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Executive Chairman and Founder of LinkedIn Corporation, USA, Reid Hoffmans smiles during a social networking session at the opening day of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Wednesday Jan. 27, 2010. Financial reforms, climate talks and Haiti's reconstruction are set to dominate the agenda of the world's elites heading up to the Swiss mountain resort of Davos this week for their annual meeting. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

LinkedIn co-founder will give $5M to veterans if Trump releases his tax returns


Reid Hoffman, the co-founder of LinkedIn, says he will pay up to $5 million to a charity for veterans if Donald Trump releases his tax returns before Oct. 19, <b>according to USA Today</b>.

The original idea came from Marine Corps veteran Pete Kiernan, who tried to crowdsource $25,000 to donate to veterans if Trump released his returns before the final debate. 

I believe that to be the commander-in-chief of this group, you should be held to the same standards.
Pete Kiernan

"Trump claims to love veterans, and so we're asking him to put his money where his mouth is," Kiernan <b>wrote</b>

"Any servicemember who has ever held a security clearance has been subjected to a rigorous background check, including personal finances, affiliations, and drug activity," Kiernan said. 

Raised $107,635 already

Kiernan added that if Trump didn't release his returns by that date, everyone who pledged money would not be charged.

As of Tuesday night, Kiernan had raised $107,635.

Hoffman in turn, said he will match the total contributions five-fold, or up to $5 million. 

According to Hoffman's <b>post on Medium</b>, Trump offered to donate $5 million to charity in 2012 if President Obama released his college college records and passport applications. 

Taking Trump's own 2012 offer to President Obama into account, I'd like to assist Kiernan in his campaign.
Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn co-founder

'American people deserve to know'

Hoffman is one of the dozens of business executives to endorse Clinton earlier this year, according to CNN.

"The American people deserve to know what's on Trump's tax returns," Hoffman wrote on Medium. Trump has not released his returns, claiming he is being audited.

"And Trump must show that he truly embraces accountability and transparency, and understands what it means to work on behalf of the public interest."

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