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Democratic secretary of state candidate challenges Republican incumbent to release his tax returns

Democrat Jean Schodorf is releasing her personal income tax returns dating back to 2011 this week to make a point.

The Kansas secretary of state candidate is essentially challenging Republican incumbent Kris Kobach to prove that he’s got nothing to hide.

Democrats have criticized Kobach, a lawyer, for years for earning extra income by performing legal work on immigration. Kobach has developed a national reputation for his focus on curbing illegal immigration and has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court.

But Kobach won’t say how much money he’s earned on those ventures — or how many hours he’s spent doing it in addition to his full-time work as Kansas’ secretary of state.

“I and many others wonder what he is hiding from the public, and what he is actually doing while receiving a paycheck from the people of Kansas,” Schodorf said in a statement Sunday.

“If he continues to avoid these requests, then many questions remain as to what he is hiding.”

Schodorf said serving as a statewide elected official means you should be held to a higher standard.

She added:

“There have been many questions about what he has been doing, and how much effort he devotes to his personal agenda. If he wishes to prove that he has been doing the work of Kansas, in Kansas, for Kansas, then he should be more than willing to step forward and show us what he is up to.”

No word yet from Kobach’s campaign.