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

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (421 Responses)
  1. Cory

    No wonder the Jr. Senator from New York doesn't want her tax records released. After the latest flap with her "experience" claims being blown way out of proportion, she doesn't want to have any other missteps.

    And on the subject of missteps, maybe I lead a very ordinary and uninteresting life, but I'm sure if I flew into a warzone and had to run under the cover of the military through a cross-fire of enemy snipers, that's not something I would "misspeak" about, as certainly I know it's not something I would soon forget. I know the meaning of embellishment, and I think her comments are overqualified for that word.

    March 25, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  2. Dave in Alexandria, VA

    He's a US Senator, Michelle works an ordinary job, and he's published some books which are probably the core of their income. Overall, I wouldn't expect anything interesting. This is why nobody really cares about Obama's returns.

    As for Clinton's, well, many people and organizations will pay $$$$ to stand in a room with Bill Clinton, and he has used that demand to reap in big money (some of which supported a loan to HRC's campaign). Nothing wrong with earning a lot of money, the question is where is this money coming from, and what conflicts does it create? Clintons have never scored very well on ethics...

    March 25, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. molly

    Clinton is an open book – she is not perfect – BUT – we do know all about the Clinton's past.
    Obama is another stroy – we have recently learned some details which indicate a very questionable background – ranting, racist, anti-American pastor for the past 20 years. This is something that just will not go away – not matter how his campaign tries to spin it.
    Obama will never be elected with this pastor who he will look to for advice and mentor. I have considered him in the past, but, now could never vote for him. We really need to look closer at his record – we are electing the President of the UNITED States!

    March 25, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  4. matt

    This is the next leg down for the clintons. First tax returns, then Library donors, and eventually the California case Paul vs Clinton.

    Lets hope she stops dragging the rest of the party down with her....

    March 25, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  5. Veterans for Obama

    He has nothing to hide.

    Where are your Tax records Hillary?

    March 25, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  6. Sue

    Thanks again CNN. Anything you can find that is anyway negative to Hillary is what you use!!! Shame on you and I really don't care what Obama does. Again this is newsworthy?

    March 25, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  7. Sandy

    I want to see her 2006 tax return. I hope the news networks will continue to press for that return. One has to wonder why it is taking her so long to release it. A copy machine is not that hard to find.

    March 25, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  8. Sally

    Tax returns are personal and private and every individual has the right to keep them private, along with their medical records. For goodness' sake CNN, stop being so biased against Hillary and stop the gutter press, it's beneath the dignity and respect you used to have.

    March 25, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  9. GOMAB6

    News Flash...the reason for the delay in Hillary's Tax returns is because they were "MISSFILED".

    March 25, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  10. Iris

    Go Obama! Let's begin to digest joy in our spirits and celebrate the soon victory for the Democrats come this fall. Hooray in advance for our party! For we will make America well again!

    March 25, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  11. Very Concerned American

    Maybe we can examine Obama a little bit more than just his tax returns.

    Check out his ties with campaign funding from Antoin Resko. Obama will deny that too.

    Recently I read that he has many questions to answer about his ties with this criminal from Chicago. During a debate, Obama said he only worked a few hours for him.

    Not true. Another guy that Obama didn't know about? Obama made a "boneheaded " mistake. That's a presidential answer?

    Obama didn't know about his pastor now Obama did not know about Resko even though he knew him for years.

    Obama's cover up of his past is getting out of control.

    March 25, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  12. Veterans for Obama

    She's transparent all right, just not in the sense she means.

    March 25, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  13. Billy J Austin,TX

    Well... glad she did it, maybe now we can have a serious debate about issues... oh wait... Obama thinks we don't need to hear anything else, unless HE gets to do all the talking, in a speech.

    March 25, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  14. Sharon

    Now we just have to wait for Hillary's excuse for not releasing her tax returns before PA. The credibility of her "experience" is already in shreds. I just hope that the MSM holds her accountable for a lack of transparency, and won't just give her a break because "everyone" expects her to lie and cheat.

    March 25, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  15. Liz, Pittsburgh PA

    Who cares?
    It is not a requirement for politicians to release their tax returns. It would be different if it was a requirement and one was not fulfilling it. Let's talk about issues that people actually care about!!!

    March 25, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  16. kim

    Stay positive and continue to rise to the challange of others....millions of Americans are with you and will be extremely proud to call you Mr. President.

    March 25, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  17. JJ

    Clinton please release your returns! if there is nothing to hide please just release them and show everyone you have nothing to hide. I dont understand! Now is not the time to be secretive being that you have just been caught in a blatent lie about Bosnia.

    March 25, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  18. Dylan California

    hahaha take THAT Hillary!


    March 25, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  19. annie

    I used to be a Hillary person but it's clear to me that she's got something to hide.

    March 25, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  20. Candi South Carolina

    Now Hillary campaign, how can you be so stupid to ask Obama for his tax returns when Hillary haven't complied to nothing except lies. head chief of staff for Hillary, clean-up, check-yourself, and clean-up around your own door before you ask someone else to do that. That is stupid, stupid to attack Obama for something your campign haven't done. You idiot needs to be fired. Hillary that is why you are so screwed up now. Idiots running your campign.

    March 25, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  21. Independent in DC


    March 25, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  22. Jake, California

    How can Hillary 'misspeak' twice on being fired at in Bosnia?

    There is a big difference between being fired at and not being fired at.
    If she remebered the exact date the incident happend, how can she not remeber whether she was fired at or not?

    God help us please, this woman has got to go...She's really mean to the American people.

    She lied about Nafta and got away with Ohio, now are Pennsylvanians willing to be equally missled?

    March 25, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  23. James

    Someone owes Sinbad an apology.

    March 25, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  24. Andy

    What the hell is HRC hiding. HRC and Bill are still holding back on tax returns. Archieve details same.

    HRC need to disclose her baggages if she seriously wants to run for the highest political office in USA.


    March 25, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  25. carlo

    You see that Hillary? It really doesn't take that long to show tax returns! And you have an accountant! Most of us have to do it ourselves, and I can pull up my tax returns faster than you.

    March 25, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
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