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. Amanda

    Who gives a pigs eye about tax returns, who said, she said, he said. If they what to win they need to talk about what is important. Our economy, the war, health insurance, etc. Enough already with the elementary fighting.

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

    I think lying about Bosnia is a lot harder for Hillary to explain than anything that's likely to be on her tax returns. Still, it is strange that they're waiting so long to release them. It's not like they can't hire someone to get them out quickly. The delay makes no sense.

    March 25, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  3. Yan Wang

    Hilary Clinton won't ever release her tax return because doing so would cost her run for the democratic presidential nomination. There are too much lobbyists' payout will be spot one miles away.

    March 25, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  4. Chelsa

    Nice try mom. I'm changing my vote to Obama. Take that James.

    March 25, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  5. Cheryl Wilson

    Hillary and Bill Clinton are crooks. What are they hiding? Show us the $$ trail. They are a couple of carpetbaggers, wandering gypsies with no roots anywhere. She's from Illinois, he's from Arkansas. She relocates to Arkansas, they move to DC, then to New York. A couple of carpetbaggers, a couple of grifters.

    March 25, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  6. Eli, Milwaukee

    Ha! Like always Obama got one up on the Hillary camp. He consistently shows that he has nothing to hide while Hillary continues to be this candidate of secrecy.

    They thought by making this comment that it would overshadow and defuse Obama's request for the past couple months for Hillary to release her tax returns so as to uncover who has been contributers to her and Bills bank account , which she STILL has yet to do. So they thought he would be just as reluctant to reveal his(Obama) and therefore could shoot back with "why should we reveal something that you refuse to do yourself?"

    Well, they underestimated Obama. He is not only an candidate of change in regards to politics, but he is also the candidate that has the ability of how politicians do business in Washington!

    Obama 08!

    March 25, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  7. Emmanuel

    Being in the white house for a number of years gives you the experience to be commander in chief of the US of A. Chealse Clinton should start warming up she has the experience more than Obama. Even in foreign policy. After all was she not in Bosnia too? Gutter politics?

    March 25, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  8. chris

    Whats to hide? just release them. There must be something damaging in there if you are going to release just before the primary in pa.

    March 25, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  9. Jake

    Bla bla bla... what do these biased comments really mean anymore?

    We need to unite.

    March 25, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  10. Andy

    Hillary is too busy ducking from sniper fire to release her taxes. Her $5M most likely came frrom profits of Commodity Options trading; she is an expert in this area.

    March 25, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  11. Aubrey

    Senator Clinton is the most transparent figure in public life because it's so obvious what a conniving politician she is, compared to the hidden conniving of the rest of them.

    March 25, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  12. loribee

    C'mon Hillary....cough all of your documents up....what have you got to hide, right?

    OBAMA '08

    March 25, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  13. Mohamed

    Has any one watched Michael Moore documentary about Health Care. In there there was a clip about how much money Hillary was given to forget about the social health plan she was fighting for. I hope some one would bring that up in her tax return....etc. Something is not right here. I think she will need to be more truthful. Her husband indeed did well for the country during his presidency, but I do not know about her !!!!! Why not release her taxes in detail ?????????!!!!!

    March 25, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  14. zeek

    To me it seems as if the Clintons are trying to create a diversion on the matter but the fact still remains that if she has nothing to hide why go about the matter in a political way?

    March 25, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |

    "most transparent candidate in public lifef"..............please, maybe "the most transparent liar in public life"!!! Duck the bullets Hillary!

    Lets see your tax returns now. Why not? What about Bills library contributors?.................Come ON!!! We the "white collar white workers" are not that DUMM.

    March 25, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  16. Cindy

    Correct, so let's see-– so far we have the so-called expert in foreign affairs (who can't seem to remember what her visit was like to one of the places she quoted as touting when alluding to her foreign affairs experience) AND now that she has quoted herself as the one that is vetted and as the most" transparent person she knows, REALLY SO WHERE ARE "YOUR" tax returns HILLARY?????

    She lied to the people in the Macrh 4th debate by stating that she would release them in two weeks and then she moved the deadline to AFTER the April 15th income tax deadline.... ALL SHE EVER DOES IS PLAY BY HER OWN RULES!!!!! WHATEVER WORKS FOR HILLARY APPARENTLY IS WHAT SHE'S VOTING FOR....


    For Obama

    March 25, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  17. Jim

    I was just watching Sen. Clinton on your live feed, and now i understand why you won't carry her live on cnn, she make Bush, Mccain,and Obama look like fools.

    March 25, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  18. Charlie Murphy

    Hillary needs 80 percent of the remaining super delegates so basically it's over. The only thing she can accomplish now is to create an environment where Obama loses so that she can run in 2012. This is the new strategy from the Clinton campaign according to many.

    As a democrat I find it upsetting that we are allowing this to go on. It's time for the super delegates to step in and end this mess once and for all.

    March 25, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  19. Tim

    Oh Hillary, what lie will you use on April 16th as to why you wont release them before the 22nd? Hmmmmm? Mayhaps you got caught in some more sniper fire.

    March 25, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  20. ED

    Come on Barack release all those tax forms from your early political years up until this year. The country woild like to see how you made all the connections in your early political endeavors, where, how much ,and what you as a neophye poiltician became so successful/ powerful in such a short time and where the MONEY came from and is still coming from. What is good for Hillary is good for you. Any politico from Chicago is one that should be checked and double checked.

    March 25, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  21. teresa from Canada

    Big deal – this will be another Obama digging at Hillary and it going no where. So much for taking th high road. Grow up Obama. Your back room shady deals with slum lords.

    March 25, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  22. jj

    If CNN is concerned about the American people they should press the issue to see if Senator Clinton Misled the American people about the $5 million loan.

    March 25, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  23. tomdavie

    I dunno folks. Obama releases his tax returns, then DEMANDS Clinton does the same, except she is under no obligation to do so. Its actually very stupid. Obama DEMANDS because he is KING of the united states?

    I think Clinton made the smart play here. She doesnt jump and down because Obama and his cronies tell her to do so. That would be worse than waiting.

    She will release em by april 15th. If there is any real dirt, Obama can hit her over the head with it then. If there isnt, Obama will look like an IDIOT.

    March 25, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  24. Maggie

    Where is Hillary's tax return?

    March 25, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  25. Paul-Williams

    I'm far more interested in Obama's dealings with Resko, ties to Wright and that terrorist group that dombed the Pentagon than I interested in his tax return. A uniter worshiping with a congregration that preaches seperation of the races and blames his country for 911? You just wait until the Republicans have a go at him.

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