House hopefuls draw on Trump's refusal to reveal tax returns

House hopefuls draw on Trump's refusal to reveal tax returns
In this May 6, 2018 photo, Democratic congressional candidate Lisa Brown, center, who is challenging U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., greets walkers at the Lilac Bloomsday Run in Spokane, Wash. President Donald Trump's unwillingness to release his tax returns is helping renew a debate on whether the practice should be expected of elected federal office holders ahead of this year's midterms, and in April, 2018, McMorris Rodgers released her returns for the first time since winning the House seat in 2004. (Dan Pelle/The Spokesman-Review via AP)

SEATTLE (AP) — President Donald Trump’s unwillingness to release his tax returns has some House hopefuls debating whether elected federal office holders should be expected to reveal the documents.

Candidates and incumbents in House races in Colorado, New York and Washington are among the few who’ve disclosed tax returns in an effort to show transparency and sway voters ahead of the midterm elections.

One Democratic House candidate, Eddie Sundquist of New York, aims to draft a law that would require all candidates for Congress to release five years of tax returns.

Almost half of sitting lawmakers have called on Trump to disclose the documents, but just 1 out of every 10 have released their own, according to data compiled by Roll Call last year.