DC Examiner Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina has become the first 2016 candidate to file her personal financial disclosure, showing her and her husband to have a net worth of nearly $59 million.
“I’ve taken hundreds of questions — whether about hot dogs or my personal finances — and I think it’s all fair game,” Fiorina said in an email sent to media. “I think leadership of any kind requires trust and transparency and voters should demand no less from their political leadership in government.”
The $59 million figure includes property owned by Fiorina, which is not required in a personal financial disclosure.
Her campaign provided additional details about Fiorina’s finances, including her effective tax rate (federal, state and local combined) to be 30 percent for 2012 and 2013. Her effective federal rate was 20 percent.
Fiorina and her husband also gave an average of 14 percent of their income to charity, and Carly worked for multiple charities without accepting compensation, according to her campaign.
Fiorina’s transparency stands in stark contrast to Hillary Clinton, who rarely answers unscripted questions or speaks to the press. Fiorina’s disclosures list more than 1,000 of her investments and a number of paid speeches. The disclosure form did not require her to list so many specifics.
The early move to release her financial information is just the latest example of Fiorina’s campaign doing everything right. She’s taking the tough (and silly) questions, she’s using social media to her advantage, she’s trolling the media and she’s directly taking on presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton — all while avoiding serious gaffes. Other campaigns could — and should — take note.
The 87-page financial disclosure can be read here.