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. Tell It Like It Is

    out of the $570,000 itemized deductions, I wonder how much, if any, was medical/ cosmetic procedures?

    May 23, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  2. kathy

    we do love our beer................but why is this anyones business but hers people need to get a life

    May 23, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  3. UKO

    That is how the rich cheat and rule over the poor.
    She pays only 28% taxes.
    I hope the IRS are looking at this.
    It is insufficient and the American public will not accept that from somebody that wants to be the first Lady.

    May 23, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  4. money talks

    Yes, Darth Vadik – there's a funny thing about the rich in this country. The rich hire better accountants, who in turn finds more tax shelters, hence the rich pay less percentages of taxes. Doesn't that just s*ck for the rest of us? Maybe that's why she was so adamant not to release her returns initially.

    May 23, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  5. American Patriot

    None of you pay as little tax as she does and you never will, because your not rich.

    A prenup hu, so she does not trust Johnny McBush not to divorce her and try to take her money.

    What trust and love, NOT.

    These people are crooks and depend on the little guy to pay all the tax.

    They have the guits to want to be your boss,go figure.

    You all had a chance to vote for Ron Paul, his voting record is 10 times better than any candidate and has been givin awards for it.

    You all had a chance to voye for him and eliminate the IRS.

    Now you will deal with the wrath of the TTC and The North American Union and the New World Order.

    Youtube the 600 FEMA Concentration camps now buildt around the U.S. They are buildt to hold Americans in Labor camps.

    Go see for yourself.

    This country has ended as you know it.

    You all had a chance to stop it yet you voted for who is popular on FOX and CNN.

    Now the country is going to pay a price.


    May 23, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  6. dbacchus

    Now look carefully at "If not Hillary, then Mccain" idiot. He/she usually PRETENDS to be an upset Democrat, Hillary supporter. In reality though, it's a Republican McShame supporter. What other person would ask for Ted Kennedy's tax returns right now?! This person has no shame....

    May 23, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  7. karen

    I am sooo tired of all these "special" people in the White House! I want someone who really worked! Maybe does her/his own laundry. Possibly put themselves through school. SOMEONE who really can relate to us–the real American person!!!

    May 23, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  8. Steve

    I am so sick and tired of the "If not Hillary, then McCain" people. If you are truly Hillary supporters you would not vote for McCain in the General election. Hillary and McCain are very far apart on their views. Hillary and Obama are not. Please,let's not have another four years of Bush policies.

    May 23, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  9. N

    Wait a second – when Sen. McCain released his returns, everyone here cried for his wife's. Now she does and people ask why it's news?

    May 23, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  10. Brian

    How much did she pay for that house in Stepford?

    May 23, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  11. Frosty

    I paid about 35% in taxes and I made about 150 times less than the doll looking plastic woman. I bet she spent the other unreported 6 million on plastic surgery. Now let's see the past 8 years, not just a fraction of 2006. Did she give anything to charity? Greedy old lady. I don't know why but her eyes scare the hell outta me!

    May 23, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  12. sophia nyc

    Not much for a beer heir. Pennies compared to the Clowntons!!

    May 23, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  13. Zoey

    That is one wealthy chic ! McCain hit the jackpot.

    May 23, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  14. Shon

    $6 million in on year? How in the world could John McCain fix his mouth to call Barack Obama an elitist...and out of touch? John McCain is such a phony.

    May 23, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  15. dEMOBRAT

    Smart girl with the pre-nup Cindy. I can't believe everyone on here is criticizing her for making money. Phonies- our society worships money but everyone on this blog hates it right??

    She's has never ran for public office! It is none of anyones business how much money she makes- especially since she files seperate returns from my friend John.

    May 23, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  16. dennisk

    I can really respect the intelligence of someone who can't spell a well-known product like Heinz. Guess facts are important if you're always right. Ho-hum...

    May 23, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  17. Doug in Seattle

    I thought she said she would "never release" her tax returns.

    May 23, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  18. Hillary is Going Down!

    How quickly they change Mr. & Mrs. Flip Floppers

    Seems like just yesterday she said under no circumstances would she release her returns. How she and John have filed separately for 28yrs.

    Another full of $#@& couple

    President Obama 08'

    May 23, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Was Obama mentioned in this SLO Bear?

    May 23, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  20. Brian

    Yup this proves that McCain is NOT Elitist. To be an Elitist your wife has to make UNDER 1 million dollars a year

    May 23, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  21. Angel

    Does any other woman notice the make-up line! She's worth millions and she can't get a make-up artist to match her skin tone!!!!!!

    May 23, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  22. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    I'm a single woman living on social security and a small pension. When I retired the IRS penalized me and I am still paying out of my social security, no extension.

    May 23, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  23. Renee

    Who cares??????????????????????????????

    May 23, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  24. Tex

    We all know Cindy's past personal problems. Those will be great political fodder when the real race begins.

    May 23, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  25. pam Eugene OR

    It appears that she is in the same income bracket as the Clinton

    May 23, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
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