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. Frank in Missouri

    Clean ! Always a step ahead!

    So, Hillary Clinton – show us where you suddenly after 2000 got the millions and millions of dollars from ... $5Mio of which you put into your campaign. Who gave this money to you ? THAT MATTERS !

    March 25, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  2. Mark, Berwyn PA

    Oops, more egg on your face Queen Hillary. Release your tax returns already!!!!

    March 25, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  3. sue

    Maybe she only intends to release her 2007 returns and not her 2006 returns...maybe THAT'S why she is waiting till AFTER April 15th SOMETIME...we are all expecting her 2006...I BET she only releases 2007, with not enough time before the Penn. primary for voter to know.

    ....I smell Clinton games...a Reporter NEEDS to ask...WHICH RETURNS, Mrs. Clinton, are you releasing 2006 OR 2007?

    She's up to something....

    March 25, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  4. AnnaMarie

    I AM Sick of Hillary.... She is a polictian gone bad and SHE LIED about her so-called "sniper attack" for political gain... I will vote for McCain if Hillary is the nominee..

    VOTE Barack Obama in 2008....

    March 25, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  5. Carlos, NY

    He just called her bluff! Hillary, where are yours????

    Obama '08!!

    March 25, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  6. Jenn

    hehehe talk about timing... Obama "won" that draw....

    March 25, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  7. Channell from Boston

    Well Hillary we are waiting. Obama has met your request will you do the same?

    March 25, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  8. Iamwmd

    Are you people mad. Hillary will get charged for tax evasion by releasing her taxes or else she would have released them long ago

    I wonder will she white out all the meaningful data like she did with her whitehouse schedule?

    Obama 08

    March 25, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  9. Reginal Smith

    I think it is becoming pretty clear to the American people that Hillary can not be trusted. She has misspoken about her encounter in Bosnia blasted Obama for not releasing tax returns to turn attention away from her failure to release her own tax return. She can not even meet a simple deadline as releasing her tax return and remembering what happened during a so called hostile situation. How can she be trusted to run a country and protect Americans from enemies? Hillary as president is a scary thought. In addition she is ruining the democratic party with all the games she is playing. It is obvious Hillary is more concerned about her self ambition to be president then the welfare of the american people.

    Please consider this my request Hillary for you to step down so we can deal with todays important american issue and not your personal issues.

    March 25, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  10. Sly

    Ha! Take that! See how easy it was? you ask for the records, he puts them out there for you.. done.

    Now...... let's see yours Hillary. It's all about transparency.

    OBAMA 08!

    March 25, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  11. Debra

    Well! It's show time! Put up or Shut up!

    March 25, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  12. YOU NEED TO KNOW

    The Clinton's could have by now released their Tax Return that have not been made public since they left the white house. And also could have released the contributors to the clinton library by now.

    WHAT ARE THEY HIDING????????

    March 25, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  13. Anon

    Well played Barack, Well played. Now they can hold this over Hillary's head till at least April.

    March 25, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  14. Chris

    Hillary is a liar as we all know. If she is honest and genuine, she will shut up and release her returns. But then again she is as phony as Bush.

    Hillary Supporters: You know hillary can't win. You know Hillary is dishonest. Why can't you see it? Do you want that kind of person as a President?

    I was someone who is honest and someone who does not cover up. The whole Wright issue is not even Obama's issue. Think of the country people.

    Obama is the by far the best candidate for President. For once, we have the best candidate to save this country and lets not ruin it because of pride.

    March 25, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Billary Billary, when will you grow up? You are such a baby.

    March 25, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  16. Chris

    Hillary is a liar as we all know. If she is honest and genuine, she will shut up and release her returns. But then again she is as phony as Bush. Sad but True

    Hillary Supporters: You know hillary can't win. You know Hillary is dishonest. Why can't you see it? Do you want that kind of person as a President?

    I was someone who is honest and someone who does not cover up. The whole Wright issue is not even Obama's issue. Think of the country people.

    Obama is the by far the best candidate for President. For once, we have the best candidate to save this country and lets not ruin it because of pride.

    March 25, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  17. Eric in Ca

    Lead by example! HilLIARy your turn!

    March 25, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  18. Desiree

    Whu does any ones tax returns matter? Stick to the issues and stop the attacks.

    March 25, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  19. Brandy

    Where is all the nasty comments and reckless talking now?

    These people are so stupid. How do you send out press releases complaining about something that has already been done? Whomever that spokesperson was that sent out those releases, needs to be fired for pure and utter stupidity.

    This is so typical, put out good sound information for Obama and nothing.

    Put out a 30 second sound byte on a pieced together sermon, and you get 20,000 posts responding and bashing under the guise that they love America and are "good GOD fearing Christians" while calling this man everything but a child of GOD.

    Priceless

    March 25, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  20. Mike

    It is a constant series of attacks from Obama to distract everyone from the Rev. Wright issue and the grandmother issue.

    The reality is that Obama is racist and used his own family and pastor for his political career.

    Obama is done.

    March 25, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  21. Jaroslav

    This is not surprise I guess because everybody knows what HRC is about.
    I just hope people don't leave media to distract them by faulty accusation of Barack Obama and stop HRC lying machine before it is too late and she steels the nomination.

    March 25, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  22. Jerry Tsai

    The media needs to make sure that everybody understands that Clinton is not releasing tax returns of the last 7 years that ALREADY HAVE BEEN FILED!!!

    All you need is a photocopier and half an hour! Hil- LIAR -y Clinton, stop dodging the truth and spinning lies!

    March 25, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  23. G.B.S

    good move by both candidate

    March 25, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  24. fred

    Funny, this is about Obama releasing his tax returns and all you can do at CNN is talk about Hillary's!!!

    March 25, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  25. Chad

    do me a favor...

    google... "paul vs clinton".

    Enough said!

    March 25, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
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