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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  1. Paul

    Hehehe....Clinton shot herself in the leg by actually LYING about being under sniper fire...and then LYING that she 'misspoke'...and then quickly wants to divert negative attention to Obama by hitting on his tax filings which he just did at about the same time the attack interesting?

    Let's face it: Hillary Clinton by touting her so called "foreign policy" credentials had made reference to this incident to shore up her resume and qualify herself as being more ready to be "Commander-in-Chief" from day one, right? Well, with what we know now, what has she done? Hillary Clinton LIED to get an advantage - that is exactly what she DID! Tell me if this is not the long and short of this whole story.

    I hope people see that she covered the first lie (sniper fire) with another lie (misspoke)...are you kidding? Someone tell me what a lie means..otherwise we would soon equate every lie to a misspoke! That is, LIE = MISSPOKE; MISSPOKE = TRUTH, therefore LIE = TRUTH!

    Is Hillary a mathematician??

    March 25, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  2. Mark

    Hey Clinton, GET OUT OF THE RACE ALREADY! The American people don't trust you.

    March 25, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  3. joe

    you have the nerve to criticise sen Obama for not releasing his tax returns? what a crazy campaign.

    March 25, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  4. Saska

    This is how you handle a request for transparency: by answering it.

    Not by complaining that a request for transparency is a personal attack.

    March 25, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  5. Derrick Martin

    I agree with Hillary she is the most transparent figure in public life because I can see right through her and her lies and distortions.

    March 25, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  6. Crystal Mitchell

    Senator Clinton is a phony, nothing she has said has come to any truth, and she say's what she needs to say to fool the America people. And when someone calls her on what she says or does, she dismiss it as if it doesn't matter. She starts waning, which is what it would be like if she reaches the White house, but worse. Senator Obama is a straight up guy, thinking and acting out of the box, which is what we need today. Long gone are the old ways of doing business. The biggest mistake we can make is to put all our hopes in someone that say's one thing and does another, which is Senator Clinton. How can you stand in front of a group of people on more then one occasion and tell a story, like I said a STORY like the one she told concerning the snipers and not flinch. That takes practice. To be able to LIE like that. Come on America wake up and see the story!!!!!! Where are the taxes, being manipulated, to fit what she wants us to see. If the taxes had nothing to hide she would have produce them long ago. Look at what she did with her White house papers, blunted out almost most of it to not show her inconsistency.

    March 25, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  7. enoch needles

    How can Hillary release her tax returns when she can't even get to Staples to make copies because of all the sniper fire? You Obamans are so intolerant.

    March 25, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  8. gharbourne\

    I did not have sex with that woman oops! sniper fire wow !, we have all probably told a lie or two in are days , but I can't respect anyone who once caught in it ,dosn't step up to the plate ..............weak character in my opininon.........her supporters keep making excuses for her I see them on cnn all the time they don't even listen to the truth..........its like they are all brain washed ..............feel your truth AMERICA...
    from a canadian.

    March 25, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  9. Dave W.

    What is she afraid of? She and her campaign dragged their feet in releasing the documents from her years as first lady. They then released only a fraction of them, and they were severly editted. We then find out that her claim of expeirience in foreign policy is not backed up by these documents. What does she have to hide?

    March 25, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  10. Carrie in Texas

    It’s becoming clearer every day that the only reason Hillary can possibly have to stay in this race is to do everything she can to ensure that John McCain wins in the fall. Then she can run again against McCain in four years, when the electorate will finally wail “uncle” in response to TWELVE years of Bush…and she can step in as Savior….

    Oh wait, she’s already cast herself as Savior, right? Since Bill Richardson is “Judas…...”

    March 25, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  11. WallyWutMD

    Notice how quickly Clinton's attacks are being batted out of the air. Obama is responding quicker than they can even finish spewing their sentence.

    March 25, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  12. anonymous

    Obama campaign, can you please stop lying! I wonder how people don't realize that Barack lies when he says that he's bringing change into the White House. He's constantly attacking Hillary, and that's called bring change, huh?

    His voting record–? Foreign Policy Experience? Change–yeah, right. Different lies, but not change. "I'm just trying to win an election here. So, that's No. 1" He DEEPLY care about bringing change. That's the kind of change we really need. GIVE ME A BREAK!! HILLARY '08!!!

    March 25, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  13. Dena

    Now that Obama has stood up to his responsibilities...Sen. Clinton the ball is now in your court.

    March 25, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  14. Rochester

    You don't have to have your tax return done until April 15. Someone's tax return isn't going to make me vote for them.

    March 25, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |

    Why isn't CNN investigating the Bosnia LIE more? Hillary LIED! Ask her why.

    March 25, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  16. Taalib

    See, as the saying goes: "God don't like ugly!"
    The Hillattack machine backfires again!

    Obama/Richardson '08
    (w/Edwards as Attorney General)

    March 25, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  17. Jane

    This is another Clintons strategies to mis-lead the voters; they (Clintons) just want this white house again by all means. I wont vote for her and demograt will loose this election if she is nominated.

    March 25, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  18. Tom

    ObamOwnage! Stick a fork in her....

    March 25, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  19. Sheran

    Enough already!! We can clearly see who is really here for the people and who is in it for the popularity contest. If Hillary Clinton is so hands on we would know who the hell she is. She is a cardboard politican who is molded and conformed by the peoplr around her.She doesn't have an opinion until somebody gives her one. Just cut the crap Hillary you're no more a politician than your husband is a faithful spouse.

    March 25, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  20. NIC

    Barack started this mess. Gees..........people, does this even matter? I dont particular care to see Barack's tax return, nor do I want to see Hillary's or John McCains. This is sillyness. How about all you bloggers, you wanna post your tax returns to? We can all see each others tax returns and discuss them freely.
    Can I ask a simple question, what do tax returns have to do with a person competence in running the country? This stupid idea of seeing peoples tax returns is that people are desperate to find something, anything that may lead them to say STOP! Searching to find anything so that they may saw AH HA! What a joke, a failed war, a bad economy, a troubled heath care system and all people want is to see their tax returns. Priorties people, priorities! I guess getting good sounds answers and proof on the important thing (important issues), i guess that doesnt matter anymore. Maybe important issues is to old fashion. I guess now of days the way you look (gotta look presidental) and other silly irrelevant stuff like that matters more then things/issues that come down to life and death.

    March 25, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |

    Hillary's "release of her 2007 tax returns" will come hours before
    the Pa. elections so there is not time to analyze them. Another
    trick up her sleeve.

    March 25, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  22. LGriff

    This is a cheap shot from the Clinton campaign. At least Barack has provided something. Get her paper work together, than have something to say.

    Geez, talk about desperate.

    March 25, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  23. B. Gorman, New Orleans, LA

    Yes, Senator Clinton, you need to release your taxes, and please do not insult our intelligence. The American public deserves to know how a presidential candidate makes a living. How did you afford five million dollars for your campaign? That's a large sum for a family of public servants. I'm not even looking to find something ugly in those records, but the mere fact that you do not want the public to see something is more than worrying.

    March 25, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  24. Xavier

    To the H. Clinton supporters the shoe is on the other foot. You have been talking about Obama and accusing him of believing in the hate that Rev. Wright spoke about. Did Obama write or preach the sermon, NO he did not. But did H. Clinton say that she was in danger, YES she did. Now can you see my point, let me help you? Obama never said those things or wrote them. But H. Clinton said those words about sniper fire wrote them in a book and a speech. SHE LIED TO USE ABOUT THIS AND NAFTA. Do not fall for the oaky-doke Pennsylvania!!!

    March 25, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  25. Mark

    Who cares what he makes or made. How much did he pay Richardson to betray his people? Richardson and the Obama camp are all a bunch of hyprocrites.

    March 25, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
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