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

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soundoff (421 Responses)
  1. kells

    OBAMA 08 BABY !!!!!!!!!! YES WE WILL !

    KICK ROCKS BILLARY!

    March 25, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  2. Stephen

    The oft-used line "There are 20 years of tax returns" is so misleading it may as well be a lie.

    THE TWENTY YEARS THEY TALK ABOUT ARE 1980-2000. They deliberately don't say this to make it sound like the "last 20 years." I don't know why no one calls them on it.

    The years after 2000 are when they became Multi-millionaires! It is important to know how the Clintons personally made many millions of dollars in that 6-7 years. Who are they indebted to? They could just call their accountant and release those returns, leading us to wonder what they are hiding?

    March 25, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  3. 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.

    Obama supporters, even pundits keep grabbing at every straw. Pitiful.

    March 25, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  4. Joe Ossai, Bedford, NH

    HILLARY PLEASE DROP OUT. YOU ARE DESTROYING THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND OUR CHANCE TO WIN THE WHITEHOUSE

    March 25, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  5. Franco

    There are just too many things about the Clinton's, they practice the art of deciption, and tactics that in my opinion are not good for America, imagine how one would raise thier kids, be a great example not a trash talker, would you tell your kids that putting other people down and throwing in the kitchen sink each time you know your fate is the way to go for America. Some people just don't know how to quit even though when they know at the end she will loose.

    OBAMA has this locked down, it's like being down by 5 touchdowns, the other team is still trying to be respectable, but the time eventually runs out and the score is pretty much the same result. somehow she thinks she can trick the public and ruin the party's chance to get elected in 2008. She need to let it go save face, she is loosing creditbility and the lies and desciption is becoming even more obvious as times goes by.

    March 25, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  6. Maurice, NC

    This is getting old. As democrats we need to come together. I support Obama, but really don't care anymore. Anything is better than McSame. Step up and take the lead Dean. We need a stronger DNC leader.

    March 25, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  7. anonymous

    I take Hillary at her word about saying that she misspoke. Is it possible that her speechwriter may be to blame for this? As for Obama getting his tax records out just at the moment Hillary's camp asks about them...hmmm...makes me wonder if Obama has a spy working in Hillary's camp. Given all the nasty rhetoric flying between the two camps, I wouldn't be surprised at all if that was the case.

    March 25, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  8. CY from a non democratic country

    The Clinton campaign is literally self destructing. I'm sorry Hill I'm very impressed about the way Obama has conducted himself during this election no wonder everyone is in love with him. We the public are sick and tired of getting lied to by our elected officials and thats why you are not going to win this nomination.

    March 25, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  9. hilda

    So much for Obama being above old school politics. His staff has been working overtime on negative campaign ads against Hillary. Also, it has come to my attention that Bin Laden always gets a message out when Republicans need positive support for their policies in iraq. Collussion maybe with Bush's friends in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere???

    March 25, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  10. Roger Evans Colorado

    Come on people, it takes time to get your taxes redone. It takes time to go thru the paper , is this the truth, or was that a lie. The Clintons have told so many lies, it takes time to trun them into truth. I bet the solders in Iraq would like to be under the same sniper fire that Hillary took on. People, the Clintons will lie to you, tell you what you want to hear, Well folks I have been a democrat for over fourty years, and learned a lot about the Clintons in the past twenty years. You need to make it easy on yourself, so when you go into vote for Hillary ask for petroleum jelly.

    March 25, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  11. Anti-Clinton

    Aren't we all sick and tired of the “Clintonits” screaming and hollering about any and everything? Obama is straightforward and represents the way forward. Get lost Clinton and take all of your surrogates and cronies with you. Nobody likes you.

    March 25, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  12. Obama Pelosi

    20 Million dollars! I wish I was unemployed and got paid like that.

    I wonder who else owes to Clinton's money?

    March 25, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  13. O Man

    Where is your's Hillary? I think a deadline should be set. April 15, 2008. After all we as tax paying citzens have to adhere to this deadline. If we fail to meet this deadline, we are penalized. If Hilary was honest and didn't have anything hide, we would see the returns. Or is she a mispoken, misleading, miss tax returning individual.

    March 25, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  14. Hank in PA

    HIllary will release her taxes as she stated after APril 15. There are many years of Clinton records available, all clean.

    Some of us really will not vote for the other candidate, simply because we do not like that candidate - this is not being spiteful but reflects personal opinions that are deeply held. I will not vote for Obama - I think he is ruining this country by running for president at a time when he needs to be getting more senate experience. This is just my opinion, but I am tired of hearing everyone blaming Hillary when she is more "prime time" in her life for this moment than the competition.

    Hillary ' 08

    March 25, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  15. Martin (Bolivia)

    Keep the Clintons on the defensive!

    March 25, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  16. gary

    Obama is still whining.Its know ones business but the IRS. He will find out she has nothing to hide in April. He better worry about all his corruptions he lies about, Rezco etc. Obama is the dirtiest politician,he says he dosnt abide by these tactics. Give me a break. He is such a lier and hypocryt. Go HRC

    March 25, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  17. shirley

    Hillary's campaign complained about Senator Obama not releasing his tax returns? When Hillary was asked to release her 2006 tax return she replied that she has released many tax returns in the past so she felt is was not necessary to release 2006. She is waiting until April 15th to release her 2007 tax return in the hopes we will forget about the 2006 return. She must think her 2006 tax return has something that will be a 'deal breaker' if revealed. The voter's have a right to see it NOW.

    March 25, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  18. gary

    Frank from Mo. She took it out of her own savings if you ever listen to news. So fast to be a Clinton Hater. What goes around comes around.

    March 25, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  19. Tim in Canada

    A little patience people, in the meantime get ready for the impact.

    March 25, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  20. Georgia for Change

    Touche' Obama!

    I belive Mrs. Clinton is sweating. Must be all that sniper fire. Oh wait, there were no snipers.

    Funny thing about this: I have a bi-polar cousin that sees things that aren't there too. It sounds like someone needs her medication. Better yet, it could be a Senior Moment. If this is the definition of being vetted, then she and McCain are truly kindreds.

    One more thing:

    Why hasn't Senator Clinton agreed to debate Obama in PA yet? Whatever happened to the "Meet me in Ohio" rhetoric? Surely she can call Obama's camp and work something out. The scheduling conflict excuse seems very precipitous not allow for at least one.

    I smell a FLIP-FLOP coming on.

    March 25, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  21. Obama/Richardson 08

    Hahaha! Hillary you lose again! Wow! Watch your poll numbers slip! Obama is up 24 in NC now, and your lead in PA is down to 10!

    March 25, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  22. bond

    What can Billary lie about today?

    March 25, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  23. Peter in CA

    Come on now. If you were Hillary would you want to have to potentially produce receipts for that invisible Bosnia helmet, those yellow blazers and the Pizza Hut tab from Bill Richardson's Super Bowl party?

    March 25, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  24. Joe

    On Michael from NY's comment, it depends on what your definition of "misspoke" is!

    Gotta love her foreign policy experience, too! Who else would go to a peace conference, not speak with any of the negotiators, and claim she was directly involved with the Northern Ireland Peace Accords!

    March 25, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  25. ginny bell j.b.n.ga.

    HAVE ALL YOU FORGOTTEN OBOMA TOLD CANDA NOT TO LISTEN TO WHAT HE SAID ON NATIONAL T.V. HE HAD TO LIE TO GET VOTES.AND HE WAS STILL FOR THEM..
    YOU JUST CAN NOT WAIT TO SEE THE RETURNS. THEAT NOSIE HUH???? WHY WAIT DO WHAT MOST OF YOU DO ANYWAY...MAKE UP STUFF. SPIN SPIN. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO HAVE FACTS. JUST LIE LIKE ALL THE OBOMA SUPPORTERS AND OBOMA. DO EVERYDAY, SAD WORLD WE LIVE IN.

    March 25, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
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