Hustler magazine offers $1 million for a different type of exposure
September 8th, 2012
05:38 PM ET
2 years ago

Hustler magazine offers $1 million for a different type of exposure

(CNN) - A magazine known for its sexually explicit material is offering a reward of $1 million dollars for a different type of bare-all expose.

The publisher of Hustler magazine, Larry Flynt, is offering the sum for the skinny on GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's financials, the magazine announced.

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It is taking out full-page advertisements in two newspapers - The Washington Post on Sunday, and USA Today on Tuesday - "offering up to a million dollars in cash for documented evidence concerning Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney's unreleased tax returns and/or details of his offshore assets, bank accounts and business partnerships," a press release from the magazine read.

Flynt's announcement could be seen as either an attempt to keep the issue of Romney's financial documents alive or put himself - and his magazine - in headlines.

Romney has released his tax returns for 2010 and an estimate of his 2011 tax liability, but has repeatedly said he would not release additional years, saying it would be fodder for Democrats to criticize him.

In recent months, various political figures, including some Republicans, have called for more transparency from Romney.

Earlier in the week, an anonymous online poster claimed it was holding stolen tax documents belonging to Romney ransom for $1 million in an internet currency. Should the sum not be paid by later this month, the posting said a key to unlock the documents would be released publicly, while the financial firm from which the documents were allegedly stolen said there is "no evidence of unauthorized access to our data."


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
soundoff (207 Responses)
  1. eroteme

    Flynt is a fine, typical Democrat, should have been iinvited to speak at the DNC convention.

    September 8, 2012 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  2. EPAB

    Hey Larry, if you get those tax docs I'll subscribe to Hustler.

    September 8, 2012 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  3. Pete

    That group that's blsckmailing Romney should sell his financials to Flynt,put it where everyone will see it,in a Hustler mag,nice idea,what a cash cow!!Can yah say bye bye Romney!!!

    September 8, 2012 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  4. EPAB

    Maybe I should start a non profit organization to raise funds to pay for the tax returns. I'll bet I could get a lot more than $1M. I'll base the organization in the Caymans.

    September 8, 2012 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  5. VoiceOfReason

    You go 'head, Larry Flynt! Sock it those "bastidges"!

    September 8, 2012 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  6. Darryl

    God Bless Larry Flint.............LOL....But, Larry better be careful,....Mitt an the Mormons will find a way to shut dwn that Magazine and it's Heathon patrons and readers...lol...lol....

    September 8, 2012 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  7. rla

    Hustler owner a true Democrat!

    September 8, 2012 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  8. Gene

    Is this all a joke? He should just release them. Not releasing them is only going to hurt him as we get closer to the election. Yeah, sure the dems will try to use them as fodder. But so would the republicans if the situation were reversed. That is what politics is. I wonder is there something there that will truly incriminate him? A reasonable person would ask that. I do like some of his ideas, but before I vote for him, I want to know what is in the returns. It just doesn't smell right.

    September 8, 2012 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  9. 351969

    This Tax/Draft evader and his lying pet weasel Alfalfa are finished.

    September 8, 2012 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  10. belinda

    This is an issue that Republicans , may want go away, but it will not. When Republicans start demanding transparency you know something is up. They don't want Democrats to do the same in the future and get away with it. They depend on using taxpayer money to fund their attacks on Democrats. You can't do that if your guilty of even more. Republicans are greedily counting the Tax money they will save under Romney's tax plan. Should they put it in a Swiss bank account ? Or invest in Derivatives ? ( they gamble on you losing) It's what caused last Crash.Either way Americans lose.

    September 8, 2012 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  11. n

    This should be interesting! (Running to the kitchen to pop more popcorn and to get a tall refill of Coke)! :O)

    September 8, 2012 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  12. yasmine

    hahaha ...not a big fan of Larry Flynt..but loving this!

    September 8, 2012 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  13. hansbronson

    Why doesn't he offer money for someone to bring him Obamas college records.

    September 8, 2012 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  14. us_1776

    Larry, the publicity hound.

    Be careful Larry, these guys want Bitcoins.

    And if it turns out to be a hoax you just lost $1 million.

    .

    September 8, 2012 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  15. deb

    Publish it Hustler-and I might buy your magazine for the first time EVER!!!

    September 8, 2012 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  16. bill

    mitt is either hiding how he cheat America and the U.S. tax system and/or if he has nothing to hide, he is just simply demonstrating the level of transparency we can expect from him as well as his unwillingness to answer simple character of fitness questions in seeking the highest office in the land. Obama had nothing to hide and released 10 years of his tax returns.

    September 8, 2012 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  17. bill

    mitt is a crook and he doesn't want America to know how big of a crook he actually is.

    September 8, 2012 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  18. jonnybgood

    Wow, thats a better deal, hope they take it. It would give me an actual reason to buy a copy..............you know, for the articles. C'mon you guys, git er' done!!!!

    September 8, 2012 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  19. Yonni

    Larry Flynt has a credential spotting a fraud like Bob Livingston and Gingrich remember in late 90s? He must be up to something.

    September 8, 2012 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  20. seems to be a . . .

    taxing problem that may be the "bane' of Swiss-Mitt's candidacy . . .

    September 8, 2012 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  21. Adamo

    um, this is probably illegal. enticing theft of Romney's non public information is something I'm sure could yield to some serious criminal charges. no different saying... if someone can break into his house and provide the tax returns, we'll give you a million. even guys like flint should have some freaking boundaries...

    September 8, 2012 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  22. Kenneth

    Any President that has something to hide – that selectively releases only 1 out of all his Tax Records over the years – is not someone we need in the Oval Office. We do not need another Nixon with secrets in his closet.

    September 8, 2012 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  23. loops808

    John Kerry, and extremely wealthy Democrat released only two years of taxes. There was no call by the media or Democrats for him to release more. In fact, Obama spoke at that convention and not one word about more taxes. John McCain only released two years, another wealthy guy. And no call at that time by canidate Obama or the media to release more taxes. Fast forward to today, Obama is in trouble and this tax issue has been drummed up to keep and the media (who gladly obliges) from talking about real issues like the bismal econmy. It's time the media start covering real issues like the fiscal cliff coming up, the disappointing 96k jobs last month, or bleak outlook for the coming months.

    September 8, 2012 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  24. deb

    Welcome to Capitalism Mitt-looks like it's gonna bite you in the but!!

    September 8, 2012 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  25. Namejkane sfl a vote for the gop will cut your moms medicare and soc sec .can you afford to pay for them???

    Go for it people ,go Larry !!!!!

    September 8, 2012 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
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