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Donald Trump brags about the size of his financial disclosure form

Donald Trump addresses supporters during a rally on May 5 in Charleston, W.Va. (Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)
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As Donald Trump faces escalating criticism for not releasing his tax returns, the likely Republican presidential nominee instead filed his annual personal financial disclosure with federal authorities on Monday and then bragged about it in a news release on Tuesday evening.

The Federal Election Commission requires presidential candidates to file an annual personal financial disclosure that lists their assets and financial interests. Unlike a tax return, which requires using exact numbers, the election disclosure form only requires that candidates disclose their income using wide ranges. Trump has refused to release his tax returns, citing an ongoing audit, an excuse that many Republicans and others have said doesn't make sense.

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Trump claims that his net worth has increased since his last disclosure was filed in July and that his annual income is more than $557 million, not including dividends, interest, capital gains, rents and royalties. The campaign has yet to respond to a request from The Washington Post for a copy of the disclosure, which he says is 104 pages long and the FEC has yet to make public.

“I filed my PFD, which I am proud to say is the largest in the history of the FEC," Trump bragged in a statement sent to reporters. "Despite the fact that I am allowed extensions, I have again filed my report, which is 104 pages, on time. Bernie Sanders has requested, on the other hand, an extension for his small report."

Trump said his dedication to this paperwork documents "one of the greatest portfolios of real estate assets" and shows "the difference between a businessman and the all-talk, no-action politicians that have failed the American people for far too long."

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