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. Chido Williams

    Thats a fact-what is she afraid of. She wants the voters to vote for her and then release the tax returns after -very calculating. She thinks she can outsmart everybody -Not anymore If she was not put under pressure for her schedule, nobody would have known the lies which she calls "misspoke" were all about. Enough of the Clintons.

    March 25, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  2. Rick in Florida

    I HOPE TAX EXPERTS WILL PORE OVER HILLARY'S RETURNS, WHENEVER SHE DECIDES TO FINALLY GRACE US WITH THEM, AND LOOK INTO BILL'S MILLIONS FROM DUBAI, MEXICO AND KAZAKHSTAN , AND ALL THE HIDDEN-DONORS TO CLINTON'S LIBRARY.......AND SEE HOW THE FUNDS HAVE BEEN USED FOR HILLARY'S BENEFIT. LET'S ADD 'TAX EVASION' AND 'IMPROPER CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS (again) TO THEIR LIST OF HIGH-CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS!!!!

    March 25, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  3. TheLeftNut

    Wake me up when it really matters.

    If Dems loose in lose in November, it will be the fault of the "Clinton never Obama" and "Obama never Clinton" people.

    SHAME ON YOU! You're no better then Limbaugh Lemmings.

    March 25, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  4. Joe

    Why can't Senator Clinton release her tax returns until just before the Pennsylvania primary? Is she filling out the forms herself? I doubt that. It looks like she's got something to hide.

    Let's hope we don't fall for that again. In Ohio, she misled people on NAFTA and not she hopes that the fact that she and the former President have received millions of dollars from special interests will hit too late in the campaign.

    Enough is enough. If you're truly ready on Day 1 ... release your tax returns now!

    March 25, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  5. CC

    I take it that the Clinton campaign missed the release because it seems that they are at issue with Barack putting all his paperwork on the camaine web site while she has'nt.

    Now they look stupid.

    March 25, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  6. Sophia

    What will you come up with next Hillary?

    March 25, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  7. Heidi

    HILLARY YOU CAN'T WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE. HE IS STAYING ONE STEP AHEAD OF YOU IN EVERY WAY. AS A WOMEN WHO IS A MANAGER AT HER JOB AND HAVE MANY PEOPLE WHO WORK FOR ME, YOU INSULT ME AS A WOMEN.

    TAKE YOUR FRIEND AND YES HE STILL IS YOUR FRIEND GOV BILL RICHARDSON ADVISE, GET OUT OF THE RACE WHILE YOU STILL CAN SAVE FACE.

    March 25, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  8. Stand Strong America!

    how much for the flip flops and Obama Girl were reported.
    better yet... HOW MUCH DID HE GIVE TO WRIGHT AND THE CHURCH!!!!!!

    loser!

    March 25, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  9. Concerned Voter

    That is hilarious! I think that shows that Obama is always one step ahead of Hilary!

    Proud of the Obama Camp today!

    hmmm looks like egg on their face; Hill camp

    March 25, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  10. Darth Vadik, CA

    Hillary's as transparent as a lead (Pb) safe.
    Not even Supermans X-ray vision could see thru it.

    March 25, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  11. Ifeanyi Azubike Houston Texas

    How will their tax returns lower the price of gas? How will it lower the cost of milk? The press is setting the wrong agenda for the campaigns by consistently galvitating towards mundane personal issues to the exclussion of what really matters.

    March 25, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  12. Jake, California

    Clinton camp is a COPY CAT! They were not interested in releasing documents to the public until Obama called for that, now they are hopelessly attacking him to release documents even at the VERY moment when he's releasing his documents.

    Didn't I say the Hillary people are not smart at all?

    While Obama is taking a break, they are out there looking for low blow, meaningless attacks.

    I am sure she and her cheerleaders are out there this morning trying to get some WEIRD photos or videos of Obama from his vacation on St Thomas Island so they can say he went to meet with Al Qaeda!

    DROP OUT Hillary you heard the Obama girl!

    March 25, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  13. Darth Vadik, CA

    ...and why do I have this feeling that Hillary is a female version of Cheney?

    March 25, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  14. Andre S

    What's Hillary's excuse now. Her inability to be transparent and truthful should show the American people that this woman is not suited to lead this counrty. Remember it was a series of lies that began this very costly and meaningless war. This is not about race, gender, or sexisim. This is about a candidate that will unite and be willing to confront the truth, as he did over the Wright incident. That's what we need now in a leader. We simply can't trust Hillary.

    March 25, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  15. William - Virginia

    All candidates should release their tax returns. However, all remaining candidates should be delineating their stances at the same time. This is beginning to seem like a very lame primary between the democratic candidates, very much off the issues that would hopefully reveal differentiation with John McCain.

    March 25, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  16. Angelo

    When Hillary campaigned for her senate job she hounded her opponent Lazio. Even back then she had Howard Wolfson do some of the hounding.

    Funny that back then Hillary found it “frankly disturbing” that Lazio doesn’t show his tax returns. Hillary’s camp would often have someone dressed in Uncle Sam outfit at Lazio’s public campaigns in order to pressure him and make him look bad and non-transparent.
    Back then Hillary just showed the public her returns on her New York stay which was very minimal. That’s all she showed.

    Wow!!! Double standards Hillary!!!

    March 25, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  17. Jazz

    Wonderful. Only 14 more years to go. We care more about what will be done with the taxes we pay. Back to the issues please.

    March 25, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  18. Naeem

    CHECKMATE

    March 25, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  19. Jim F

    This just continues the central theme of Hillary's campaign – "Too little, too late." WHERE ARE YOUR TAX RETURNS, LADY? Perhaps she "misspoke" when she said she'd release them soon...

    March 25, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  20. Ross in MD

    HA! The Clinton camp is always a step behind Obama.

    By the way, how is it that they can criticize Obama for not releasing his tax returns when they haven't released anything since 2000? How about that donor list to the Clinton library? Their hypocrisy is laughable!

    March 25, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  21. Vince - Phoenix

    Hillary..... YOUR move.....

    March 25, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  22. Sam

    Prior to posting these returns on his website Obama had disclosed them 100% to reporters years ago.

    As always, the Clinton campaign is having a bit bit of a problem with truthiness.

    March 25, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  23. Dawn

    OK Hillary, let's see:

    1. tax returns
    2. earmark requests
    3. presidential library donors

    March 25, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  24. S. Williams

    Obama 08'!!

    My man, always one step ahead of you Clintonistas....

    YES WE CAN

    March 25, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  25. Reality check #1

    Who really gives a crap about either one of their tax returns? I would much rather have health care than to hear about taxes, I have my own to worry about, that's enough of a worry for anyone.

    March 25, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
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