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. works4me

    @geggyg College transcripts tax returns?? Apples oranges?
    Why would President Obama have to (which he has) release transcripts when he has President of the United States on his resume?
    Romney needs to come clean on this matter. IF he doesn't , which I doubt he will, he'll be looked at like the fraud he is! It's actually simple.

    September 9, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  2. Ron Right

    I wonder if Romney took an IRS tax amnesty due to shenanigans in his Swiss bank accounts...? That would go a long way toward explaining why he won't release his taxes. Voters would never accept that, right?

    September 9, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  3. Rosa, b'ham al

    Well good, if those hackers really have the returns than maybe now we will be able to see them.

    September 9, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  4. ThinkAgain: Mittens 'n' Munster are Liars

    @Ron Right: "I wonder if Romney took an IRS tax amnesty due to shenanigans in his Swiss bank accounts...? "

    Good theory! I also think he doesn't want us to see all the other "business expenses" like the $70,000 he wrote off for the care of his wife's dressage horse. I'm guessing he finagled a way to write off the $40 million he contributed to his last failed Presidential campaign.

    Regardless, he doesn't want us all to see how skewed in favor of the rich our tax system is – which would not only reveal how unfair and immoral it is, but also show they all have more than enough money they need and ABSOLUTELY do NOT need more tax cuts!

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    September 9, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  5. ThinkAgain: Mittens 'n' Munster are Liars

    If folks are really looking for an "October surprise," it would be MIttens 'n' Munster finally start telling the truth about the devastation their tried-and-failed policies would cause our country ...

    September 9, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  6. ThinkAgain: Mittens 'n' Munster are Liars

    @Harvey Garciawitz: "Why is it that no one in Colombia University's Political Science class of 1983 remember Obama or as he was known then Barry Soreto? Has CNN ever questioned why our telepropmpter in chief had to go by an alias?"

    Cite your source, please. BTW, President Obama has spoken thousands of times without a teleprompter – if you watched something other than Fox, you'd be able to figure that out (Q&A sessions, interviews, etc.).

    I guessing all you'd find in President Obama's college transcripts is the usual comparative poli-sci courses that every major takes – but you yahoos on the right would cite as "proof" that he's a Kenyan-Muslim-Marxist-Commie.

    September 9, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  7. A not-so-stupid former republican

    Mitt the Twit is obviously hiding something devastating in his previous tax returns otherwise he would release them.
    Romney is a fraud and is unworthy of serving as President of the United States.

    September 9, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  8. Doug

    Larry is right.... What is Romney hiding? Has Romney been evading paying taxes? That would be a Felony. Thank You Larry !!

    September 9, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  9. ThinkAgain: Mittens 'n' Munster are Liars

    Here's another thing to offer a bounty for: Ask Mittens to name Bain Capital's gender (since corporations are people, too, my friend).

    September 9, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  10. A not-so-stupid former republican

    What are you hiding Mitt? I hope Larry Flynt gets his tax returns and publishes them. At lease the American taxpayers will know the truth.

    September 9, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  11. ThinkAgain: Mittens 'n' Munster are Liars

    Yet another thing to offer a bounty for: Ask Mittens to explain how it is "pro-life" to deny an abortion to a woman whose life is in danger if she continues the pregnancy?

    You see, if the mother dies and the fetus is less than 22 weeks old, the fetus has a survival rate of 0=10%, so it would probably die, too, so that's two deaths. (More facts about fetal survival rates: 23 weeks survival rate = 10-35%; 24 weeks survival rate = 40-70%).

    While the survival rate increases the further along in gestation the fetus is, premature births require long and costly care. I know, because my preemie twins – who were fortunately not born with any complications – cost over $150,000 for their month-long hospital stay before they came home.

    Mittens would repeal Obamacare, which has removed the lifetime caps on coverage; how is it pro-life if the mother dies, the fetus survives, but the family goes broke from all the preemie care – or from the life-long medical challenges the baby has from having been born premature?

    And how is it "pro-life" if the mother's death results in not only widowing her husband, but orphaning her other children?

    These are questions that need to be answered ...

    September 9, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  12. eroteme

    I wonder why Flynt was not selected to speak at the DNC convention. He would have been welcome and wold have fit in very well with the attendees.

    September 9, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  13. dachozen1

    Romney can't accuse this guy disliking him because he is wealthy. What is his excuse now??

    September 9, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  14. Marilyn

    Thanks Larry expose this crook before he wins the election and destroys our country.

    September 9, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  15. dachozen1

    It's a shame when Larry has a higher moral compass than a person running for president. In the middle of a recession and 2 wars Mr America (Romney) is using every loophole to pay a less tax rate than any middle class family. He likes to talk about helping America and he can start off by paying his tax rate that will help America immensely. He can also urge GE to start paying federal taxes then we surely can reduce the budget.

    September 9, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  16. carlos

    and where is MUNSTER lying ryand????

    September 9, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  17. GI Joe

    Larry is no worse than Adelson, the owner of two casinos in Macau, China, pumping communist money into the Romney/Ryan campaign.

    September 9, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  18. craigles

    I love Larry Flynt and unlike Romney he's a true patriot.

    September 9, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  19. Carl

    Obama will never release college transcripts. They may prove that he receive foreign exchange student status, which would disqualify him from being President.

    Heck, he could ask his RICH HOLLYWOOD friends to give him a job. After all, he is the consummate actor already.

    September 9, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  20. martin

    College transcripts? BALONEY. No president is even required to release college transcripts and many us presidents never even went to college. But there is a strong modern tradition for releasing multiple year tax returns, ironically, started by mitt's own dad. WHAT ARE YOU HIDING MITT? MR ROMNEY, TEAR DOWN THAT TAX RELEASE WALL!

    September 9, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  21. Chelopez54

    I LOVE YA LARRY! I like when we are on the same page!, My husband has always been a fan!

    September 9, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  22. walter wood

    Thanks Larry! You are a great American!

    September 9, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  23. Jersey Girl

    Stupid about people wanting to create a diversion mentioning the president's school records! How stupid is that? He is already president! HELLO!! And his nickname was Barry, wasn't his step-father's name last name Sotero? So that answers that! Now back to the never-to-be-president 'ol Willard and his missing tax forms, never mind his mysterious past.....

    September 9, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  24. Juan in El Paso

    If there was anything illegal in Romney's returns the IRS would have already went after him. This is all class envy on the part of you liberals. It is amazing that the GOP is called the part of hate. Liberals hate sucess! That is nearly unfathomable to think of.

    September 9, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  25. April Moreno

    Thank you Larry Flint!! Obama 2012!!1

    September 9, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
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