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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  1. Elizabeth

    Remember Cindy McCain is filthy rich from her family's beer money. Never forget it. She has her own private Jet ! She is trying to pull a fast one American wake up. She is rich beyond my imagination......She is sad. Releasing on a friday is really good.

    Hillary Clinton is disgusting. She has hit lows that I could never have imagined..... Get her out of this race......Now

    May 23, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  2. The Stig

    Meet the future first lady.

    May 23, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  3. 2012

    R. Brown, you should really stop smoking so much of that stuff.....I hear it causes paranoia and delusions.....

    But, thanks for posting that, I was in need of a good laugh!

    May 23, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  4. Old Artillery Man

    Being an elitist does not necessarily mean to have money. It is the belief that some people are inherently superior to others and deserve preferential treatment, or higher rewards because of their inherent superiority.

    It is what us old, white, working people without a college education mean when we say “Looking down your nose.”

    This is the way that so many Obama supports look at us but still will expect us to vote for Obama in the general election. I have even read posts that say we should not even be allowed to vote. Could there be a greater demonstration of an elitist than this?

    May 23, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  5. Tickle me Elmo

    Not even close to those rich, white democrats, the Clintons! Is Hillary sick or what? No doubt she is hoping (no, praying) that one of her fanatical (racist democrat) supporters acts on this not so subtle "hint."

    Lady Macbeth has nothing on her.

    May 23, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  6. Brian


    Show some proof if you want to sling mud

    May 23, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  7. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    To Ben from Redwood City, CA who said "If everyone, regardless of income paid say 15 – 20%, that would be fair..."

    That still results in some people having to pay more in taxes than others–how is that "fair?" People with more income don't get better government than anyone else–why should they have to pay more for it?

    May 23, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  8. FEDUP

    Why the need to see? We already knew she was very wealthy.

    May 23, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  9. Darryl M. Arlington TX

    This woman can not feel for the average American, John McCain is laughin all the way to the BanK... Now, Why won't John McCain support the "New GI Bill" Cindy could pay for it... She got money....

    May 23, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  10. Jerry Roselle, Illinois

    Ah, I can see it now "The White House presented by Budweiser."

    May 23, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  11. the cat

    $6 millions. Wow, she must work for an oil company.

    May 23, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  12. Laura Marie

    The McCains are CLUELESS about the lives of average, every day Americans. You can tell this while listening to him speak. In his comments about health care and more. Six million dollars? Good for her. She will never have to worry about health insurance. People who make this much money (they are NOT the only politicians) can NOT know what it is like for the more typical American suffering in today's economy. They can't possibly!

    May 23, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  13. Go Barak and Michelle Obama!

    I'm getting really sick of the nasty way Michelle is being depicted in opposition to Cindy McCain.. they are BOTH beautiful women.. but that is irrelevent when it comes to being First Lady!!! Last week it was the nappy headed comment concerning Michelle! "Gentlemen", black women may not be your personal preferences concerning the beautyof black women..but get this straight SHE IS NOT UGLY.. and i hate to sound like alot of broken records.. but thats purely racist in all contexts(especially the nappyheaded comment)..

    May 23, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  14. Sluggo

    Democrats always seem to resent it when someone else does well.

    May 23, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  15. Bad Girl!

    Hillary Clinton has managed to cement her place in the history as the evil famale senator that could have been president. So sad. So sad.

    May 23, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  16. chisom

    Guilty concience!! Who asked her for tax returns, EVen in her return, there was no single amount given to charity, or something like that, She should better stay off, after all, What has Obama's presidency got to do with Cindy McCain's tax.

    May 23, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  17. EvMan

    How does a woman with a $100 million fortune and income of $6 million a year, and DEDUCTIONS of $570,000 NOT get the ELITIST tag ?

    Obama grew up poor, single mom, and achieves the American dream by going to an Ivy league school an working his way through to eventually become an advocate for less fortunate people and a Professor of Constitutional law. That's not elitist, that's good old fashioned American ingenuity and elbow grease. How do people have the nerve to put him down, if he didn't make it, they would put him down for that too. I wonder if Cindy McCain worked for her money ??? Oooops, that's right she INHERITED $100 million. Nothing wrong with tons of money, but don't patronize and Bu** Sh** the American people. We've had enough of that the last 7 years.

    The irony I hope is not lost on the American people. Draft dodgers, and silverspoon suckers and cronys Bush and Cheney are elitist. I wonder how much money Bush willl all of a siudden make after he's out of office, and I wonder if that income will come from the US oil industry and the Saudi's.

    Obama better speak up to refute these allegations because they are being tossed by a desperate, deceiptful and fear mongering Republicans. Thankfully there are a handful Republicans that can be honest and see and acknowledge the damage inflicted by those two losers (Bush/Cheney). How many days until January 20, 2009 ?

    May 23, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  18. Kevin

    Who cares about tax returns???? Why is it the "in" thing to do now for the politicians? I didn't care about Obama's, Hillary's or McCain's. As far as people commenting on Cindy paying a low percentage of taxes, a lot of that is due to muni bonds. Wealthy people lend money to local governments to build roads, bridges, sewer systems, etc. If you take that away from the rich the government will have to pay more for funding which means your taxes are going up. Be careful what you wish for...

    May 23, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  19. Alphonse Moneau

    Whoever thinks that Cindy McCain and/or John McCain represent(s) in any way the hard-working American better thinks twice! They know none of the hardship hard-working Americans go through; they have no idea how much hard-working Americans worry about making the ends meet. John McCain if elected president,..., party time for the rich and millinnaires! Keep John McCain out of the White House for the sake of the hard-working Americains!

    May 23, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  20. Richard

    No one mentions how John McCain divorced his first wife even after she waited for him to come home from Vietnam.. Cindy and John McCain and liars and i pray they dont get in the white house.

    May 23, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  21. paul, nyc ny

    I think that Cindy McCain has shown us how to be a first lady. SHe is regal, elegant and extremely professional. I do not believe she should have to release her returns and would have liked Obama to have said so if he is such the proponenet of NEW politics. Obama has said that his wife is off limits ... he should shut her up then as well ... and so should Cindy. For that matter Bill.

    But if they speak up and comment on other candidates as Michelle and Bill have done then let the press at them. But Cindy has been quiet and only speaks of her husband. Kudos to her.

    May 23, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  22. Bush was never elected

    I'm with R. Brown. She should be arrested. Charlie Manson in a pantsuit...and I'm not saying that to be funny.

    May 23, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  23. kathy linberg

    My only hope is that people like Mrs.McCain give as much to charity as us little people do. Doubt that happens-–

    May 23, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  24. Get real people

    Tell me if I'm wrong but wouldn't anyone who is complaining about what she paid in taxes want to switch places with her if they had the chance? Let's also not forget this is family money, she did not go out and make it all on her own.

    In this country everyone has the right to succeed the best they can; some just do it better than others; this is what seperates the United States from a lot of other countries.

    And the last thing I have to say about all of this is get over it. I have to be honest, I'm more concerned about $4 a gallon gas then about Cindy McCain's tax returns! This election should be about what these politicians are going to do for us, not what they've done for themselves.

    May 23, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  25. vicki

    Why did we have to see her returns???? Someone thinks she didn't pay her taxes or she is secretly funding terrorists through some investment. I absolutely do not think the spouses of candidates need to have the world look at their finances. Either Bill Clinton's or Cindy McCain's. It just gives nosey people something to talk about and complain about and get jealous over or envious over.

    I absolutely feel that people who ask to see these returns from spouses need to get a life!

    May 23, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
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