Hustler magazine offers $1 million for a different type of exposure
September 8th, 2012
05:38 PM ET
6 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
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  1. fernace

    Uh oh, there's 2 "bounties" on Romney's tax returns! Why, that's downright....Hilarious! Really, Romney has brought this on himself! If he'd released a number of returns right away, he may have been able to skate, but by releasing 1 1/2 & telling us that's all we get, he's stirred 3 things! American ire, curiosity & ingenuity! Apparently we will not be denied & will take matters into our own hands! It's just a matter of time that some1 gets the scoop, 1 way or another! I had read recently about the internet source & now Flynt is upping the ante! Romney's on notice so it's gonna be interesting to hear his response!!

    September 9, 2012 05:36 am at 5:36 am |
  2. Mike

    What a joke Romney is.

    September 9, 2012 05:58 am at 5:58 am |
  3. Bob Ramos

    This has gone beyound ridiculous. When McCain considered Romney and Palin for the VP slot, his people vetted tax returns from both. Although Romney was clearly the best candidate, McCain chose Palin. When McCain recently commented on Romney's tax returns all he would say was that they were legal. Not moral but legal. Romney could end all of this in a few days by telling PWC to release his returns. He will not because he has something there that he does not want us to see.

    September 9, 2012 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  4. Harleigh Kiffer

    Why pay for his tax returns!! Just do a the Obama campaign would do–fake them and then release the fakes.

    September 9, 2012 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  5. crazeelegs

    Mitt paid 2 million more to keep his returns quiet.

    September 9, 2012 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  6. Ron L- Mich

    I am amazed more Americans are not asking fot Mr. Romneys tax returns. When it comes to money, people outside of his family he is AMORAL. He just does what is best for him at the moment and forgets the impact it may hasve on others. Ths is why he has flip flopped on EVERY major issue America has faced in the last 20 years. I can't see why even moderate Republicans aren't asking / demanding he release at least 3 more years. I am sure he has done things with his money will show him as franly a tax evader. Now some will say so what to that and to them I say, this man is EXTREMELY rich and for him to send large sums of money to acconts in the Cayman Island or Swiss Bank Accounts shows that even though you became SUPER RICH because of the opportunities presented in this country you don't feel any sense of obligation to pay the taxes necessary to keep the country economically healthy. Remember this is the same man that said just a few days ago that the reason he didn't mention the troops in his accetance speech was because "You don't go through a check list when you give a speech, you talk about what is IMPORTANT to you" How do Republicans not see that this to is a window into the very soul of this person!! He doesn't think the welfare of the soldiers at war is IMPORTANT enough to mention. He did not say he made a mistake in not mentioning it, he said it was not important enough to mention...the man is AMORAL a strength as a CEO, a very undesirable trait if you need to really care about all 300,000,000 Americans many who struggle day to day to live at no fault of thier own.

    September 9, 2012 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  7. david mann

    If there's nothing damaging in the (previously) undisclosed tax returns of this man who is running for POTUS then why wont he release them himself? The answer is obvious...because it would sink his candidacy. And please don't post any crap about Obama's BC. That has been proven several times over as a "NON-CONSPIRACY".

    September 9, 2012 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  8. OBG

    Yes, Hustler is that magazine everyone trusts for facts and news.

    September 9, 2012 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  9. Gurgyl

    Is this Bain Capital idiot for USA presidency??? Pathetic.

    September 9, 2012 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
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  11. gthog61

    larry flynt is a PERFECT example of the typical leftist.

    September 9, 2012 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  12. seekingsix

    Typical Democrat to look for the dirt when their own house is dirty!!! This president certainly can't run on his record so let's try to find some insignificant dirt on Romney through his taxes. IF he didn't pay taxes then it's the system that allowed for it NOT the person. The guy is smart with money..THAT is WHY he is rich!! So WHY don't you offer money for all those sealed files of the present president?!! Like his sealed file from school, his medical, from his student visa, his passport when he traveled to Pakistine, his thesis and the list just goes on and on!! The guy is this big secret but nothing is pursued in regard to that!!

    September 9, 2012 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  13. Mosihasteen

    Why not offer $1 million bucks for Obama's college transcript or doctoral dissertation or any info exposing his lackluster performance as a student.

    September 9, 2012 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  14. Anonymous

    It's not just the Tax Returns or lack thereof. It's quite simple.

    (1) There is a job shortage in the USA
    (2) Where did all the jobs go?
    (3) Romney and others like him sent them overseas.
    (4) And he blames Obama for not fixing the problem that Romney created anyway.

    Romney says he can create jobs. Then what? Outsource them too I suppose.

    Bottom line Romney is a thief and a liar. OK prove otherwise show the tax returns

    September 9, 2012 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  15. Anonymous

    It's not just the Tax Returns or lack thereof. It's quite simple.

    (1) There is a job shortage in the USA
    (2) Where did all the jobs go?
    (3) Romney and others like him sent them overseas.
    (4) And he blames Obama for not fixing the problem that Romney created anyway.

    Romney says he can create jobs. Then what? Outsource them too I suppose.

    Bottom line show the tax returns

    September 9, 2012 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
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    It's not just the Tax Returns or lack thereof. It's quite simple.

    (1) There is a job shortage in the USA
    (2) Where did all the jobs go?
    (3) Romney and others like him sent them overseas.
    (4) And he blames Obama for not fixing the problem that Romney created anyway.

    Romney says he can create jobs. Then what? Outsource them too I suppose.

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    September 9, 2012 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  17. Jerry

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

    Will Hustler offer $5 million for Mr. Obamboozzelers's data (official birth certificate, college transcripts, etc., etc., etc.?!

    September 9, 2012 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  18. johnquepublique

    Could be the start of Mitt-Gate!!!

    September 9, 2012 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  19. ronb

    It's just a matter of time Willard. Get ahead of the curve for once, and good or bad release your tax returns. It's pretty simple. You have no chance without doing that.

    September 9, 2012 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  20. David

    Larry Flynt the face of the democrat party and it morals.

    September 9, 2012 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  21. trex

    .....UhhhOhhh............Larry's gonna get Mitt in a full NELSON...............................and that's tough to do from a WHEELCHAIR.........................................

    September 9, 2012 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  22. Rafli

    Listen, the reason Romney won't release his tax return is that he might only gave 3-5 % of his income to LDS church, not 10 or even 16 % as they claimed. He is just a big liar. The more he hides, the more lies he got. Don't be fooled by him and Ann.
    That's why she said if they released it, there would be more attacks from democrat. Only liar are afraid .
    He is a family guy, but not a POTUS man.

    September 9, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  23. manyote

    OK Mr. Donald Chump, your move.

    September 9, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  24. GI Joe

    Hey – the STATESMAN for the republican party is Donald Trump. Sheeeeessshhhhh. They said so. They voted for it. Gag Yuck ugh...................................................

    September 9, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  25. Peri Browner

    Gotta love Larry Flynt!

    September 9, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
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