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. Sharon

    Where are his records from Illinois?????????
    Can the IRS verify these taxes are truly copies of what was filed?

    March 25, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  2. Kathy

    This argument from the Obamas is ridiculous. It is just meant to deflect from their problems (big ones I might add) and because they have nothing real to attack her on. But, every single day they find some non essential thing to say negative about her.
    They want to steal the election, not win on his own merits.

    March 25, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  3. Kevin, Louisville, Ky

    NicNas:

    One on Yoko and the Beatles, best quote of the day!!

    Love it!!

    March 25, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  4. Beverly, Houston

    Obama doesn't care about voters March 25th, 2008 12:25 pm ET

    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

    You must me joking. Hill/billy should have bowed out a long time ago, in fact she should never have gotten in

    March 25, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  5. Deborah

    GO OBAMA
    OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES 2008!!!!!!

    AMERICANS FOR CHANGE ALL THE WAY TO THE WHITEHOUSE
    2008!!!!!!

    OBAMA OBAMA OBAMA IS THE REAL DEAL

    March 25, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  6. Michael - Columbia, SC

    The plot thickens....

    With all this anticipation over tax returns, Democrats and Republicans alike will be going through them with a fine tooth comb looking for something.

    I think the Clinton camp should release their returns pronto and end the anticipation...It is actually within the Clinton's best interests.

    March 25, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  7. fred

    Frank in Missouri, duh....some people are really stupid, how many millions do you think she got for her book. Grow up Frank!! She also works.....do you???

    March 25, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  8. William

    Can someone please send me a link where I can see this "experience" from Mrs. Hillary Clinton? Can someone please stop her from saying that she has 35 years of it, because she doesn't...

    March 25, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. Kevin

    I'm ashamed of anybody criticizing Obama for taking a few days off right now. It's not for him, I'm sure... it's for his two young daughters who need some of his attention.

    I don't care if you don't like or support Obama, but at least have a heart and some empathy and try to understand the world from somebody else's perspective. Don't make this into another political football.

    March 25, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  10. sam

    Hillary has misspoken many times. The most damaging has yet to come to common awareness. The case of Peter Paul vs Clinton will go ahead in California and if Clinton is the democratic candidate the existing tapes will almost certainly be used by the Republicans to "swift boat" her campaign. I would encourage that voters research this case.

    March 25, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  11. Gene

    Leave Hillary alone. She promised she will release them and she will. Give her a break!

    March 25, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  12. marge

    Come-on hillary...release your tax returns.......LOL!LOL!
    Obama camp really made you look bad with this move lol!lol!lol!
    Hillary supporters EVEN you must have to wonder,What is she hiding? LOL!

    March 25, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  13. Beverly, Houston

    TO: DGH March 25th, 2008 12:26 pm ET

    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.

    You just stop! The Clintons have so much garbage and lies that there is no room on one side of the Empire State Building.

    March 25, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  14. CY from a non democratic country

    This is in regard to the previous article that is closed for comment in which Hillary says that pledged delegates can switch sides!!!!!

    This woman is literally sounding like she will physically attack Obama if he wins this nomination. I am a Clinton supporter that is bowing out to vote for Obama because of this.. She has literally gone insane and she's left me wondering the agenda behind her grasping at straws. I will NOT VOTE FOR ANYONE WITH NO INTEGRITY...She needs to take a vacation from politics forever!!!!!

    March 25, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  15. Julius - Canada

    The best way to let people not focus on your shadow is to have them discuss about somebody else or something else.
    At times some of the candidates have been very successful in directing media attention away from their weaknesses and failures and moreso away from the things that really matter to the voters.

    March 25, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  16. Roger B from Portland, OR

    I think this is the first taste of things to come. Obama is resting up, preparing himself for a big push. They aren't going to let the Clinton camp get to them. They will rise above it, as they have for most of the election.

    Obama will regain anything lost after the Wright issue and will gain more I suspect. They wont attack Clinton, just be better than her, which is much easier than it seems.

    Clinton dragged this into the mud, Obama got a little dirty but he's back from his shower and people will remember to see Obama for who he is, not how his opponents depict him.

    March 25, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  17. angela

    If Obama is so transparent then he needs to release all his tax returns and his papers relating to his time in the illinois senate if he can find them because it appears he misplaced them, 5 years of tax returns doesn't add up to transparency, the obama camp has been whining about hillary releasing her schedules etc, he should do the same

    March 25, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  18. Wynter (NH)

    How many spokesmen does Obama have on his "attack dog leash"? It seems there are dozens of attack dogs he lets loose to mangle the facts and rant about something stupid in the press.

    Where is the clean politics, Obama?

    The man doesn't have the experience, the skills, nor the knowledge to be the President, but so many blind fools seem to enjoy his speeches and empty rhetoric. Makes you want to design an IQ Test before giving people the right to vote. Wake up fools!

    Simply saying,
    Wynter

    March 25, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  19. Bilbo983

    It is not Senator Obama who has been misrepresenting the voters; it is Senator Clinton who has done so. Senator Clinton can't win on truths as she has plenty to hide. I just don't trust her. I expect her campaign promises to be as empty as her claims as her foreign policy experiences. It's time she stops exhibiting herself as an angry woman. obsessed with winning at whatsoever costs.

    It's hard for parents, with daughters, to try to explain to them that not all women do opt for misrepresentation and dirty kitchen tactics to reach their ambition, like what Senator Clinton is doing.

    March 25, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  20. Cindy

    Yes Hillary you "misspoke", you misspoke about lots of things!!!! Your experience as listed on your resume is slowly whithering away to becoming non-consequential!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    So as I have always known judgement over experience especially when one lies about theirs is what americans can COUNT on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Hillary you're the one that bringing down the democratic party!!!!!!! Not Richardson, NOT Obama, NOT the news,.NOT the DNC only YOU!!!!!

    Wise up Pennsylvanians-- she doesn't care about you or your state!!! SHE ONYL CARES ABOUT ONE THING WINNING EVEN IF SHE HAS TO PLAY DIRTY TO DO IT!!!!

    March 25, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  21. Rob

    Obamaniacs, he is not going to get elected...Bet the house on that...We couldn't stop Bush with Kerry or Gore, who were squeaky clean, Obama is as anti American as they come, he is not getting in...

    Rob for McCain in 08

    March 25, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  22. JD

    Hillary deserves to be president because she spent approximately 8 years defending against scandals created by her husband? This is not the type of experience we need in the White House.

    My fear is that there will only be more of the same if she is elected. Her reluctance to provide tax returns is a sign that she is hiding something..AGAIN.

    VOTE OBAMA

    March 25, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  23. Melissa

    People, be civil, please. I repeat, you are hurting your favored candidate in the general election.

    March 25, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  24. Dennis TX

    Hey DGH, u STOP!!! Why is it that Clinton supporters always try to turn a positive into a negative. Obama has been a transparent figure from the start. Who cares about all the years prior that are out, the fact is that they all should have been out on both sides much earlier. Hillary is obviously hiding something harmful to her campaign or she would have relaesed them by now... she is probably using the black marker on them as she did with her schedules to cover up harmful information

    March 25, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  25. Mark

    HI-LIAR-Y

    March 25, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
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