May 24th, 2008
12:07 AM ET
7 years ago

Cindy McCain releases 2006 tax returns

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Mrs. McCain released her 2006 tax returns Friday.
Mrs. McCain released her 2006 tax returns Friday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Cindy McCain released part of her 2006 tax returns Friday. The filings show she earned a total income of $6 million, and paid more than $1.7 million in taxes. She also claimed deductions of close to $570,000.

Her husband John McCain's presidential campaign said she had received an extension on her 2007 tax returns, and planned to release those as well. Her husband, presumptive Republican nominee John McCain, made his own returns public last month.

Under a prenuptial agreement, the couple keeps their tax returns and assets completely separate. Cindy McCain is heiress to a liquor fortune.

A campaign spokesman said she still had concerns about the privacy of her children - the reason she had given earlier for not releasing the records - she did not want the lingering questions continue to be a distraction from other issues.

The campaign dismissed questions over its decision to release the documents late on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend. "The campaign makes determinations when the make things public," spokesman Tucker Bounds told CNN. "This is something that came together today. We feel very good about that fact that people are able to get the information that they had asked for."

A campaign aide says that Cindy McCain made the decision recently, but this was the first time the campaign had had a chance to release the documents.

He added that the moves will exceed those of Teresa Heinz Kerry, also an heiress, when her husband John Kerry was the Democratic presidential nominee in 2004. Heinz Kerry made one year of returns public, but withheld some portions of the filing, and did not release the information until the final months of the campaign.


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  1. Janey

    All you Obama people will be paying way higher taxes under YOUR FAVORITE LEFT WING SOCIALIST. Better get ready to pay for all the people who do not care to work.

    May 23, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  2. Different Mike

    Are most liberal college educated Democrats this stupid or just the one's on this blog?????
    "What about the 100 million"? "She made a 100 million"? "She only paid 28%" " I pay 35%"? I wish some of you "smart" college students would actually pay attention to those liberal college professors who are supposed to be teaching you something (like to read). She MADE 6 million, she is WORTH 100 million. You only pay income tax on the money once you dopes not year after year after year on the same money. For those of you who have ever itemized a tax return once the IRS figured in charitable contributions and tax exempt items she paid a 28% tax, she started out at probably 46% before that and may I say a much higher rate than you will ever pay. COLLEGE it's not just for smart people.

    May 23, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  3. hmph

    Same old tricks. This man and his wife could care less about what happens to us. I'm sick of the GOP and Bush. We need a Dem who will fix this country.

    Democrats '08

    May 23, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  4. Yeah

    Her makeup is out of control...she should fix that...STAT!

    May 23, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  5. No Hillary

    It is about time!

    May 23, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  6. Chris in Va.

    Beautiful? Give me a break! You would think with all of that $$$$ she could ditch the trailer trash look.

    May 23, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  7. R. Brown

    ARREST HILLARY CLINTON NOW!

    HILLARY HAS PLANTED THE SEEDS FOR OBAMA'S DEMISE AND SHE SHOULD BE ARRESTED NOW!

    AN IMPEACHMENT SHOULD BE IN PROCESS FOR HER SENATE SEAT! THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL NOT TOLORATE THIS ONGOING SLANDER AND SEEDS WHICH HAS BEEN ONGOING FOR MONTHS.

    ARREST HILLARY!

    May 23, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  8. Dr.Kothary , Blaine, WA 98230

    she should NOT have...she is not running FOR any office...

    her returns are non of our business....

    May 23, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  9. Moe, NY

    First: R. Brown...chill out...Hillary never ever would do what you are suggesting...get a grip! Second: McCains' money, as is true of the other canidates, is his/her own money and...let's face it America...no money...no Presidential run...sad, but true story. In my opinion, people are reaching hysterical level....sit back and breathe people. This election should be won by popular vote, especially not delegates...who in the hell decided that a handful of people should call an election...DAH! Third: McCain...scares me....too pro war, just an extention of Bush and all his failed policies. Ok, had my say...which is more than I will receive in trying to elect a President of the United States....seeing that I am a Democrat. As much as I totally despise the Republicans, I must admit that their road to the primaries is ever so much better....winner take all, as it should be!

    May 23, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  10. Gary

    This obviously doesn't include any foreign investments. I'm an Obama supporter, which means I should be rattling Clinton's cage. At least her and Bill made theirs public. I wonder why it took the McCains so long?

    May 23, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  11. Jena from California

    CNN!

    Someone is talking about inheritance through murder and all you can offer is all these rants about Cindy's wealth? It is no news that she is rich.
    Double standard; Obama's biter comment (though innocent) was your hit story for more than a week but now hillary is suggesting someone is going to commit murder and you are letting it lie low!

    It is disgusting. I don't care if you do not post this comment. I care that you (Editor) read it.

    May 23, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  12. jerry

    It comes more apparent everyday that the highly educated people supporting Obama are the stupidiest people, When some one makes a statement on the history of political history of the primary races over the years and the Obama supporter and the news make a big deal out of it. If thinks like this are motiviating a Vote for Obama your have a small knowledge of the world. The news is giving McCain a bad time about Hagee, pretty stupid and shows the bias of MSM against Hillary and McCain Wake up america us your head and start thinking,

    May 23, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  13. Ken in Texas

    Freedom of speech,Still applies...even if people do not care to hear it.Really tired of people in this country running to the race card,If you say anything,anymore...you are a racist.....Whole thing is BS.

    May 23, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  14. Dave

    Why doesn't CNN run a story on Obama saying Lou Dobbs is responsible for hate crimes.

    Who is playing the politics of fear now!

    May 23, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  15. Superficial

    Her makeup is about 5 shades too dark for her skin ... look at the difference between face and neck. Stop trying to look young. You're old.

    May 23, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  16. BillJ

    Mrs. McCain is so hot.....................................................

    I would never have releashed my tax return............what does that
    have to do with the price of bananas? nothing.................................

    She is so hot I'm voting for her husband. I love this women.

    May 23, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  17. BillJ

    R .browns view......are you crazy or what.

    Hillary is much better yhen obama, period.

    May 23, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  18. For McCain

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    (Are these the only words Obama learned in school? I'm tired of it.)

    May 23, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  19. Coyote

    As an Obama supporter–I appreciate this release of information, I think the circumstances called for it, and I am satisfied with how they carried it out. It was bugging me that she was holding it back when McCain was basically living off of her wealth, but now that it's out there, I feel better about this issue.

    Doesn't mean I'll vote for McCain by any stretch, but I respect how they handled this in the end.

    I don't understand the hostility from commenters on both sides. Nothing to be hostile about, now.

    May 23, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  20. Lilarose

    And arrest R. Brown for inciting Obama's demise.

    May 23, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  21. Wen

    The McCains have skeletons in their cupboard. They are hypocrites.

    McCain means insanity. McCain means super flip-flopper. Why?

    (i) He waited until the Friday of Memorial weekend to release his medical record. He hopes the holiday period will somehow puts things out of sight. But as it turns out, he is mistaken. We have now come to know, he has something to hide. He has skeleton in his cupboard.

    (ii) Cindy McCain who said she will never release her taxes, eventually turned around to release her 2006 taxes. When? It happens on Friday afternoon of Memorial weekend. McCain’s wife does have something to hide. They have skeletons in their cupboard.

    (iii) He courted and got the endorsement of evangelical preachers like John Hagee and Rod Parsley for political reasons. Now, he turns around to reject them saying, he did not know they said the things the media tell us they said in the past. Is this how he plans to run this country as president? Calling somebody else’s views naïve.

    McCain is at best a hypocrite and a flip-flopper.

    May 23, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  22. Tf

    Since she's 15 years younger then John, maybe she will need to run the office if he's elected when his mind starts to wonder. Just like Regan.

    May 23, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  23. parker

    Absolutely his health should be of concern. Of course his doctors are going to report he is 'healthy' and that is wonderful. But he is 72. There is no way that a 72 year old can handle the toughest job in the world. Forget Reagan, he napped, he was able to delegate everything, and he was in anomaly. He may have also had early stages of Alzheimers for a year or two before leaving office. We can't afford to take that chance with McCain, that he gets dementia or A.D. and the Republicans and McCain's handlers cover it up, which they would. He is simply too old, he looks it, he sounds it, and I don't believe the doctors. His credibility is already questionable and he hasn't been in office one day.

    May 23, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  24. Michael from Boston

    Wow, if you are a tax person and you factor in all that deductions, she's paying about 17% in taxes. The rich will continue to be richer and the poor poorer. It will always be like that.

    Let's see her contributions to charity and to what groups?

    May 23, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  25. Jack from America

    Looks like Cindy is just another rich republican looking for someone else to pay for their adventures.

    How many dollars did Cindy save with the GOP tax cuts?

    May 23, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
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