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

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soundoff (421 Responses)
  1. Trish - PA

    I am amazed at the grammar and spelling of the majority of Clinton supporters who post comments. And most of these comments have no substance and are filled with name calling and hate. I guess it's true that the educated people tend to be Obama supporters and the uneducated people... well, you get my drift.

    March 25, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  2. Hillary 2008

    Haha! Wondering what else can Obama attack Hillary except tax return?

    Nothing else right? So Obama people are singing the same song every day until they are tired? Maybe never?

    We need Hillary, No Obama

    March 25, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  3. Jason

    It's amazing that people (Obama supporters) are worried about Hillary's returns while at this very moment she is giving a speech about solutions for the economy...hmmm, which one should we care about more.

    let's stick to the issues people!

    March 25, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  4. Zeke

    Hillary take your basketball and go home. Nobody wants you on their team.

    March 25, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  5. Cheryl

    I hear a lot of nothing going on. This campaign is a media circus and every one of us(me included) are playing along. The comments are about people none of us really know. Your going to vote for who you are going to vote for and let's just leave it at that.

    March 25, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  6. Nita


    Obama 08

    March 25, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  7. Deborah

    Slick Billary has a lot of junk to erase from her records that is why she/he has not released the information.

    Slick Billary is a liar and a deceiver.

    Americans don't be fooled by her/his lies!!

    March 25, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  8. donna

    Bill Richardson has every right to lend his endorsement to whomever he desires! The Clinton's are NOT entitled to the presidency!!! Their tactics are disgusting! We certainly do not want their lies, distortions, and cover-ups in the oval office! Haven't we had that from Bill and now George?!? And let's see those tax returns! Give 'em and IT up!!! Go Obama!

    March 25, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  9. Abraham

    I like to know: What kind of moral lessons was Hillary teaching her daughter when she kept lying to us about her "Bosnia, under snipper shots" experience?

    And what will her Super-delegate supporters do enlight of this horrific lie she has been telling the nation for how long now? Hopefully, they wille exercise due judgement and rush to their other option. Sen. Obama.

    March 25, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  10. Belle

    Have all you people rejoicing in Obama releasing his tax records actually read and compared them yet? Or are you just too busy bashing Clinton?

    Take note of Michelle's salary increase, and the fact that Rev Wright doesn't consider him a rich man. If only I was so poor...

    March 25, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  11. Republican

    Who Cares The Democrats R Worthless They Dont Know How To Run A Country Especially Obama

    March 25, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  12. Sham

    Hillary has definitely lost my vote! The lying Bosnia trip episode just adds to the conglomerate reasons why one should not vote for Hillary:

    Hillary supporters should google HILLARY PROJECT and research this candidate before you make the huge mistake of voting for her.

    March 25, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  13. Kurt

    I'm keeping the faith that Obama's colors will continue to come out . . . he's way too sneaky . . . I'm on to him . . . and many others are starting to see the light too . . . this is one democrat who will be voting for McCain if Obama is the nominee . . . no question . . .

    March 25, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  14. Larry B

    If Obama is so fixated on the Clinton tax returns, perhaps he should run for IRS Commissioner. He certainly is not presidential material – not even close. Standing on stage while his henchman labels a US President of being like McCarthy – that is a page out of the Reverend WRIGHT PLAYBOOK.

    March 25, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  15. JoAnne Allen

    What does misspoke mean? isn't that the same as I told a story that I knew was not true. She has the audacity to state that she says so many words that she will naturally misspeak at times. How many times has she done this that nobody checked. Sometimes I truly think that she doesn't know what she did or didn't do. It depends on what's needed at the moment, and who is the audience. That is why I just don't trust her and I never will.

    And another thing, what is wrong with James Carvel? He looks terrible and he is another one who misspeaks.

    Royersford, PA

    March 25, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  16. spyturtle

    the clinton's blind ambition. a campaign run by inept politicians that under estimate the public. dinosaurs that didn't keep up with the times. hillary with her xerox. a campaign always one step behind....politics as usual doesn't work anymore when information is at our fingertips at all times.

    March 25, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  17. Nat Apir

    Billary, is a pathological liar, serial spinner and one of the the most vindictiive , sadistic and tyranical characters to have come out of America. These characters will distroy any one, and anything to get to the White House .

    March 25, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  18. Tex

    Hillary, please tell me that you didn't "misspeak" or "miswrite" flase information on your tax return. What the hold-up?

    March 25, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  19. Linlo

    Thank you Senator Obama for being a man of integrity and releasing your tax returns as you promised you would. I am proud to vote for a man who walks the talk.

    March 25, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  20. Kevin

    All you people trashing Hillary (non-stop) with the liar, will do anything to win comments needs to remember that you are going to need the Clinton supporters in November or you will have no chance!!

    March 25, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  21. Uncle Sam

    "I was inspired by a dynamic orator whose rousing rhetoric, until just recently, had avoided serious media scrutiny..."

    Obama/Wright '08

    March 25, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  22. Larry B

    I have voted Democratic for well over 40 years. Part of that comes from growing up with JFK in Kennedy.

    In 2008, we have two (2) and two (2) only viable presidential candidates – Clinton and McCain. I shall vote for Clinton if I find her name on ballot. If Clinton is not there, for the first time in over 40 years I will vote for a Republican. At my age, you do the right thing, and that which is best for the country. Obama would be a walking and talking disaster. Too dangerous to put him in the white house

    March 25, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  23. honky white boy from cali

    Everyone keeps bringing up issues issues issues, these are issues the same issue that her husband was impeached for they are both full of themselves. the split in America between left and right started with her husband was widened by the village idiot ( G.W.) and now we have a chance to unite the country and bring some respect and honor back to the name AMERICA. Hillary's own ego will not allow her to make the right choices now and is why she should not be allowed to ruin the office of the president, as her husband did!

    March 25, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  24. Manuel TX

    Hey Obama and Michelle are millionaires.

    It looks like life in GODDAMM America isn't so bad after all. 🙂

    I would venture a guess that the good reverend Wright is a millionaire too.

    March 25, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  25. Crimson

    Are you guys stupid? Do you guys even know why she chose April 15? Because that's when the taxes are due for the previous year, not just an arbitrary day Hillary chose.

    March 25, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
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