James Auchincloss, and Krysia Lenzo,
What Should Presidential Candidates Tell Us About Themselves? Proposals for Improving Transparency in Presidential Campaigns
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