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. bruce

    You are all idiots. She needs the prenup based on her ties to the distributorship her family owns. AS a part owner, that is the smartest thing she could do, and her family doesn't manufacture liquor, they are a company that DISTRIBUTES it. Big Difference. The Clinton Family is worht a lot more that the Mclains. THEY are worth over a $100 million together. John's wife is potentially worth $100's of millions when she gets her portion of the business. Her wealth was never in the marriage picture.

    May 23, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  2. indo45

    Time to Michelle Obama release her tax return.

    May 23, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  3. Susan, Seattle WA

    Interesting that she would release these the Friday of Memorial Day weekend. Everybody's headed out of town, nobody will make much mention of this. Same with her husband's medical records. Millions of people will miss this news. It was strategic that they chose this day for the release of this information. YA THINK??!!
    BTW, 1.7 million on 6 million in income seems like too little. I want her tax bracket.

    May 23, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  4. Ken


    Obama will raise taxes 30%? Cite a source.

    May 23, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  5. AoA

    come 12-21-12 none of this will matter because the new age of peace and understanding will begin and countries and borders will vanish.

    May 23, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  6. Ken


    Stupid much?

    May 23, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  7. MI Luvs Obama!

    ....and the elitists are.......

    .....the Clinton's and the McCain's.

    The person who know what it is to struggle to get where they are......

    Barack Obama!

    Obama 08 & 12 !

    May 23, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  8. Lizzy

    Some of you people really need to seek help. The paranoid commentary on these blogs is absolutely scary.

    May 23, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  9. Colony14Author

    I don't care how much any of the candidates paid in income taxes, as long as they didn't cheat on their returns. If you want to audit McCain's tax returns for the last 40 years, fine, but then I'd like to know how the Clintons were able to get away with such large deductions for donating old clothes – and underwaer – to charity. And I'd like a transcript of every conversation Obama ever had with anyone about racism and socialism.

    May 23, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  10. Joe Reg

    It is irrelevant.

    She is not running.

    I am not moved by your dough.

    May 23, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  11. Tony - Indiana Moderate

    Thanks for moderating the people CNN, YOU ROCK!

    May 23, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  12. Tony - Indiana Moderate

    Also, my comment about her age compared to Mccain's is moderated, but the one right above me calling for an arrest of Hillary is not. CNN, what the heck.

    May 23, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  13. Turnabout is fair play

    "Billy from Florida May 23rd, 2008 4:18 pm ET

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

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

    Eric May 23rd, 2008 4:19 pm ET

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

    To Eric: Oh PLEASE! If Michelle came up to you bucket naked and wanted you to take her, you would fall on your knees and thank the good Lord for the blessing he has bestowed upon you. She looked great in that orange dress with Barack in NC and you know it. pfft. Cindy on the other hand looks like a cross between a stepford wife and a vampire..

    To Billy: You got the hots for Mrs. McInsane? Go get that 50 something year old good stuff, atleast Michelle is younger. Nothing wrong with 50 year old good stuff but I'd rather have me some sweet brown sugar..:-) Atleast with Michelle, you will get the REAL deal of a first lady who takes care of her children and her man and doesn't have stand there smiling creepily all the time like a plastic barbie doll in agony.

    Obama/Cindy..oops, Obama/Sebelius '08!!

    May 23, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  14. Carl

    I feel sorry for a bunch of you so called "democrats"

    The people that post on this site only see hate and fear and conspiracy, and it's the evil white rich Republicans that is the cause of it all....

    There are many proud American democrats out there, but most of the ones that post here are nothing more than fascists.

    And if you any brains at all, you'll look up what fascist really means and figure out why I am calling you that...

    May 23, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  15. David, Santa Rosa, CA

    Kinda makes the Clintons look bad. Obama $4m. McCain $6m Clintons $109m. It's good to become the president and first lady.

    May 23, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  16. indo45

    If I am Hillary, I willing to die for running what her belief. Many poeple die for what they believe. And If I am Hillary, I already dead & tear the blood about Media treat her. But she keeps strong.
    I am proud of Hillary. She shown her strength. and I don't believe that a woman exists. She is just alike Benazir Bhutto cling about her believe.
    What she said, RFK died when he was running a candidate until June.
    Hillary, say no VP for Obama. He does not deserve this jackpot.
    McCain . you want to win, ask Bush to pull the troops from Iraq.

    May 23, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  17. M Bryant

    I see no earthly reason why the public has to know how much money Mrs. McCain has, how much she makes, how much she inherited, what she does with it or anything else. Get a life. We are electing her husband, John McCain, not her. I do not care if she has a zillion dollars or is broke. It will not make one ounce of difference in my daily life.

    May 23, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  18. PKS

    This lady is too secretive. If she wants to be first lady her life will be (and should be ) open for scrutiny.

    I'd rather have Michelle Obama, at least she speaks her mind and she's smart!!!!

    May 23, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  19. The O

    Can you say ( MILF ) I know Iam a JERK just had to say it

    BARACK THE VOTE!!!!!!!!

    May 23, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  20. Shelly

    Broad look like a DRIED FLY!!!!!!!

    May 23, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  21. Bob

    Has 100 million but only payed 1.7 million in taxes..

    4 years of MCshame Cindy will pay 0 dollars in taxes....
    This country willbe bankrupt....
    And our soldiers will die in Iraq for wane....

    May 23, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  22. Bert


    May 23, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  23. Clarence

    She only released part of her tax returns for 06. Why not the preceeding 3 years? Was 06 the year college kids drank less beer, so she made less money?

    May 23, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  24. Ralph

    She is less relevent than McCain, and yes, it is possible.

    May 23, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  25. fred

    There is no reason she should have had to release these. She won't be on the ballot.

    To all you Obama supporters who think you are the "educated voters" Let me remind you that a huge portion of these "educated voters" are actually college students, who could care less about healthcare, tax reform, social security, the economy, etc. They just like a young guy with good speeches.

    I'll hear so many teenagers around my area who love Obama. But if I ask them what his views are, they have no idea. I don't think most of Obama supporters know what his views are. It's sad how they will vote for a guy just because he makes some CNN proclaimed "historical speeches."

    It's sad.

    McCain/Huckabee in 08

    May 23, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
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