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)

    Just goes to show you. Obama does all he can to be UPFRONT with
    the American People. Hillary, "misspoke" can be added to the Webster
    Dictionary because Hillary uses that word, which is not a word everyday. Hillary's "mispoke' means lie. I can't wait til she releases
    her Tax Returns. I don't think she will. They are not done yet excuse.

    March 25, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  2. Linda


    He released his Earmarks FIRST, then challenged Hillary to do the same. She has NOT met his challenge.

    He released his taxes FIRST, then challenged Hillary to do the same. She has NOT met his challenge.

    The only challenge of his that she has met was releasing the White House papers which, unfortunately for her, only show how much she lied about all the "foreign policy experience" she's been claiming.

    Her unrelenting secrecy is exactly why she rates highest as being most UNtrustworthy (well that, plus all her lying....)

    March 25, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  3. kizzi

    nice move obama.let's see what the Clinton's are hiding

    March 25, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  4. Edward

    It's your turn us the real HRC

    March 25, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  5. Edward M. Magee

    Mrs clinton will find another reason to withhold showing her tax returns, after the April 15th deadline, as promised.

    March 25, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  6. Jimmy Alderson in Atlanta

    Wow Hillary, calling the Kettle Black are we? So you don't release your tax records yet and you berate Barack for not releasing his?

    Well as you can see your kitchen sink must be running low because he did release them, AT THE SAME MOMENT you were criticizing him.

    You see, Hillary, you are nothing more than a Necon. You act like one, you campaign like one, and you seem to mis-remember the true facts about being shot at like one.

    Today I saw a USA Today paper that said the dream ticket was more than wishful thinking. Well I for one will not vote for any ticket that has you on it.

    OBAMA 08

    March 25, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  7. Considering Obama

    Dear Hillary,

    I am your supporter but I finding it difficult continue to defend you when you are not helping me out here. Can you please release your 2006 tax returns? So I and other supporters can push back against Obama supporters. Show them you have nothing to hide. If you don't I have to think otherwise.

    March 25, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  8. Jeremy




    March 25, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  9. April in Texas

    Ok now what are you hiding or covering up in your delays of releasing your tax returns Hillary Clinton? I can hear it now when she does release her tax returns it will be its a typo or something when something shows up.. I applaud Obama for being transparent and not embelishihing or padding his resume.

    Obama 08

    March 25, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  10. bigben

    More cheese with your whine? Obama

    March 25, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  11. DKaylan

    Way to go, Obama! We keep seeing how he's continuing to keep to his messages of change, hope and unity, stating where he stands in issues important to Americans, staying honest and transparent, while Hillary seems to be imploding as her campaign (and those supporting and advising her) becomes more and more negative, revolving around deception (aka negative spin), non-transparency, desperation, and "misstatements" giving credence to what everyone is saying about the Clintons doing whatever it takes to win the nomination.

    March 25, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  12. Deb

    Obama is no longer a viable candidate.

    I'm sure if we look hard at the return we'll see the proof behind some of his very public lies!

    We want to hear about Hillary's solutions for America!

    No more Hate, No more Obama!

    March 25, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  13. Tim

    Wow, talk about transparency!!! Way to go Senator Obama. Your move Senator Clinton.

    March 25, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  14. Keith

    The only thing transparent about Hillary Clinton is her willingness to distort, distract, delay and decieve to Win what she believes to be her right.
    Take note – Hillary's tax returns are not public record only that information required by the Senate is. This information does not reflect all sources of income nor even total income.

    Just watch we will not see the records being discussed before the PA primary...this is Clinton basics...distort, distract, delay and decieve.

    She has the least INTEGRITY of any canidate that has run for the White house this year...we can not afford to have an individual of her character in the White House.

    March 25, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  15. Tom

    All the way back to 2000? Wow – didn't think he'd been an adult for that long.........oh wait......maybe that's his much did he give to his church????

    March 25, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  16. Matt in WI


    Hillary demanding Obama's tax returns be released is a joke. Does anyone here actually believe that Hillary's tax returns are going to be clean of corruption or shady deals? Spring is appearently Silly Season in Hillary World

    March 25, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  17. D.W.; Miami, FL

    LOL. Sweet. Sounds like the Obama camp has a mole in the Clinton campaign.

    March 25, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  18. White, Female Boomer for Obama

    Clinton is revealing herself as having the same traits as George Bush.....not releasing documents, lie and then not admit it, insist on loyalty even when an individual states clearly he is doing what is best for his country. The world is watching and the Clintons' reputations are being ridiculed and torn to shreds.

    This woman does not have the integrity needed in a leader. Now she wants to "win" by arm twisting pledged delegates after pretending to care about Florida and Michigan??

    March 25, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  19. Peggy S

    She is saying she is transparent?!!? Haha, thats a good one. Shes the shadiest one of all!!

    She lies about her experiences (how do you misspeak about a life threatening situation?! doesnt make any sense).

    Hillary is NOT trustworthy.

    March 25, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  20. Scott C


    The only thing she could think to do to deflect the fact that she wont release her tax returns was that Obama wasn't either.

    Now he has released them all and his schedule, something the Clinton campaign had to be sued into releasing.

    He is openly giving all this information, so far she has only released one thing and only because she HAD to because of a lawsuit.

    Watch her and all the delusional Clinton supporters come back and cite Rev. Wright now.

    Just release the papers Clinton.

    March 25, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  21. deacon

    wow, they asked and Obama gave them up,....still waiting on Sillary Billary

    March 25, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  22. kyle

    ha! Great timing! Thank you for your honesty, Barack Obama. You will have my vote in November.

    March 25, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  23. Darth Vadik, CA

    Let me see:

    Hillary said she was for the SCHIP program, now it turns out the Clintons were opposed to it.

    Hillary said she was against NAFTA, now it turns out she was for it so much that she briefed 100 most prominant business women on it and its benefits.

    Hillary said she went to Bosnia under sniper fire, now it comes out that the hardest thing they had to do over there was get a nice resaturant.

    ...but let me guess, Obama is the liar?

    The nerve of some people.

    March 25, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  24. Crispus

    I know keep saying
    HC will destroy this party to get the nod. She can only motivate her people only by getting them to hate the other guy. Her campaign almost "flamed out" and she had to loan herself 5 mil. to keep it going. She might as well be Mitt Romney…at least he did the right thing and got out of the race when it was time. Also, I wonder why would Yucaipa give Bill 20 mil?

    March 25, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  25. jane

    Why is Hillary's not releasing her tax returns?.She must have some thing that she is hidding that she does not want the public to see.
    Hillary is high time you show us how much money you send with our tax enjoying youself and also how much money that you have put in your account. The best thing is for you to drop out of this race because we don't want you to use our tax money to put in your account.

    March 25, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
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