March 25th, 2008
02:27 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama camp posts tax returns

 Sen. Barack Obama is challenging Sen. Hillary Clinton to release her 2006 tax returns.

Sen. Barack Obama is challenging Sen. Hillary Clinton to release her 2006 tax returns.

(CNN) - A spokesman for Hillary Clinton’s campaign sent out a press release Tuesday morning belatedly attacking Barack Obama for his failure to release his tax returns – at virtually the exact moment the Illinois senator’s campaign posted his 2000-2006 filings on his campaign Web site. [View tax returns here]

“In the public record there are 20 years of Hillary's tax returns, hundreds of thousands of pages of records from her time in White House and countless other documents detailing her time in public life. Sen. Obama's record is far more opaque. Sen. Obama has not released his tax returns, except for 2006,” Clinton spokesman Phil Singer said in a statement sent to reporters just as the Obama camp posted the Illinois senator’s returns online.

The newly-released Obama documents include all schedules. In a statement sent to reporters, the Obama campaign criticized Clinton for not releasing her 2006 tax returns, pointing to her decision to lend her campaign $5 million earlier this year, and former President Bill Clinton’s $20 million payout from supermarket holding company Yucaipa.

Clinton has promised to release the returns sometime after this year’s April 15 tax deadline, just a few days before Pennsylvania’s April 22 primary.

“Senator Clinton recently claimed that she’s ‘the most transparent figure in public life,’ yet she’s dragging her feet in releasing something as basic as her annual tax returns,” Obama’s communications director, Robert Gibbs, said in a statement. “Senator Clinton can’t claim to be vetted until she allows the public the opportunity to see her finances - particularly with respect to any investment in tax shelters.”

UPDATE: At a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Clinton announced that she would be moving up the release date of her tax returns, and might make the documents public within the week.

Related: Obama releases tax returns, challenges Clinton to follow suit

- CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (421 Responses)
  1. Медведев

    History repeats itself. We see it all the time. Maybe we should look at the historical accounts of Hitler's rise to power in the 1930s. You will notice some startling similarities between her campaign and his. Saying that pledged delegates can switch sides is putting her one step closer to facist dictator. You can almost hear the jack-boots marching.

    March 25, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  2. Rick in Florida

    Past primary and caucus results have shown that EDUCATED voters heavily favor Obama, and UNEDUCATED voters heavily favor Hillary. Just goes to show that everyone can see through Hillary's LIES and DISTORTIONS except the sadly IGNORANT, who blindly accept all of the drivel she and her supporters keep dishing out. WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!

    March 25, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  3. CLIVE

    Hillary is going to burn down the village and the people in it, to get her way. As a puble servant with nothing hide, just show the papers.
    for better or worse,the perception is you can not be trusted.


    March 25, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  4. Debbie

    To DGH. Hillary has more year of experience in playing the politcal game. Lying, manipulating, covering, conning, you know the stuff she's good at now. But you know the saying every politician has his/her day.

    March 25, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  5. neil04

    how do you loan your campaign 5 million dollars as a stimulus pkg bcz her campaign was floundering for cash at the time. thats the ross perot move. its also funny we wont see those tax returns til just before the penn primaries doubt even then. everything is reveal the truth after the nomination. i want to know the truth about who i am nominating before i nominate you.

    March 25, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  6. Jaroslav

    I was just now listening clip where HRC is mocking Sen.Obama for Rev. Wright sermons. So I think she is bigger sleazy ball than anybody expected. John McCain refused such a personal attacks. Now when we know how these clips were created and broadcasted by FOX News happily all the time, HRC takes it as a weapon against Barack Obama. Is she really Democrat or is she hidden Republican? Well I think mainly she is a liar.

    March 25, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  7. BigAce

    Yeah Dawn, good post

    Why aren't the Clintonians asking for Hillary's earmarks, tax returns and Library donations list? Could they be afraid of what the information would show? It's hypocritical to call out your opponent for something that you have failed to produce.

    March 25, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  8. Glenn

    Hillary, when you do release you tax returns, will there be any "miswrites" in the information similar to your "misspeak" on Bosnia?

    March 25, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  9. Mad Texan

    She is so absolutely right in doing so. She does not have the release them until after April 15. That is the deadline for filing, STUPID. So Obama supporters and his campaign shut the h...! up. You are beginning to sound ridiculous if this is all you can smear Hillary with. I am dang tired of your smear tactics on Bill also. He is not running for President, however, you Obama could not even sweep up the tracks of this man. I doubt even that you could shine his shoes. YEAH BOY!!! He is the greatest President of modern times. Obama will never be able to balance the budget or leave the office with three trillion dollars for a Republican to give away. HILLARRY 08

    March 25, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  10. From PA

    Release Tax Return from 1993!!!

    And is this Obamas and Michelles Tax Return???

    March 25, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  11. Suzanne

    Hey Suzy,

    If you want to know more about Barack's position, all you have to do is go to Barack's website. Just like if you want to learn about Hillary's or McCain's, go to their respective websites as well.

    You'd be surprised what you'll learn if you do a little research. However, if you want to verify the legislative experience for any of them, there are plenty of governmental websites showing exactly what bills they have written. By the way, between Clinton and Obama, the score is 2 to 2 in important pieces of legislation, and one of Obama's was regarding transparency. 🙂

    March 25, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  12. Marc

    I once heard that a biographer of Hillary say that she "had a difficult relationship with the truth". Seems his insights were valid.

    March 25, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  13. Edith Stafford

    I believe Senator Hillary Clinton has a gross amount of hiden agendas on her finances and is tr ying to get in as far as she can through the back door before the deadline for filing and if the dead line is extended she would try to wait out through that also. In my opinion this candidate is as slick as a come. SHOULD BE CALLED SLICK Hillie

    March 25, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. From PA

    AL GORE our Nominee

    FORget OBAMA!!!!!!!!!

    March 25, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  15. Jacqueline Samms

    I will vote for Obama becuase he handles the gutter politics with dignity & grace. He is always a step ahead of Hillary. If he can forsee her dirty tricks and respond to them so quickly, then, he deserves to be President. I want a President who can bring people together and he is doing just that. Keep up the great work Obama. Mr. President!

    March 25, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  16. Suzanne


    Perfect choice of word; Checkmate.

    March 25, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  17. Ulysse in Canada

    Knowledge is power. Having the knowledge of things allows people to take the right decision for themselves. I hope the american people understand that. Hiding something is also lying because for example, if you dont say you've been unfaithful to your spouse, you remain a liar. Hiding something is lying, remember that.

    That's what my mamma told me growing up at least...

    March 25, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  18. Mimi in Chicago

    Transparent my eyeball!!!!

    March 25, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  19. kathleen

    YOU BLAME HILLARY FOR EVERYTHING.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 25, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  20. Rikki

    Small wonder Hillary Clinton is the toughest candidate , with all the hate, backstabbing and backbiting constantly aimed at her.

    March 25, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  21. Tyler in Raleigh

    SHAME on you Hillary Clinton... haha.

    I want to know where Hillary and Bill are getting the cash since they left office. Corruption, Scandal, Kickbacks... Snipers?

    Hillary must not know what the word transparent is. She lies about NAFTA, "experience" and her foreign trips. I bet she cheated the IRS too.

    March 25, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
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