March 13th, 2008
01:27 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama releases earmarks, calls on Clinton to do so

(CNN) - Barack Obama released his entire earmark requests since becoming a U.S. senator Monday, after months of declining to do so.

The disclosure was made the same day all the presidential candidates returned to the Senate to vote on a bill calling for a one-year moratorium on all federal earmarks. (View his earmark requests)

The Obama campaign - which had previously released the senator's 2007 earmark requests but not those from 2005 and 2006 - also called on rival Hillary Clinton to do the same.

"Bringing real change requires changing the way we do business in Washington,” Obama Communications Director Robert Gibbs said. “If Senator Clinton will not agree to join Senator Obama in releasing her earmark requests, voters should ask why she doesn’t believe they have the right to know she wants to spend their tax dollars.”

The Clinton campaign was asked about earmarks on a press call Thursday afternoon before Obama released his requests. The campaign deferred questioning to Clinton's Senate office. CNN is awaiting a response.

Clinton and Obama announced this week they favor the one year moratorium, despite their own use of earmarks. The bill is not expected to pass.

Related: White House hopefuls scrap over earmarks

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. David

    A great leader, lead from the front, not back.

    Go Obama!

    March 13, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  2. Vote Obama

    Yeah.. let's keep adding up the disclosures not have not been disclosed by Hillary....

    And she still claims that she's best qualified to become commander and chief??? Give us a break Hillary...


    Obama for President!

    March 13, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  3. hillary PA

    i dont see how ppl can with stand hillary clinton yuck makes me itch i am serious i ll vote for god help us from the clintons once and for all...

    March 13, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  4. Juan

    Way to lead by example.....Go Obama

    March 13, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  5. Debbie

    Are you kidding me. Hillary is not going to willingly submit anything.
    She is a control freak. SHe thinks she's a celebrity and somebody owes her something. She wants to call all of the shots.

    March 13, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  6. Chido Williams

    Yes, way to go Obama. Don't spend your valuable time responding to these empty,stupid charges. Do your job. When you go by example like, that then we will see what the opponent will say with reference to the fact that you are about"speeches". Your submitted your tax return, and now the public has access to your earmarks- and the "solutions" experts have not done so-interesting.

    March 13, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  7. Squid Shark

    This issue can only help McCain, a sudden conversion is not as good as a lifetime spent fighting earmarks.

    Obama is a politician, just like everyone else, his earmark record proves it.

    March 13, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  8. Thomas

    Obama is showing the people why he should be President. We need honesty restore back in Washington. Our current President has told us many lies (The Iraq War ect). I hope Clinton does the same and also releases her taxes. What is she trying to hide????

    March 13, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  9. Alex Hawke

    Did Hillary release her taxes yet?

    March 13, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  10. bad idea

    Why is University of illinos received millions of millions of dollars and pet project such as food stamp and missing childs and gogirlgo goes fo less.Why cant he gave that millions to student so that they can go to school and get educated.Not all families can support their kids to go to school.Why cant he used that money to build more business so that people in Illinos can have more jobs and low employment rates.It is my tax money and of course I want it to be in better uses.The money should goes to people of Ameica not soy bean project and agicultures.How come none of these money are used to build more oil refinery so that we do not relly so much on foreign oils and the oil rate will always be the same.

    March 13, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  11. G.B.S

    That is a good move and an excellent example for Clinton to follow

    March 13, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  12. Chuck

    His EARMARKS?!?!?

    He's a DO NOTHING senator, of course his earmarks won't amount to a hill of beans because he does nothing for his state.

    Baa Baa Obamaaa

    Some of us aren't sheep.

    March 13, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  13. Obama Dodges Debate and uses Media

    How about a debate with some specific questions?

    March 13, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  14. Joe Ossai, Bedford, NH

    All the request Obama made sound good to me. This gay is OK by me.

    March 13, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  15. susanne

    How come everybody is talking about a re-vote in Florida, but not about Michigan?

    Ooops! Sorry, I forgot that Michigan doesn't give an advantage to the Clintons...

    March 13, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  16. Joe Ossai, Bedford, NH

    Opps, I mean this guy is OK by me.

    March 13, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  17. Joe Ossai, Bedford, NH

    Now Hillary make us proud and release your earmarks.

    March 13, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  18. NickNasc

    Tick tock tick tock tick tock.

    Another issue for Hillary to delay and Dodge.

    Another Issue for the Billary Bots to say "Why does it matter ?"

    Both points just show how secretive Hillary is and how uniformed her supporters WANT to be.

    March 13, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  19. Jason

    First of all, like he's really going to put bad looking earmarks on his own website...the previous comments are so gullible.

    Second of all, he's refused to do this for several months, so people shouldn't be treating him as a Saint for doing this.

    After Obama gets the nomination, people are going to realize that he IS just a fantasy.

    March 13, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  20. Al

    This is just bait and tackle. Obama has some reason for wanting Hillary to do this, otherwise he wouldn't be asking. And by some reason I mean he sees some advantage to it. You don't really believe that he is doing this because he is trying to change the way things are done in Washington, do you? OMG!!! LOL!!! This guy is all politician....and that ain't a compliment.

    March 13, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  21. La Petite Sorciere

    CNN you will wait for months, for that................ The people has been asking her to release her tax returns, so has Senator Obama, and has she release those???

    She will not do that, she is not honest..........she is wink, wink ..

    March 13, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  22. AB

    Transparency at its best!! Does any one expect hillary to do the same?

    March 13, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  23. Joyce

    I am so disappointed in CNN. CNN has been insulting the public's intelligence. Why can't Obama's Pastor make an appearence here?!

    Shame on you, CNN!

    March 13, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
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