May 24th, 2008
12:07 AM ET
14 years ago

Cindy McCain releases 2006 tax returns


[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Mrs. McCain released her 2006 tax returns Friday."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Cindy McCain released part of her 2006 tax returns Friday. The filings show she earned a total income of $6 million, and paid more than $1.7 million in taxes. She also claimed deductions of close to $570,000.

Her husband John McCain's presidential campaign said she had received an extension on her 2007 tax returns, and planned to release those as well. Her husband, presumptive Republican nominee John McCain, made his own returns public last month.

Under a prenuptial agreement, the couple keeps their tax returns and assets completely separate. Cindy McCain is heiress to a liquor fortune.

A campaign spokesman said she still had concerns about the privacy of her children - the reason she had given earlier for not releasing the records - she did not want the lingering questions continue to be a distraction from other issues.

The campaign dismissed questions over its decision to release the documents late on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend. "The campaign makes determinations when the make things public," spokesman Tucker Bounds told CNN. "This is something that came together today. We feel very good about that fact that people are able to get the information that they had asked for."

A campaign aide says that Cindy McCain made the decision recently, but this was the first time the campaign had had a chance to release the documents.

He added that the moves will exceed those of Teresa Heinz Kerry, also an heiress, when her husband John Kerry was the Democratic presidential nominee in 2004. Heinz Kerry made one year of returns public, but withheld some portions of the filing, and did not release the information until the final months of the campaign.

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soundoff (227 Responses)
  1. rice, bryan

    and this is news why?

    May 23, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  2. martin

    flip-flopper,like her old pun intended.

    May 23, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  3. Army Wife

    _____________What Took Her So Long???___________

    Obama 2008

    May 23, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  4. Thomas

    Thats a lot of Taxes! I would be able to live the rest of my life off her taxes alone!

    Nader or Hillary 08'

    May 23, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  5. SLO Bear

    Just goes to prove the Obama's elitism!

    May 23, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  6. proud army and navy mom

    add that 6 million to the other 100 million that she is hiding and then you will have the correct amount.

    May 23, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  7. Ratgurl

    Why the sudden change of heart???

    May 23, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  8. Darth Vadik, CA




    May 23, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  9. If not Hillary, then Mccain

    Great new she paid her fare share of taxes, now lets see Ted Kenney's tax returns or John Kerry's wife returns "The Hines Foods".

    May 23, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  10. Billy from Florida

    What a great first lady she would make, all america could be

    Can you imagine Michelle Obama as first lady?? My God NO.

    May 23, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  11. Eric

    I think Cindy McCain would make an excellent First Lady. She is goregeous!

    May 23, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  12. Obama Supporter

    It might be nice to know WHERE the money came from.

    May 23, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  13. Patricia

    Percentagewise, most middle income families pay more in taxes than that. Why is that?

    May 23, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  14. Gerald F.

    If she is a daughter to a wealthy father as they say and income from the 'familt' business.............Is that really important at this time to be a news item? Considering it is already a known fact?

    May 23, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  15. David Goldman for OBAMA


    May 23, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  16. Moderates unite

    And this is relative because...?

    Is Cindy McCain on the ballot?

    Are we going to start demanding to see the tax returns of all the candidates' third cousins?

    The decline of this country is directly attributed to the idiots who think stuff like this is somehow important to them....those with an agenda

    The Lunatic Fringe has never had so much say in our government than they do now....MODERATES UNITE AND TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK!

    May 23, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  17. bukky

    1) why is this the shortest blurb EVER
    2) didnt she say she would never?
    3) does this mean shes a liar?
    4)everone else released from 2000 on... why is she special?

    May 23, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  18. Adam, Los Angeles

    Cherry-picking information to release is hardly a breakthrough. Let's see the last 6 years in full.

    May 23, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  19. Sharon Minnesota

    That's a lot of money, I wonder how much she spends on botox.

    May 23, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  20. Jody Monroe

    What does that have to do with McCain and his presidential bid? Irrelevant.

    May 23, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  21. supporter

    Is that all? The way people were talking it seems like it should be more.
    Good for her maybe more next year!!!!
    Clinton or McCain= NObama and his hate supporters 08

    May 23, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  22. Mary

    Sweet little elitist Cindy McCain found the American people are not going to put up with uppity additude. She cave in.

    May 23, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  23. FEDUP

    Obama-bots ready set go....

    May 23, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  24. Drew, Central FL

    Cough! Cough! Redacted!

    May 23, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |

    yea right how about 100million

    May 23, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
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