Two of the four Democratic candidates in Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional district, State Rep. Brendan Boyle and former U.S. Rep. Marjorie Margolies have released five years of tax returns. One candidate, State Sen. Daylin Leach provided only one year in response to my request, and physician Valerie Arkoosh declined to provide any.
In a statement the Arkoosh campaign said it is “looking into” the possibility of releasing returns , but is focused on the campaign for now. Leach campaign spokesman Aren Platt said only his 2012 return was readily available.
Boyle volunteered five years of returns some time ago, and last Monday I asked the other three candidates if they were prepared to follow suit. Neither Leach nor Arkoosh indicated they would provide more returns given more time. If they decide to, I’ll share them here.
A summary of the information on those returns are detailed in the chart below, and you follow the links to see the returns themselves. The Boyle family’s wages and salary jumped from about $60,000 to $135,000 after he was elected to the legislature in 2008.
Margolies, who heads the non-profit Womens Campaign International reported annual salaries ranging from $116,000 to $151,000 from 2008 through 2012, and she paid over 20 percent of her adjusted gross income in federal taxes in each of those years.
Leach’s 2012 return reflects only his state legislator’s income of just under $79,000, since he did not file jointly with his wife. In a separate federal disclosure statement required of Congressional candidates, Leach reports assets of over $3 million belonging to his wife.
Leach said in an interview last week that he has no access to his wife’s assets and that they file separate tax returns, though they did file jointly in the past. The subject came up because Boyle began running a TV ad saying he was running against millionaires. Leach said he isn’t, and that his wife is “none of Brendan Boyle’s business.”
Arkoosh’s candidate disclosure statement also indicates assets of well over $3 million. The statements don’t reveal a candidate’s net worth, since it only requires candidates to disclose a range of value for assets listed. For my calculation of both Arkoosh’s and Leach’s wife’s assets, I used the minimum value of the assets in the range reported. You can find those federal disclosure statements at this site – just search by name.
You can see a summary of information on the tax returns that were provided in the chart below. You see the actual returns at these links: