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. Daniel sotero

    I think it is funny that someone so well educated and financially independent and well off as the Clinton's could have so much in common with hard work white collar union America. I think it is a shame that these people would take advantage of undereducated yet good hearted people as the Clinton's have. her campaign slogan should be" pull the wool, move on to the next state" of but forget the little ones they don't matter anyway unless we get into trouble.

    March 25, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  2. Mark from Iowa

    Hillary, Show your stuff, or maybe you will take sniper fire this time.................From your own political camp and supporters. Lets us see the real Billary

    March 25, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  3. Slept in Church for 20 years



    She's Rich. Deal with it. Obama's not a pauper either.


    March 25, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  4. cwu

    Obama should be aware that the gift from Rezko regarding his home purchase is taxable because it is above 20K. Where is IRS?

    March 25, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  5. Adam - TX

    What about all the years of corruption during his state senate tenure? Where is all that disclosure and information? Oh, that's right, he didn't have to staff to keep those incriminating documents. Give me a break...Obama is a fraud as much as he tries to hide it!

    March 25, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  6. Addis

    ... I believe she is done. Now is time for Obama to prepare himself for general election and Fox News attacks. (But, don't forget – the clintons may do anything if they think that gives them any advantage. "she is a monster"!..) Obama 08!

    March 25, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  7. kathryn

    um...maybe I'm missing something, this is the first time I've paid attention to the presidential candates this closly, but why is the release of a canidates tax refund important? Is it the fact that they filed, in which case they'd be arrested, how much they got back, or is there something else? What am I missing here?

    March 25, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  8. Slick Willie's Daddy

    My........My........My! Who would have thunk it? You are known by your words. I guess it's all depends on how you define "Snipper Fire"....and as for the Tax Returns goes it all depends on who the preparer is/was????????????

    March 25, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  9. Mark

    Right after she "misspoke" about Bosnia too. She said that she has never misspoke about it before, but again, more lies.

    On March 17, she said in a speech:

    I remember landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base.

    In a Feb. 29 speech she said:

    I remember a trip to Bosnia where the welcoming ceremony had to be moved inside because of sniper fire.

    March 25, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  10. NY Dem

    HRC can't even keep her campaign together, how will she keep the country together??

    HRC release your tax returns!! What are you HIDING??

    When she released her 1st lady schedules, the NAFTA skeletons came out.. what is lurking in those returns?????

    March 25, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  11. Susan

    Game, Set, Match. You lose Hillary,so go home!!!

    March 25, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  12. Allison D.B.

    Hilliary has been in this downard spiral from the very begining of this campaign. Anytime your not willing to talk about the issues/solutions of this country and, focus on Bush,Obama, Richardson bashing. That tells the American people that you've already been defeated, (She's actually the one that killed her own camapaign). Stick to something that's at least attainable.

    March 25, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  13. NLC frm New York

    What is everybody concerned about. Hillary said she will release them by 4-15-08 and she will do as she said. Good know that Obama's taxes are out lets see how much he gave to his Church and let's see how much he received from Rezko or how much Rezko gave him with another name or company or institution.

    March 25, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  14. mary

    So all of You Obama people keep puting down
    Hillary what about all the misspoken words OBama says
    everyday no one makes a big deal out of it. You know he is
    in a lot of troubel over Rev. Wright and now the other Rev.
    who says hate full stuff like the first one. By the way a poll
    was taken and it says 55% of the people sirvaded did
    not want Obama for President that should tell you
    some thing. Obama people want us to forget about the Rev.and
    the slum lord on trail. But who can when he belongs to a church for 20 years and says those hate full things and then he says he
    never herd it and they in his speech he says he did who is
    the liar now . I would not trust him to be president as soon as he is
    we would have that Rev. Wright by his side advising him
    do you really want some one like that in the white house not me.

    March 25, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  15. Kathy from Michigan

    Hillary invested $1000 in cattle future and made $100, 000 profit when they lived in Arkansas. She didn't disclose this profit until the year in White House. Rather than admitting to have insider information and treated favorally by the agent because of her status as the wife of the governer, she said she made such outrageous profit because her father read the financial section of the newspaper for her when she was young. This is Hillary, always hiding, omitting and changing the facts, so did she do with the whitewater and travel budget office.

    March 25, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  16. peace

    Enough of the sniping! Both candidates have good points and bad points and every person needs to step back and determine who best matches with their interests. Let's quit beating up on each other to try to make your candiate look better by making the opposition look worse. This is not a matter of right or wrong. Bottom line is Hillary's continued lying is as bad as what Obama's pastor said. No one is really convincing anyone else to change sides. All that is happening is we are managing to throw this election to the Republicans. Are you so concerned with being right that you are willing to let the Republicans have a few more years? Just look at the state of affairs in the U.S. today when you respond. Do you want more of the same?

    March 25, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  17. Eric

    Dear HRC,
    The past few months have me shaking my head and pointing my finger at you.
    You're consistant lies and attempts to do and say anything to win the nomination have led me to look beyond the Billary 1990's economics I so enjoyed.
    You will never win my vote, even if you are nominated.

    Obama 08! YES WE CAN

    March 25, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  18. SPQR753

    I couldn't care less about his or her tax returns....

    Even if you read AND understand their tax returns, then WHAT?

    What counts is their ability to lead, to take tough (intelligent!!) decisions on the spot, to have familiarity with geo-politics and with foreign political counterparts when it counts.

    Their tax returns? PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEASE let be real!

    March 25, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  19. NLC frm New York

    Also let me put it this way, I have until the 14th or 15th of April to do and send my taxes, why are people so concerned. Remember that all that shines is not GOLD.

    March 25, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  20. Richard, Madison, WI

    Obama campaign again denudes Hilary's campaing as an orgasam of intellectual anarchy. No wonder people are tired of Hilary. In the absence of having anything intelligent to say, she reverts to attacking. Maybe she will realie she has been outsmarted before she destroys the party.

    March 25, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  21. Mel

    Stop the mad dog "Hillary". She is not capable to be white house again. She is lier, she is rude, she is "monster". The american people will not let her to do the damege on them again.



    March 25, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  22. Jonathan Swift

    Clinton has not released her tax returns or earmarks or contributors to the Clinton library since she and President Clinton left the White House. The 20 years previous is not the point. When Bill Clinton was running he refused to release his tax returns back to the point where it showed Hillary making a killing in cattle futures in the space of one day. I am suspicious that something(s) similar are in the documents yet to be released. The usual Clinton nonsense is to use April 15 as the deadline- as if the Clinton 2007 returns are the issue. Having never worked for the Clintons I can say she is ruthless, dishonest, and power hungry without being accused of being a Judas. No matter what happens, even if I hold my nose and vote for her in November, I will not feel that the sentiments just expressed are misspoken.

    March 25, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  23. AJ

    Obama's tax returns mean nothing. Do you really think he listed gains from his dirty property dealings with a criminal? The best thing that could happen to this country would be for Obama and all his crazed supporters to fall into a big hole, never to be seen again.

    March 25, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  24. willis




    March 25, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  25. kim nyc

    Hilary is DONE FOR!!!!!

    1. She lied about foreing policy experience. You can't "mispoke" about imaginary bullets. Esp. if it's the central theme of your campaign.
    2. Won't be transparent with taxes. obama has
    3. Won't be transparent with ear marked projects. obama has
    4. She plays dirty

    March 25, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
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