March 25th, 2008
02:27 PM ET
7 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. Gary in Toronto

    Either there is something damaging in Clinton's still un-released tax returns or she should really fire her advisors.

    My guess is that she's

    March 25, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  2. North Carolina

    Can't you come up with anything better than that? Tax returns? She'll get around to it. She goes to her U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services meetings; Sen. Obama is so busy running for Pres. he can't chair his own Subcommittee on European Affairs. Somehow releasing all those tax papers ahead of Sen. Clinton seemed like a more important job. Who do you want for President???

    March 25, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  3. carmen

    No shame whatsoever! How can the Clinton campaign even dare to demand Sen.Obama's tax returns when the whole country has been waiting for hers for the past 9 years!!Such a double standard, they believe they are entitled to do whatever they please. America deserves much better!

    March 25, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  4. Dobalina

    C'mon. Give her a little slack. She needs time to cover up all the shady contributions, gifts, investments, etc.

    By the way, isn't Phil Singer lying? They're guarding those records from her time as First Lady. Probably need to doctor them to reflect her lies of foreign policy experience and her contributions to all the endeavors for which she claims responsibility.

    March 25, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  5. Rose - Baltimore, MD

    Clinton camp should not be pointing fingers at Obama. Hillary has not released her tax returns which I believe will leave alot to be desired and we will be sorry that we even asked for them. We will be ashamed on her behalf because she has no shame at all. Now that Obama's 2006 are on his website, can hillary's now post hers too, why do we have to wait till April 15 2008 to view her 2006 tax information.

    March 25, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  6. Gillis

    Yea. She's transparent all right. We can see right through her lies and deceit. She's not fit to be commander in chief.

    March 25, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  7. Wayne

    Transparency improves accountability. This is part of what Obama means by change. Transparency and increased accountability of our leaders will improve government overall. Obama is the future..Hillary is the past.

    HILLARY..DROP OUT NOW!!!!! You are improving McCains chances.

    March 25, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  8. Gary in Toronto

    Either there is something damaging in Clinton's still un-released tax returns or she should really fire her advisors.

    My guess is that she's ducking a North Carolina debate because that would be past the point where she would have to release them and she doesn't want to take questions from the moderators on the topic.

    March 25, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  9. Connie

    Oops, Phil...wrong as always!

    OBAMA '08!

    March 25, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  10. KS in TX

    This is too funny! 20 years of tax info, all of which predates this run for presidency. Let's just see where the $5 million came from.

    March 25, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  11. Mike

    lol..... i know she hates that her little attack wont work..... But Hillary can i see where that 5 million came from? I know it was a donation from one of your overseas friends

    March 25, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  12. Eki Ehizele

    As we say in Nigeria, "Hillary, over to you".

    March 25, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  13. Truth

    Hillary Match that!! Hillary and the republicans only argument is Rev. Wright statements. However, Hillary has lied and now unwilling to be transparent for americans.

    March 25, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  14. Ravi

    Blind offense really is the best defense for the Clinton camp. I'm surprised that Sen. Clinton has decided to attack another candidate on transparency issues given her refusal to release her own tax returns.

    The Clintons' idea of "transparency" involves heavy redactions (White House archives) and false accounts (Bosnia).

    March 25, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  15. Alex Stone

    I think Sen. Clinton has something to hide. She palns on coming up with another excuse before the PA primaires, then release her taxes thereafter hoping that the discuss about the sources of her income will die down before the general elections. I can tell you right now, there is a lot of money from interest groups. I wouldn't be surprised she files incorrect information then later file an amendment.

    March 25, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  16. 2008 for Obama

    Go obama, you are really trustworthy

    March 25, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  17. sb

    What the public doesn't seem to get is, Hillary is above all this. She doesn't need to disclose information. She doesn't need to tell the truth. She doesn't need to explain herself on any issue. She is entitled to the Presidency. All these trivial matters are just getting in her way.

    March 25, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  18. April

    God Hillary's campaign is grasping at straws. I really wanted the best candidate to win, and then defeat McCain, but she is getting more and more disgusting as time goes on. Come on Hillary tell us some more lies about how you dodged enemy fire. At least that's entertaining.

    March 25, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  19. Danny G. Boca Raton, FL

    So you meant to tell me for all this time, the Obama camp kept pounding on Sen. Clinton about her Tax records, he had not made his returns available? call me crazy but that sounds hipocritical!

    March 25, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  20. vic nashville,Tn

    Obama need time!!!! first he has talk to Tony Rezko because numbers has to match

    March 25, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  21. Seth

    Hillary can't win – do the math! All of you Hillary supporters are hanging on to a sinking ship and bringing the party down with you. I'm not mad at you for hurting Obama, I am made at you for helping to put McCain in the White House by making Obama spar with Hillary because she refuses to do the right thing and drop out.

    Hillary, DROP OUT NOW and stop killing you party.

    March 25, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  22. mark from NY

    hillary does not want to release her tax returns because she knows that there is something wrong in her tax return. she also knows that she is not trustful to the american people. people, don't take billary lies, particularly in bosnia.

    March 25, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  23. Al in Dallas

    What is Hillary hiding?

    March 25, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  24. Alex H

    Your movie, Hillary.

    March 25, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  25. Joe Brown

    Liar...Shame on you.

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