Author: David Cay Johnston

David Cay Johnston is the Editor-in-Chief of DCReport. He is an investigative journalist and author, a specialist in economics and tax issues, and winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Beat Reporting.

Getting Out Facts and Making Sure Voters Cast Ballots Beats Trumpism The overwhelming failure in the recall of California Gov. Gavin Newsom should send a powerful message to those Republicans who think their future lies with Donald Trump and Trumpism. It doesn’t. By any measure, the vote to retain Newsom was a landslide. Almost 64% of voters cast ballots against recalling Newsom. That’s better than the record margin by which Newsom won in 2018. He won that race with just under 62% of the vote. It also equals the share of California votes for Biden against Trump in 2020. Trumpers…

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Trump Tries Raising Money in His Fight to Force Social Media Companies to Let Him Spew His Bile America’s panhandler in chief, Donald Trump, just proved beyond all doubt that he has no idea what is in the Constitution he took an oath to defend. Trump today sent me and millions of others a text begging for money to finance federal lawsuits filed in Florida against Facebook, Google, Twitter and their chief executive officers for “UNCONSTITUTIONAL CENSORSHIP.” Trump is, at least for now, banned from their platforms for breaking their rules. Had Trump ever read the First Amendment, he would…

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DCReport has uncovered a secret IRS tax favor for the super-rich—authorized when Donald Trump was president—that will take effect on Thursday, July 1. President Joe Biden can stop it with one phone call. Will he? The Biden White House was unaware of this Trump tax favor—disguised as a crackdown on wealthy tax cheaters—when DCReport asked about it on Friday. That’s not surprising because the IRS remains under the control of Charles Rettig, a holdover from the Trump era. Before Trump named him IRS commissioner, Rettig was a Beverly Hills tax lawyer who helped the super-wealthy escape taxes and—if they got…

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