The consulting business has been very lucrative for Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Antonio Villaraigosa, who saw his gross income soar from $202,000 in 2012, his last full year as mayor of Los Angeles, to more than $1.4 million in 2016.
Villaraigosa made his tax returns available to reporters for about two hours Tuesday at the San Francisco office of his campaign consultant, Eric Jaye. All four of the main Democratic candidates to replace termed-out Gov. Jerry Brown have now made their taxes public.
In Villaraigosa’s case, however, there are still questions remaining about where his money has come from. While the former mayor’s 2013 federal tax return named his consulting clients and listed exactly how much money he received from each of them, a change in accounting practices meant those names and amounts did not show up in more recent years.
Campaign officials declined to say how much those clients had paid Villaraigosa.