March 25th, 2008
02:27 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama camp posts tax returns

 Sen. Barack Obama is challenging Sen. Hillary Clinton to release her 2006 tax returns.
Sen. Barack Obama is challenging Sen. Hillary Clinton to release her 2006 tax returns.

(CNN) - A spokesman for Hillary Clinton’s campaign sent out a press release Tuesday morning belatedly attacking Barack Obama for his failure to release his tax returns – at virtually the exact moment the Illinois senator’s campaign posted his 2000-2006 filings on his campaign Web site. [View tax returns here]

“In the public record there are 20 years of Hillary's tax returns, hundreds of thousands of pages of records from her time in White House and countless other documents detailing her time in public life. Sen. Obama's record is far more opaque. Sen. Obama has not released his tax returns, except for 2006,” Clinton spokesman Phil Singer said in a statement sent to reporters just as the Obama camp posted the Illinois senator’s returns online.

The newly-released Obama documents include all schedules. In a statement sent to reporters, the Obama campaign criticized Clinton for not releasing her 2006 tax returns, pointing to her decision to lend her campaign $5 million earlier this year, and former President Bill Clinton’s $20 million payout from supermarket holding company Yucaipa.

Clinton has promised to release the returns sometime after this year’s April 15 tax deadline, just a few days before Pennsylvania’s April 22 primary.

“Senator Clinton recently claimed that she’s ‘the most transparent figure in public life,’ yet she’s dragging her feet in releasing something as basic as her annual tax returns,” Obama’s communications director, Robert Gibbs, said in a statement. “Senator Clinton can’t claim to be vetted until she allows the public the opportunity to see her finances - particularly with respect to any investment in tax shelters.”

UPDATE: At a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Clinton announced that she would be moving up the release date of her tax returns, and might make the documents public within the week.

Related: Obama releases tax returns, challenges Clinton to follow suit

– CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (421 Responses)
  1. Ron, TX

    Obama is awesome.

    Obama releases same call for tax returns they've been saying for weeks, at the same time releases Obama's tax returns, and Clinton spokesman goes into the same old tired tirade against Obama that "he hasn't either!"

    Well, now he has! Show us the dirt, Singer!

    March 25, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  2. yokel

    ABOUT TIME!!! How long has he been hiding this from the AMERICAN PEOPLE!!!

    March 25, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  3. Mary

    Everyone knows it takes time to make up a second set of records to release to the public.

    She doesn't want anyone to see the real ones.

    If she didn't have anything to hide, they would have been released by now.

    I just don't trust her all.

    March 25, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  4. Steve Ca, USA

    Well Mrs. Clinton where's the beef?

    March 25, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  5. Obama supporter

    It is so nice to have a transparent candidate :)

    March 25, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  6. NIckNas

    Your Serve Hillary!!!

    My NEW Favorite Saying;

    TO SAY THAT HILLARY HAS PRESIDENTAL EXPERIENCE IS LIKE SAYING THAT YOKO ONO WAS A BEATLE………….

    March 25, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  7. michael, ny

    Hillary said: "the first time in 12 years or so, I misspoke".

    Does anybody have another video of Hillary saying "I misspoke" in the last 12 years?

    That will make a great story.

    But again, she will say I misspoke on mispeaking.

    March 25, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  8. Zia

    Clinton says she 'misspoke' about sniper fire.

    More like lied about it. How can anyone forget whether or not they were shot at. Liar. Like husband like wife... only worse.

    March 25, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  9. Obama doesn't care about voters

    Obama's campaign are major Scammers... they need to bow out now. They're attacking cause they know that she's going to win.

    LOSERS

    March 25, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  10. Realistic

    The dirty politics of the Clinton campaign continue unabated, thus reminding America that a second Clinton presidency will simply be MORE OF THE SAME infighting of the Bush-Clinton-Bush cycle.

    March 25, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  11. CW in DC

    And how do you like THEM apples?!?!

    He released 5 years of tax returns instantly. Let's see Clinton top this one.....LMAO!!!!

    I'm taking all bets her tax returns won't get released!!!

    And for those who will say what relevance is this – don't you want to know if your potential candidate for presidency is in somebody's pocket and owes them favors?

    March 25, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  12. Them Dems

    LOL. Hillary got owned on this one!

    And HOW ON EARTH do u try to criticize someone else when they r hiding HER tax returns!

    Again, she needs to fire her staff asap...

    March 25, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  13. DGH

    Just stop! Hillary has had far more years in public life than Barack and so she's naturally going to have far more to scrutinize. When Barack has her years of experience and public service let's look at his records.

    Hillary deserves to be President. Barack has not earned that privilege.

    March 25, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  14. D Taliga

    Why she dident relese her tax return befor the Elaction In Texas and Ohaio? she live from lobbyist and corruption they finance her,and she will serve them.

    March 25, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  15. suzy

    I wish Obama would post his EXPERIENCE, especially on foreign policy which he and media continue to blast Hillary on – and no one seems to EVER ask him what his experience is??? Why – do we really not care???
    free ride once again – amazing.

    March 25, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  16. Jeff

    it must suck to be 3 steps behind obama all the time...i wish i had millions of dollars to blow on a campaign that was done a month ago

    March 25, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  17. Nina Bathy

    Well, there it is Hillary! Now it's your turn. Or are you afraid more skeletons will be coming out of your closet as fast as the lies that keep spilling out of your mouth! Just quit already before you get fired for lying on your resume!

    Do the right thing08/Obama08

    March 25, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  18. carrie

    americans will be stupid if they dont elect a president as transparent as obama.hillary took all year to release her tax returns and lies about being under sniper fire,while videos show her walking calmly with her daughter.
    her husband is a liar(i did not have sex with that woman) and she obviously is.
    at this rate i would rather see mccain as president than hillary.
    hillary has single handedly destroyed niot only the democratic party,but america as well.i cant imagine what she would do to the world,this goes to proove that if you cant take are of your home,u cant do anything.applies to billary

    March 25, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  19. NC Primary MY TURN!

    the fighting has to stop!

    March 25, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  20. Tom Swift, Shopton

    Hillary needs to stop stalling & release her Tax returns NOW. Exactly where did the $5,000,000 she gave... er, I mean "loaned"... her campaign come from?

    Gore/Obama '08

    March 25, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  21. Justin from West Haven, CT

    Clinton- 20 million, wonder where that came from.

    March 25, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  22. FELISA

    it's now on you Hillary. where's the beef?

    March 25, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  23. HP Boston

    Do ya think BO is spending his $1200 simulator check on vacation.

    Not he is on unofficial biz in St. Thomas, Practicing for the the bush way of life.

    Always on vacation!

    March 25, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  24. Justin from West Haven, CT

    Clinton has all her money in the Caymans, we aren't going to see her cash.

    March 25, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  25. Kelly, VA

    How in the WORLD does somene from the Clinton campaign have ANY room to talk?? She was the one who has yet to release her 2006 returns....how funny that Obama never requires asking to provide his returns...this serving as additional proof, since they were posted likely before he knew about Clinton's memo. I still wonder what is lurking in Clinton's papers....

    OBAMA '08

    March 25, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
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