March 25th, 2008
02:27 PM ET
10 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. Teresa

    That's right Obama make you point stand have nothing to hide. Bring it all on. You have proving that you can take critical critizism and make it positive. You can accept agreements and disagreements. You are not trying to force the public to like or dislike you. Post your info. They won't find anything on it. I'll bet Wolfson would work hard at dissecting every little word and turn it upside down the way he is.

    Go Obama Go. I choose you to be President of the USA

    March 25, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  2. franklin tettey otu

    it is really appalling how the Billary clintons can engage in such blatant show of double standards. who could be more of a sleezy politician like the billaries.
    we non- americans think america has more hope of regaining lost non- american respect and hope with barack obama in the helm of affairs. with the clintons attack on obama's tax returns, the least said about it the better. it simple holds no merit.

    franklin otu
    Ghanaian in kumasi, Ghana

    March 25, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  3. Margaret

    I hope Hillary Clinton stops talking about her many years foreign experience and being vetted. How can she lie about her visit to Bosnia. She thought nobody will remember an event which took place twelf years ago – little did she know that the video for her arrival in Bosnia is there to be played. she cant pretend that she forgot she just lied. People are anxiously waiting to see her tax returns. She cant say she is vetted until her tax returns are submitted.

    March 25, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  4. ICL

    Folks take a breather and go to the goes to Africa.

    March 25, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  5. promise`

    aww come on

    March 25, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  6. twister49

    you mean this whole time that Obama was hitting Hillary to release her tax returns, he didn't have his released.......... why?

    March 25, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  7. scbrown

    Obama have 13 more years of Tax Returns to present to the public.

    March 25, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  8. Neil


    Obama just made you look sophomoric and puerile. For Hillary fans, that means stupid and idiotic (thought I would save you the time looking it up in the dictionary).

    So...He's upped the anti, and responded to your attack even before you where finished with it. Time to live up to your own statement – lets see those tax returns. If you don't want to release them – I have no problem with that. My only demand in that case is that you bow out.

    (I'd add "gracefully" to that last sentence, but the expiration date on that term has long since expired

    March 25, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  9. DavidMattews

    Go Obama

    March 25, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  10. robert

    “Full disclosure on Senator Clinton’s part is especially important because she recently loaned $5 million to her campaign, shortly after revelations surfaced that her husband was to receive a $20 million payout from Yucaipa, a supermarket holding company that invests in tax shelters in the Cayman Islands,” the campaign said in its release accompanying the returns.

    “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,” said Obama Communications Director Robert Gibbs.

    March 25, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  11. Charles Alexander

    She is not releasing her taxes because she has something to hide. Lending your failing campaign 4 million dollars is a huge deal that should bother people supporting her. She is intentionally waiting as long as she can so that should doesn't hurt her chances in her "must win" Pennsylvania’s April 22 primary.

    When they do get released, I bet not everything will be on the "up and up".

    March 25, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  12. dmw

    It would be nice if Obama and his campaign tells us what he can do and his experience rather than always putting Hillary down about something. The 'change' and 'yes we can' does nothing to tell us what he can do other than the fact he was a community organizer in Chicago and was in the Illinois State Senate where he did not keep any records.

    What is Obama's experience to run this Country? And where can we go to see his record to prove he has this experience?

    March 25, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  13. Dave/HI

    You think the Clinton's tax returns is the only problem they are facing? Let me about Hillary's mis-statements (I call them lies) of everything see says about her past "political" background? Every time she or Bill says are negative and over the top and that is making our democratic voters disgusted and irritated. If the Clinton's campaign continues to play dirty politics and spread sickening and stupid comments about Barack, we the democratic voters will not forget this when general election comes about. Obama talks and stands for character and judgement in the political sphere. And I believe in him. Character and judgement is the key to everything in this primary. Just remember, Hillary had never resorted to "dirty politics" when she was in the lead and she stated so. But, as soon as she began to fall behind, all I hear from her campaign is negative.. negative ... negative and more of slimy; stinky and dirty remarks or comments from them. That is why character and judgement is soo important in any political campaigning. It shows the true picture or background of a candidate. The lies and slimy remarks from her campaign team dictates what their party is all about. Just imagine, if she would become the next president, I couldn't trust her wisdom and leadership because of her mis-guided character and judgement.

    March 25, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  14. terry kilby

    I'd like to see all financial dealings Obama had on realstate with Ruso, and want to know why Obama has'nt revoked the Black panthers support, And why he would let his child sit in that church that shed so many bad ideas about white folks and my Country. Terry

    March 25, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  15. Jim

    Why on earth do you people say " LEAVE A COMMENT" when the only ones you post are from Clinton "HATERS" i guess that is all you know .

    March 25, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  16. Colie Brice

    Hillary Clinton is almost as deceitful as her husband, it's no wonder that she stayed with him..

    March 25, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  17. Joseph

    Why Clintons are hiding things from general public. This shows Hilary is not honest.

    She is trying to get the nomination through back door. If she gets this way, young people like me will stay away from general election.

    Democratic leaders are wasting time now. It is them who need to talk now and let Hilary know the facts.

    Remember, people living in small states are people too and are part of Unites States of America

    March 25, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  18. cj

    Wait a minute we are waiting for Hillary's 2006 taxes?

    March 25, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  19. K.Wright

    Hillary's camp outmaneuvered?! What has this campaign come to. Obama girl is right. Hillary needs to go back to New York, her pseudo home for the sake of getting into the senate.

    March 25, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  20. Trev

    About time. Now he finally has something to talk about. Of course he has not released his state Senate docs yet. According to him they could well have been thrown out. Maybe there would have been something in there about why he voted "present" all those times instead of taking an actual stand on the issues.

    I am done with Obama. I thought he was a good person until the McCarthy attack. It is going to be hard for Democrats to unite around a person who hasn't offered a substantive proposal in weeks.

    March 25, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  21. Bryan

    Doesnt matter she wont release them. SHe will be too afraid of sniper fire to post them. This woman will lie cheat and steal to get into office. Do we REALLY want another Bush?

    March 25, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  22. debra

    In response to a note I saw earlier today. So now that Obamas people are through playing the race card, it sounds like they are starting in criticizing people over 30. Apparently we are all a bunch of geezers. Apparently we are too old to have hopes and dreams of our own. What do they want? They think that older people should be seen and not heard? They must really hate their parents. They need a reality check that people over 30 make up a good part of this country, and with age comes experience- something that Obama and his people don't have. And just to get this straight- just to prove you really don't know anything at all – since Obama people think Clinton supporters are all geezers- I know a lot of college kids that like Clinton. So stop the name calling and just shut up until you get a brain to go with the saize of your pie hole.

    March 25, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  23. Yonas

    Hillary, he already did, long ago. His six year tax return, include last year. Why you are so scared to do same thing. I guess there is something mystery about that.

    You know just be honest about yourself. I believe there is nothing wrong with that.

    March 25, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  24. Adams

    Clinton is not a legitimate candidate unless she is vetted – should she fail in this process then all the campaigning is for nought. If there is not something to hide then her returns should be forthcoming

    March 25, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  25. Gil - California

    Too bad so say Hillary. Or should I say

    Close, but no cigar!

    March 25, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
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