March 7th, 2008
08:30 PM ET
7 years ago

Obama camp slams Clinton for secrecy

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Obama's campaign manager had some sharp words for Clinton Friday (AP Photo)

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Barack Obama's campaign stepped up its effort Friday to target Hillary Clinton for delaying the release of her income tax returns, saying the New York senator has a "pattern of secrecy" and has yet to be fully vetted by the American people.

"Senator Clinton is one of the most secretive politicians in America today," Obama Campaign Manager David Plouffe said in a conference call with reporters. "She has consistently refused to release her tax returns. They have said they are going to release them around [April] 15, but there is no reason why the prior six years of tax returns couldn't be released right now."

Obama's campaign has long criticized Clinton for not releasing her previous tax returns, though it stepped up its attacks earlier this week. In a conference call the morning after Obama lost three out of the four March 4 primary contests, Obama strategist David Axelrod said Clinton is the least-vetted candidate in the presidential field because of her refusal to disclose the documents.

Clinton's Communications Director Howard Wolfson released a statement shortly after the call repeating recent assurances that the New York senator will release last year's tax returns in April. He also said over 20 years of Bill and Hillary Clinton’s tax returns are already public.

Clinton did release a Senate disclosure form last May that revealed the couple’s joint income for the previous year was upwards of $12 million. But a tax return would present a more comprehensive account of the Clintons’ income, and include revenue sources that aren't required on Senate disclosure forms.

"Considering the huge amounts of money they have made in recent years, they've contributed their money to the campaign, some of those relationships financially have been with individuals who have come under quite a bit of scrutiny for possible ethics transgressions, its essential to know where the American people are getting there money from," Plouffe said Thursday.

"If Sen. Clinton is not being open and honest about her tax returns or her experience on the campaign trial, you have to wonder if she'll be open and honest with the American people as president," he added.

– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (314 Responses)
  1. eddie

    obama is going negative. oh oh. It's a shame too.
    Wait, where are the rezko documents? hmm

    March 7, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  2. MickyD10

    Actually, Kat, of Huntington, West Virginia, Hillary hasn't provided her "tax returns" at all. All the Clintons have done is disclose how much money they've made. There is a distinction there. And why shouldn't she provide them if she has nothing to hide. When running for the Senate she forced her opponant in NY to provide his on the very same grounds that Obama sites. What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

    March 7, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  3. Amy

    True there are 20 years of tax returns out there but if some of you could actually read it says they have failed to produce the last 6 years of returns!! Look, if you and I made the kind of money they did in one year, the IRS would be so far up in your business you could probably ask them to turn off the light as you go to bed. Why isn't she subject to the same sort of torture the rest of us are subject to when it comes to the IRS?

    March 7, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  4. Edward

    Monster Woman – let's see the tax returns – let's see where you and your crooked husband get your money.

    March 7, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  5. D

    It is funny that Hillary supporters think Obama is going NEGATIVE....

    HE IS NOT...HE is just asking for the truth? Did not Clinton ask for his REzsko Case or NAFTA (which was a wrong accusation)

    March 7, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  6. Yes We Can!

    ALL HE CANDIDATES RELEASED THEIR TAS RETURNS EXCEPT FOR HILLARY CLINTON...

    THE CLINTONS ARE BEING SUED BY PETER PAUL IN CALIFORNIA. HE ALSO RAISED MONEY ILLEGALLY FOR HILLARY'S SENATE RATE...WHEN WILL SHE GIVE BACK THAT MONEY SINCE HER MONEY FROM HER SENATE RACE WAS FORWARDED TO HER PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN???

    WHY IS BILL ACCEPTING MONEY FROM AN URANIUM MINER WHILE HILLARY SPEAKS AGAINST NUCLEAR POWER.

    SHE IS A LYING MONSTER AND SHOULD NOT BE TRUSTED...

    March 7, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  7. Brian

    It can be said that if experience trumps excitement that Nixon would have defeated JFK, but when it comes to the Clintons, age and treachery overcome youth and skill. God help us.

    March 7, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  8. Case

    Hillary is an egomaniac she can not win indpendent or disenfranchised Republican votes, both necessary in November.

    Hillary=McCain and more of the same.

    Independent for Obama. Are people suprised she is crooked?

    March 7, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  9. Gerry

    If there was nothing to hide, she'd have already released them. One to be listed is infoUSA who paid Clinton over 3.5 million dollars.

    InfoUSA has been tied to sales of senior citizen databases to criminal companies who scam senior citizens.

    Obama, pressure her on releasing the presidential papers as well. They will confirm what she did in the Whitehouse and clarify how limited her "experience" really is.

    Also, pressure her on releasing names of contributors to the Presidential library. One contribution alone, is rumored to be over 100 million and tied to a Canadian busnessman who did a deal for a uranium mine in Russia.

    The list will go on and on-which is exactly why she's not releasing this information.

    Amderican voters have the right to know the truth.

    March 7, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  10. Wayne

    The people were duped. It wasnt the Obama campaign that contacted NAFTA but the Clinton campaign. I find it absolutely amazing. After two days of this story getting out now the Harper government is saying Clinton did NOT contact them. Canada is tampering with U.S. elections. What is this world coming too?

    March 7, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  11. Jo Ann

    The Clinton's are definately does not want some truth revealed on them. It's no secret they want Bill Clinton running things again in U S.
    I am personally tired of hearing her whining and complaining and using every dirty trick that she can to get back into the white house.

    March 7, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  12. Roger from Arkansas

    Um. I heard this argument before March 4th. It didn't seem to hurt Hillary then, so why should it have an affect now. She said it would be available April 15th. I believe that if there is anything wrong with her tax returns, she would have dropped out of the race by now. She wouldn't have fought so hard to stay in the race just to be humiliated. Common sense.

    March 7, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  13. We the People

    Is there any truth to the rumor that the Obama supporters new battle cry in upcoming rallies will be..."Yes we can." and "Show me the Money!"

    March 7, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  14. Eli, SF Bay Area

    Hillary Clinton....John W. McCain's best recruiting tool!!!
    Hillary Clinton....John W. McCain's best recruiting tool!!!
    Hillary Clinton....John W. McCain's best recruiting tool!!!

    If Hil gets the nomination AND when John McCain wins, I'll say to all you Clintonistas.............. I told ya so!

    March 7, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
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