October 3rd, 2008
04:09 PM ET
10 years ago

McCain-Palin campaign releases two years of Palin tax returns

 McCain-Palin campaign released Sarah and Todd Palin's tax returns.

McCain-Palin campaign released Sarah and Todd Palin's tax returns.

(CNN) - The McCain-Palin campaign released Sarah and Todd Palin's 2006 and 2007 tax returns Friday afternoon. The campaign says the Palins paid $36,682 in federal taxes for those years, and contributed $8,205 to charity. The campaign also released a financial disclosure report for Todd Palin.

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  1. Mrs. Texas Teacher

    So what.... so we see two years of tax return forms. That tells us only the basics.... do you really think she is going to claim everything!

    October 3, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  2. Peggy T.

    I don't know what the Gov. of Alaska makes, or where her hubby Todd works, but they sound better off than the rest of middle Amercia. If, they have to pay that much in tax, & were still able to donate that much in to charitys. Especially, with five or six kids.

    October 3, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  3. Afraid to say

    I'm sorry but I can relate to Palen. Family, work ethics etc....
    I have a real hard problem with books in print which I have made a point of looking at personally. Know what I mean?

    October 3, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  4. andy

    "NU-CLE-AR", not "NU-CUE-LAR."
    Bush pronunced NU-CUE-LAR
    Sarah Palin knows better: NEW- KILLER WEAPONS :))

    October 3, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  5. SM

    Cheryl- It impossible to make a valid point around here. Apparently these people spewing nasty comments think everyone else should pay for everything for them. It's too bad they let anyone cast a vote. I don't think people who pay little or no income tax should be able to spend other peoples money. America is the land of opportunity....you can make something of your life if you choose to. It seems the majority around here don't want to work for it, they would rather take it from those who do. Ignoring facts is a big thing around here.

    October 3, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  6. sr

    palin is as dumb as they get, all she did was wink, bat her eyelashes, it appeared as she was flirting with the public rather than answering questions posed to her. This way out of her league she should go back to alaska and hide because now that the truth is out as to how stupid she is she may not be reelected there! She is all superficial fluff and no substance so sad since i really liked mccain in the beginning. i can not imagine waking up each and every day and seeing this bimbo how shameful

    October 3, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  7. SM

    Wise White Guy – Maybe you should listen to FOX on occasion. How can you make an informed decision only listening to one side of everything. Watch both CNN and FOX to hear both sides.

    October 3, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  8. William

    they gave $8000 to their favorite group. The ones fighting for Alaska to secede from the U.S., you know the one they were members of. yes thats what we need a VP who doesn't want her state to be part of the U.S. the scariest thing about it is the McCain/Palin supporters would completely dismiss that fact because, she's so darned nice and honest. Get real she lied cheated and stole her way to becoming AK gov. Now she's trying to do the same for VP.

    October 3, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  9. No Hillary = No Obama

    These are normal people. They don't play dirty politics, Chicago style, they are wholesome and refreshing – they have nothing to hide, didn't get something for nothing, aren't patriotically-challenged, aren't driven by ambition – what you see is what you get. WIth Obama who knows what's behind that sales pitch of change.

    October 3, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  10. Danielle

    I'd like to know how she managed to pay less than 15% for 07 and less than 10% for 06. Will the itemized sheets be released as well?

    October 3, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  11. Jersey Guy17

    How come no one is talking about these 2 liberals who preach change? What change? Not voting on much or introducing much. Obama talks eliquently, but how in 18 months in government is he qualified? And why does he still go to Rev. Wrights anti-ameriican, anti-white caucasion sermon? Even Opra's stayed away. And how much has Mr Ayers given the Obama campaign?

    October 3, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  12. Peggy T.

    Guess it's kinda hard to tell exactly what the Palins did or didn't do, since there was no totals for each of the years, let alone an note saying who made what & where. Kinda like Troopergate... If she has nothing to hide, why try to get high power Republicans to get the Alaska Government to back off of the investigation? The judge ruled that things were done by the book by the investigators, so she needs to show that she's go back to Alaska & address this BEFORE the election. I wouldn't vote for her with this hanging over her like an albatros. Take responsiblity for your actions Sarah Palin.

    October 3, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  13. devams

    "And Biden, who is probably has a net worth at least ten times the Palins gave just under $4000 to charities during the last 3 yearsl"

    I believe it's been documented that Joe Biden is the second from the least wealthy senator in congress. When he said last night that his home was the sum of his investments, that was true. So, in other words, John, you're wrong...

    October 3, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  14. mc shameful

    can i call you john?
    wink, wink,
    wink, kisses, i am miss alaska, but i dont know how to find it on the map... but i can see russia from the deck

    I am an average joe who comitts fraud, fires who does not agree with me and have at least hundred of thousands in the banks, and other little accounts, and we have a paid for house...mm i am just like most americans.

    hahaha's she is nuts
    that is what she is
    she should go somewhre whre she can go hunting.........

    go away mcpalin
    go away and drill
    and drill i am sure CHeney will love you for that..
    where are the big fat contributions Bush and Cheney have made to you persnally to have the pipes in Alaska.

    mmmm "average jane"?? yes right...

    October 3, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  15. Michael O'Brien

    Sometimes I think that Sarah Palin lives in a 'fastasy world'. When 'reality' sets in, today, tomorrow or a week from now.., with Thursday nights 'debate' and previous 'interviews'.., Sarah Palin is "not" ready to be Vice-President or President. Sarah Palin is way over her head and 'out of her league'. Senator Joe Biden, Charles Gibson and Katie Couric proved that. The best thing for the Democratic Party is Sarah Palin.

    October 3, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |

    Well, well well. The Republican version of sexism appears to be when a male ask a question of Sarah Palin about her qualifications, and that is a sexist statement.

    So, how do Republicans define those flirty little winks and smiles Sarah was dishing out during the debate? Dick Cheney did not wink at me. I KNOW Ferraro did not wink at me. I have not seen all of Hillary’s debates, but the ones I have seen, she has not winked at me.

    So, I am only left to surmise that Sarah was using this “qualification” to encourage men to “rise to the occasion” so to speak, and vote for her!


    October 3, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  17. tod palin

    oh yeaaah!!!
    Palin kicked some behind at the debate. She managed to complete all of her sentences. She's got my vote. Give her the nuke codes.

    October 3, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  18. dave from Dayton, OH

    Hmmm...according to the news tonight, her household income for 2006 and 2007 was somewhere in the vicinity of about $160,000 or so. According to her tax returns, they gave $8,000 to charity...which I would conclude would include church.

    The Palin's tend to paint themselves as very convicted Christians...yet they only gave 5% of their income to charity (or the church). If they were being good Christians, they would have reported at least $16,000 a year (the Biblical tithe or 10%...old testament and new testament).

    Maybe all the far right Evangelicals will forgive that small gaffe in their willingness to give to the church.

    October 3, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  19. Patric, PHX,AZ

    What trips me out most is that 85% of peoples' comments here and on ABC, MSNBC, WASHINGTON POST, NY TIMES, and TIME MAG ONLINE, favor Obama/Biden 08, including mine...lol....So why is it hard for the remaining 15% to just stop crying and join the winning team? They said, "If you cn't beat them, Join them" right?

    October 3, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  20. A Plea to the GOP

    I'd like to appeal to those Republicans who might be drawn to Governor Palin for all her folksiness and "Joe six pack "qualities. If you truly put "country first" you have no option but to run from John McCain like the plague. Gov. Palin is not fit to be anywhere near the Presidency and the fact that John McCain chose HER when there were many imminentely more qualified candidates available, suggest she is not fit to be President either.

    Please view the debate again, it is obvious she was furiously darting her eyes down to her "notes" on almost every question. This is why we got those puzzling "non-answer" answers. This means SOMEONE else wrote those answers for her and gave her instructions to use them when she could not answer a question herself. She did that when she was asked about her 'Archilles heal' and about the 'VP's powers.' Both of those questions were not answered.

    Can you imagine her in the Oval office? Who will be writing her "notes' then? haven't we had enough of a President who is "Like Us" but has an aversion to intellectual curiousity? Do we want Palin to follow Bush?

    Do the right thing GOPand TRULYput your COUNTRY FIRST!! before your party interests and personal feelings.

    October 3, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  21. Dave Richards

    Liberals can't handle the truth. They're terrified that the curtain is being pulled back on the Great and Powerful OZ! Obama is a pied piper, it's over for him if the American people ever pull the curtain back.

    October 3, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  22. KENNY

    Palin is an idiot! This lady cannot even name a single supreme court decision that she agrees with, also she cannot name any magazines or newspapers she reads.
    I dont doubt that Sarah and Todd have money hidden, if you are taking money under the table it wont be on your tax reports. Todd works for BP oil and Sarah the governor of an energy producing state, there is money hidden. This lady is incompetent!

    October 3, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |

    Failin' Palin states that homosexuality can be "cured" by praying?

    Homosexuality is a "choice"?

    Ok, Saint Sarah, just tell all of us gay folks how/when you decide to be a heterosexual? Is that a daily choice? How about a monthly reminder that you should be straight? Maybe when puberty hit, you decided you liked weenies over tacos? You hold the answere to all the ills of modern society, if only you could share them by composing a coherent sentence!.

    As for praying, I am praying you never see the inside of the Oval Office even as a visitor!

    October 3, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  24. Get a life nutjobs...sounds like you're jealous!

    It's disturbing to read most of these comments. She and her husband earned this money, paid their fare share of taxes and even donated a large percentage to charities. If you want a better life, work hard, educate yourself and don't expect a free ride. That is why our country is in trouble. Pay for your own education, health insurance and retirement. Don't sit around drinking beer, watching tv and being bitter that you don't feel you got a fair shake in life. Make your own way!

    October 3, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  25. Jeff

    1,2,3, oh wait, only two years. The Republicans don't want me to divulge the illegal contributions I have received before I was Governor to no-where.

    October 3, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
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